Artist Trading Cards: More progress

There is more loveliness added to our Artist Trading Card Swap Flickr group every day (although what the heck has happened to Flickr? It’s hideous!  #resistant to change). In case you missed the earlier posts about the swap – an ATC is a unique piece of art measuring just 3.5″ by 2.5″ – and here at Very Berry we’re busily swapping stitched textile cards. I’m hoping the swap will be a regular one, with maybe 2-3 per year, so do let me know if you’d be interested in joining in next time.

I didn’t join in with this first swap, but plan to make 2 or 3 cards so that I can act as Swap Angel if anyone else’s partner drops out or a card goes missing in the post. I’ve finally finished the blackwork ATC that I started back before I went on my holiday. Here it is:

Blackwork ATC 1

Blackwork ATC 2


Very time consuming but highly enjoyable to do, although I did make the mistake of trying to stitch whilst reading the subtitles of BBC4’s latest Scandi-drama and missed huge chunks of the plot as a result…!

We’ve been having a bit of a discussion about how to finish the edges and the back. To finish this one I cut a piece of card a tiny bit less than 2.5″ by 3.5″ and then wrapped the fabric edges of my embroidery round it, and glued them down. Then I wrote my details on another piece of fabric using a pigma pen, and zig-zagged that to a 2.5″ by 3.5″ piece of white felt. Finally I glued and stitched the felt to cover the folded edges of my embroidery. Hope that makes sense…. if you’d like some pictures of what I did then would be happy to provide them when I do my next ATC…

Hope everyone else is enjoying this as much as I am!

20 thoughts on “Artist Trading Cards: More progress

  1. I agree about flickr, horrible! Although the phone app is much better than it used to be, it was virtually useless before, it didn’t even have a ‘groups’ function! Your blackwork is beautiful 🙂

    1. Glad it’s not just me hating the new Flickr. Must download the app on my gadget… hopefully that way I will learn to appreciate it!! Thanks for the compliment to my blackwork. 🙂

  2. Oh wow, this is lovely! I really need to get a wriggle on with mine! I just have some beads to sew on and then everything to sew together but finding time is tricky at the moment!

  3. Your blackwork is stunning, I haven’t tried it in a while (perhaps for the next ATC!) I have had such a nice time doing this and its great to see everyone’s beautiful work on Flickr and all the lovely comments. This has been such a nice experience – a virtual crafting circle. Thank you so much for organising this.

  4. It’s lovely to see everyones work on Flickr, I would definitely join in again, it’s so simple, just one small item to enjoy designing and stitching, count me in 🙂

  5. Your blackwork is really beautiful, so neat…. I think I’m going to have to give this a go in the future. I know what you mean about flickr, I thought someone had hacked my account when I first logged in…yuck!

  6. Your finished card looks lovely. You are a very clever lady. I attached felt to the back of mine using Bondaweb (with pelmet Vilene in between) and hand blanket-stitched around the 3 layer sandwich. I was pleased with the result. Your way sound like it will give a very neat finish.

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