Saturday, 13 February 2010

About time for a new swap?

I am getting those swap itches again and I have been wondering what to do next, a while a go a couple of people suggested a fabric swap, now up until now my swap have always been Montessori themed but I though it might be fun to have a swap where my non-Montessori readers could join in too BUT for it still have a use in Montessori circles.

This is how it will work, each group will have 4 members, that means each person has to send swap items out to 3 people.

You MUST be willing to ship internationally.

I will try and mix up the groups as much as possible but it always comes down to who signs up.

You will send two different fat quarters of fabric to each person in your group. One piece must be a traditional the other a contemporary print, from the country you are representing* plus a postcard of either where you are sending from or where you are representing.

What is a fat quarter? There is a full definition here but basically you will need to buy 2 yards of fabric (one traditional, one contemporary) and cut each one into 4 squares. You get to keep a fat quarter for yourself and send the other 3.
***if you live somewhere that uses the metric system, use 1m of fabric for each type instead of a yard***

What do you mean, the country I am representing? This is part is important for the Montessori side, I am thinking that these pieces of fabric can be put into the continent boxes and so it is important that you know where the fabric originated from. If you can find out the history of the fabric that you are sending, that would be great. You can choose to represent the country you reside in, and this is probably the easier option for most or you may just happen to have a stash of Gambian fabric or something similar that you are happy to part with, in which case you would be representing Gambia.

Why a fat quarter? A fat quarter is a decent sized piece of fabric and for those who intend to make something with their fabric it is more useful than a regular quarter yard. I hope to find some fat quarter tutorials to link to for those who are interested.

Can I sign up for more than one group? Sure, please let me know when you email me.

Now for the nitty gritty...

You have until February 27th to sign up. Swap items must be sent out by March 14th.
If you are interested in signing up you need to do 2 things, you need to do both so that I can double check if anyone has got lost.

1. Leave a comment on THIS post
2. Send me an email, details below.

email with FABRIC SWAP in the subject line to...
montessori.swapshop at gmail dot com

I DO NOT want your mailing address, you will swap these with your partners once you get your group. I do need the following info...

  1. your name
  2. email address
  3. country you will represent
These swaps are done completely on trust and I can not be held responsible if your swap partner doesn't hold up their end of the bargain. I have enjoyed the swaps in the past, obviously otherwise I wouldn't keep doing them, occasionally I have had a bad egg in the group but all in all in has been a great experience and I have met some wonderful people. I encourage you to communicate with your swap partners, introduce yourself, share your passions etc. The groups that do this get so much more out of the swaps.

So, what you waiting for? Go and sign up!

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