You’ll Love This Sewing & Crafting Book If:
- You love learning new sewing techniques & you love the style and expertise of Chrissie Grace
- You want to hose your own fabric swap or want to learn more about sewing project collaborations
- You love trying new sewing projects and crafting with friends
Create colorful, eclectic crafting projects with the sewing tips and techniques in Sharing Stitches. Author and artist Chrissie Grace shows you how to bring new life and fun into your sewing and crafting through fabric swaps and collaborations. Learn how to sew with others via the ins and outs of collaborating with local artists or through an online community.
This fun sewing book shows you how to sew 22 projects from start to finish and covers all the basic information you’ll need to start working right away. Learn how to sew a patchwork pullover, a headband with a lacey flair, a pillow and much more. Discover how to make fabric jewelry too! You’ll also discover how to create a collaborative quilt with your group and create new ideas with a round robin journal.
In the Sharing Stitches eBook You’ll Learn:
- 22 crafty sewing projects great for collaborations and swaps
- How to swap fabrics, collaborate with other artists locally or online & host your own collaboration gathering
- Great sewing tips & fabric projects from Chrissie Grace and 15 other artists such as Claudine Hellmuth, Liz Lamoreux, and Ruth Rae
A Word From the Author:
" If you are trying to decide whether you would like to either participate in or host a swap or collaboration, consider the power of working with a group. When you participate, the projects are usually assigned a theme. This theme may be a subject that you would not normally choose to work with. Your imagination will be stretched as you wrap your creative senses around that subject. Knowing that other people are collaborating with you gives you a sense of artistic security. There is an unspoken agreement that while you are working with other people, you are giving the same precious time and respect that other artists are giving." — Chrissie Grace
Check Out This Excerpt From Sharing Stitches:
Swapping and Collaborating
When swapping, I suggest starting small. Do a swap with one person. Agree to send each other a box of items to work with (keep it under $20) and then see what each one of you creates. Do another one with three to five people. Everyone can send a fabric to each participant and receive just as many various fabrics in return. As your participant list grows, your variation in fabrics gets larger, too.
I recently did a quilting swap where we made one hundred quilt blocks. The theme was simply red and aqua. I sent my blocks to the host, and I received one hundred different blocks from the other ninety-nine participants. I now have a huge range of blocks to make a quilt with. This swap was a lot of work, but it was so much fun!
There are so many online groups available that it can be quite overwhelming to pick one to join. One of the best places to start is a Yahoo group (http://groups.yahoo.com). Try to narrow your search by typing in keywords such as sewing or round robin. If you can’t find a group that matches your interest, think about creating your own. Being active on a personal blog can help you connect with people who may be interested in participating.
When you are part of a collaboration, there may be questions about who gets to keep the final product. With some groups, you will agree to do enough collaborative pieces that everyone in the group will get to keep one. Sometimes (as in the case for the two collaborations we did in this book), you can auction the piece off and use the proceeds to donate to a charity. This is a great way to give back to the community. Make sure everyone in the group is clear about the resulting piece’s destiny.
When swapping and/or collaborating, remember these
online group etiquette tips:
Check out This Free Excerpt Straight From the Pages of Sharing Stitches! How to Use Scraps of Fabric to Sew Your Own Artists’ Apron!
- Each host sets forth the guidelines for the swap. These guidelines are not negotiable. Read them several times before joining the swap. E-mail the host for clarifycation before joining if any part of the guidelines is confusing to you.
- Be careful not to overextend yourself on swaps! Also, be sure to know the mailing date of your swap. Notify the host right away if you are going to be late sending in your contributions.
- If the host states that fabric should be quilt shop quality, do everyone a favor and send fabric from your local/online quilt shop. It may be tempting to pay $3 a yard for something that’s on sale, but it isn’t really fair to those who have paid for a more expensive fabric. This rule goes for any swapped materials.
- It is imperative that your packages be sent to the host with adequate postage. Be sure not only that you include a self-addressed return envelope, but also that you put the correct stamped postage on the return envelope.
- Sending your host a small gift is always appreciated, although it is not required. The host has done a lot of organization and work to make the project a success. Extra fabric or sewing supplies make great gifts, or even just a nice thank-you note will suffice.
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