Displaying ATCs

I haven't figured out a good way to store and display my ATCs.  I thought that I would make some kind of hanging display using a black fabric and vinyl see-through pockets.  But I haven't had the time to do this.  I still may.  But in the meantime, I picked up this baseball display frame at Michael's on 50% off.  I struggled to get some of the ATCs in the display because of the thickness of some of the cards.  The cards with buttons attached just won't fit at all under the plastic holders, but they fit nicely in the display itself.  It works well enough that I got them out of the box and onto my wall. 

My ATC from Rug Hooking Magazine exchange

I am so excited.  My ATC trade through the Rug Hooking Magazine event arrived today.  It is a wonderful card called "Best Bug Ladybug" hooked by Beverlery Theriault of Ladybug Creations in Lindsay, Ontario.  The letter from Debra Smith, editor of the magazine, said that they received over 60 cards most of which are posted on the rug hooking magazine website.  It was such a pleasure to open my little package and be surprised with the little rug inside.  Thank you, Beverlery.  I don't know if you ever read my blog or not, but I love your card.

ATC Swap at Sauder Village

One of the highlights of the Sauder Village rug show was the ATC Swap I attended on Wednesday afternoon. What fun to meet other ruggers and to exchange 'shares' of our rugs with each other! There were seven of us exchanging. So here are the ATCs I received in the swap.

"Pitchers of flowers" #oook, hooked by Kim Dubay on August 10, 2010.

"Yellow Dog" #8, hooked by Teresa Heinze.

"Tex" (Lama), hooked by Judith Rippstein, August 2010.

"Sheep Button & Country" #7, hooked by Kathy Wright, 5-14-10.

"Spider Lily", hooked by Barbara Barton, 2010.

Hot pink abstract, hooked by Donna Lees Bleam.

Pink and green abstract, Nottingham Series 8/9, hooked by Tiffany DeConick, 8-17-10.

Here is a picture of the trading table. What a great time and great memories of looking through everyone's trading cards and swapping with each other!

ATCs are fun to make and swap. Rug Hooking Magazine is holding a swap. If you send in a ATC by September 15, you will get an ATC returned to you by October.

Also, we have an ATC Swap group on Rug Hooking Daily. Post a picture of your ATC by the first of each month, and an exchange with another rugger will be made by the 15th. It's easy.

Loopgram: How to create hooked ATCs

I imagine that every rug hooker who creates ATCs will develop her own way to make them. I gave this some thought and here is the way I went about creating 2 1/2" by 3 1/2" original pieces of art to trade. My concept is to create 8 ATCs for every rug I hook, using leftover wool from the rug. The first I have done is a series of ATCs to accompany Lady Sunset. I have marked each of the 8 ATCs in the series with a number representing its place in the series: 1/8, 2/8, 3/8, etc.

1. I chose black wool as my foundation fabric, so I wouldn't have to worry about figuring out how to bind the tiny card.

2. I cut out a piece of cardboard 1 3/4" by 2 3/4". I pinned this template on my black wool foundation and a hooked around it to establish my outside line. I was able to fit 8 cards on my backing.

3. I used wool leftover from the rug I just finished (Lady Sunset) and filled in the rectangles.

4. I cut each card out of the backing by cutting the foundation fabric about 1/8" wider than the hooking so that the outside dimension measured a perfect 2 1/2" by 3 1/2".

5. I pressed the 8 cards.

6. I printed my backing information on printable fusable fabric: Name, date, title of ATC, no., contact information. I used my cardboard template as the outside dimension to cut out the backing information.

7. I tore 8 pieces of black wool 2 1/2" by 3 1/2". I fused the backing information onto each piece of black wool.

8. I attached the backing to the ATC sewing by hand with black thread all the way around.

9. Took an afternoon, so if you are looking for a fun guild project...

ATC Swap

I am "in" on creating ATCs. I have already hooked eight but need to go to JoAnn's to buy some printable fabric to make the back of the cards. What are ATCs? Artist Trading Cards. They are 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch pieces of original art that artists create and trade among themselves, building their own collections. They are not sold. The important note is that they have to be this exact size, or they won't fit into collection selves. They are created from whatever medium the artist works in.

Here is a link to Art in my Pocket, a site all about ATCs. Rug Hooking Magazine ran an article about hooked ATCs by Kim Dubay this summer. An online version is HERE. Rug Hooking Magazine is sponsoring a swap HERE; you can upload a photo of a card, send it to them, and they will send you a card in exchange. Martha Reynolds is holding a Region 9 swap. Contact her to swap at rugbug48@gmail.com.

Today I put up a ATC Rug Hooking Swap on Rug Hooking Daily HERE. The idea will be that we will swap cards once a month in order to build our collections. I hope you will join the swap group and get word out that it exists. The more ruggers that join, the richer our swaps will become!

When I finish labeling the backs of my cards, I will put up a loopgram post on how I went about creating my cards.