The first swap that I signed up to was a Pin cushion swap with Hannah at Squintessential. With my new found love for the sewing machine, I thought that this would be a great swap to take part in. The rules to this one was basically, you have to make it yourself. Simple enough!
For this swap, I was paired up with Anna from Black Cactus London.
I had come across an 'In the Hoop' pattern for the embroidery machine from http://www.memories-in-thread.net/ which I had been meaning to try out, so I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity. I chose to use a teapot fabric that I have in my stash, back with a matching red spotty fabric that I also have.
I was a little disappointed that the final product didn't actually show much of the teapot design on the fabric, but here is a picture of the fabric so that you can see how gorgeous it is! lol. Apart from that though, I am happy with the overall outcome of the pin cushion and hope that Anna is too!
|The finished pin cushion|
|The teapot fabric|
The second swap was hosted by the lovely Kat and was an August Summer Swap. The rules were simple, to make something that reminds you of summer. It could be in any craft format that you liked, as long as it is handmade by you. You also had to send a fridge magnet as well.
I was paired up with Hannah, who coincidently is the same person who is running the pin cushion swap!
My first thought was that this was going to be easy! Ha, how wrong I was! It took me ages to decide on what to make! When I did finally make my decision, it was pretty straight forward from then on. Trying to decide on something summery to make for someone who makes such beautiful jewellery was really hard. I could tell from Hannah's blog and twitter that she is quite crafty herself and enjoys taking part in craft swaps, so I wanted to do something a bit different. In the end, I remembered something I used to love doing....cross stitch. Once I'd decided on that, I had a look about for a kit. I found loads of different scenes that would be perfect for the theme, but in the end I settled on a beach scene. Once I made the cross stitch, I then put it in a frame bordered with some craft paper. I had forgotten about getting a magnet for Hannah, but a quick look on my fridge and I remembered that I had a duplicate of the same magnet from Cape Town, South Africa, so I sent one of those over to Hannah.
|Cross stitch in frame|
I really hope she likes them!
To see the other Summer crafty swaps, check out the linky below: