Thursday, February 28, 2008

Cyber Fyber Swap and Exhibit

Recently when I was blog browsing I found out about Susan Lenz's Cyber Fyber postcard and ATC swap. (I forget how I got there.) There were only a few postcards up for grabs, but I got one!

To quote Susan: This postcard was made from a background of black linen with heavily painted Wonder Under (Bond-a-Web). It was created shortly after my first machine embroidery class (under Valerie Campbell-Harding). To it was stitched a scrap from an old cross stitch based on the 6th century mosaics in Ravenna's Sna Vitale church. The reverse is a Japanese postcard brought back by my elder son Mathias after his first trip. It is signed and dated in ink. (You can't see it very well in my photograph but she has done some decorative stitching in metallic threads in the background areas.)

In return, of course, I had to make and send her a postcard.

I dug around in my scrap bits and pieces and found something that almost measured the required 4" x 6". All I had to do was add a corner and then quilt/embellish it. Susan was asking for predominantly fiber cards. I took that to mean a minimum of 3-D embellishments, which posed something of a challenge for me since I've been so busy sewing beads on quilts lately! I did some machine stitching first, then broke out the embroidery floss to add some accent lines and dots. In the end I couldn't resist adding a few sequins and beads.

I did all my stitching through the top and a layer of Warm & Natural batting. To finish the raw edges I applied narrow strips of black fabric to the front, wrapped them to the backside, then stitched in the ditch to hold them in place. I was nervous about stitching through a postcard so I used a piece of watercolor paper instead. It's stouter than regular paper and acid free but not quite as heavy as the postcard Susan's artwork is mounted on. I used a zig-zag stitch to secure the watercolor paper to the quilted piece, keeping my stitches within the black border created by my 'binding.' All in all I was satisfied with the way it turned out.


  1. Both of those postcards are just lovely. I really liked your highways quiltlet and the Gemini as well -- such fun when you get to play with those beads. I really do need to try that sometime!

  2. Hi Sue!
    This is just a quick note to say THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! The mailman brought your trade here to CYBER FYBER headquarters! My husband Steve beat me to the door and is as excited about I am about the upcoming exhibition. I’ll write more later…when I have a chance to photograph, upload, label, and do all the little things necessary to properly process each trade! Thanks for your patience, your willingness to trade with me, and for being part of CYBER FYBER! This is so exciting and wonderful! I'm going to link your wonderful blog post to our trade on the CYBER FYBER site!


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