Miniatures wonders in stitching… and what wonders came into my mail box these past few months.

From early January to close to the end of March checking the mail took on new meaning. I never knew when there would be some ATCs waiting for me to admire. Each week I brought those that had been received in the past week to our stitch-in so everyone could have a chance to see them and admire the work. One member commented that they look so much nicer in ‘real life’ than in photos.

What a wonderful variety of work was done. In addition to the usual surface and counted work, hardanger, drawn thread, appliqué and a variety of embellishments there were also some miniature quilts embellished with stitches, a small painted piece of fabric enhanced by some strategically placed stitches, and some works that do not fall within these descriptive definitions but were nonetheless lovely and interesting. We received 13 ATCs from 5 members of Starfish Youth Stitchers from St. John’s NL, 50 members sent a total of 199 ATCs and 4 ladies from the Narrabri Group, Embroiderers’ Guild NSW, Australia submitted a total of 20.

What does this amount of stitched work resemble?.. check the photos that accompany this …. Stacks of envelopes on my dining room table, the photo of the entire group (I bet you can’t see the clear plastic under them); members of Alderney looking over some of the ATCs before the actual exchange began this past Tuesday, and finally the bundles to be packaged for return. Some have already been put in the mail and the last of the group mailings will be mailed tomorrow (there is still a bit of packing to do for the last of them).

Each individual ATC was photographed. A listing has been prepared which will be forwarded, along with the images, to our Web Master sometime over the week-end. Watch the EAC web site for the posting.

So folks, now all you have to do is sit back and wait for the envelope with your ATCs to make its way back to you (for those who participated). We hope you enjoy viewing the works you received, and will find a way to display them in your homes.

Next… It is never too early to begin stitching for next year’s ATC exchange… Embroiderers’ Guild of Peterborough will be hosting the exchange next year, and next year is also the 40th anniversary of EAC.. so for those who have not yet ventured into the arena of Artist Trading Cards.. why not give it a try. Check the web site for ideas from what others have stitched in past years, and really, what better way to use up those smaller pieces of fabric and partials of threads…not to mention it is an easy way to stretch yourself and try something new… is will be small, so not overwhelming, …. and you will amaze yourself at what You can do. Watch the web site and upcoming issues of Embroidery Canada for the specifics.

All for now, happy stitching …
Marie Cron

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the post and pics! I'm eagerly awaiting my atc's :)


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