I finally got started on my Christmas postcards for this year. I've mentioned before that I make about 80 of them. usually I work on 3 designs and just make multiples of each. Yes, it can get boring but I'm pretty good at assembly like work and that's how I set them up. One of the designs is always super easy and this year it will be a screen printed image. Those are for people who like to get them but don't really "get" the work that goes into them or for people who I'm not sure if they even get the whole concept at all. But I always do 2 designs that have a good bit of work in them for the people who really "get" them and who I know love them.
This design is one of those.
Clearly, I got the idea from Candy at Candied Fabrics. I really admire her botanical and bord thread sketches and have been wanting to give it a try for myself. Now, this is something that I'm not good at at all and that's what makes it perfect for a postcard project. It's small scale and low risk. Even my not-so-good samples (that I didn't photo for you) are perfectly fine for mailing.
When I started these I had to draw the design out with a disappearing pen. Stitching multiples really helps to build skills. By the 5th one I didn't have to draw anymore and by the 10th one I was confident enough to start playing around with the design a bit.
Now I'm better at free-motion drawing and
I have 24 of the 80 cards that I need done!
I highly recommend making fabric postcards as a way to practice and develop new skills. It's small scale and you get to build a supply of greeting cards to share with your friends.
You will not hear from me tomorrow. I'll be in a turkey coma and expressing thanks for my really great life.