Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Deep For Someone Who Uses The Term "Duh" So Often

 Remember this?  
 

It's that learning swatch that I started for no apparent reason and had no goal for.  
It was fun to work on, though.


Once I started quilting this really big quilt together using meandering lines of embroidery thread, the urge to work on the smaller, more pointless piece with meandering lines of embroidery thread vanished. 

The swatch sat neglected and was increasingly getting in the way.  Getting in the way because I've been making so much mail art that I am running out of room for other projects.  

The answer to my dilemma has become wildly obvious to you already, isn't it.  
It smacked me right in the face yesterday morning.


This was destined to become postcards!
DUH!


So I cut it up into nine pieces - the first cut was really scary.  But once you start, the committment is made and there's nothing to do but move forward.  Deep, huh?  Well, deep for someone who uses the term "duh" so often.

Last gratuitous macro shot of the stitches.

 So, let's call this a tutorial, shall we?  After cutting up the fabric, I cut up some light cardboard to match the size of the fabric square.  I used a little bit of glue just to keep the cardboard from slipping around while sewing.


I sewed them together, using the longest and widest zig zag stitch settings on my machine.  I shortened the stitch later when I felt more comfortable.  The key is too keep the stitches long and wide enough to avoid perforating the cardboard.  If the holes from the needle are too close together, it all just falls apart.

     
I sewed with the cardboard side up first because it was easier to control.


Then I flipped it over and sewed around the edge of the fabric side.  I followed  the edge of the cardboard the first time around and then the edge of the fabric after I flipped it.  That way I was sure to keep it all lined up and minimize the fraying.  They didn't always line up exactly, which I really enjoyed the look of and didn't want to lose.
   

 Ta-da! 


Repeat nine times.  If you biggify the picture you'll see more variety in the stitching than I described here.  I became more experimental as I became more comfortable working on this.  One postcard became totally biased and I think that's my favorite one.
 

Then you just need to address and send them.  I added a pretty stamp and used some pink poster board for one, again, it's that variety I love.  

OK, this is the last gratuitous macro shot.  I loved photographing this piece up close!
 The only downside is that they were so expensive to send.  The lady at the post office loved them and was very friendly and smilingly charged me $1.95 each because they aren't paper.
  
Oddly, the one I sent to Germany was only $1.75.

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4 Comments:

At January 31, 2012 at 1:02 PM , Anonymous Michelle said...

Those are really adorable! It's ridiculous they charged you more to send them because of the material of which they were made...that's crazy. But, at least your postal worker was kind...I'm never so lucky.

 
At February 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Lynch Family said...

Duh-rool-ing. A plush, fabric postcard would soak up A LOT of drool.

Awesome.

 
At February 3, 2012 at 8:44 PM , Blogger Sunflower Hill Farm said...

Once I'm home, I am so into the mail art stuff! I'm excited to get started! These are cool, Jen.

 
At February 7, 2012 at 4:09 AM , Anonymous KT said...

What a great idea! I don't think it would be any more expensive to send than a regular postcard in the UK so I might try something similar later in the year. Thanks for sharing!

 

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