Welcome everyone. I hope this blog is helpful to keep track of the wonderfully creative mixed media puzzle pieces we swap.
Everyone is invited to join in the fun. Meeting new creative souls and viewing their work is exciting for all. This swap in the name of friendship was created for just those reasons. Have fun, Play nice, and share whatever you feel comfortable with.
We will use the 4 inch puzzle piece below.
This is the only pattern you will be using for each person you choose to swap with. I want to be sure we all work with the same size so our "puzzles" can be assembled correctly. If anyone can't print out a 4" piece, let me know and I will send you a paper template if you send me a self addressed stamped envelope.
The idea is to use the pattern to embellish however you wish and finish it off with a backing, no raw edges showing. You can crazy quilt, paint, collage, tat, etc, as long as the piece does not have anything hanging over the edges and would prevent it from fitting into a "puzzle" when complete.
If you work with fabric,use a heavy interfacing or something between front and backing to give it some stiffness. I will most likely be making crazy quilt pieces, so I will embellish the top with tiny beads, embroidery, and a tiny charm, then fuse a stiff interfacing to it and add the backing fabric by using a blanket stitch to sew together to seal raw edges.
Basic requirements to keep in mind:
4 inch puzzle piece pattern for each piece made
Finish off with backing
Nothing dangling over edges
Any artwork you enjoy doing
Tasteful images...some are offended by nudes, even if tasteful :-)
Test your piece to make sure it is the same size as your other pieces. The puzzle tabs will not actually interlock into each other like a regular puzzle. However they can be placed on another piece and tacked to look like they fit as in photo below. Don't get worried and please don't alter the puzzle pattern or there will be a gap in the tab area. I know this doesn't make much sense, but trust me, using the original 4" pattern will be fine.
Be creative! Use paint,charms,threads, inspiring words,fabrics,glass,metal,mica,rubber stamping,etc
If you have any questions, please ask....I am here. Lets have fun!