Shhhhhh … This is a secret Pincushion and Needle case Secret Swap and you will not be sending to the person who will send to you. You may sign up for two items: can be either 2 pincushions OR 2 needle cases OR 1 pincushion and 1 needle case. Make sure you let me know what you want to swap when you sign up with a PM.
This swap will be a secret until you receive your package.
International swappers, please join us.
All skill levels welcomed!
For December, some of you will want to choose Christmas. Some of you do not celebrate that holiday or would rather not have a themed pincushion or needle case, so please mark on your information sheet what you would like to receive: theme or not. Please read this information section when choosing what you will make for your secret partner.
1. The cushion/case does NOT have to be quilted or hand embroidered, although it can be. But it must be handmade - not purchased.
2. Use cotton or wool felt for the pincushions and stuff with appropriate filling. Use cotton or felt for the needle case, and it should have an insert of wool, felt, or Warm and Natural (this is great for needle cases).
3. Embellishments/applique/embroidery are welcome but not required. PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL LINE IN THE INFORMATION SHEET REGARDING THE USE OF POLYESTER BLENDS IN THE COTTON AND FELT. If you plan on using the cushion as a daily use item please mention this, as polyester will dull the points of pins and needles.
4. The size and shape of the pincushion/needle case is up to the individual creating it, but should not be smaller than 3” x 3”.
Sign-ups begins today and end on December 1, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. PST. This is a firm closing time. Names will be assigned by PM beginning the morning of Dec. 3rd and should be completed Dec 5th by end of the day.
Please respond to this thread with a post if you are joining the swap. Then, highlight and copy the information sheet onto a new PM, fill it in, and PM it to me. And don't forget to tell me how many spots you want, one or two, and what you want to swap. I will acknowledge receipt of your PM.
The deadline for all pincushions/needle cases to be mailed to your partner(s) is Friday Dec 20, 2013. International swap mail date is Dec. 15, 2013.
Participants in the November swap who did not fulfill their obligation will not be able to participate in upcoming swaps.
Please PM me with your tracking number when you ship. You are required to have a tracking number on your package but priority mail is not required. First class with a tracking number is acceptable.
If for some reason you will not be able to fulfill your obligation, please PM me no later than December 15, 2013 so that I can locate a swap angel. And speaking of swap angels, let me know if you would be willing to be an angel if needed. Thank you.
PM me when you receive so I can mark off my spread sheet. Remember to thank your partner, either by a post, or a PM for a personal thank you. It would be nice if you report a feedback score to your SP. Pictures are encouraged, but not required. We all love seeing what everyone is receiving. If you are unable to post a picture, please make sure that you mark that on your information sheet so that your partner can take a picture before shipping it. Please understand that this board has members with different skill levels and you will not necessarily be swapping with someone at the same level. Let's love the creation we are sent. We all started somewhere and the most important thing to remember, is that our partner made it with you in mind!
Please put a card or note in with your pin cushion/needle case so the recipient knows you made it. It is not necessary to send other items such as needles, pins, etc., but you can if you would like. Just make sure the pin points will not poke out during shipping and stab the postal worker. Honest – this has happened – one of the swappers mentioned it.
PARTICIPANT’S INFORMATION FORM:
City, State, Zip:
Do you want to receive a Christmas themed pc or nc? Yes or no:
If not Christmas, what theme would you like to receive? (Example: specify winter, Hanukkah, or anything goes)
Are you using your pincushion for everyday use and do not want it made with or stuffed with polyester? Yes or no:
Favorite fabric line, notion, etc:
Your least favorite color(s):
Least favorite fabric line:
Is there anything you like to collect?
Is there anything you do not want to receive?
Do you have Allergies (smoke, cats, dogs etc):
Do you have pets?
Is it ok if your partner smokes?
Do you smoke?
What are your hobbies other than quilting?
Do you have a digital camera to post pictures on the thread?
Can you mail international?
This form will be given to your secret swapper (minus the email address and phone number – this is for me should I need to contact you). Feel free to add more about yourself to the information sheet. The more you add, the better she/he will be able to get to know you. Plus, I will be using this info to match partners. If you have questions, please PM me and I will try to answer as quickly as possible.
I am required to tell participants to send me a monthly PM to verify that they are still active in this swap and are working on their promised project. I am required to insist that all participants send me verification of shipment, to include tracking information. Participants are required to ensure packages will not arrive “postage due.” Any and all other fees, such as import duties, taxes, etc imposed by the recipient’s government are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Absent legitimate and reported mitigating circumstances, participants who have not fulfilled their obligation to ship shall be deemed “late” and risk receiving Negative [Swap] Feedback. Please keep in touch with me and let me know right away if something happens that will interfere with your ability to complete your project on time. Swappers should treat each other as friends and focus on the fun. So … please be prepared to be flexible, patient and understanding if necessary and appropriate.
SHOULD YOU HAVE PROBLEMS, QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS PLEASE PM ME IMMEDIATELY! Thank you, and enjoy this swap.
This swap has been approved by PatriceJ.