Class, New Skills

Craft Swap at Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage

This time last year, Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage hosted their inaugral craft swap! Everyone got in the crafty zone to exchange patchwork cushions in an effort to keep the good vibes coming as the weather cooled down!

And now, we’re getting ready to go again! This time, Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage, Tinker and Stitch, and Kell’s Crochet are teaming up to bring you a swap that’s better than ever!

What on earth is a swap, you ask? Let us enlighten you!

What is a Swap?

A swap is like a crafter’s Kris Kringle. You get given a person’s name, and you make a secret something for that person (hereafter known as your “swap-partner”). Someone else gets given your name, and they’ll make a secret gift for you!

This year you have the option to make your mug rugs out of patchwork OR yarn! There will be two separate swaps (one for patchwork, one for yarn) running side-by-side, so you can choose your preferred crafty medium, or even have a crack at both!

Because we have such a diverse community at Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage, T & S, and Kell’s Crochet, we’re going to give you a little questionnaire to fill in when you sign-up, so that the person who’s making for you can get a few ideas about what you might like.

To close out our swap, we’ll finish with a pot-luck lunch together! It’ll be a great excuse to hang-out, get to know our little community a bit better, and exchange our swap-gifts!

What are we swapping?

This year, we’ll be swapping Mug Rugs at least 9″x9″ (feel free to go bigger, though!). Each participant will make a pair of mug rugs for your swap partner. Style, colour, and technique is totally up to you, and your swap-partner’s preferences. There’s plenty of inspiration of both the patchwork and yarn varieties in store at Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage!

Who gets involved in a Swap?

Everyone can get involved! The swap is being hosted by at Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage, and the finale pot-luck lunch will be at the shop – so it’s best if you can attend the lunch, however, it’s not necessary. Also, skill level shouldn’t be a deterrent – this is a great, bite-sized project for getting involved in, whether you’re a beginner or a pro!

We do ask, though, that you be realistic about your time – making a pair of mug rugs shouldn’t be a daunting task, however, if you know you’re especially busy at this time of year and that there’s a good chance you won’t get around to it, then please be fair to the other people participating. It’s not good swap etiquette to drop-out at the last minute (although we do understand that sometimes unforeseen circumstances just happen – there’s allowances for these).

How long do we get to make our Swap-gift?

You can sign-up to the swap between 11th July-3rd August 2019 by completing and handing in our entry questionnaire, and then you should be allocated a swap-partner by 10th August. You have until the 7th September 2019 to make your gift, because the 7th will be our pot-luck lunch and swap-gift exchange.

If you can’t make it to lunch, never fear! Just arrange to get your swap-gift to the shop before the 7th September 2019, and we will also arrange for the gift made for you to find you ASAP.

Are there any rules?

We have a set of guidelines to help take out some of the guess-work in this swap. You can find the guidelines here.

How do I get involved?

Just fill in an entry form and drop it off to Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage or to Marcelle, myself (Nic), or Kell by August 3rd. The entry form includes a questionnaire about your likes and dislikes, and then we will let you know when you’ve been allocated a swap partner! From there, you are welcome to work on your swap-gift during any of our classes or at home – your choice.

In the meantime, we encourage you to look for inspiration – find patterns and things that suit your style on Google or Pinterest or Instagram. It might be helpful to your swap partner if you can show them your style, if you’re having trouble describing it. You don’t even have to find pictures of mug rugs you like – mini quilts and cushions are another great example of patterns on a small scale.

For some inspiration check out the picture below of the finished cushions from last year’s swap!

So that’s it! If you have any questions or concerns, talk to us! We’d love to hear from you, and we really hope you can get involved in this great little community event!



I must be crazy…

So, I did a big thing this week. I have taken a year off my “day job” (which was working as an OT). I did warn you something big was in the works! After weeks of angst-ing over whether my application would be approved, it’s finally done, and I’ve had my last day at work for the next 12 months.
The primary reason for the leave is that even though I really love my day job, being an OT is emotionally draining. So, I’m taking some time out for my own health – to recharge properly before my brain turns into a mushy puddle with exhaustion. Secondly, though, I’m excited to be using my brain in a different way for a little while.

So enter Tinker and Stitch as my little pet project! And things are kind of exploding here!

The Facebook page is finally live and active! We’ll be keeping you up to date on bits and pieces, and sharing pretty photos there.

Speaking of pretty photos, my Instagram account is the go-to for regular photos of my current crafts! My beautiful husband is being amazingly patient with me while I get my head around this photography stuff 😉 but I’m having some fun – so go check it out! I’m @nicoleelisew

I’ve also started selling some little bits a pieces over at the Pink Orchid Café and Florist, in Parkes. Mostly little fabric earrings and some notebook with quilty covers, but I’m hoping to add more items in the near future.

You can find the Pink Orchid’s website here and their facebook page here! Alice and Jarryd run the Pink Orchid; Alice makes the most beautiful flower arrangements – they’re just divine! And Jarryd makes such delicious sweet treats. Make sure you check them out.

And finally, I’ve got some classes happening over at Marcelle’s Patchwork Cottage! Two classes for highschoolers: notebook covers (4th July) and tote bags (11th July).

And then there’s a patchwork class/excuse-to-sew for everyone! Remember that sneak preview picture of a quilt with the Labrador? Here’s the finished product! We will be sewing up April Rosenthal’s Positively Perfect Nap Quilt together. It’s a free pattern from the Moda Bakeshop. Mine is made using V & Co.’s Spectrum fabric.


This quilt is seriously good for beginners, so if you’ve ever thought about giving patchwork a go – I highly recommend this class! We’ll be running it on 29th July, 2017.


The details for all the classes are on the blog at Marcelle’s web page and on her Facebook page. Over the next little while I will keep helping Marcelle out on her blog, focusing on all the shop-related fun, there, and this blog will be more centred on my personal crafty creations.

So as you can see, life is turning slightly upside-down in our little household! But I’m feeling incredibly blessed to have this opportunity to try something different for a while! I hope you’ll all join me on this adventure. See you soon!