Textile Artist Trading Card Swap: Sign Ups

I’m pleased to tell you that the Very Berry Textile Artist Trading Card Swap is here (shall we call it VBATCS? Errr, no, definitely not – readers out there with experience of childbirth might know why…). Anyway, enough of that obstetrical diversion, here’s the button!

Textile ATC swap button

Textile ATC Swap: Something New

I thought it would be good to have a theme, but wanted it to keep it fairly vague, so the theme of the swap is Something New… This seemed like an appropriate choice for Springtime, and it’s relevant because I know some swappers will be making ATCs for the first time. Also, I really wanted to incentivise you to try some new skills and techniques, if you’re in the mood to have a go.

If you are pushed for time, don’t worry, your ATC doesn’t have to be hugely ambitious, just fun! For the ATC I made for this blog post, I wanted to try a few different embroidery stitches that are new to me, such as the spiderweb (bottom middle square) and the French knot with the stalk (top right). I combined these with chain stitches, buttonhole stitches. and backstich, which I can do pretty well, so it was a bit of a challenge, without being overwhelmingly tricky to do:

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A few rules…

Your ATC must be 6.4cm by 8.9cm  (2.5″ by 3.5″), but you can use the card in either portrait or landscape orientation. Don’t make the card too thick though – no more than 3-4mm (1/8″) please.

The ATC must be predominantly textile, but you can use any techniques that you want to try, e.g. embroidery, patchwork, beading, cross-stitch, fusing fabrics, colouring fabrics, using fabric paints or ink stamps. There’s masses to choose from – I’m going to do some blog posts about different ideas in the next couple of weeks, but in the mean time, here’s an intro to fabric ATCS and here’s some Flickr inspiration.

The back of the ATC needs to include, at the very least, your name and the date. It is also preferable to include your email address, and, if you have given the ATC a title, you can include this too. Here’s the back of my ATC – I used a waterproof micron pen to write on the fabric (can you tell how much I was trying to keep my handwriting neat – I appear to have regressed to seven years old!), which I then bonded to the felt backing of the ATC. I covered the edges in rather wobbly chain stitch:

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The Swap Basics…

  • You will make 1 ATC and received 1 ATC in return. Serious bit: Before signing up, please think for a minute whether you can put aside enough time to make something lovely and thoughtful for your swap partner, and whether you will be able to meet the deadlines.
  • Please sign up by leaving a comment on this post and dropping me an email at veryberryhandmade (at) gmail (dot) com by Thursday 25th April.
  • I will send you an email with a few questions (just a bit of basic info for the swap) on Friday 26th April and you must respond by Tuesday 30th April. Partners will be assigned by 2nd May. 
  • It will be a secret swap so please don’t let your partner know who you are!
  • Participation is open to anyone anywhere in the world (the ATCS wont be too pricey to send), so please be prepared to send overseas if you join in (but I will *try* to make exceptions if you are really stuck for cash… just let me know).
  • Cards must be posted during the week 3rd-8th June (or a little earlier if you are posting overseas and you can manage it).
  • Please do not include anything else in your parcel, except a little note if you like!
  • Once you have received your ATC, you must get in touch with your partner to say thanks… (I know, I don’t need to say this…!).
  • If you blog, use FB, Twitter or Instagram, please feel free to share your ATC swap progress, and definitely share pictures of the ATC you receive from your swap partner, if you can.

I hope you feel as excited as I do, now that this is underway! I’m looking forward to hearing from some enthusiastic ATC swappers…