Tuesday, 22 March 2011

A Creative Life

I've been making more postcards for Hanna's DIY Postcard Swap. They are all on a common theme based on this quote from Joseph Chilton Pearce:

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong

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I made stencils of crosses; then took some fabric from my scraps box and painted these with black and red acrylic paints. I also experimented a bit with some sequin waste on one piece. Then I chopped up the painted bits of fabric, sewed them back together in a different order and added the quotes. I am pretty pleased with how they turned out, and think they convey the message well. This time, rather than using Vilene and muslin for the backs, I have sewn them straight onto a heavy cardstock using a machine zigzag. It knackers the needle but works fine! So, that's six made, four to go :-). Check out the Flickr group to see all the great creative postcards being made.

algerian stitch

I have also made a start on the latest set of Sharon B's Stitch Files. This little sample shows Algerian stitch. I enjoyed working these - I think my favourite is the second row of smaller stitches in a wave pattern. Next thing is to try the stitch on a more interesting background material.

four coin strips

And lastly, I have finished the coin strips for my friend's baby quilt. It's very feminine and muted, not my style at all (!) but think it will go down well so that's the main thing :-)


  1. These are all just great, Viv! I love how you have experimented with styles and looks with the postcards and the feminine quilt is really quite lovely! Can't wait to see it all finished with that abundance of great fabrics..love the color combo!

  2. Very striking. Feminine fabrics aren't me either.

  3. Goodness, you are like a creative whirlwind, so much on the go and I am totally loving the baby quilt!

  4. Oooh Viv I know you don't like the quilt but I love love love it! Oooh you are one very talented mama! XXXXXX Paula :-)

  5. What great postcards - love your creativity, Viv! The quilt is going to be gorgeous.

  6. I'm in the swap too! I hope I'm one of your lucky recipients. I would send you the owl card that you commented on through Flickr but, alas you are not one of my recipients. All except one of my addresses are in the States. Maybe next time.

    Have you heard about Postcrossing.com? If you are into sending/receiving postcards this is the place to be. It's a free service and you can receive cards from all over the world. It's so nice to get real mail! All the best.

  7. I love how you stitched on your cards! I like the stenciling too! You are very talented!!

  8. I was the lucky recipient of one of these postcards....and it's even better in real life! Thank you, Viv. I love it!!

  9. Your postcards are great! This is one of my favorite quotes.


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