6 x 4 Lives fabric postcard for January


I just bet some were wondering if I was going to make the 6 x 4 lives journal postcard challenge. Well here it is. Phew! She wipes forehead with back of hand in overly dramatic manner.

In the back yard one hot day early in the month I managed to catch a photo of dragonfly. This provoked a series of thoughts and I returned to the image as a design source.

As you can see this is a postcard (or will be when I trim it) that could never go through the post as the wings lift away from the card. Since the idea is that the postcards form a kind of a journal each month I figured that meeting that criteria was not necessary.

How did I make it? A while back I treated myself to a copy of Stumpwork Dragonflies by Jane Nicholas. This is not one of the designs in her book as I designed it myself but I have used her technique for making the free standing wings.

To make the wings one of the techniques Jane Nicholas uses is to fuse two pieces of organza together. This is stretched in a hoop and you create individual wired wings from this fabric.

I over stitched the wire using rayon machine embroidery thread which took me 5 hours. After that was done the rest moved along quite quickly in comparison. All up including faffing about trying to design the thing, I guess it is about 7 hours work.

Needless to say with all that stitching I had plenty of time to think about why I was doing it. That why am I doing THIS question is still nagging me but I like hand embroidery because there are some things that you can do by hand that you can not do on a machine. I think that’s why I made it. To be honest I am still not that sure except to say when I took the photo I thought about it. In other words intuition drove the desire to make it and I went that way. I am not sure as to why I chose this technique over another except that stumpwork always presents interesting technical challenges which I enjoy so from that point of view this fabric postcard is a self indulgence.

Below is a page from my visual journal – as you can see the notes are brief, the source image is there and notes about the threads I used . Also I used two different types of organza one had a real sheen which I used for the back of the wing. Swatches of the fused organza front and back are also included on the page.

Since it is the last day of the month there is a few more finishers over on the 6 x 4 lives journal postcard challenge site do check them out. It’s shaping up to be a fun challenge and for all the why questions running around in my head as I over stitched the wire for the wings I enjoyed it.

Mini Journals project

Does anyone want to make a Mini Journal for this project? I am not throwing out a challenge I just thought people would like to know about it.

I’d like to complete a 1000-mini-journals project. The aim of the project is to collect 1000 or more tiny journals created, embellished, and written/collaged in by writers, artists, crafters, and scrapbookers around the world. At the end of 2006 the journals will be put on exhibition and then auctioned for charity.

It looks an interesting project for charity.