Over Christmas I took part in the 8th Very Berry ATC swap. An artist trading card is a 2.5′ x 3.5′ fabric based picture. And until I cut out the fabric, I really didn’t realise how tiny that was, it is very very small.
The theme this year was Winter Comforts, and my initial thoughts pretty much all surrounded, wrapping up warm. I have a thing for scarves and hats – around September mine come out and decorate the stairs. And as I had joined Instagram to see what others where doing (and not looked back), I saw several examples of tiny knitting and new I wanted to try it.
I pretty much just jumped in with the things I had on had – left over embroidery floss and darning needles. It was pretty tricky and if I did it for too long in one go I was bruising my finger from how I was holding the needles. It’s not something I’m going to try again in a rush. Because it was over Christmas I managed to take the mini knitting all over the world and actually knitted the hat by the pool in Mumbai (I live a charmed life, I know).
Once I’d made the hat and scarf I needed to come up with a pretty background. I cut out the blue fabric and used my frixion pen to draw some snowflakes, which I set about embroidering. To join everything together, I used interfacing, stitched the sides together and then turned them the rightside out. I thought about doing blanket stitch around the edge but I’ve never done it before and it was getting towards the posting deadline.
The way the swap works is everyone sends a card to person and receives one from a different person. My card made its way to laurie and I received this beauty from carole:
There have been some beautiful cards swapped around, with some impressive embroidery skills on show. And despite my no deadlines intention, I’m pretty sure I’ll join in the next one.