Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Finished the last postcard

Here is the last postcard that I made for the Art2Mail #36 exchange group. I was going to embellish the silk squares (black and tan) to the red velvet. I started this process but didn't like how it was turning out. Since I was running short of time, I fused the squares to the velvet and then stitched a grid with gold metallic thread. I then covered the whole piece with black netting and finished the edge. The close up below shows the true colors a bit better. Now I've got to get back to all the other projects on my list. Watch this space!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Postcards from Embellished Velvet

These two postcards were made from a piece of embellished red velvet. I added brown scrim on the front, then coppery/gold silk fibers embellished from the back. I then put a silk hankie dyed with tea over top and embellished it in. Once that was completed, I free motion stitched over the entire piece. After cutting out the postcards, I had leftover bits which I zigzagged on kind of like inchies. I still have some bits left over so perhaps I'll add them to something later.

These photos look very blue. There isn't any blue in them really.

Here's a close up.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Three new postcards to send out

This one started with some already pieced scraps that I found in the bag of scraps I bought from the quilt store. I then covered it with Mistyfuse, laid on some black curly wool, novelty yarn and then a layer of black netting. I FME from the back, only to turn it over and see that the tension wasn't right. You can't see that here because it's a bad photo. So I'm not really happy with this one.

This was again made with pieced pieces (the stripes) that I found in my scraps. I zigzagged them down to the base. So it looks like a lot of work but I didn't do the hard part. But I just couldn't waste the cute stripes that were so bright and colorful.

This last one is my favorite although it has a quite simple design. I really liked the purple fabric. I then free motioned the "twigs" onto the camel colored flannel. I keep practicing on the FME at which I'm not very proficient.

This is a closeup with a silly red thread stuck in the wrong place for the photo.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Pay It Forward

This PIF exchange is a payment forward that started with Annica in Stockholm, Sweden. She has a lovely blog if you'd like to go see.

This is how it works:

"I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog."

So, join the PIF exchange and leave a comment!

Monday, October 22, 2007

My latest postcard creation

This is a technique that I learned from workshopontheweb.com by Maggie Grey. The background fabric is a wipe that I used to clean up some paint with and I then added some gold. I free motion embroidered an outline on felt. Cut the felt outline out and then zig zagged it to the background fabric. I then filled in the middle with three different colors of thread with more FME. I think it is sort of odd looking.

Here's a close up of the FME.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Postcard from CT

Here's the latest find from the mailbox. A beautiful fall card from Cindy - thanks! I love the colors.

Friday, October 19, 2007

More mail and I made another postcard to send out!

This wonderful card was in the mailbox today. It's from Cindy - thanks so much. It has beautiful stitching and the background colors are beautiful.

This is a close up of the fabric I made the other night (see previous posts) which I used to make an iris.

I kind of like how this card turned out. Better than the last try. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Three more postcards in the mail!

This one is gorgeous - it's so sparkly and irridescent. Thanks Debby!

I love the tree and the leaves are a great accent - Thanks Lisa!

This last one is from Janice and is called "red crazy quilt". It has nice metallic thread accents. Thanks Janice!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Crazy Quilted Postcard - sort of

Here's a postcard that I made like a crazy quilt but done on the machine. The corner pieces with the netting have a base layer of dyed baby wipe covered with threads and gold silk fiber. I then covered that with the blue dyed netting and sewed in a random manner. Then I cut that up and used pieces with other commercial fabrics. It's more purple than it shows in the photo. Nine more to go!

Back from vacation - two more postcards in the mail!

We got back from vacation (perhaps more photos of that later) and I had two more postcards waiting for me. The first one is by Mary Ann from California. It has an Asian theme with the symbol for lucky. Thanks Mary Ann!

The second card is from Carol from Florida and has a musical theme. You can't really tell from the photo but the musical note is made from a large black sequin. Thanks Carol!

I have to get back to work on the remaining ten postcards that I need to complete. Then I have a whole list of things to get started and finished. I hope to have more fiber time now that I am taking Fridays off.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Another card from Australia!

Isn't this a beautiful card? Thanks Di! It has a lovely sketch like quality.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Next Set of Postcards

Here's another rust dyed background with commercial fabrics, FME and machine patterns. Can you tell I like Autumn?

This postcard was done after seeing "Darned Landscapes" on Stitch magazine website. It is stitched and woven with various embroidery threads and specialty yarns. It was a lot of work but I like the way it turned out.

Here's "Under the Microscope 1" with rust dyed fabric and microscope of commercial felt with stitched outline. I thought it was a bit bulky so for the next one, I did the microscope with free motion embroidery straight on the fabric.

This is "Under the Microscope 2" with rust dyed fabric and FME microscope. I thought the rust looked like an amoeba or paramecium or something you'd see on a slide of pond water.