for a long time, i’d been really wishing that i had some of that cute goldfish-in-a-bag print by heather ross and it is soooooo out of print and soooooo highly desirable that i’d pretty much given up hope. until my common threads friend amber blogged that she had found some. i took a long shot and e-mailed to ask if she would at all consider swapping something with me for a piece of her fabric and…. she agreed! i made her the needlepoint piece pictured above (the pattern is now available for free in my “patterns” section, see top menu bar) and just for fun, i also threw in a felted monster finger puppet since she’s a soccer player:
i also recently scored big in another swap with a local friend. i’d made her some screen printed linen tea towels (hmmmm…. i seem to not have a photo of the completed towels, unfortunately) for a gift for her mother-in-law and in return, she knitted me these cute socks!
thanks, friends, for wonderful swaps!
on a total side note, i’ve been toying with the idea of posting a needlepoint pattern on my etsy shop for sale. if i were to do this, do you think i’d also need to include “how to needlepoint” instructions (the way that some quilt patterns on etsy explain quilting)? do you think that i should also include instructions on how to make the thing that incorporates the needlepointed piece (i.e. a wallet or the pocket of a tote bag….)? do you think that i should put together kits (that include the canvas, the thread/yarn, a needle, the pattern and maybe stretcher bars if it’s a larger piece)? or is this a silly idea? if anyone out there has actually ever tried one of my free patterns and has suggestions to improve the pattern format, i’d appreciate hearing them!