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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

It's time...

... to get The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap show on the road! All around the world busy bees have been buzzing away at their sewing machines, with their hand embroidery needles, with paper, fabric, ribbon, words, images and anything else they can think of, stitching up a storm. And we are about to find out just how much loveliness has been created, inspired by the theme 'time'.

When I launched this just a few weeks ago, soon after getting a shiny new sewing machine for my birthday and in celebration of getting over my fear of breaking it, I had no idea that so many people from nine countries on three continents would sign up and join in. I cannot tell you how much this has made me smile.

And now the stitching is done, the bobbins tidied away, the machines unplugged, the stamps stuck on and the postcards in the post (and if they aren't they should be, come on girls!!)

Here's a sneak peek of my Stitched Postcard which is winging its way to someone in... Australia! Who could it be?...


You can watch this little project unfold over on our Flickr group, where participants will be uploading photos of their postcards as they arrive. Louise in the US has already posted a sneak peak of hers here.

Note to all lovely participants - THANK YOU for making this so much fun. You should have received an individual email from me outlining next steps but if not, please let me know. Once you have uploaded the photo of the card you receive in the Flickr group, please leave a comment below so we can go and check it out. Let us know about your experience of making your card, and and what you thought when another one dropped through your door. If you blog about it, please be sure to share the link in the comments below, and then go and check out the others!

I hope you all had fun. I'll be sharing some of the postcards on this blog over the coming fortnight - watch this space

 PS thanks again to Tinnie Girl and Stella for their advice on logistic-y things!

UPDATE JULY 2010: The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap has now closed. Thanks to everyone who joined in and made it so much fun! See our Flickr Group here for everyone's gorgeous creations! Check back in October when the project will open again


  1. You girls ROCK! Congratulations Beth on organizing such a successful stitched post card swap. You are truly one multi-talented woman! xo

  2. Wish I had found your blog earlier because I would have loved to participate. Oh well, let's hope there will be a next time. For now I just go over to the flickr-group.

    Have a lovely day.

  3. So exciting Beth and congratulations for getting us all together to stitch, i for one have been inspired to try something new myself so I cant wait to see what everyone has created. xxx

  4. Hi Beth!
    thanks for organizing this swap! i'm sending my post card tomorrow and i'll be sure to e-mail the recipient since she will receive her post card after June 30 - i don't have enough funds to pay for overnight express to Australia =-(

    i blogged about the card i made and you can see images in this post:

    i'll work on creating an account with flickr sometime this summer; not only is there the postcard group but Cathy's "Messages from the Universe" to join!!

  5. OOPS! i was trying to link to the specific post! hope this link works:

  6. i blogged about the card i received in the post this morning!
    thanks so much louise!
    and thanks beth for organising it! i love getting mail so it was amazing ha ha!

  7. Here is my blog post about the card I made and sent on it's way to New York.
    Thank you for organising this, it's such fun waiting for something to arrive in the mail.

  8. I just got back from a week away and found my lovely postcard waiting from me all the way from Lynda Howells in the UK! I just posted it at Thanks for the fun opportunity!


    here's my link Beth! can't wait for the next swap!


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