If you went to SIT Melbourne last year, at some point in the afternoon you might have seen a group of women up near the tea and coffee who appeared to have broken into small groups, formed circles, and done a strange dance around crafty items on the floor. You might have noticed that there was much hilarity and laughter and not long afterwards, they all walked away with a handful of gorgeous handmade items and big happy smiles on their faces.
If you would like to be one of those women this year in Sydney, then this is what you need to know.
Cass’ SIT Sample Swap 2011
Orchestrated by Cass from Snailblazer, the Sample Swap is an ingenious idea that is easy to participate in, and a whole lot of fun.
It works like this:
- make 5 of the same item
- bring them all to the Saturday Crafting Session
- at Sample Swap time, we’ll break into groups of 6 people
- there will be a circle formed
- and a weird dance (very important)
- and you’ll get something from each person in your circle
- and they’ll each get something from you
- so you get 5 different handmade items
- and a big smile.
What items to make for your ‘sample’?
Anything you like! Something sewn, knitted, crocheted, quilted…anything. It can be your signature item, or something new you feel like trying. Last year we had pincushions, tea towels, bags, pouches, covered notebooks, lunch bags, knitted washcloths, needlebooks, tissue covers, handy bags, fabric baskets, brooches and more! That should give you some ideas, but there are no restrictions. It just has to be handmade!
There is no cut off date for this swap, although Cass would like to know by the end of February if you are participating (to get an idea of numbers). Late-comers will be welcome.
Please email Cass directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know if you will be participating, and also to give her an idea of what you’ll be making so we don’t double up in groups. She can also answer any questions that you have.
Thanks Cass for organising the Sample Swap again! I can’t wait!