Friday, February 14, 2014

7th Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap - Join Now!

How would you feel if a total stranger sent you a handmade postcard? Probably the same as your new friend when he gets the one you made!

The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap is a global swap of stitched postcard love organized by Do What You Love, where people all across the world make a postcard-sized piece of art using any materials they like. The only rules are that it needs to include some kind of stitching (with a machine or by hand) and it needs to fit with that quarter’s swap theme – in this case, CREATE. This is your chance to be really creative, and share your love of creativity with someone somewhere else in the world.

How did this idea come about might you ask? Well, here is the story: Paul bought Beth as sewing machine for her birthday but she was a little afraid of it. A friend suggested she tried doing a creative swap to make herself use her new gift, so the next day she launched The Great Stitched Postcard Swap on her blog. 50 like-minded souls from across the globe took up the challenge. This was the first indication that there was a great power in community and these artistic souls would reach out and find each other. The swap has since grown to hundreds of people in 50+ countries around the world.

For this 7th Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap, now live and open for registration, Coats has partnered with DWYL to offer a very special giveaway – worth over £300 – to the most creative postcard:

-           The full range of new Anchor Postcard Kits from Coats (a total of 20 postcards)
-           A delicious package of 80 skeins of Anchor Stranded Cotton from Coats
-           A free place on the upcoming PaperLove online course (starts March 31)
-           A treasure box of stationery and other crafty delights in the PaperLove kit

It is free to enter (you just pay for the cost of making and posting your postcard), and it’s easy to join in with hundreds of others from around the world:
1.        Register until Wednesday 25 February 2014 (midnight GMT) to be allocated a swap partner to post your creation to, and then you can look forward to receiving some creative goodness back, in the form of another handmade postcard.
2.        Share your postcard on the Do What You Love Facebook page until Thursday 13 March 2014 (midnight GMT) to be eligible for the giveaway. A special album using all the images that are posted on the page by participants will be created on the page.
3.        Winners will be announced on Tuesday 18 March

Check out all the details on the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap page.

Go for it – together we will make this the biggest swap ever!
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