In fact I am so busy making stuff for them that I haven't had a chance to tell you about them! I am going to try and do a few quick mini posts about 3 of them before I go away to Birmingham for a big trade fair at the weekend.
I must re-iterate the word 'TRY' in that last sentence...
So first up is the 'Hoop Up! Stitch and Send Swap' embroidery swap. In this swap you are grouped with 2 other sewers and we each make a piece for the other 2. We first have to make an inspiration piece so that they understand the 'theme' we are going for. The idea is that you will have 3 matching embroidered pieces at the end.
I love the illustrations of Aya Kakeda. They are cute and disturbing in equal measures and a lot of them are set in forests. So this was my starting point. And along with lots of other inspiring illustrations and embroideries I found on Flickr, I drew this design.
I then started embroidering it. This is really like VERY slow colouring in, but SO much fun! I mentioned in this post how much I loved making an embroidery hoop for a class, and how it was going to be a new passion. Well I feel this even more now.I loved making this little picture and am so pleased with how it turned out.
I also can't wait to see what my partners will come up with! I was very lucky to have been paired with Dolores and Leila, both such talented stitchers!