Artist Trading Card 3

Artist Trading Card 3

When I read on the Veryberryhandmade blog that Ali was hosting another ATC swap, I was keen to take part again.
To recap, an ATC, or Artist Trading Card, is a mini work of art made onto sturdy card 2.5″x3.5″. Originally hand drawn or painted, ATCs were never sold but were swapped with other artists. Their original aim was to enable people to collect small works by artists which they would otherwise not be able to afford. Ours, of course, are textile based ones.

It is a lovely way of being creative but on a very small scale.atc-swap-4-button2

The theme, this time, is ‘getting away from it all’. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

The posting date is this coming week. True to form, after thinking I had weeks to produce my card, inspiration didn’t hit me until last week when I finally got down to mine.

Ali notified me that the recipient of my card lives in London  so at least I didn’t have to worry about the time for overseas postage.

I’m looking forward to receiving mine to add to my very small but growing collection.

These are the two I have received to date

ATC by Patch from MadeByPatch

ATC by Patch from MadeByPatch

ATC rececived from Christina at Sew Brewtiful

ATC rececived from Christina at Sew Brewtiful

And these are the two I previously made for past VeryBerryHandmade ATC swaps

Autumn fabric ATC

‘Autumn’ fabric ATC

Fabric ATC artist trading card

‘Spring Bouquet’ Fabric ATC artist trading card

And so to my latest mini creation.

It has been along time since I have done any hand embroidery but I have all the tools and threads.

ATC  creation. The threads

ATC creation. The threads

To me, you me ‘getting away from it all’ conjures up blue seas and blue skies and hot sun.

French knots

French knots

So this is what I tried to recreate using tiny french knots on a piece of  leftover denim

French knot embroidery

French knot embroidery

And voila!

Getting away from it all. Fabric ATC

Getting away from it all. Fabric ATC

I love how it goes with my ‘lose ends’ plate which sits on my kitchen worktop magically collecting hair grips and bobbles, pins, cotton, paperclips, keys and the like.

There is a Very Berry ATC swap group on Flickr, where you can see photos of cards made for this and previous swaps.

This time, mine will be on time!

Love, Lucie xx

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About lovelucie1

I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. In fact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wasted make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

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  1. So simple and yet so beautiful and so evocative of sun and sea.

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  2. Beautiful! Really effective! x

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  3. Your French knots look perfect!

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  4. Stunning. How absolutely beautiful 🙂

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  5. Wow I love this idea! Your cards are beautiful, especially the denim one ❤

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  6. This is gorgeous! What a unique idea; I’ve never seen French knots used like this before, it’s really effective.

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    • There’s a lot of examples of this type of work on Pinterest; some really beautiful work. I’m thinking about using this technique on something else but have not quite decided what!

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  7. Your latest ATC is absolutely gorgeous! You did an excellent job on all of those tiny little knots.

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  8. What an awesome idea, yours is perfect!

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