A Valentine Swap!
Who can participate:
This swap is open to all SRESafeHaven list members. International swappers are VERY welcome here!
Swappers can sign up through January 14, 2002. I should be able to accommodate sign ups after that date, so let me know if you are interested and feel that you can complete an item before the due date.
Items should be received by February 14, 2002, which is recognized as Valentine's Day.
Incentives for timely completion:
A super squishy from your hostess, including silk ribbon and fabric!
All participants who complete and mail their finished item on time will be eligible to win this random drawing.
This will be a swap for a small finished item of your choice, utilizing the theme of hearts and roses for Valentine's Day. Finished items such as Valentine cards, mason jar lids, brooches, small framed items, a small pillow, a small pincushion, a small needle book, small chatelaine or even a tussy mussy would be appropriate. You may want to contact your assigned partner once they have been assigned to see if they have a preference. This gives you a lot of room to improvise and means that the project will not be overwhelming. The item should be embellished in any manner you choose, whether it be silk ribbon, embroidery, beading, polymer clay or any other method, so long as you are true to the theme of hearts and roses.
On January 14, 2002, swap partners will be randomly assigned in pairs. That means that you will be sending something to and receiving something from the same person. If there are late entries or if there needs to be an additional person, I will fill in for the extra person or ask for volunteers. You may elect to swap with more than one person.
Anyone can drop out at any time prior to receiving an item with no questions asked. If someone needs to drop out after he/she has already gotten an item, then I will deal with that on a case by case basis. As hostess, I will make sure that ALL participants who send an item, get an item, even if it comes from me.
Please let me know if you are willing to swap internationally or would be willing to take on new partners if someone should drop out after assignments have been made. This would not be an *angel* item, since you will get the item intended for the person who was unable to complete the swap for whatever reason.
Web resources and ideas for this swap:
Several stitches and a free pattern for a pin puff can be found on Marie Alton's web site. Of specific interest for this project are:
Heirloom Embroidery has instructions for Bullion roses and rosebuds:
The following project from Craft at home could be embellished to match the theme for this swap:
Linda Lower's Redwork Rose Patterns
Ribbon Embroidery Heart Pin or Button Cover (be warned, this is a great little pattern, but the site is FULL of pop-up ads!)
This stained glass design could be used effectively in a variety of embroidery techniques.
Vikki Clayton is offering Shadow Work *kits* for those of you who are interested in trying this without a huge investment. Basically, she is giving away the organza when you buy the silk thread from her! Check out her offer in the for sale folder on the yahoo group files (you will have to log in to access the file), or email Vikki directly for details.