We are almost in May and I’m still working really hard on getting all my swappy commitments done. I always try ( like most of us do) to enjoy myself, and to learn from the process. I can tell that I’ve learned much more than crafting techniques and embroidery stitches in the process. By following all those Flickr threads on different swaps and quilting bee’s, I’ve also learned that the rules are still not clear. What I mean is that the rules for the craft in order are most of the time clear but that “swapper’s etiquette” is still unclear. So…while stitching my last two pieces for my Hoop Up partners I came up with a list of swapping rules. I want to make it clear that these are rules that are in accordance with my personal point of view. I’m listing them as a fun way to remind us swappers and quilters about what is fair to do as a sender and as a receiver in a swap agreement. There is no intent whatsoever to point out at anyone in particular. After all swaps and quilting bees are just for fun, and our lives don’t really depend on them.
Here I go.
1.- I will think before I join in a swapping event.
I know this from a fact. I see swap and I immediately want to join in the fun. I’ve learned from experience to think about it at least for a couple of hours (at the very least.)Then, I check my crafty calendar, check the school calendar, and check the regular calendar, and I come up with an answer.
2.- Do not flake!!
Flaky partners hmmm….do you know how it feels?, I know how it feels. Those are the ones that make you feel down in the crafty world. It’s a bad feeling when the swap has been finished, and the deadlines were three weeks ago. I can elaborate on that one but I won’t.
3.- I will try best because it’s most likely that my partner/partners will try their best.
What goes around comes around, maybe not the first time you swap but eventually lousy swappers will be well known for their lack of effort. Even when you’re a beginner it shows when you did your best.
4.- Do give credit to the author of the pattern or tutorial you followed.Join their flickr groups and show off. I agree that there are tons of inspiration in the blogsphere. I do believe it’s OK to base a piece of work on that lovely piece of inspiration that you found and make it your own. Just like the guys on Idol say: “make it current”
And remember “copy is the best form of flattery.” And those “flattered by” be nice, and don’t send your dementors hunting for the copycat.
5.- I will respect the deadlines.
Our lives may not depend on swaps but still there is a receiver wanting for her/his part of the deal.
6.- Pay enough postage, and don’t forget delivery confirmation is sometimes necessary.
It’s frustrating when a package comes back because of there wasn’t enough postage. It’s worse when the parcel is lost with no tracking number.
7.- I will let my partner know when I received my goodies.How exciting it’s to receive a lovely package!!! It’s also a relief to know that what we sent wasn’t devoured by the sorting machine. Yes, they do rip envelopes from time to time. I know because it happened to me, but that’s a different story.
8.- Swap admins. and quilting bees’ organizers account a great deal on the success of the group.Most people love it when their person in charge is really in charge. I particularly love one that sends monthly e-mails letting her fellow quilters know how we are doing. She recognizes everyone’s efforts, and she keeps us excited about our little group. Those are the admins. that make rounds 2, 3, and 4 happen again and again.
9.- Be understanding.Things happen last minute and some swaps may get spoiled. Please, do not get discourage by it. Some groups have angel swappers to come to the rescue ...
10.- Last but not least: I will enjoy.That’s the point of signing up for a swap, isn’t?? After all: swapping rules!!
I would love to hear from you and your experiences as swappers and bee’s participants, and organizers. And if you agree with me feel free to take the "Swapping Rules" button, posted in your blogs, and swap mostly happily ever after.