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.
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.
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!
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.
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