The 8th round of the Very Berry Handmade Fabric ATC swap is drawing to a close and now that I have both sent and received my ATC in this round I though I would share them with you here today.

An ATC is an artist’s trading card which has a standard size of 2.5″ x 3.5″. Needless to say when working on such a small sale designs are very much in miniature, and for the purpose of this swap they must be fabric based.

The theme of the swap was “Winter Comforts” so I thought of all the things that bring me comfort on those wet and cold winter days when I am enjoying a little me time indoors and incorporated them into my design.

Winter Comforts Fabric ATC sent | Mud, Pies and PinsI used some texty fabric as a background, reminiscent of both the books I love to read and the fabrics I love to sew with. I added a little mat composed of mini 1/4″ Liberty hexies because I do so love EPP projects, and I do actually love sewing such mini hexies as part of such projects. Then I added a little red tea-pot, because there is nothing better than a nice pot of tea to work through as one reads/creafts away. The final addition was a little knitted tea cosy because knitting is yet another of my favourite winter hobbies.

I used some mink and mohair wools to knit the tea cosy, both were left over from various scarf and hat projects that I had worked on last year. Because I wanted tiny stitches I improvised with a pair of darning needles to create a pair of knitting needles for myself.

Miniature knitting | Mud, Pies and PinsThe card that I received was so very thoughtful and full of meaning. My partner had obviously been following me on Instagram as she told me she had been inspired by a photo I had posted some weeks back of primroses peeking through some snow.

Primroses in the snow | Mud, Pies and PinsHer other additions to the card represented my love of handcrafts, and my love of spening time with family and friends. Defintiely real comforts and such a meaningful way to interpret the theme. I couldn’t have wished for a nicer card!

Winter Comforts Fabric ATC received | Mud, Pies and PinsAs ever there have been lots of different interpretations of the theme and a whole host of magnificent cards made by all of the participants in the swap. If you want to see more of them you will find plenty of photos of the cards in the swap Flickr group and Ali, who organises the swap, has also written a lovely round-up post over on Very Berry Handmade. Maybe you will be inspired to make some ATCs of your own or to join in the next round of the swap?


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