Then, for the whole rating thing...I am the organizer of the apron swap who decided to match people up based upon their skill level. Now, I did not label the swappers...they chose which level of skill they felt like they had. The novices were happy that they were paired with people on their own level because it eased the swap stress. Of course, the Experts who have been sewing for 25 years were thrilled that they would be receiving an apron of equal quality work.
I used the following four levels:
No Experience, Moderate Experience, Experienced and Expert
That's a great idea! I would love to see something like that in more swaps.
Dulcinea, didn't your mother ever tell you not to run your fingers and thumbs over sharp objects? If not, she should have!
Funny story related to that - when my youngest son was around 10, we were in the hardware store and he picked up a utility knife, slid out the blade and ran his finger down the length of it - you can imagine the cut he got! When we asked him why he had done that he said he had seen Dad check a blade for sharpness that way and wanted to try it. We then had to explain that Dad had 'gently' run his thumb across the blade, not down the length of it. He never tried that again!
Swap name: One Tiny Thing #11 Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Homerof2 Sign-up date range: February 21 - 25th or ealier if 24 people have joined Date to send item by: March 12th
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
All ages allowed? Yes but if you are under 16 please be sure you have a way to get the item to the post office on time.
Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions: - Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES - Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES - Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES - Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: N/A
Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions: - Has been a member for at least one month: YES - Has posted at least 15 times: YES - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES - Does not have any negative feedback: YES
Details of swap:
The idea is to make one tiny craft item. It should be physically small (miniatures are encouraged) and should be something that you can craft with a high level of skill. Even if it is a fairly simple/easy item for you to make, please embellish or perfect it so that it best represents your skill. (For example, if you wish to make a coin purse, I encourage you to embroider, add beading, or take other steps to make it a really special piece.)
You will receive only one partner. You may only send that partner ONE tiny craft - "extras" are not allowed in this swap. All items should be 4"x4" or smaller. The idea behind this swap is to give you a simple, low-pressure craft swap that won't stress you out or cost a lot to ship.
How do you know if your idea is "tiny?" Examples: A coin purse is tiny; a clutch purse is not. A pair of earrings is tiny; a necklace, earrings, and bracelet set is not. A trinket box is tiny; a pencil box is not. An ATC (artist trading card) is tiny; a full-size drawing is not. (If you're not sure if your idea qualifies as "tiny," ask me!)
IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND DON"T REPLY WITH IT HERE.
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Craftster Username: Email address: Your real name: Mailing address: Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your country?: What craft skills can you use to make a high quality tiny item (ie.. knit, crochet, sew, quilt, shrine making etc..) : What craft skills would you love your tiny item to be made with (list as many as you'd really appreciate): What kind of tiny things would you like to receive? (this is just a guideline) : What are you favorite colors / motifs / styles: What else would you like to tell you partner? (Please be sure to include any restrictions, such as no animal byproducts, religious symbol preferences, etc.)
A few other things to follow:
1. Please post on this thread. A simple I'm in! or whatever will suffice. This is so I'm certain you get all messages.
2. Please put OTT 11 in the title of all PM's
3. A DC# is not required since the packages are very small. In all cases, save your receipt and be prepared to show me a copy if there are problems with your package arriving in a timely fashion
4. I'm hoping that no one will send late but, if closer to send out date, you know you are going to be late, you MUST inform me and your partner.
5. This is how I plan to give feedback:
If you send on time and follow the guildelines of only one item, I will give you a "Great Swapper" If you send late (with a good reason) but communicate, I will give you "Sent late but communicated" If you send late but don't communicate and the package actually arrives at it's destination, I will give you "Sent late and didn't communicate" If you flake (and I don't expect any flakers) you will be given "Negative"
i really wish there could be a way to encourage people to give honest constructive feedback directly to the crafter, and encourage crafters to accept such feedback. there was a post on this somewhere else. darn feelings always get in the way, huh?
i have seen some really, really terrible swaps that the crafter was SO proud of, and the receiver always says "i loved it," but it never sounds genuine. this is the single reason i have never participated in a swap.
maybe they just don't know they're making crap? i would certainly want to know if i was. i can only tell by the lack of feedback if i made a bad craft- everyone just says "i like it" otherwise. it irks me!
Yikes, that's a hard one - I don't know that I could publically post that I didn't like something I was sent but if the person sending to me asked me in a PM, I could give my honest opinion. I've never gone so far as to say I loved something when I didn't - the way I have handled things is to just post a picture and say that I had received from X. I'm not sure if that person realizes from my post that I'm not happy with it or not.
I think that if you want 'real' comments, then you should send a PM to the person you sent to and ask for their honest opinion. I would give it to someone if they asked me that way because I would think they wanted the truth.