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Saturday, 17 July 2010

Time's up! The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap round-up

You all blew me away. 
So much imagination, creativity and LOVE shared around the world through our little project! 
Thank you SO much. 

I had no idea it would be so much fun - 70 women from nine countries on three continents all intepreting the theme of 'time' differently, turning it into a unique stitched postcard and then sending it off on its way overseas... and waiting in anticipation for another unique stitched postcard to drop through their own letterbox.

Here is the one I made and sent to Kath in Australia...   Kath said she is going to frame it and put it up in her sewing room.  That makes me want to do a little dance...

The idea suddenly came to me when I was lying in the top bunk of a tiny cabin on a night ferry from the Greek island of Santorini to Athens.  I had an image of exactly what I wanted to create... so you can imagine my utter surprise when I got home and a package had arrived containing a copy of Noelle Oxenhandler's lovely book The Wishing Year, with this front cover:

Even the colours were similar.  How strange.  Well now is a big time for wishing in my life, so maybe it was just serendipity!

But the best bit of all was receiving a postcard myself from Susan in the US, and seeing everyone else's creations being posted in the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap Flickr group.

Here is a random sample of some of the gorgeousness that has been carried across land and sea by friendly postmen in the past month...

Check out the Flickr group for the rest, and to see who made what.

Finally, some people wrote about the swap on their blogs.  Here is a roundup of the their little leaps of joy as their surprises dropped through the door or into the mailbox...

In the US:
Cindy here and here, Donnell, Gwinnie B, Lori, LouiseMonica (the Creative Beast), RikkiStella, Susan

In Australia:
Amy, AnastasiaCamille (Curly Pops)Caroline (Maika Creations), Hilary (here and here), Lex (Captain Plaknit), Nicole, Sarah, Susie (Flowerpress)

In New Zealand:
Deb, Gabrielle

In the UK:
Emma (Amoeba Handmade) Helen, me

In Germany:
Robin (Well of Creations) here and here

In Spain:
Judit (Pilgrim of the Moon) here and here

For future reference, the project details have been archived here

And for next time...
Quite a few people have asked when the next stitched postcard swap will be (so happy that you want to do it again!). I am planning to run the next one in October/November - watch this space! If you have a suggestion for a theme please add it in the comments below. I have a few ideas but would love to hear yours too.

Thanks again everyone, and keep stitching!


  1. I love your image! There is something about a dandelion puff that I am fascinated by-it represents a culmination of it's cycle yet each seed it is sending off is so full of possibility and newness.

    All the postcards are so inspiring and beautiful. I look forward to the next round and hope to participate!

  2. Fabulous Beth! Im posting my lovely surprise postcard this weekend. (playing major catch up still!) This was so much fun, thank so much for organizing and there were so many gorgeous designs. I love yours, colors are wonderful and relaxing. Big cheers for the Great Big Stitched postcard swap. :-)

    Have a great weekend xxx

  3. hurrah. I missed it last time. i already make stitched cards.... so it is right up my alley. the photos of all the cards are really something. still strikes me as kind of odd that there are so few from the UK. What is that about?

  4. Good question - not sure why most of the fun was had in the US and Australia. I guess I had not connected with that many UK blogs when the swap was launched - I know many more lovely Brits blogging now, so we'll have to do a big Brit push next time as well as welcoming the world!

  5. So much fun. I can't wait for the next one.

    I think that flight would be a good theme for the next one.

    I blogged about my postcard at

  6. Those are all beautiful cards!

    Stopping by from SITS to welcome you!

    Cheers :-)
    - CoconutPalmDesigns

  7. Beth, I am so sorry I missed your postcard swap. All the designs are beautiful. I want to do one next time. I will be watching you. Thanks for doing this type of thing to keep us all together.

    Debbie Williams

  8. ...and as the recipient of Your postcard Beth I was thrilled beyond belief. It is so beautiful! I really love t and it is now framed and sitting on my sewing desk. I look at it almost everyday. Thankyou again.

  9. ..and it keeps on giving, Beth! I'm meeting others who found me and visa versa because of your fabulous idea. Count me in next time :)

    Merci beaucoup, dahling, for having this amazing and creative and beautiful and serendipitous idea!!

  10. This is such a neat idea! They are all so beautiful!!


  11. Thanks again Beth :-)
    I blogged about the swap here:

  12. this is a great round-up Beth! thanks so much for creating this project and i'm so glad there will be another one later this year...

    i'll make note of that on my blog badge =-)

  13. fantastic effort!! thanks for hosting Beth - was a fun swap to be involved in!!!

  14. Hey Beth,
    I came from Flying Lessons -- I cannot believe I missed your Postcard Swap. What a fabulous fabulous idea. And oh my gosh, yours with the dandelion - that's amazing. I would frame that. You can do a lot with that ya know. I'll be on the lookout for the next one. I am glad you are going to do another one!
    - Sydney

  15. Dearest beth, that is such a wonderful project and i LOVE your stitch postcard lots! Very inspiring! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

  16. so happy to hear you'll be doing another postcard swap and can't wait to take part. all of these lovely images! i love it!

    and what a bit of serendipity! i just love hearing about that too! thank you, beth :)

    xo, juliette


    Mine was a horror and I'm embarrassed as usually my stuff is not so ugly. I will start practicing right now for the future!


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