mail art

the stages of construction of my latest textile art postcards (part of an international ‘bling’ challenge swap ) … just wondering if they need more bling?

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pocket swap 2

i so enjoyed making the first pocket that i finished the 2nd one on the same day

this time i used coloured silks, including pieces from an upcyled silk shirt and a hand dyed scarf

i started by machine stitching the background pieces onto cotton wadding, and then added some trimmed and dyed upcycled tape lace

after collaging some strips on top, i found some upcycled buttons to accentuate them

then i hand embroidered and hand quilted through the layers with perle cotton

to finish, i used the slub side of a grey silk remnant for lining, and sewed around the edges 3 times with a machine zig zag stitch in grey thread

will probably use press studs as closures …

[various found silk fabrics, found buttons, cotton wadding, machine stitching, hand embrooidery, hand quilting]

pocket swap 1

recently i was invited to join an online group called cloth paper studio

I have put my hand up for one of their swaps, which is to make a layered and stitched fabric pocket which can be incorporated into a book (click here to see a wonderful example of the finished product)

here is my first attempt for the swap, made from brocade, damask, silk, satin, linen and cotton from my stash, as well as trimmed edges from used teabags

it is entirely hand stitched

each of us will make 2 pockets to send away, and in return we will each receive 2 new ones from other members

at least one fabric has to be upcycled (not a problem for me, as most of what i’ve used is upcycled, as well as the buttons)

I also collaged the trimmings on top for added texture, and added a little bit of embroidery

just have to find a closure for it now …