|Copyright A Little Sew and Sow – Small Things Artist Trading Card|
For a long time I have been a regular reader of the Very Berry Handmade Blog by the lovely Ali. Through her blog Ali organises an Artist Trading Card Swap and back in October I signed up to participate for the first time.
An Artist Trading Card is a small art piece that you design and make measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches. In this case it is mainly made of fabric and you are allocated a swap partner by Ali. Once you have finished your card you post it to your partner. There is a theme for each swap and this time it was Small Things.
I was attracted to this little project as it was an opportunity to try something new – push myself to work on a small scale – and I was excited to see what other sewists made.
When I read the theme I instantly thought about bees and decided I could use some tiny English Paper Hexagons to look like honeycomb. At first I wasn’t sure about how I could add a bee to the honeycomb. When I was a teenager I did quite a lot of cross stitch but haven’t touched any for many years. I wondered if I could remember how to do it and so embarked on creating my bee from cross stitch. I ordered some Aida Cross Stitch Fabric in a tiny gauge and set to work. It didn’t take very long to create the bee but it was pretty hard as I could barely see the holes in the fabric. It finished up being about the size of my little fingernail.
At the beginning of December I mailed my finished card to a lovely lady called Beryl, who has since emailed to thank me. I then received my card from Dorothy, which was a beautiful winter scene with tiny beads added.
I have really loved participating in this swap and will definitely do another one in the future. A big thank you to Ali for organizing and to Dorothy for my card. You can look at some of the finished cards from this swap on Instagram using the hashtag #veryberryatcswap
|Artist Trading Card gifted by Dorothy|