Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Swatch Swap


Here's my idea: I'm going to make a quilt, of simple squares, and I'd like it to be as colourful and varied as possible. So how about a swap? I'll send you a 20cm* square of one of my prints, and you send me one of yours. Medium-weight fabric, not too thick and not too thin, with a handprinted design. Small enough to stick in an ordinary envelope.

Just leave a comment, and I'll contact you for a postal address. (Make sure I can find your email address somewhere on your website or blog!) And if you don't already print fabric, why not have a go? Potato prints, lino cuts, silkscreening, stencilling....

And then join in - go through the comments left here, and contact each person to arrange a swap with them. What do you think?

*7.8 inches

ETA: Swatch Swap now has a Flickr group.

51 comments:

Kutuu said...

Ohh what a great idea! I wish I was even just a teeny bit good at fabric stuff!!

Grace said...

Neato! I've been printmaking for years (see www.graciesparkles.com) but just recently started messing around with fabric.

Kristin Loganbill said...

sounds great!
kristin@moonteaartwork.com

Sam said...

I love this idea!!!
inklore@yahoo.com

Carina said...

Ooooh, this sounds like so much fun I had to come out of lurking (hi!). Count me in. :-)

binaryflower -at- gmail -dot- com

Jesse said...

Yay! This is going to be fun!

Oh, and if your email is on your blog or website, don't worry about leaving your address here - I'll track it down. I love finding new blogs.

Natch said...

*coming out of lurking as well* this sounds great! Maybe harder to organize, but wouldn't it be fab if everyone swapped their fabric with multiple people? Either way I could use an excuse to do a little more printing again ;)

nfb6@cornell.edu

Janet McKinney said...

I am all for joining in a fabric swap - care for some from Australia
Janet McKinney
janetmckin@gmail.com

flowerpress said...

Count me in! I've just started screenprinting textiles but trying to master block printing fabric as well.
jands @ unwired.com.au
(Is linen alright?)
Oh and come and see my blog too :-)
Thanks
Susie

Hollabee said...

cool, I've never done a swap. Count me in! Just let me know which design/colour you'd like.

Erin said...

Hi Jesse! I've never done a swap OR printed on fabric, (although I have done a fair amount of batik) but i'm betting that at the very least i can draw...
If that doesn't work I will bust out the potatoes!!

pippijoe said...

count me in!! i'm going to have to learn to make a quilt now!

janine de waal said...

OK - I also want in!!! ; ) Will do my best making something cool - maybe with some bunnies! ; )

julia said...

I'll be happy to join you!!!

lori said...

Oh I love this idea and this might be a good excuse for me to give printing a try!! (i've also never done a swap, it sounds fun) If a newbie (who doesn't actually have the materials needed yet) can join in, I'm in:

subloke AT hotmail DOT com

painted fish studio said...

i'd love to try! i've block printed, and i have a ton of great linen, so count me in!

jen [at] paintedfishstudio dot com

jules said...

what a wonderful idea, count me in!

julia-at-jewelweeds-dot-com

Suschna said...

Here is a secret admirer from Germany, I would like to try out this swap.
titou[at]t-online[dot]de

SSFlener said...

I would love to!

Sew Bettie said...

Oh! I love it. I can't wait to see your finished quilt. If anyone else wants to trade with me (full disclosure: I am a newbie printer), please send me an email at info@sewbettie.com.

sooz said...

Can I participate by swaping pieces of handprinted fabric not printed by me? I buy from local designer/printers and have a great collection.

Helen said...

Cool, count me in I've just been making come with lino cuts.
helen@cybercorp.co.nz

Tina said...

I'd love to join. I've never done a swap before. How does it work? When does everyone have to have their fabrics ready?

Knitsonya said...

Oh should I, shouldn't I. Hmmmm. Considering I dropped out of one last summer. What the hey. knitsonya at gmail dot com. Count me in (I guess).

feedthedog said...

yes please .. would love to swap ...

Freshly Found said...

Hey Jesse, Count me in too. I've thought about it overnight and I am keen to give it a try. I have never printed anything before - but I have some ideas! What fun.

Jason said...

count me in too! And if anyone else wants to do a swap with me then let me know!

fulviastudio.com said...

I'd love to join you. Thanks!
Fulvia

www.fulviastudio.com

Sherrin said...

at comment number 29, I may be too late... but I'd love to if you still need more squares. What a great idea. You'll have such a lovely eclectic quilt.

Leanne Graeff said...

I'm in if you still have room! Can't wait to see all that you collect!
lgraeff1 at verizon dot net

Holly said...

Yes, please!
sweetie.petersen -at- gmail.com

Laura Bucci said...

Darn! I haven't started printing on fabric yet. Hopefully there will be a next time!

Kristen said...

Hi, I would love to participate, but I have one question. Do the prints have to be your own design? I have some left over prints from patapri that I used for making a baby quilt. I would love to swap for some other handprinted squares. Let me know if this would work!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to join in - but I don't have a blog or website!
Tricia Garrett

jess gonacha said...

is it to late to join in?? this souds so fun!!!! i would love to be part of the swap. :)

(i am in georgia, in the usa)

angeliaa said...

Any spots left to join? I have some of my new designs I would love to try out.

oami said...

I'd love to be involved - don't have a website (yet!) or a blog but I print on fabric just the same:
oami@modaspia.com

Jesse said...

Wow! Thanks, everyone.

I'm afraid your own designs is what this is about - sorry to sound like a schoolmarm. And you can still join if you don't have a blog or website; so long as you have an email address you can be contacted at, that's fine!

soheartfelt said...

Im an ex Kaapie living in New Zealand! Would love to join in. Shall we wait to hear from you or make our own hook ups? (have cut a few lino's this last month - but have not tried fabric prints yet - still playing)
www.soheartfelt.wordpress.com

Alex Kirkwood said...

I love the idea!
It's just what I need to get me motivated. I'm in New Zealand and am keen to swap with anyone from anywhere. I'll see what I come up with and report next week on The Sunday Project - that's the blog I've just started. Wish me luck!

erin said...

Oh oh oh this sounds fun! I haven't printed much over the past two years since finishing my BFA but I could certainly use a kick in thee pants to give it a spin now. xoxoxox erin.ruscio@gmail.com!!!

leililaloo said...

Hi, i just recently started selling some of my designs as printed fabrics in my etsy shop, i would love to join in. Great idea!Dana

Cicada Studio said...

I want to participate, but I don't have any hand printed fabrics made at this exact moment. I can do it though, especially for this! Please contact me and I'll let you know how quickly I can send it. This is going to be wonderful.
cicadastudio(at)earthlink(dot)com

mikodesign said...

What a great idea, I love to join!
e_harberts(at)hotmail(dot)com

blanco bunny said...

Yahoo!!! Count me in! I love printing on fabric and this is a great way to get motivated to print. I just started my own blog (http://blancobunnyblog.blogspot.com) and my email is ewinkelman1ataimdotcom. It is still under construction, so check back often:)

Great idea by the way!

manda said...

hello
Id love to join in too
manda

Natalie said...
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karen barbé said...

Lovely idea! I started block-printing just a week ago and I'm already addicted to it.

Lara said...

oh oh I totally missed this! If it's not too late I'd love to participate. Let me know what sort of colour you'd like:

lara[at]laracameron[dot]com

Yay!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to join if it's not too late (I've been out of town). I've been printing up quite a bit of fabric lately.

elliottcme@hotmail.com

Jacob said...

Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u
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