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Postcard Swap 2012

I belong to a postcard swap that is going from strength to strength. We have members from all around the globe and itís a delight to receive a creation from some far flung outpost. I have fun making my postcards and have just completed these last three this week.

Iíve sent my last three postcards for the 2012 swap and I thought you might like to see them. The theme for December was Crazy Christmas, January was Birthday Wishes and February was Thanks for the Memories.

The Christmas crazy patch was a no brainer. I dug out some of my precious silks and satins and exotic cream fabrics and put them together. Then I embellished them as best I could with threads and beads. I even found a piece of tatting that Iíd discarded from a previous effort, and it fitting beautifully into the card. I bordered the cream fabrics with green and red for Christmas. I found a little pattern for a peace dove and stitched it using silken threads. Very happy with the outcome on this one.

The Birthday wishes for January was an easy one to think up, but a bit tricky to execute. Youíll notice Iíve used some Aida cloth. I got a scrap piece and hand stitched in back stitch the Happy Birthday greetings. Then I found the background roses fabric (isnít it gorgeous), and also found a rose print that I vlisoflexed and then cut out, a la broder purse technique. I then ran around the outside with a white zigzag thread. Very pink, and very pretty.

The final postcard Iím featuring here today is the Thanks for the memories. I have very fond memories of daffodils from my childhood home of Canberra. Every spring up would pop daffs all over the place, and where ever I go in the world when I see daffs, I think of my childhood home. So I found a number of daffodil fabrics, cut them into geometric shapes, and then machine quilted them together. Very simple, yet effective. I used a variegated thread for the zig zag border that enhanced the colours on the postcard.

If youíd like to join the postcard swap I belong to, hereís the organisers email: akoloi@bigpond.net.au .

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