Artist Trading Card 3

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When I read on the Veryberryhandmade blog that Ali was hosting another ATC swap, I was keen to take part again.
To recap, an ATC, or Artist Trading Card, is a mini work of art made onto sturdy card 2.5″x3.5″. Originally hand drawn or painted, ATCs were never sold but were swapped with other artists. Their original aim was to enable people to collect small works by artists which they would otherwise not be able to afford. Ours, of course, are textile based ones.

It is a lovely way of being creative but on a very small scale.atc-swap-4-button2

The theme, this time, is ‘getting away from it all’. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

The posting date is this coming week. True to form, after thinking I had weeks to produce my card, inspiration didn’t hit me until last week when I finally got down to mine.

Ali notified me that the recipient of my card lives in London  so at least I didn’t have to worry about the time for overseas postage.

I’m looking forward to receiving mine to add to my very small but growing collection.

These are the two I have received to date

ATC by Patch from MadeByPatch
ATC by Patch from MadeByPatch
ATC rececived from Christina at Sew Brewtiful
ATC rececived from Christina at Sew Brewtiful

And these are the two I previously made for past VeryBerryHandmade ATC swaps

Autumn fabric ATC
‘Autumn’ fabric ATC
Fabric ATC artist trading card
‘Spring Bouquet’ Fabric ATC artist trading card

And so to my latest mini creation.

It has been along time since I have done any hand embroidery but I have all the tools and threads.

ATC  creation. The threads
ATC creation. The threads

To me, you me ‘getting away from it all’ conjures up blue seas and blue skies and hot sun.

French knots
French knots

So this is what I tried to recreate using tiny french knots on a piece of  leftover denim

French knot embroidery
French knot embroidery

And voila!

Getting away from it all. Fabric ATC
Getting away from it all. Fabric ATC

I love how it goes with my ‘lose ends’ plate which sits on my kitchen worktop magically collecting hair grips and bobbles, pins, cotton, paperclips, keys and the like.

There is a Very Berry ATC swap group on Flickr, where you can see photos of cards made for this and previous swaps.

This time, mine will be on time!

Love, Lucie xx


    1. There’s a lot of examples of this type of work on Pinterest; some really beautiful work. I’m thinking about using this technique on something else but have not quite decided what!


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