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October’s postcard swap theme is Crazy Patchwork – neither Penny nor Kay had tried their hand at traditional Crazy Patchwork so this was a great opportunity to try it out.  Kay just loved the chance to get back to some hand embroidery – something she really enjoys.

Peggy’s card arrived in the mail for me late last week:

Crazy PAtchwork Card from Peggy in the US

Crazy Patchwork Card from Paggy in the US

My cards were all made with the same fabric and thread palette, although every one took on its own particular look.  The fabrics included antique kimono fabrics, silks, furnished and after five fabrics and silk/polyester blend patchwork fabrics.  The threads included DMC stranded cotton, Kremick silk, Madeira Metallic embroidery thread and other specialty threads.

Crazy Patchwork Card

Crazy Patchwork Card

I raided the buttons and the bead containers for seeds and delicas in a range of colours…plus there are some charms, sequins and shell buttons in each of them.

Detail#2

Detail from Crazy Patchwork Card

I have really enjoyed making these cards – crazy patchwork has always been a favorite of mine!

My post office lady, Kaye, was most taken with this particular batch of cards….luckily, there was a spare, so I took one in especially for her!

Over the past month there has been a flurry of activity on the Fabric Postcard front – I have dispatched a round of cards to friends taking part in the “Stitch Me A Rainbow” swap and I have also sent off my first “Birthday Swap” for a Stitchin’ Fingers  exchange.

In the mail I have received these cards from Rainbow swappers:

Al things Purple from Penny

All things Purple from Penny

Under the Blue Sea from Kay

Under the Blue Sea from Kay

Both of the above cards were made in a “how to class” – the base fabric was made using strips sewn onto a 13″ lightweight interfacing square and flipped…. then they were covered with a selection of knitting yarns and threads.

A layer of black bridal tulle was pinned over and free form quilting/embroidery using variagated threads then stitched. A layer of heavy weight iron on interfacing was applied to the back of the piece before the stitching was started.  The piece was then cut into six postcard sized and further embellished.  This was the first time either of the girls had made cards and I think both Penny and Kay are hooked!

This picture is the card sent to Peggy in the US –  the technique is similar but instead of capturing  the threads under tulle, I stitched each one in place – sometimes using a decorative stitch and/or sewing thread.  Some yarns were stitched in place while the piece was still 13″ square and others were added once the piece was cut down into individual cards.  Decorative embroidery stitches were added to each card individually.

Traces of Teal sent to Peggy

Traces of Teal sent to Peggy

The first card I was to make for the Birthday Swap needed to be into the post quickly as Allyson’s birthday was September 6 – however she is in South Africa and apparently there is a postal strike (at the time we were notified it had been running for two weeks)

Happy Birthday Allyson!

Happy Birthday Allyson!

This card was made using die cut felt pieces I found at OfficeWorks, believe it or not! Each felt layer has been machine stitched in place after the purple ribbon stem had been stitched down. The quilting is a very fine stipple using a Guterman Sulky variagated thread and the centre button hand stitched in place.  Plain Guterman Purple Sulky thread was used for the satin stitched edging.

In class, we plan to explore some Crazy Patchwork techniques over the next few weeks so our next postcard exchange will feature Crazy Patchwork.  It is planned that this exchange will take place by the end of October if there are any takers to join us for this swap.

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