A little experiment with a Fiber Postcard


Ok I am not sure if this is ugly or interesting. Have you ever had the sensation after you have completed something that you are just not sure? That yikes! should I admit to this and just tuck it away, or should I wave it around and celebrate. This is the case with this fiber postcard.

It is a combination of freeform knitting and crochet with canvas stiches worked on needlepoint mesh. I wanted to try the combination of two techniques to see what would happen. I treat these little fabric postcards as experiments and that is exactly what this one is.

I think next time I combine two techniques like this I would have smaller scrumbles – the term used for freeform knitting and crochet bits – and introduce more variety into the threads of both the embroidery and scrumbles.

The technique is either interesting and could be used on items such as bags and hats or it just does not work. I like the texture and the fact that the technique moves canvas work off the grid. The photograph does not illustrate this well but the levels between flat canvas work stiches and the texture of the freeform crochet work is interesting. If this was emphasised even more it could take the piece somewhere. If I included more beads or found objects that could take it somewhere too.

On the other hand the thing that attracts me to it – the texture, is also the thing that perhaps repels me. It reminds me of some of the stuff that was done in 70’s and I can’t decide if that is a good or a bad thing. Hence the puzzling reaction.

The colours are simply autumnal as it is autumn down under. The format itself of the fabric postcard is a good size for hand stitched experiments and samples. It is not too large and yet as an area large enough to do something with.