I have happily come across the world of fabric postcards via a link on I love embroidery – UK. The link was to a Swiss site hosting a mail art project. The project invites participants to submit, by posting, up to three fabric postcards. Any kind of fabric/textile art can be used. I will limit myself to hand embroidery. The theme for the project is In Between and the designs have somehow to represent this.
I have now completed two of these fabric postcards. Both use Traditional Palestinian motifs. The first one represents Hearts among the stars and features small red heats and different coloured stars.
The second postcard represents Rosebuds between lilies.
Both postcards were stitched in cross stitch, the preferred stitch for traditional Palestinian embroidery. The fabric is 16it Aida in black, and I used two strands of DMC cotton.
To turn the embroidery into a postcard you need some kind of solid material as a backing. I used Peltext 72F double sided fusible stabyliser from Pellon. This is a firm, but flexible material. For the backing I used some old calico fabric. You just sandwich the peltext between the embroidery and the calico and iron on. Even I managed to do this. You can even stitch through the peltext if you wanted.
This is what the back looked like before adding the address.
Unfortunately, calico is quite difficult to write on. At least without a very, very fine pen, which I do not possess. It is not just the address in Switzerland that has to go on the back, but all the details about the design and yourself – email address etc. So I printed out a postcard label and wrote all the details on this and then glued the paper to the calico back. Here is the completed back of the postcard I sent off.
I now await with excitement to see if it really does arrive in Winterthur. You can send in up to three postcards and if this one does arrive I plan to do two more in different embroidery styles. For more information about this project visit In between/dazwischen.