Here's Maz's finished postcard. She was working on it last week remember?
Here's Nola's postcard:
Tricia's unfinished postcard looks like this:
A Dozen Easy Ways to Finish your ATC or Postcard
1. Turn the front edges to the back over the lining material, and glue or hold with thread. Layer over a backing, attached with slip stitching, like Maz's, or with fusible web and stitched down with machine straight stitching or a patterned machine stitch. This also works well with a card stock backing that can be glued in place.
2. Satin stitched edge, like Nola's postcard, or a zigzag stitch. Nola's was satin-stitched over a yarn, which tends to cover the inner layer nicely, without showing glimpses of white around the edges.
3. Bagged - i.e. stitch from and back layers, right sides together, leaving a small gap for turning. Works best with softer fillings like quilt batting.
4. Bound like a quilt, either in strips or a continuous mitred binding, slip stitched on the back. One variation is to stitch the binding to the back, turn it to the front and top stitch it down with a patterned machine stitch.
5. Straight stitch around the edges - this can be simple or complex, but thicker inner layers, like batting or Timtex, tend to show around the edges. Straight stitching a narrow braid on the front side is effective.
6. Use a machine herringbone-style stitch, so that the outer edge of the stitch passes over the edge. Also better with thin or no inner layer and can look striking on a card stock backing.
7. Free motion swirls or loops, with inner layer hidden between extended front and back layers
8. Hand or machine buttonhole stitch around the edges - this also works best with thinner inner layers as batting or Timtex will show.
9. Cut lining slightly smaller and adhere front and back layers with fusible web. Trim with pinking shears and straight stitch inside the pinked edge.
10. Overlock (serge) the edges together, then cover the stitching with braid, rickrack or glued fabric strips.
11. Stitch eyelash or similar yarn on each side, beginning with the back, and using matching thread. The fringes blend, hiding the lining.
12. Layer a fabric between the front and lining, cut 1/2in oversize. Stitch around the edge through all four layers (front, extra fabric, lining and back) with wide zigzag or buttonhole stitch , and then fray the larger piece of fabric back to the stitching line, making a simple fringe.
Possible linings - Shapewell interfacing (a stiff but light woven interfacing), Timtex, quilt batting, cardboard of various weights, Pellon in various weights.
Nola did very little, creatively, today. She looked through her folder of samples for ideas for the next month's postcard and for our Lost Treasures challenge. For the challenge, she found this little piece:
Tricia was stitching today and she brought along two pieces to work on. She began the first one in a class with Jan Irvine-Nealie at Orange Fibre Forum a couple of years ago, based on a photo.
She has rocks to add in the foreground and some trees. It's looking really interesting!
Tricia's other stitching piece is a trial for a larger work she wants to make. Both use her own dyed fabrics, but this one is smaller. She's experimenting on this one with thread colour and different stitches, to get the effect she wants for the larger piece. It's hard to see the stitched area in the photo but it has the feel of something ancient.
last week too. It's coming along nicely, isn't it?