January Fabric Postcard

January Fabric Postcard

January fabric postcard after 15 hours embroidery

My January fabric postcard  is a response to living in Canberra the ‘bush capital’ and my first attempt at a fabric postcard. When ever you walk in the Australian bush the ground is covered in twigs leaves, bits and pieces of organic matter that provide homes for a rich insect life. A dear friend once told me that to understand this land you had to walk it barefoot. I don’t walk barefoot but if anyone did the natural debris on the bush floor would definitely lead to an understanding of this place!

How I made the January Fabric Postcard

I used a large variety of threads and stitches on this postcard. I knew I needed a lot of texture for this design. So I dug out rough natural looking beads from my stash and chose a rough linen fabric also from stash. After tracing the outline of a foot on to the fabric I couched down some rough threads that are knitting yarn. I  started to sprinkle the area with French Knots and Bullion knots. Wooden beads that I had to hand, were added for further texture. Below is what the January fabric postcard looked like after 5 hours of designing, digging out some fabric, threads and beads from stash and stitching

January fabric postcard after 5 hours embroidery

The threads I used were knitting yarns, cotton perle #5, cotton perle #3, wool and linen thread. I continued stitching as you can see below I added small straight stitches some fly stitches, half and full buttonhole wheel, and Oyster stitches.  These links will take you to tutorials on how to do each stitch.  Below is what the card looked like after 7 hours hand embroidery.

January fabric postcard after 7 hours embroidery

I continued stitching for 15 hours until the area was full of texture. In order to finish the fabric postcard I  backed it with a piece of quilters cotton from my stash. To edge it I  used the braiding foot on my sewing machine to stitch 2 rounds of tapestry wool yarn to the edge.

January fabric postcard finished

This is a bit of an experiment with the format of using a fabric postcard as a journal. I wanted to see if the format was suitable for a hand embroiderer or anyone wanting to work small due to other time commitments. Since it took 15 hours to stitch it is a bit of a time commitment but I feel the format has loads of possibilities. I plan to treat this format as a journal type project and make another next month. I will see how it goes.

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15 Comments

  1. Oh my. This is delightful! Yes,,,,,it reminds me of a photo I took in Maine last summer of a little girl’s footprints in the sand. Sharon, this is great!! And I think your idea to use this for a journal project is perfect. I am in Art2Mail and I have not heard of anyone else using the postcard size to journal with.

    teri
    fiberandthread.blogspot.com

  2. Hi, Sharon! Great work on the postcard. Fifteen hours is pretty good for that amount of close-work detail. I’m a hand-embroiderer. I do use my machine for some work, like mending! I really have to force myself to use it for my fiber work. Texture rhythm fascinates my fingers. Anyway, nice job…!

    Sarah E.
  3. yes i think because it is a smaller size it lets hand embroiderers experiment and explore ideas – the larger size is just too big to do so. I could become addicted to this size as the format is also loaded with notions of communication from a distance – as I said I will see how it goes and blog it as I go.

    sharonb
  4. That is really pretty–and i like the intimate size of the “portrait”. Looks like the beach a block from my house! great idea for ajournal project–hm, where *is* that pesky spare five minutes–i want the time for this too!:>

  5. I love this peice! And thanks for posting the large detailed
    photo too! I’m not using this size as a journal quilt project…but I’m using a larger 10 x 10 size. I think now that I’ve seen yours, though I’ might just also start a smaller postcard size project as well!

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