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Topic: Suitable for Framing -- Yet Another Embroidery Swap  (Read 1473 times)
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« on: September 23, 2008 02:19:00 PM »

Hi --

I'm currently in Round 4 of the round-robin Embroidered Tea Towel swap and I know there's another Tea Towel swap going on as well, but I've been noodling around with organizing yet another embroidery swap -- so I figure I'll throw it out there.

I've been seeing more and more embroidered pieces put in frames on the boards recently and there's a wide variety -- some straight embroidery, some on felt, some on paper, some on patches attached to a printed fabric.

What are people's thoughts on an embroidery swap where you send someone a framed piece of embroidery? I'm thinking you could have between 1 and 3 partners (your choice: 1, 2 or 3), have a month of crafting time if you want to get fancy. There would probably be a minimum size limit (say, design must be at leas 5 by 7 inches) and you would send it finished off and ready for hanging.

I'm also thinking when you submit your questionnaire you could submit several themes you're interested in, including, of course, a surprise.

What do people think?
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2008 03:02:11 PM »

Yes! Yes! Yes! I love framed embroidery and I'm so in! I do have a couple questions though. Say we have 3 partners, would we be sending one piece of fabric (or whatever) to each participant to stitch on and then the last person frames it? Or would it be like I send out 3 framed pieces and receive 3 framed pieces? Do we choose our partners like IYP, where you can have more than one partner, or would the organizer(s) choose?
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2008 03:06:22 PM »

GatsbyGirl, I think it's a neat idea, and like the questions Lilyvanilli asked. What kind of start date are you contemplating?
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2008 03:48:47 PM »

You could choose the number of partners you want. So, if you think you can handle 3, you can have 3. If you would rather only focus on 1, you can do that too.

There would be no round robin to this. Instead you would do the piece, put it in a frame and send it to your partner. Since you would have a month worth of craft time you shouldn't feel pressured that you have to get it to the next person in line. That way you can be as elaborate as you want.

For the sake of ease and since there would be people wanting different numbers of partners, I would probably do all the matching up.

Since I know a lot of us stitchers are busy with other swaps right now, I would do sign-ups sometime in October and probably have the send out date be towards the end of November.
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2008 04:09:37 PM »

I love this idea! I'd love to have time to really work on a longer-term project, so I'd be more into the idea with one partner - I think this would make the swap more unique.
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2008 05:08:22 PM »

This could be a whole heap of fun. Sounds like a really neat concept. given the right start date, I'd certainly consider joining. I already want to go scour goodwill for spectacular frames.
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2008 05:22:34 PM »

I'd be keen if this is an international swap.  Can I frame without glass so it doesn't shatter in transit?  I'd also opt for 1 partner so I could make something personalised as well as intricate.
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2008 06:14:46 PM »

Yes, it would be international.

No, you wouldn't have to put glass in it.

And, if you'd rather do an untraditional frame -- like finishing it off in a hoop -- that would be fine too.
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2008 07:47:29 PM »

Great idea, GatsbyGirl!  I have nothing of mine framed, yet.  I'd love to start a "wall of wonderfulness"!! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2008 07:39:24 AM »

I love the idea! But I would be more comfortable sending a frameABLE work rather than sending it pre-framed. Less chance of destruction that way, and shipping would be cheaper, perhaps making more people from the US willing to send internationally?
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