The Stitchscape Swap!

Welcome to the Stitchscape Swap gallery! The Stitchscape Swap is a monthly challenge whereby members sign up and create two 'Artist Trading Cards', or ATCs, a month on a different theme. One of these will be for you to keep, and the other will be sent by post to Dotty Textiles to be swapped with someone else's beautiful creation for you to receive back as happy mail.

For more details on how to sign up to the monthly swap, please email so that we can return an email with further information.


Origins of the ATC

The concept of Artist Trading Cards was first developed in the late 1990s by Swiss artist, M. Vänci Stirnemann, who created a catalogue of small artworks for an exhibition and invited other artists to create similar pieces in their own style to ‘trade’ at the end of the exhibition. 

They are always a set size; 2.5 x 3.5 Inches and are often more usually made as a paper item, either painted or collaged for example, but, for the purposes of this swap, they must include fabric and embroidery. 

Monthly Galleries

Click on the images to see the full month's collection

featuring the beautiful work that has already been swapped

January Snow Capped Album
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April Rainbow Showers Album
May Bluebells Album
June By The Ocean Album
July Summer Meadow Album
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Starry Night Sky

Constellations, the moon and stars, sparkling beads, black velvet

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Festive Greenery

Holly & Ivy, Christmas trees, green and red, mistletoe

Check back each month to see the next collection of swapped ATCs!

Looking ahead to 2023

We are thrilled at the great success of the Stitchscape Swap 2022 and can reveal that there are more themes to continue swapping next year! Hopefully these themes will continue to challenge and inspire and we look forward to the swap continuing. 

The Themes...

and a few ideas to help spark your inspiration...

January: Frosted Dew Droplets

Misty morning walk, frozen spider webs, droplets on seed heads, glitter, sequin sparkles, shaped crystals

February: Snowdrop Carpet

Snowdrop clusters, woodland with Snowdrops, hedgerows, flower detailling

March: Morning Chorus

Musical notes, hedgerow birds, garden birds, sunrise and bird silhouettes, starlings on telegraph lines

April: Butterfly House

Butterfly species, butterfly friendly plants/flowers, butterfly tunnels, chyrsalises, caterpillars, comic butterfly in a house

May: On the Edge of the Cliff

White cliffs, bird nests, chalk crags, erosion, sediment layers, human activities on cliffs, scrub plants

June: Waterlily Pond

Waterlily House at Kew Gardens, flower detailling, lily pads, Sheffield Park Waterlily festival, Monet painting, the view from underneath

July: Patchwork Fields/Birds Eye View

Fields from above, rape fields, ploughed fields, wheatfields, satellite views, hot air balloon/ helicopter/ aeroplane views, paper piecing 

August: The Allotment Garden

Fruit & Vegetables, allotments, orchards, cutting gardens, raised plant beds, gardening tools, tool sheds, greenhouses

September: Rockpooling

Sea creatures, shells, rockpooling equipment, tidal rockpools, crabs, seaweed, bucket & spade, holiday memories

October: Toadstool Treasure

Mushrooms, red & white toadstools, the forest floor, fungus, tree mushrooms, fungi clusters, the underside, frills, toadstool fairy

November: Thunder & Lightning

Lightning, dark clouds, silver rain, silver linings, moody landscapes, flashes of light, black and white, electricity, metallic threads

December: Still Reflections

Lakes, Ponds, Puddles, Mountain Mirrors, Urban reflections in glass, shiny baubles or decorations, mirrors, self portrait,