Artist Trading Card Swap Update

Textile ATC swap button
So, the swap is now officially underway. Exciting! If you are taking part you should have your swap partner’s details – if you haven’t, then check your spam folders and, if you *still* can’t find the email, do drop me a line. There are 45 of you taking part from places as far away as the Czech Republic, Luxemburg and the USA! By the way, if you’d like a button for the swap to use on your blog you can find the code at the end of this post – thanks to Catherine for the reminder for this!

In the end I decided not to join in with the actual swap, but don’t worry, I will keep myself occupied making 2-3 cards so that I can act as a Swap Angel if anyone doesn’t receive a card due to the vagaries of the post…. and also so that I can play, of course.

I’ve already got started with my first ATC. I have wanted to try blackwork for ages, but hadn’t got a clue where to start, and then I was lucky enough to be sent this lovely book – Mastering the Art of Embroidery by Sophie Long – to review.

By Sophie Long

My proper review (and hopefully an offer code!) will appear in the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime I can tell you that if you are interested in having a serious go at embroidery, this is a great place to start.  As soon as I spotted this gorgeous fish by Mary Corbet (who has a fabulous embroidery website – you can see a better picture of her fish there), my urge to try blackwork struck again. I love the use of geometric patterns to create texture, light and shade.

Blackwork fish by Mary Corbet

So I thought I a little blackwork ATC sampler was in order. This is what I have managed so far…. One strand of embroidery floss on a charity shop find woven cotton napkin… It’s slow work but I am enjoying it – and I’m very pleased I own a lovely magnifying lamp!

Blackwork sampler ATC

I plan another 4 sets of stitches on the left hand side. Just got to decide which ones to go for…  Hope all you lovely ATC swappers are enjoying deciding what you are going to make!

Here’s the swap button – just right click in the box, click on ‘Select All’, click on copy, then paste the code into your blog.

Very Berry Handmade
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14 thoughts on “Artist Trading Card Swap Update

  1. Beautiful stitching! I’ve never tried blackwork before, but I definitely will do now that I have seen how delicate it can look! I LOVE being part of this swap – and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. Thanks for hosting! 🙂

  2. I’ve got an idea or two. Your blackwork looks amazing. By the way, I’ve requested to join your ATC flickr pool but apparently it needs moderator attention. (sounds like something from star trek)

  3. Hi Ali, love your blackwork, no one ever knows what it is when I mention it. I’ve got some great books at home if you’d like the titles. Hope you don’t mind me attaching a couple of pictures of my work. Jude x

    Sent from Samsung Mobile

  4. I was awake at 5 this morning, and the first thoughts going around my head were of ATCs!

  5. Thinking of what to do after receiving my swap partner details. Looking forward to taking part. Your blackwork samples look amazing, you are very talented. Thanks for organising.

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