Yesterday, I showed you how I finished my goldwork and silk embroidered Christmas ornament for the swap that I joined a month or so ago. I’ve never actually joined an oline swap. Being a newbie, one of my readers was very nice to mention that there’s a list somewhere online that gives a bit of information on how to go about preparing items for a swap, but I can’t find the link! (If anyone knows where that article is, I’d love to see it again!)
There are apparently two exciting elements to a swap: 1. doing the embroidery and planning the “package” to send (I love planning packages!), and 2. anticipating, like a kid at Christmas, what the post will bring. I enjoyed the creating process best – I’m looking forward to wrapping up the ornament in pretty paper, preparing a few little embroidery trinkets to send along with it, picking out one of my embroidered cards and adding in a few blank ones for use – you know, just making up a Fun Package to Open! I love doing that! I’m going to use a plethora of curling ribbon!
I actually never found myself thinking about the other end of the swap or anticipating anything in the mail. But on Saturday, the mail arrived, and in it, there was a letter addressed to me from someone I didn’t know. I thought it a bit strange – the envelope was hand-written, from Australia, and had something kind of flat and bumpy in it. Weird. I wasn’t expecting anything from Australia…
So I opened it, not even remotely considering the ornament swap, because I had forgotten the “other end.” (I felt rather stupid, actually…) I fingered the little ziplock bag, trying to think what I had ordered that was feathery… who did I know?… what could this be??…. (I wasn’t alone at lunch, either, so I had an audience of witnesses to my air-headed reaction!)
I unzipped the ziplock carefully, trying (unsuccessfully) to avoid catching a bit of fluffy feather in it. Finally, I got it open, and …
And this is what I received: a little cross stitch and beaded angel, worked on perforated paper, with white feathers for the wings. The skirt is made out of clear bugle and seed beads, and gold beads, which are carefully hung to create a pattern. I hung her on the light there, to take the photo, to give it a kind of angelic effect. Actually, I thought the beads might sparkle a bit more!
The ornament is stitched on two pieces of perforated paper, so that the back of the angel is also the finished back of the head, halo, and top of the angel. Then the wrong sides of the finished pieces are stitched together, with the feathers for the wings secured between the two pieces of perforated paper.
Isn’t she cute? I have the perfect tree to hang her on, and I know the little kids will love looking at her.
Once my swap stuff is in the mail (I think I have to send it global priority at this point!), I’ll be finished with this year’s ornament swap. Though overall this was a positive experience for me, I’m still not quite sure of the whole swap thing. I suppose it’s a good way to reach out to others across the globe. Have you ever joined an online swap of any kind? If so, what kind? What did you like about it? Were there any drawbacks? If you’ve never done one, what makes you hesitate to join one? I’d love to hear about your swap experiences! Anyone??
And, finally, another reminder about this month’s embroidery stash give-away – two full spools of Gilt Sylke Twist, plus some other fun needlework stuff, are just waiting for you to win them! If you haven’t joined yet for this month and are interested, do take a look at the original post for details on joining!