I belong to a Patchwork and Quilting group and from time to time we run projects and challenges - one which is coming towards the final month has been a block swap where each member taking part chooses a block which she would like to make into a quilt and each of the participating members makes her a block following instructions or using templates. In this way each month one of the participants receives a number of blocks (enough to make into a quilt as there are fifteen people in the group) and she has only had to make one of the blocks herself and then of course complete the quilt. I hope I've explained this clearly.
However this last month has really taken me out of my comfort zone as the person whose turn it was gave us all a square of hand dyed fabric and a smaller piece of another colour along with a template for a doll type figure and asked us to produce a self portrait so that she can make them all into a wall hanging for an upcoming exhibition. Patchwork I've done, applique too and embroidery but the self portrait was something quite new and I'm not sure if I will be pleased or horrified if I'm recognised from the results!! In case there is any doubt we were asked to embroider our name at the bottom. I've added a little greeting card in an envelope (made from stiff interfacing fabric), three tiny beaded flowers (using size 15 beads) and a mini knitted scarf using eyelash yarn - the hair on the doll was made using needle felting technique and a bit of wirework came into play for the spectacles. These things all represent just a few of my many interests and I'm quite looking forward to seeing the blocks all assembled.