I am racing through the door waving frantically with is my latest effort for the 6 x 4 lives journal postcard challenge. Phew! She wipes forehead with back of hand in overly dramatic manner.
Now to the backstory. In the back yard one hot day early in the month I managed to catch a photo of dragonfly. This image became the 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. For me the postcards form a kind of a journal each month so I don’t worry about sending anything through the mail. To be honest I don’t trust the sorting machinery of the mail service to deliver a fabric postcard in good condition.
How did I make my fabric postcard?
It was not too difficult to make. I basically traced the photo of the dragon fly to get the shape of the wings. I used Jane Nicholas technique to make the free standing wings. You can find out about the technique in Stumpwork Dragonflies by Jane Nicholas.
Basically I fused 2 pieces of organza together, shaped and couched down fine wire. Next, 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. I trimmed the wings then stitched them to the fabric before adding the beads for the head and body. The legs and background speckling were added before couching the frame. All up including faffing about designing finding beads etc, I guess it took me about 7 hours work.
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.
The 6 x 4 lives journal postcard challenge is shaping up to be a fun challenge. I hope you enjoy what I have done this month!
Experimenting with different threads can be expensive. You would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.
These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon, and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle. Many are hand-dyed by me. And they are all threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.
You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.
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