Hoop up! Stitch and Send swap over at Flickr. Do take a look at the photos posted there. How about this odd but awesome one for a Tim Burton themed swap? The actual embroidery bit has only just started but I'm sure there will be many more inspirational pieces shown in the pool soon. I'm stitching one now for the initiator of this whole swap, John Q. Adams, which some of you may know from his blog Quiltdad.
Anyway, while I was looking up the word 'swap' on the Wikipedia to find out the true meaning of the word, I came across this great 'Labor for Labor' sample note. Three hours of carpenter work or (what I guess is) a quarter of a pound of corn. I have no idea how this would have worked in the 'real world'. Maybe something like (in a proud voice)"Here's a chair I made for you" (desperate answer)"But I need three twelve pounds of corn to make bread!". I'm glad the terms of my Embroidery Swap are a bit more straightforward than that!