Before I get into today’s design I want to share a great tutorial for anyone interested in making postcards. Judy Stupak used a printed panel to make some super easy and super cute postcards. Check it out here.
Every year I have one design that is kind of the signature design for the year. This year it’s this shibori tree. I’ve been doing a shibori dyeing series each month and this idea came out of doing that.
In July I made this sample piece. I folded the fabric in half lengthwise and used a washable marker to draw the tree outline, the inside triangle and the heart. I stitched them with a running stitch, drew up the stitches and dyed the fabric. The dye does not reach the areas that are drawn up and that creates the pattern.
I liked this design but thought that the inside triangle was too much. I also decided that I wanted the Christmas cards in a different color. In August I stitched up and dyed 16 pieces deep red for my Christmas cards.
I used Superior Metallic for the stitching. I added that inside triangle back with stitching and I think that worked out better than the extra shibori stitching. I stitched the hears with a little swirl so it wasn’t quite so symmetrical. A tiny crystal finished the heart.
At the top I added a large crystal with 2 rounds of stitching. The edges are serged with the metallic thread in the upper looper.