Tuesday 11 June 2013

... and a Textile ATC Swap!

As you may have seen from our sidebar, we recently signed up for a Textile Artist Trading Card (ATC) swap, organised by Ali at Very Berry Handmade.

The 'rules' for this swap were:
  • The theme is 'Something New' - we were free to interpret this however we liked.
  • The card must be predominantly textile, but using any techniques
  • The ATC must be 6.4cm by 8.9cm (2.5" x 3.5"), and not too thick - no more than 3-4mm (1/8")
  • The back of the card must show the artist's name, date, an email address and the card's title (if it has one!).
  • This was a secret swap and open to everyone - from beginner to expert!
This was the first time that either of had made an ATC, so it was a bit daunting to think that we would then be sending them to someone else! But deciding to be brave, we signed ourselves up and had great fun making them!

Here are our ATC's!

'Layers by Simi':
My ATC was going to Jane at Two Wednesdays, who gave a very helpful and detailed brief:

"I like bright and clear colours. Having said that I also love the muted more natural look of zakka style and deep jewel tones! My most favourite colour is probably red, not so keen on shocking pink or neons! I like both abstract and more representative themes. Probably more of a ""modern"" preference in textiles (not just fabrics - very much the in textile art) rather than traditional.  I admire the art of Gustav Klimt, Kandinsky, Rob Ryan and Poppy Treffry (those are off the top of my head!) . I love 1950's design - but also art deco. I have very eclectic tastes!" 

I decided I wanted to try a new technique for the 'something new' and make new fabric out of woven ribbons. I then cut an abstract shape out of this and built up the card into layers of cotton, netting, felt and the woven ribbons. I  embellished with some embroidery and finished off with a couched wool border all the way around.

'Evolve' by Sian:
My swap partner was Jackie from Jackie's Crafts who said:

"I love autumn colours and all things related to nature and the natural world, butterflies are a favourite".

I interpreted the theme 'something new' as the metamorphisis of a butterfly over a landscape of a sunrise, which also symbolised a new day. The background of my ATC was made by piecing together different fabrics and I tried curved pieces for the first time (again fitting with the theme of something new)! The butterfly was made by layering organza together with fuseable web, then finished with some stitched detail.

The ATC's we received.....

'Spring Flowers' by Katy at The Littlest Thistle (for Simi)
'Sunshine' by Sam Stone (for Sian)
Aren't they lovely?! It was so nice to receive something made personally for us which had so much time and thought put into it. You can take a look at the Flickr group here to see a selection of all the great ATC's made.

We had great fun taking part in this swap and can't wait for the next!!

26th June 13: Update - this post has been featured here by Family Home and Life

Button pic 9


  1. Great to learn in more detail about what you made. Really glad that you enjoyed your swap, and liked the cards that you received. :-)

    1. Thanks again for organising such a great swap! xx

  2. Great job all round, the woven fabric looks quite spiky to make!

    1. It had to be pinned to death to keep them all in place!!!! xx

  3. The woven piece is fantastic - great post!

    So glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

    We'd love it if you would link back to BeBetsy at the bottom of your post. http://bebetsy.com

    Have a great week~xo
    Sharon and Denise!

  4. What a great piece of art! I love it! I am new from southern charm. I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back! Nicole

  5. Those ATCs are all lovely! I'm looking forward to the next one too.

    1. Thanks Catherine, your ATCs are lovely too - especially the leaf one :) Very excited about taking part in the next swap! x

  6. All the ATCs are such pieces of art,love the butterfly one the best.

    1. Thank you! It was so nice to be able to make & swap these x


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