I have just joined a very interesting and creative group called Tiny Traders, which makes and sends to each other fabric postcards.
I was invited by one of the supremely talented and imaginative members (who shall remain nameless for now, since I don’t know if she wants her name broadcasted on the InterTubes); and since I’d never seen a fabric postcard in the flesh before–and couldn’t imagine something “floppy” making it through our suspect Postal Service–she sent me a fabric postcard of my very own!
Here ’tis (click on it for a larger version):
The backside has a regulation postcard-type backing, including the necessary disclaimer “Postcard” and some festive fall-colored leaves.
As a quilter, I love her patchwork; with something like this, you could even just use fusible web and not stitch, which may have been how she did it. I love the cat, too! Looks somewhat like my own Fergus the DevilKitty. Also, as a huge Halloween fan, I just love the theme!
What the picture doesn’t show is how well it’s made: the edges are so tidy and the whole thing is sturdier than I could have imagined, being basically a sandwich of fabric, stabilizer, and paper. And all for the usual I’m assuming they still have to be hand-canceled, but it looks like it would be flat and secure enough to make it through the postal machinery just fine.
So I’d like to challenge all of you to try your hand at making fabric postcards! They’re an excellent way to make something affordably, and apparently anything goes! You could do quilting, as this one is, or paint some silk/muslin/whatever, or do a little collage on a backing… or how about a piece of tie-died or batiked fabric to show off your fabric manipulation skills? Or sandwich some tinsel between the backing and a lace cover for a cool spiderwebby look? You know those practice pieces that you make when fooling around with a new yarn, thread, fabric, or paint? Use them for fabric postcards! Someone will get them and think they’re awesome and that you are awesome.
Brighten a day and practice some new media… that’s a pretty good day in my book!
In the days to come, when I’m over this blasted cold, I’ll be posting some of the experiments I’m doing as I learn this craft; they’ll probably be pretty suspect at first, but we can learn together. Or if you’re already an expert, then you can inspire the rest of us! Just remember, while you can be experimental as you like, it looks like neatness counts, especially if you want it to make it through the postal system safely with minimal destruction.