Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Plant (cell) and Easter Egg Postcards
I am involved in 2 postcard swap groups right now, one with the Postcard Cottage, and another with a group that my blogger friend, Beth, of Notes... organized. She lives in South Africa, so many of the swappers in that group are also from there. It's been really fun to get postcards like these, that are made from South African "Shweshwe" fabric.
I just mailed off 7 of the 8 postcards above yesterday. The theme was "plant", and I decided to make mine microscopic plant cells, complete with nucleus, chloroplasts, and mitochondria. I have been using us a bunch of batik "strips" that I got on a local blog hop last fall. Each store I visited gave us 5 strips. I went to 6 of them. I've also found that these strips make an excellent "accent" fabric for the pillowcases that I make... sewn between the main fabric and the "cuff". I'm totally looking at those "bail pops" in a different way now!
Here's the 3 postcards that I received most recently, including 2 of the 3 Easter Egg swap cards. The shiny one is from a swapper in Ireland!!
I put the spool on my "side spool feeder", so that it would come off the spool cleanly.
I used my thin weight 30 Aurifil thread in the bobbin. I tried it with a few different other white threads, and the thicker threads showed ups as white dots on the top, the thinner thread did not. I used a needle designed for metallic thread. There may even be a "monofillament" needle, I don't know, but this is the closest "match" I could get locally. Here's a close-up:
"Fabric Tuesday" at Quilt Story. Come see what others have made!