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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2014 05:02:30 AM »

I'm a bit like that too... Sometimes it's good to be able to make something I want to make (but wouldn't enjoy owning), for someone who actually wants it. I'm more of a process crafter than a product crafter. I enjoy the making.

"I'd like to try that pattern/technique" - *tries it out*  happens more often than "I need/want a scarf" - *makes one*. Swaps are a good way to try out new things, or make things I wouldn't want to keep. It's also good for me to have a deadline... If I have a deadline I get things done, but if I don't I tend to start new things or get distracted by shinies...

And I like getting fun packages in the mail... And it's really great to be able to receive crafter goodies I can't make, or wouldn't think of making. There's not just one reason I guess...
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« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2014 02:44:17 PM »

I swap because it helps me be creative. Having an appreciative person to craft for, some parameters, and a deadline, really inspires creativity for me, especially if I'm having a creative block.

Plus I get to hang out with my awesome craftster buddies, and get great surprises in the mail! Smiley

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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2014 11:21:24 AM »

Swapping has given me confidence in my crafts, and inspiration to try new things and get pushed out of my comfort zone. 
I love the idea of getting things in the mail!  And beautifully crafted ones on top of that is awesome!
I have also realized that it is a huge stress reliever.  And I also love the idea of getting things that I can never make for myself.


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« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2014 11:51:03 AM »

I use swaps as a motivator because I have a set deadline and theme to craft around. I never make items for myself but I love making items for other people! I also love that it forces me to stretch my creative muscles. I mostly crochet but my partner in the swap I'm in now wants something sewn so I'm branching out an trying my hand at needle and thread!

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« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2014 05:28:23 PM »

I agree with everyone above.

My whole life I have loved to craft and try different kinds of art, it is my happy place but I always had trouble making time for it.  I would do a course in the summer and love it and then fall comes, and I get busy, work, life, always saying oh yea I should make time for that.  The couple years before I started swapping I took a week off and made myself a 10 day craftorama challenge in which I made a new thing every day, and posted pics to FB for friends.  That was fun but still concentrated.  Then I found myself newly single a couple years ago around the same time as I found craftster and swaps. 

Having the deadline and a commitment was perfect, it makes me prioritize time to craft.  Having a theme and more importantly a partner with their preferences inspires me, I love the challenge, and having random things to work with that I would not have chosen on my own.  I love learning about my partner, their lists, their pinterests, and thinking about what that person might really appreciate that I can do, or at least appreciate my thought and effort. 

Sometimes I'm drawn to a swap theme, for the shared love of something geeky, but often I'm drawn to a swap to make a certain kind of item that I have been meaning to try, or think might be fun.  Who knew I would fall in love with making Teesha Moore style patches?  Would I ever have tried that but for a swap?  Or dotes?  Altered tins?

And last but definitely not least I love to see the swap gallery.  What everyone else has made, on a similar theme or style, everyone is so nice and creative and I learn so much.  I am inspired.  For example Ludi's stitch painting makes me think about embroidery in a whole new way.

I keep thinking I need to cut back on swaps but I can't resist.  I just realized I'm currently in 5 in progress.  Smiley

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