A while ago, I participated in the Scrappy Swap, run by Kat (Diary of a Flutter.Kat), with able assistance from Karen (Sew Peachey). It was my first swap, and a really great one to start with. The idea was to swap a FQ of scraps, a small handmade item and a small local item.
My swap partner said her favourite colour was orange, so this was my initial fabric pull for the small handmade item:
I decided that the third print from the left had a bit much white in it to give the kind of rainbow effect that I wanted, so I used it as the lining of the needle book I made.
Umm, I'm not sure if you can tell from the scale of my embroidery scissors on the needle book, but it is the biggest needle book in the world. Like 6 inches square. That's what happens when you make things up as you go along, people. Its also pretty floppy, because I only interfaced the exterior and not the lining. On the plus side, you can fit a lot of stuff in the middle of it. I know, I stuffed all my scraps and another FQ of fabric (my local item) into it before sending!
But, also this happens. Improv piecing. Sort of - the lines were all straight and ruled and I had an idea of where I was going with it. Comments from my swap partner lead me to orange scraps and Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in black - it wasn't what I initially intended, but it worked so well! I put another border of the same background fabric around this before it was finished, so the proportions worked a bit better.
I'm sorry this is such a crummy picture. It was taken at night, with my phone, and then instagrammed. I did take pictures of the exterior in daylight at the same time as I took the photo of the lining inside, but I don't have them any more. I'm quite gutted, because I was pretty pleased with how this turned out (even with its enormousness and other imperfections), and wanted to show it off.
And what did I get in return? Well, the person I made for also made for me. Bree (My Crafty Crap) made me this super lovely needle book with teeny tiny EPP hexagons, and yellow, and hand stitching, and gnomes! I love it, and I'm also looking forward to not losing all my needles anymore.
Bree also sent me some super lovely scraps, a cute little card case and a keyring from her home state (which was snapped up by an American-sports-mad guy).
All in all, this was a great experience, and I look forward to my next swap. Have you had any swapping experiences lately, and how did they go?