Luxury Fiber Lace Scarf Exchange
Well, after a long hiatus, here’s the info for the LUXURY FIBER LACE SCARF EXCHANGE. Sign up is still open (current list is posted below), and the initial deadline for the Scarves is April 15.
1.) What is luxury fiber? Luxury fiber could be anything–but it must be *soft* and suitable for delicate skin contact. Silk, cashmere, quivit, possum, angora, camel down, merino, rambouillet, blends… If it hurts you to give it up, or if it causes immediate and incurable envy, it’s a luxury fiber.
2.) What is Lace? Lace just means that there should be some holes in it. And not the kind put there by hungry insects. And the scarves do not have to be knit–but remember, the idea is to put together lace and luxury. No one should be intimidated by the idea that this is a lace exchange…if you can make a yarn over, you can make lace.
3.) What size should it be? Minimum size would be something that you could tie around your neck–a skinny scarf? Short? they don’t really have to be huge–I wear scarves to work all the time in place of jewelry (scarves are much, much cheaper…). Today I’m wearing an Eros scarf as a belt…fringes and all. Anything goes.
Maximum size–hmm. Doesn’t really matter, does it? Whatever the size, it should be something that the recipient could actually use/wear. My unspoken resolution for the year is not to create anything that’s not useful–and so I’ll impose that on the rest of you.
4.) What’s the most important thing to remember? Hostess gifts, preferably chocolate.
No, just kidding. The most important thing is that the scarf should be finished, blocked, and luxurious. And remember that simple things sometimes are the most luxurious.
5.) What’s the limit? You can submit up to two scarves per person. Variety is the spice of life, right?
6.) Is color an issue? Only if the world is black and white. Anything goes.
7.) What’s the deadline? No deadline to sign up, although I’d appreciate a note to let me know to expect your scarf. Deadline for submissions was originally April 15. I’d like to try to keep it there if possible, but I’m willing to let majority rule if folks want to push it back some.
8.) What do I need to pack with the scarf? You should send your scarf, a note or tag attached to the scarf with an explanation of what its made of and how you made it, a label with your complete name and mailing address, return postage $ (if you’re in the U.S., return postage will be $3.85 priority mail, if you’re outside the U.S., I’ll pay your return postage in exchange for chocolate). If customs labeling is an issue, include a note with your scarf to let me know how you’d like your package labeled.
9.) When will I get a scarf back? It will depend on the final deadline, but you’ll get a scarf mailed back to you on the first Wednesday after an odd-numbered Tuesday. Confusing? Basically, I don’t want to take responsibility for redistributing the scarves by myself, so I’ll take all the scarves to the Louisville SBSTT gathering and have the gang help me stay honest. Scarves should be mailed within two weeks of the deadline.
10.) How will you distribute the scarves? Completely randomly. Last year’s Silk Scarf exchange worked well–we numbered each scarf, then drew names. The “committee” helped out if there was a situation where the scarfmaker got his/her own scarf back.
11.) Where do I send the scarf? Send them to me: Annie Tarbox 9105 Trentham Lane Louisville, KY 40242 USA. My mailpeople are both gems, and always walk packages to the door.
12.) Who do I contact in case of emergency (like you can’t bear to part with the scarf you’ve made)? Call or e-mail me. E-mail is atarbox at mttc.org and phone is (502) 439-4013.
13.) Who’s on the list? Well, this is the list I have so far. Please let me know if you need to drop or if you’d like to be added!
Jenny Kosarew (jennyk)
Katherine Condliffe (fiberkat)
Viki Worley (vworley1)
Leigh in Canberra
Sheri Smith (HippieGoddess)
Cindy Williams (lussina222)
Deb Bodmer (NotTheBod)