I’m thinking swaps…

A Charm Swap

I’ve just joined up for Fabraholic’s Texty Charm Swap on Flickr. I haven’t done a swap for ages, and I cannot resist a texty fabric, so 56 charm squares would be just great to receive…  There are still slots open to join in if you feel like swapping along!

I’m wondering about parting with some of my precious Cosmo Cricket Happy Thoughts fabric – I have some left over from when I made this art wrap, but I don’t know if I can bring myself to do it…

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Stitched Artists Trading Cards

One of my resolutions for 2013 was to set up a stitchy Artist Trading Card Swap group. I used to be a member of a group swapping cards over at UK Handmade, but the group seems to have stopped now, and I really miss it.  Here are a couple of the cards I made…  The first one ever, three years ago now…

My 1st ATC

And my favourite (excuse the slightly rubbish photo):
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Of course these days we are very used to swapping business cards, but Trading Cards have been around for decades – little cards featuring famous sports people could be found in packets of cigarettes, and they quickly became collectible. The rise of art trading cards started more recently, with artists and crafters enthusiastically swapping and building up collections. The only rule is that the cards must measure 3.5″x2.5″…

I love making them because they are so small and cute, pretty quick to do (once the thinking time is over!) and a great way to practise stuff that’s new to you, like hand stitching, applique, using fabric inks and pens, etc., etc.  So I was wondering if anyone would be interesting in joining in with a Stitched ATC Card Swap? I thought I would start with one, and if people are keen and want to do a regular swap, we could take it from there. Do leave a comment if you’d be interested, maybe with the aim of swapping by the beginning of June. Let me know…

43 thoughts on “I’m thinking swaps…

  1. I didn’t know anything about these little cards, but of course I am interesting, it sounds fun! 🙂 I already have some ideas in my mind 🙂

    1. I’ll give a few more details when I do the official sign-up post, so no need to worry about that. Really pleased to hear that you are already coming up with ideas. Very creative 🙂

  2. I’d like to join in as well. I struggle with big commitments because I am quite busy but to do 1 small ATC would be feasible. I love to see what other people sew.

  3. Sounds like a good idea, would like to know how many you would need to make in what time frame though…..
    Sue

    1. Great stuff, I am so glad you want to join in. I will do an official sign up post with all the rules etc., next week. Don’t worry if you miss it, I will drop you a line to let you know we are officially up and running.

  4. I would love to join in! I’ve not done anything like this before but it’s sounds like great fun. It’s like having pen pals that send you pretty fabric pictures, genius!

  5. Ooooh you enabler! I am interested in the card swap, though I’m not sure if I quite *get* it yet – but small and quickish sounds perfect for me atm.
    I am so IN on the text swap too. Love your choice. Can’t wait for the stack of loveliness to arrive already!

    1. Oh yes, lovely text prints – it’s going to be great! Don’t worry, all will become very clear when I write the official ATC swap sign-up post next week. It will be very small and quick, with just a tiny bit of challenge to make it interesting. 🙂

    1. So pleased you want to join in… I promise it will be not scary at all, just fun and a little bit challenging. I will open official sign-ups next week – will drop you a line to let you know so you don’t miss it.

  6. I would love to be involved in a card swap. I feel I’ve lost my mojo a bit so something like this would be great to give me a kick up the you know what!

    1. Ooh yes, a little swap like this is great for just getting you back in the swing of things. It should be fun – official sign-up will be next week, I’ll drop you a line when it kicks off so you don’t miss it. So glad you want to be part of it.

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