Yes, the craft swap I’ve been hinting about, can finally be unveiled!
Make and Craft – a UK craft magazine – hosted a craft swap where for November, the theme was ‘stars’. I just fancied doing a craft swap, I googled, and there it was. There’s nothing between me & the magazine.
Anyway, I immediately thought of a patchwork star. And then just as quickly I thought of French Knots. It’s a beautiful, soft cotton Jewelry Mat for the organised lady’s dressing table.
The lovely Hannah – my swapee – wrote a few sentences on what she liked, and it included pastel colours, star gazing and pale green.
So I drew a patchwork star design and then filled it with pastel coloured French knots – in lemon, mint, baby-blue and slightly darker than lilac. I backed it with the reverse side of a dark green (showing the pale green underside).
At first, because Hannah said she liked drinking tea, I was going to make a mug rug, but then I thought pastels and French Knots are a bit too pretty to get brown ringmarks, so I decided to make a Jewelry Mat. It’s for the dressing table, and when you take your jewels off at night and are too sleepy to put the pieces in the box, you can lay them on the soft cotton prettiness, and then when the tidy mood hits, move everything into its rightful place.
The rule was a gift of 3GBP had to be included, so when I went to Auckland’s Stardome Observatory one day, I picked up some informative postcards of the night sky in the Southern Hemisphere, and a really cool tote bag that says ‘Keep Calm and Star Gaze’. I really kinda want to keep the tote bag. But I can pop back anytime whereas Hannah will have to wait til she globe-trots to New Zealand.
It was a really fun swap. I enjoyed it immensely and I look forward to blogging when I receive Hannah’s lovely things through the mail!