My ATC Has Arrived!

I was so excited to receive my ATC this week. The tiny beautiful stitching is the neatest I have ever seen……

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The back is just as lovely……

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The beautiful ribbon wrapped up my little parcel, and is strategically placed to cover up details that my swap partner Gwen of Celtic Fusion Fabrics (how lucky was I!!) might not want splashed about the Internet.

Celtic Fusion Fabrics is genuinely one of my most favourite online fabric shops, they do the most amazing fabric bundles, including smallies which are bundles of fat 1/8ths. Perfect for little patchwork projects. I have alway had fabulous customer service too, highly recommended shop!!

My own trading card- I named her Lulu – is now safely with her new owner who loves her 🙂

I am really looking forward to the next swap later this year, keep an eye on Ali’s blog Very Berry Handmade for details if you would like I join in too!

First ATC Swap Completed!!

My first ATC swap is currently on route to it’s new owner (it is a secret swap so ssssshhhhh). Here is a sneaky peak….

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It is the first *swap* that I have done and I have loved it! I had never heard of a Textile Artist Trading Card before reading Ali’s post and signing up for the 1st Very Berry Handmade swap. But once I started my research (aka google) I realised that they are more common than you would think. There is a fabulous Flickr group which shows the cards made for this swap, they are all pretty awesome! I would link it but not sure how, I am very new to Flickr, in fact I joined it for this swap. If you search *very berry handmade ATC swap* then you should find the group.

I hope you have be inspired to join in with the next swap over at Very Berry Handmade!!

Stitches and Stepping-Stones

I was lucky enough to receive Ayumi Takahashi’s book, Patchwork, Please! for my birthday last month. It is a fabulous introduction to paper piecing, and just what I needed. My first attempt is going well now that I understand the whole fabric underneath/paper on top so you can’t see it thing! This is the paper pattern for the coaster (Mug Rug) that I have traced from the book ((it should be enlarged to make a pot stand but I am too impatient!))

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And here is the back which is actually the front! I am sure you will agree it is coming along nicely, and a great way to use up scraps.

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My embroidered toadstool design is nearly finished too. I think I may add some applique flowers and maybe a tiny bee buzzing around in the sky somewhere. I also need to decide what to do with it when it is finished. I may keep it in the frame and use as a wall hanging, I had originally planned to incorporate it into a cushion, but I am not sure my stitching will be able to withstand daily life with a toddler. What else could I do with it??

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My Textile Artist Trading Card is finished and ready to be posted off to it’s new owner! I am so pleased with how it has turned out, I love my design and will probably be incorporating it into more things in the future. here is a sneeky peak until I photograph it finished. I hope the new owner likes it!

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And the stepping stones in a woodland not too far from us. Very exciting if you are 3 (not so much if you are trying to keep the 3 yr old dry!!)

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Have a nice day xxxx

My First Textile Artist Trading Card Swap

I have just signed up to be part of a textile artist trading card swap which is being hosted by over at Very Berry Handmade, a lovely blog and online shop written from here in the UK.

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It is the first time I have done anything like this, but it is quite exciting to think something I make might be sent to the other side of the world.  I have also never heard of textile artist trading cards until I read the sign-up post.  I have done a little research *read Google Images* and they look pretty cute and easy to construct.  I have a few ideas in my head to fit in with the theme of Something New, but it makes me a little nervous to be making something for someone else.  On the other hand, I will also be receiving one made by someone else, and I know that it will be fabulous because someone will have put great thought, time and effort into it for me.  So maybe I shouldn’t worry so much??

If you are tempted to come and join the very first Very Berry Handmade Textile Artist Trading Card Swap with me please click on one of the links above, it would be good to have some friends along for the ride 🙂