Wednesday, February 04, 2009

back-tack 4 slideshow

Hi everyone! Please see below the slideshow of back-tack4. Sorry this has been slow coming. Please do take the time to look through, there's heaps of goodness here people.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


After many hours [believe me, many hours] sorting through and crossing names off lists, and then going through the remaining blogs and trying to understand who has received packages and who hasn't, there is now a list for outstanding parcels. Let's call it: The Outstanding List.

This is not The Black List. Yet. It will become the black list soon, but for the moment it is a list of unaccounted for packages - that may have been received and haven't been blogged or recorded when we had the form up for receipt of package, or may not have been received at all. I have emailed some people who I know have peeks of things they have made on their blog, but I need to know the parcel arrived.

So what happens now? Well, if your name is on the list, and you feel it shouldn't be there, please contact us. If you know you've received a parcel from someone on the list, please contact us. It is terribly unfair to have received something and for the sender to be on this list without reason. I hope this list will become very small very quickly, and as I receive notification that a person should be removed, they will be taken off the list. I've done my best to trawl through blog pages to try and eliminate people upfront, but some I just haven't had enough information to do so with confidence. When we feel the list has become as edited as it can be, we will edit this post and officially state The Black List as the post's title. This list will remain published throughout the life of backtack.

Naomi Meredith
Mikki Jamieson
Paula Roegge
Francesca Tise

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Little Housework

As we near the end of November, we also near the end of this backtack. It's come up quickly! We wanted to remind you all to fill out the form in the last post when you've sent things off and received things, and to remind you also to upload images to the flickr group so we can all see what wonderful things have been produced. This is the most exciting part - seeing what interpretations you guys have given to the brief.

Earlier in the week I went through each and every blog to check in and see where people were at, and there's a few really interesting snippets being shown. Most people are getting ready to package and send off in the next few weeks, so I thought I'd take a moment to restress a few points.

Communication is an essential part of any swap. We make a big deal about it when you sign up, and we expect some fairly common manners be shown to both us, and your partner. Please send a little email when you've sent your package so they know it's coming. And please, we shouldn't have to ask for this, but please send a thankyou email to your partner when you have received your package.

Unfortunately we've spent the last few weeks dealing with a number of communication issues, and it is terribly dissapointing for us as organisers to have to chase people, and then to not receive any word from you if we do email. It is even more heartbreaking for a partner to have to contact us in the belief something has gone very wrong when they've tried communicating, especially if they've been desperate to participate. I'm really hoping we don't have more issues, but we cannot stress enough how seriously we take simple manners and respect being shown to other people. If you do need to communicate with us, please don't use our blog emails, please use this email - backtackATgmailDOTcom so we can keep all communication in one place.

Good luck everyone with getting the final push done, and both Nicole and I look forward to seeing all the end results very soon!!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

received your back-tack?

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Monday, November 03, 2008


Hi back-tackers! A little late, but following is a list of inspiring links for you guys.

- Not Martha's "To Make" lots of goodies here, link.

- Kiddley:
  • last minute gift ideas, link.
  • gumdrop wreath, link
  • paper garlands, link.
  • dress-up paperdoll and ornament, link.
- The Flickr Christmas craft pool, link.

- Flickr, Holiday Ornament swap pool, link.

- Sew Mama Sew's Holiday series, link and 2008's Handmade Holiday's, link.

- Little Birds soft tree, link.

- Allsorts has an awesome Holiday category, link.

- Design*Sponge's modern ornaments, link.

- Wise Craft's tomorrowland trees, link.

- The Small Objects stacking fabric tree, link.

- The Purl Bee star ornaments, link.

- Poopscape's sequin mushroom, link.

- Not forgetting the Queen of Handmade, Martha Stewart, link.

Phew! There's some great stuff there, gave me some ideas for my partner!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

blog roll of sorts

Hi everyone! I'd been hoping to post a blog roll on the sidebar, but blogrolling is down at the moment. we have a random list for you.... Please do let me know if the name of your blog is incorrect, as I previously mentioned I did try to check them all but might have missed some. Go check everyone one out.

Hope you've all been in contact with each other? Please do let us know at if you've not heard anything. So here we go....

cupcake show
craft monkey
carmel turtle
celia knits
artsy crafty babe
mama sews quilts
natalie's sentiments
little lovelies
creative kismet
I knit I purl
melissa burford
what lies within us
wool and school
oh sew chic
bookish quilts
some of a kind
seespot design
cherry extract2
yarn therapy
flame hair
patchwork bumblebee
miss gioia
sasikirana handmade
the olive sparrow
scarlette & cinnamon
blooming heather
spool of thread
stripey pebble
stitching at stone
t does wool
skona life
michelle giacobello
the ravelld sleave
scarlet songbird
karma kitties
delly bean
runaway october
twitchy fingers
puggle logic
funny magic
auntie jan does stuff
all buttoned up
lime gardenias
the view on the hill
liquid paper
knit buddies
shades of grey
le blog de deedeen
bonza blue
pillar box red
esmerelda knits
being mimi
craft actually
the lovely emily
lou and her chicken
thistledowns wool design
fairbanks fancy goods
manda made
ann I am
house on hill road

firefly adventures
wonderland q
cut the cord
po mo golightly
a red room
ham bone and jenni cakes
moonshine and piffle
kim wachta
café crafty
ruby blue
flossie knits
my emily marie
adorkable crochet
jc handmade
mama urchin
old school acres
chest of drawers
kerries place
twig home and garden
monkey face crafts
en pente douce
martha winger
unfinished object
moments of perfect clarity
karalea karalea
little messes
elsewhere living
med 2 pinde
creat or perish
slate blu
fiddlesticks and nonsense
waiting in the capital
miscellany of me
pog and em

Friday, October 10, 2008

match-ups emailed and a group to join

Howdy! Match-ups were emailed out today so check your email. We'll be posting a blogroll in the next couple of days so come and check it out. We also have a facebook group, link.

Al and I'll also find some inspiration links and let you know when we've uploaded a list.

So get creating!

Saturday, October 04, 2008


Sign ups for BT4 are now closed! Thankyou to all who have signed up - we'll be working hard behind the scenes now to get your matchups done and out to you, and then the fun really begins!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

back-tack 4 signups

Well, here we go everyone! Sign-up for back-tack 4. They'll be open until 4 October 2008 or when we reach 250 participants, whichever happens first!

Please refer to this post for the full rules here, we are pretty hardcore when it comes to the rules. No-one likes to sign-up for swaps and then be disappointed, it sucks.

CLOSED. Thanks!

Monday, September 29, 2008

back-tack 4 signups - HOW-TO

Eeek I've just had a realisation that we might not have made it clear exactly how to sign-up this time.

To sign-up for this back-tack there will be a post here on the 30th which has a form embedded in it. If you'd like to participate come and fill out the form. Once we've received 250 sign-ups close or on 4th October, whichever comes first.

Thanks and good luck!