Monday, 5 May 2014

And yet more postcards...

What an interesting mix of postcards this month!

Helen's latest postcard was machine stitched freehand on a base of Sinamay. Never heard of Sinamay? It's made from a fibre made from a variety of banana called abaca, which is native to the Philippines but is now grown in plantations elsewhere. Its main textile use is in hat-making, though a quick Internet search says it's also used in teabags, filters and  banknotes. So now we know..

Helen mounted her stitched Sinamay on card, leaving the edges ragged, though Sinamay doesn't fray.
Maz made her postcard using painted fusible web, mounted on sun-dyed silk.
She edged her postcard with running stitches, fraying the silk edges to a fringe.
Jan's postcard was hand embroidered on fabric she had hand-dyed. She left some of the fabric edges raw for more interest.
The edges were turned under and slip-stitched.
Yvonne made a Houses postcard. The backing was painted cotton cloth, as were the houses she glued on. She added strands of yarn and lace. The edge was hand stitched with buttonhole stitch.
Nola's postcard was called Moon Lantern. The background was painted with fabric and acrylic paints, with rows of hand running stitch. The edges were finished by turning the backing over the front, and couching a narrow ribbon over the raw edge with herringbone stitch.

Five postcards all using different techniques and edged differently. We certainly seem to take these postcard challenges to some interesting places!

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