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MYSTERY SAMPLER YR2000 GUIDELINES AND TIPS


OWNER OF PROJECT--PREPARING PROJECT TO MAIL

1. Make sure your square is finished prior to mailing. Have your name, address, and phone number on an outside corner of your fabric. Place fabric in a plastic ziploc bag to protect it from dirt and moisture. Make sure your name, address and phone number are on the plastic bag. HINT---use your personal address labels.

2. Write a quick note about yourself, so the stitchers know a little about you. (Only if NOT USING prepared charts) please include information about your design such as where it came from and the DMC colors used. PLEASE USE ONLY DMC FLOSS...it is available all over the world; other flosses may not be.

3. IMPORTANT: Write specific instructions on how you want your RR to turn out and how stitchers should complete the area they stitch. Indicate if you want them to stitch with 1 thread or two threads, how many rows between months, etc. If your NOT USING THE CHARTS AT THE MYSTERY SAMPLER SITE, you need to indicate this and any special information for each month. Tell them if you want their name, state/country and/or date stitched in the square. If you don't tell them, they won't know. You may let each stitcher choose an appropriate design of their own to stitch on your project(that is the fun part.) You may wish to include designs for the stitchers to choose from and you can let them know if you want the designs placed in a specific area on your project. The same is true of specialty fibers, such as metallics, etc. and embellishments, such as beads, charms, etc.that you would like to have used on your project. You must send those along with your project as well.

4. Pack all items in a bubble pack envelope. Print your name and address in the return address spot. Address the envelope to the person below your name on the list. You will always mail to the same person each time. Use staples to seal the envelope, if need be, to prolong the life of the envelope. Mail your envelope first class by the mailing date each time. Being we are all in the U.S., we do not have to be concerned about out of country mailings which take longer.

5. Include labels addressed to all stitchers in the robin. This will make it easy to re-use the mailing envelope during the course of the robin.

6. There will be 5 weeks between mailings in most cases.
IMPORTANT: If you are unable to finish stitching before the mail date-please include a note to that effect - BUT YOU MUST MAIL ON TIME - You will be allowed to finish your stitching after the last person completes their part. You may mail early if you complete your stitching ahead of schedule BUT never mail late.

7. When you mail each project, please notify the person you are sending it to, the owner of the project and to myself by email. My information will be at the end of this message. This will keep track of everyone's project, so none will get lost.

WHEN YOU RECEIVE A PROJECT

1. Please notify the owner of the project, myself and the person that mailed it to you. Again, this is to keep track of everyone's project.

2. BE SURE to READ and follow the owners directions. If they are not using the charts at the Mystery Sampler 2000 site, be sure to read the owner's instructions. If you can't find a design and the owner did not provide any - contact the owner and myself immediately to have one sent to you. If you are unable to get a design in 10 days, you will not be required to stitch on the project.

3. If you are not using a prepared chart, use a 3x5 index card about the design you chose to stitch, where it came from and the DMC colors used.

4. Place everything in the ziploc bag and place in the original envelope and address it to the person you mailed yours to(which is the name that follows yours on the list.) Be sure not to cover up the owner's return address. (Here is where the mailing labels are used.) Mail by the next mailing date; you can mail early. DO NOT MAIL LATE. If you get behind, mail the project unfinished and ask that it be returned to you after the last stitcher is finished.

5. If a project arrives stained or damaged in any way, please contact the owner and myself immediately. DO NOT attempt to clean or repair the fabric without approval of the owner. Please include a note regarding the stain or damage so the next stitcher will know the situation has been handled.

6. DO NOT iron, wash or alter any projects.

7. Treat each project as if it were your own.
Please make sure your hands are clean.
Keep fabric in the plastic bag between stitching times.
Keep small children, animals, drinks and food away from all projects.
Be considerate if you are a smoker-there are many "smoke-sensitive" stitchers in the round robin.

8. When your sampler comes home, please contact me.
Send a thank you note to each stitcher who stitched on your project.

9. Any questions or problems, please contact me via the following methods:
Claire Boucher
436 Hanley Road
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Phone: (228) 875-6431
email msbooch@yahoo.com

Have fun and Happy Stitching
Claire