Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I'm excited to announce my first collaborative swap for all of you with a scrap of pretty fabric, a needle and spool of thread and an hour to make something beautiful. The first ever Hankie Swap, Swap-CHOO!, presented to you by me (Peggy) and Iris at Creative Endeavors in a Busy Life

This swap honors spring sneezes, the beauty of a handcrafted item, simpler times, romance, allergies and long goodbyes at the train station. 

Hand rolled hems are not hard, though they are somewhat time consuming as compared to running them through the machine. But they turn out beautifully and whether you've tried this technique before, or are terrified of the pressure of a swap I hope you'll give it a whirl.

As a bonus, April is  National Poetry Month, and for this we've added some extra fun. We'd love you to include with your hankie a poem, handwritten by you for added loveliness. This does not need to be one of your own making. A old favorite, or a new one would be really dandy.

We'll match you with a partner, and you'll have three weeks to make a hankie and write out a poem of your choice and get them in the mail. Anything else you choose to send is up to you and is by no means required. Simply post a comment here or on Iris' blog with your email so we can add to to the list. 

Feel free to use the swap button on your blog if you like, and we have also set up a flickr group for the hankies to be uploaded to, so we can all see the amazing results.

Easy, well-photographed and clear step-by-steps can be found at Purl Bee. You can also check out Iris' post on her first attempt, and mine, for more tips and inspiration. 
  • For some poetry inspiration here are some links here, here and here.
  • For some hankie'spiration, beauties to be found here, here and here.


Lisa said...

I love this! OK, OK (lol) I'll have a closer look on how to make these.

BonnieBelle said...

I'd love to do this. Please sign me up!

AlewivesGirl said...

Hey Peggy!

So lovely to see you and your too cute girls today. Just wanted to let you know that I signed up on Iris' blog and also you should check out my latest post by tomorrow night if you wanted a chance on some freebies. I forgot to tell you about it when I saw you today... OOPS!

See you again soon,



Lisa said...

I posted about it on my site.

juanita de la vega said...

Please, sign me up! it will be my very first swap!

skymring said...

I read about this at Lisa's blog, and I'd love to participate! My email is

Becky said...

Hi, I'd love to join in this swap - I've been thinking for a while of using cloth hankies.
Just to let you know that Lisa sent me, from 5 orange potatoes! :D

Peggy said...

juanita de la vega and becky -- please leave me a comment with your email address so I can add you to the swap list. We're glad to have you! you can also email me if you like at peggyandrews at mac dot com


juanita de la vega said...

Hi Peggy, sorry for the delay! Yesterday I was at the Rome Marathon and when I got back home my bones were crying for a shower and a good sleep; (even if I did only the 4kmts Fun Run)
My e- mail: ugerba at excite dot it
Thanks for allowme to participate! I am relly excited at the event

Green Kitchen said...

Thank you for the link and the invite. Alas, my list of WIPs is feeling burdensome. Good luck with the swap. It sounds awesome. I really enjoyed the process of hand-rolled hemming.

Anonymous said...

Hi Peggy, sign me up please for the hanky swap. I'm excited to learn how to sew the hand-rolled hem - and I love the added poetry idea. Very sweet.
Best, Nitasia

Michelle said...

Is it too late to sign up for the swap? How fun this will be!

Jadekitty said...

I would love to sign up!

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