Friday, July 10, 2009

Altoid Tin Swaps

I recently participated in the Decorated Tin Swap at CQI. I embellished 2 tins and received 2 tins. It was really a lot of fun to do. In return I received 2 decorated tins of approximately the same size.

I embellished one Altoid tin with a photo transfer of a lady's face. I used Golden's Gel Medium to make the transfer onto the fabric. I surrounded the lady with silk ribbon flowers and sparkly jewel decorations. I added a black cord to hide the rough edge where the fabric and the tin came together. Then I used a clear silver glittered nail polish to paint the fabric, touch the flowers and cord with it, too. Next, I used some buttons to finish the piece off. The tin was lined with felt so she can carry any number of items in it. This tin and the goodies I stuffed it with were sent to Mary Lear.

The second tin I decorated was a 4" square one that was about 3" deep. I made a CQ top for it with fabrics in colors listed as being amongst the recipient's favorites. I embroidered a metallic thread heart, her initial and some seam treatments on it. I added some flower and butterfly sequins, a satin ribbon rose, a festive metallic braid along one seam, and I used gimp to edge it with. I also used gimp along the edge of the tin's lid. I covered the sides of the tin in a metallic ribbon and lined it with felt. I finished the inside with a cording around the felt pieces. Once again, I stuffed it full of fabrics and other goodies then sent it to its new home...with Lyn Gaskill.

Here is a picture of the tin that Mary sent to me. It is embellished with pearls, an organza ribbon rose and some glass leaf beads. There is a cute lace with a metallic thread running thru it on the side of the tin and a pink rose trim around the lid edge. She also included a few fabric pieces.

The other tin I received was from Ann Flowers. She found a way to make a small purse out of an Altoid Tin! It is so sweet and in the perfect earthtone colors to fit into my house. She created a mini-CQ for the top and bottom sides of the tin, added gimp around the edges and a ribbon handle. Inside she created a pad to lay my scissors on and a mini pincushion to match! She also filled it with ceramic buttons, vintage lace and other goodies. My granddaughter, Grace (age 4) loved this one! She tried to take it away saying it was "perfect for a small princess"!

This was a challenging and fun swap to participate in. There were over 70 very creative and inspirational tins swapped in all. No two alike, imagine that!

Friday, July 3, 2009

New Yahoo Group Growing Fast

As some of you may know I recently started a new Yahoo Group with some other ladies. It is called StitchMAP(MAP). You can see a promote button for it and its sister group Stash Angels and Mentors (SAM) on my sidebar. One reason it has taken me over a month to post this new blog entry is because we have been very busy at MAP. In June we launched our new Basic CQ Course with 16 people taking the course - for free! We don't charge. We also have mentors teaching Hardanger classes right now. There are plans to have a Color Theory Group Class this fall, a Beginner's Hardanger Course in the fall and a Beginner's Tatting course written by the first of the year. We have waiting lists for all of these classes and for Blackwork, Basic Embroidery, Brazilian Embroidery and Silk Ribbon Embroidery.

One of the exciting things we did was start our own Group Blog - K.N.A.S.S. (Keeping Needlearts Alive by Sharing Stitches). It is really worth looking at to see what we have been up to, the contests, the prizes, etc. In fact, we are having a give-away contest for the public there right now. Check it out at the link above and try your hand at the Teaser quiz. There is a sweet little prize for the winner.