You learn a lot about yourself when you get a swap partner with likes very different from your own. Do you make something you like, hope they like it and send it away, or do you
stalk learn about your partner and try and make something they like, even if it means trying new stuff you're not entirely proficient with? I feel like the latter is the true intention of a swap. So, with this last challenge, for the Scrappy Mug Rug swap (#5)- Haiku, I decided to try something that I have done in the past, but hadn't attempted for some time. For this swap, we have to compose, or "borrow" a Haiku poem (remember those- 5 syllable, 7 syllable, 5 syllable) for our partner based on something we learned about them. Then we have to sew them a mug rug to compliment our Haiku poem. My partner likes a style very different from my own (this seems to be a swap theme for me this year). BUT, lucky for me, although my partner does not live in the USA, I have visited where she lives. I decided that I would use photographs from my trip to compose her mug rug and the fact that she has a very unique job where she lives, my poem is an ode to her fair city. (I'm not saying what she does, it would be a dead giveaway and given what she does, it's fitting tribute, I hope think).
I'm posting pictures here, there are so many swappers, unless someone is stalking each and every blog I doubt she'll find it. I do hope she likes it. I do.
|close up detail of fabric piecing and of the over applique.|
|detail free-motion stitching on center totem|
|My Haiku tribute. I wish my hand embroidery were better. I found it very difficult to get the letters onto the linen with any consistency. If anyone reads this and has some helpful hints please pass them my way.|