It is no secret that Instagram is BIG. And no secret that the communities formed are supportive and inspirational. And that ig friends become real life friends.
The ‘hashtag’ has become a uniting link. One such hashtag is #saturdaynightcraftalong. Those crafting on a Saturday night around the world post photos of their makes or WIP and add this hashtag to their photo. Crafters who join in are encouraged to follow the hashtag and support others in the community. Crafters can join any Saturday. Or every Saturday.
There are three lovely and dedicated ladies that take the lead and organise this crafty bunch around the world. Rachel @thebarefootcrafter in Australia, Lucy @charmaboutyou in the UK and Meg @myteaandbrie in the USA.
In it’s second year running we have just participated in the #sncaswap2018. 180 crafters globally participated in a secret swap. After completing a few questions and registering your interest on of the organisers sends out your swap partners details. Although the person you create for is not the person you receive from.
Each participant is encouraged to post a mosaic on Instagram. A mosaic is a collection of images and photos to assist your partner with your likes and preferences. Although everyone welcomes the idea of being surprised.
Each crafter had about 5 weeks to make a main item and add one smaller made or purchased item to the package. All packages were to be sent by the end of the first week in December in time for receipt before Christmas. Participants were also encouraged to post progress shots without revealing too much. The element of surprise was paramount. Crafters posted cryptic photos, photos of their wrapping and photos of their postal receipts.
The swap is an opportunity to use colours you normally would not. Try a new pattern. Or create something completely different.
It also a lovely way to connect with your partner and form another ig friendship.
Participants then shared what they received on instagram.
In researching for this post I reviewed all 680 posts [at the time of writing] that had the hashtag #sncaswap2018. The top 3 and the most popular were:
Followed by [in random order]:
roll and go
sofa arm sewing caddy
cross stitch decoration
Japanese knot bag
And the mini extras included:
travel sewing case
felt ginger bread decoration
I received this package from the talented and generous Natasha@sewcraftynatasha.
‘Cookies for Santa’ embroidered tea towel and oven mitt
Reindeer and sleigh cookie cutters
Miniature cupcakes, cup and teapot
a beautifully handmade card
And this is the package I sent my partner.
Tara loves amongst other things, drinking tea and reading. So I set about making a tea themed package, ‘a teapot cosy’ pouch and tea cup bookmark. It is the first time I tried the dumpling pouch pattern I found on pinterest
and I designed the teacup bookmark from inspiration of the beautiful Russian beaded brooches I have seen on Instagram.