Our postcards group started in 2009 and with it, this new website. On this page you’ll find our creative inspirations for the last four months of 2009. Enjoy our postcards and hopefully you’ll find some inspiration from them for yourself!

September-October
November-December

September-October

The September-October postcards were inspired by the following:

This image inspired the following postcards. Enjoy!

Wenda

Here is Wenda’s interpretation of the September-October theme:

In Wenda’s words:

My primary influence came from taking the machine embroidery course with Ingrid Lincoln at Seminar, plus the fact that Pat was also in the class–hence machine embroidery. The subject is the path floor. I have had a thing about forest floors, the texture mainly and so my piece is that, textural. I lay pieces of fabric including dryer lint and remnants of crushed brown paper with painted Wonder Under (a technique taught by Ingrid) then lay small squares of various colours on that, all secured by black tulle and machining. The predominent background texture was created by applying stones and of course french knots. The leaf is made of silk, organza and red tulle, then machine stitched and wired to give it dimension.

After seeing Mary Anne’s artistic back that she sent to Seanagh, I think I would like to improve on my backing technique–sorry Pat!

I love seeing everyone’s artistic interpretations and wonderful work. It would be amazing to be able to see the actual postcards in person, maybe something could be arranged toward the end.

Linda

Here is Linda’s interpretation of the September-October theme:

In Linda’s words:

I had a real tough time g et ting this post card to work. Using “Autumn Frost” Wildflowers, the leaf stitches looked wonderful and the stem stitched tree trunks also looked great. However, when I started putting in the path and the shadow along the path, it didn’t look right. I frog stitched at least 6 stitches before I liked the look and it worked with the rest of the card.

This piece was a real challenge to stitch, but I ended up pleased with the result.

Sandra

Here is Sandra’s interpretation of the September-October theme:

Eleanor

Here is Eleanor’s interpretation of the September-October theme:

In Eleanor’s words:

The background is a rust colored rayon fabric overlaid with a bi-colored polyester sheer fabric. The sheer was placed on the bias to take advantage of the two colors. Running stitches were done in an oval configuration using two strands of cotton embroidery floss and 24 different colors ranging from yellow, green, violet, red, orange and browns.

The leaves are cut from Lutradur, which is painted with fabric paints in various colors and metallic paints and then distressed with a heat gun to produce the holes. I painted the Lutradur first and then applied the heat gun. However, it seems more difficult to successfully distress the Lutradur when it is painted. Next time I am going to try distressing the Lutradur first and then paint it.

The leaves were applied to the stitched background with straight stitches and rayon threads to give the impression of pin points of reflected light.

Mary Anne

Here is Mary Anne’s interpretation of the September-October theme:

Mary Anne's September-October Postcard

Mary Anne's September October Postcard

In Mary Anne’s words:

Background is silk overdyed to abolish the “whiteness” and surface stitchery in silk and cotton worked with some overlays of tulle for shadows. Tree trunks on the right worked with some stumpwork techniques.

Marie

Here is Marie’s interpretation of the September-October theme:

Marie's September-October Postcard

In Marie’s words:

When I received the photo from Joyce, I was struck by the many different elements in it, that one could focus on.
The line I included on the back of the card kept playing in my head. I printed the photo and posted it where I could see it regularly. However, I could not settle on any one element…. until a very windy day when the leaves were moving so quickly that the colours blended into each other and there was just a mass of bright colours moving in the wind. I knew that was what I hoped to be able to create … but the light playing in the clearing at the end of the path was calling out to be included.
I have recently taken a needle felting course from Justine Kerr here in NS and thought this might be a way to try and get the colours to blend together, yet still maintain each one individually in some part of the design. I started by working the path, then spent some time playing around with the various colours of wool until I was satisfied I could get what I was looking for. I used an overdyed fabric, so there would not be any solid colour to cover or to detract from the whirl of colours. I fused cotton to the back of the overdyed fabric, then needle felted the wool, leaving it for a day or so between additions until I was satisfied I had enough of the path towards the clearing in the woods, and the whirl of colouors above and around the path. I then fused another piece of cotton to the back to hold the felted wool in place.
I had a stamp with a lady slipper on it, and use it, since the photo came from PEI.
Pat

Here is Pat’s interpretation of the September-October theme:

Pat's September-October Postcard

In Pat’s words:

Each thread in the needle is made up of two different plys of embroidery floss. I felt it was much like Georges Seurat, the pointilest meeting up with say Duchamp. Painting with thread. It was great fun but more stitching than I bargained for. I hope you enjoy it. Fall really is my favourite time of year.

Deb

Here is Deb’s interpretation of the September-October theme:

Deb's September-October Postcard (front)

Deb's September-October Postcard (back)

In Deb’s words:

My postcard was inspired by looking up through the canopy of leaves. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the colour of the leaves around here positively glowed against a very blue sky. It gave me a real perspective on what I might have seen had I walked along the path in the photograph.

I thought that I might have some difficulty trying to get the image in my head compressed to the size of a postcard, so decided to make a larger piece and then cut out the best bits for one or two postcards and a few ATCs if they could be squeezed in.

Having just taken the needle felting course with Andrea Graham at Seminar in Kingston this past May, I knew that was the medium I wanted to work in. it was easy to make a ground of felted blue wool about a foot square and, then using leaves collected from the trees about here for a visual, I felted a scattering of different sized maple leaf shapes and colours. The only issue I encountered was the thickness of the ground ‘fabric’. I used a bit too much wool for the base colour, so when the wool for the leaves was added, it really needed to be needle felted a lot in order to make it flatter. In the end I resorted to steam pressing it as well,with a lot of pressure, to thin it out.

When I was ready to stitch, I used a paper ‘window’ to select the best imagery, then basted a postcard-sized outline around it. I was able to get two postcards and five ATCs out of that piece. I finished most of the stitching on the postcards before cutting them out. After cutting them out, I attached it to the background (with UHU glue stick), then carried the design to the edge of the work by working the stitching on the leaves right to the edge, capturing the backing fabric at the same time. That is why the stitches on the reverse of the card are irregularly spaced. Each stitch represents where a leaf vein ran to the edge of the work. Most of the stitching was backstitch, done in a single strand of Bijoux thread, a newish product that I get at Traditional Stitches. It’s a tightly twisted synthetic thread spun with a metallic thread, which accounts for the sparkle. I thought that the Bijoux thread represented sparkles of sunshine on the leaves and branches. By pulling the thread just a little tighter, it plumps up the wool to give it some texture.

Linda

Here is Linda’s interpretation of the September-October theme:

Linda's September-October Postcard
Linda’s September-October Postcard

In Linda’s words:

We are lucky in Canada to have the changing of the leaves when so many countries do not experience the annual splendor.

When working on this post card the trees were so colourful that is why all the trees are in shades of a different colour. The background fabric is green shantung silk. The black tulle is there to indicate the pathways leading into the forest like on the inspiration picture. I used French knots, stem and spider stitches. The fringe is from the salvage edge of a piece of taffeta.

I enjoy seeing the different techniques and interesting ideas that everyone has used.

Seanagh

Here is Seanagh’s interpretation of the September-October theme:

Seanagh's September-October Postcard
Seanagh’s September-October Postcard

In Seanagh’s words:

I live in the woods, so at this time of the year I feel as though I am in an orange/red/green/brown cave, which I guess is where my head was when I worked this postcard. Done mostly in colours bonded together with some simple stitches for highlights. One of the biggest challenges was at the end – getting it square… note to self, leave more wiggle room at the edges!

Carol

Here is Carol’s interpretation of the September-October theme:

Carol's September-October Postcard
Carol’s September-October Postcard

In Carol’s words:

When I first got the picture from Joyce, I started looking for the maple leaf that I picked up in St. John’s a couple of years ago with the intention of stitching it right into the postcard. I couldn’t find it in my stash of stuff, but I had a scan of it. So I altered the size of the maple leaf scan and printed 3 of them onto fabric. I only jammed the printer once….it still works, so all is good!

I cut them out and placed them on some leaves that I had purchased. I then covered the whole piece with organza, and did a whipped stem stitch around the maple leaves to hold them inside the organza. I tacked down the organza in various other places as well.

Susan

Here is Susan’s interpretation of the September-October theme:

Susan's September-October Postcard
Susan’s September-October Postcard

In Susan’s words:

I used variegated cotton floss for the stitching and beads. The open leaves are done with French Knots, with the one on the upper right filled with beads. The solid leaves are done with the Fishbone stitch. The tree is outlined with the outline stitch and finished with seed stitches.

Since leaves are the paramount subject of this card, I wanted to make them stand out. So I felt that the size took care of that. Variegated threads seemed to be the right choice for the leaves. I enjoyed working on this.

Sue

Here is Sue’s interpretation of the September-October theme:

Sue's September-October Postcard
Sue’s September-October Postcard

In Sue’s words:

To make this card I decided to focus on the leaves, the lovely golden ones. I rooted around in my stash for inspiration and found some fabric and some organza that I had transfer dyed in a class with Bunty Severs in Victoria, I had also included leaf shapes! As Bunty has been on many of our minds recently I thought this would be a good time to use these fabrics.

To make the card I outlined some of the leaves on the base fabric, I then outlined some of the leaves on the organza and then sandwiched them together and outlined some more leaves and then added a few beads.

Kim

Here is Kim’s interpretation the September-October theme:

Kim's September-October Postcard
Kim’s September-October Postcard

In Kim’s words:

I love the colours of autumn and they are really changing here now. I wanted to focus on the coloured leaves and give a sense of them falling gracefully. I really like silk fusion. I created a green background and then made a batch of red/brown and another of red/orange for leaves. The leaves were attached with chain stitch creating veins. I also added a couple leaf charms to add some dimension.

Joyce

Here is Joyce’s interpretation of the September-October theme:

Joyce's September-October Postcard
Joyce’s September-October Postcard

In Joyce’s words:

When I looked at the photo I got the impression of leaves swirling down a vortex. So I decided to create those leaves. Silk paper can be so light and almost transparent that I decided to make the leaves and extra swirls for it. (Only my second time making silk paper) The variegated floss worked well for the veins and the gold thread and beads added a magical sparkle.


November-December

The November-December postcards were inspired by the following image:

Enjoy our interpretations!

Sue

Here is Sue’s interpretation of the November-December theme:

In Sue’s words:

As soon as I saw it I knew it was a Fan Dancer. I tried to come up with something that would be easier for me to stitch but I kept returning to the Dancers!
To create this lovely lady, I made a background with a piece of grey wool that was over laid with three different colours of green chiffon and organza, and added the tree trunk with green chenille and brown wool. The fans were created using some muslin I had perviously dyed with angelina fibres added in several colours. I made the arms, legs and head with wool roving and then pieced it all together with some hand stitching and some beads. I had thought she would be more elegant and beautiful than awkward and homely, but I guess that’s life!

Carol

Here is Carol’s interpretation of the November-December theme:

In Carol’s words:

The fungus reminded me of a shell. I made some silk paper, purposely scrunching it and trying to mold it in shell-like ripples. I wasn’t overly successful, and the colour turned out to be too dark. I cut away pieces of the “scrunches” from other sections of the silk paper and stitched them down into the main section of the shell. I used feather stitch, chain stitches, straight stitches, cross stitches and some beads.

If I were doing this over again, I would make the shell smaller and stitch it onto a background fabric, so the shape of the shell would be obvious.

Mary Anne

Here is Mary Anne’s interpretation of the November-December theme:

In Mary Anne’s words:

I tried to play around with the image on the computer – I thought it leant itself to a repetitive graphic-like design and hoped I could reproduce it in a circular way to focus on the “fan” shape – it wasn’t to be.

The background is a textured fabric with machine embroidery, applique, couching and some surface stitchery which always, always, but ALWAYS includes some of those irresistable French knots.

Kim

Here is Kim’s interpretation of the November-December theme:

In Kim’s words:

I used silk paper to create the background of the bark. It has many shades of browns etc. to match the shades of the bark in the picture. When looking at the fungus, it reminded me of fans and I love the lattice that you can see in the fungus. I decided to use Net Stitch to create the fans in the colours reflected in the picture.

Joyce

Here is Joyce’s interpretation of the November-December theme:

In Joyce’s words:

When I first saw this photo I had the impression of an umbrella to hold off November showers and snow flurries. But something needed to be sheltered by the umbrella… What about a squirrel who is getting ready for Winter?!

The mushroom cap is Needlelace padded with some felt (gorgeous orange felt given to me by a friend). The squirrel is needlepainted in silk floss. The snowflakes are tiny straight stitches in Arctic Rays- Wispy Fringe which has been in my stash for ages just waiting to be used. The other threads were wonderful silk flosses from Vikki Clayton with the picturesque names of FleckStone, Tuscan Rose, Rue the Night, Lily Tutters, Mahogany, and Cocoa Bear.

Pat

Here is Pat’s interpretation of the November-December theme:

In Pat’s words:

I am trying to do different techniques for each card so this on is canvas work. I’m not a canvas worker so it was quite the experience. I sized the original photo to 4×6 and traced off the main colour blocks. All the background areas are worked in tapestry wool. The fungus is worked in floss for contrast. I used the little Anchor canvas work manual to choose the stitches and then tried to loosely match the colours to the areas. Some of the areas use more than one colour to try for some shading.

Wenda

Here is Wenda’s interpretation of the November-December theme:

Seanagh

Here is Seanagh’s interpretation of the November-December theme:

In Seanagh’s words:

I battled with this one – the little nubbly thing at the bottom of the fungus kept pulling my eye in, but when I tried to work with that alone it was not too successful, so I resorted to embracing the whole!

I worked on a piece of tea-dyed linen, enhancing the colours with paint. The ‘bark’ on the right hand side was worked in hand stitching with shades of floss and some wool and linen threads – mostly buttonhole stitch with
some straight stitching. The fungus was applied in layers of polyester organza that had been burned on the edges, and held down with open chain stitch. The area at the bottom where the fungus is attached to the tree was
obtained by applying more heat to the organza which broke it down further and intensified the colour as it melted. French knots and straight stitches were used to add the little areas of darker grey/blue which is needed to
give it some depth.

Eleanor

Here is Eleanor’s interpretation of the November-December theme:

In Eleanor’s words:

When I first saw the picture I immediately thought of the pieces of silk I had that were almost the exact colour of the fungi.

The background is a heavy textured dark brown silk fabric. A large variety of threads were clipped into small pieces onto the background fabric and then fused in place with Misty Fuse. This was covered with a layer of a dark brown chiffon scarf fabric and fused.

The tree trunk is made from a light weight beige silk which was pleated and the pleats secured in place with embroidery stitches to give more texture and colour. For the fungi, the orange-yellow silk was heat cut into shapes which were gathered at the bottom edge and secured to background with long straight stitches. The gathering that shows on the larger, outer shape is covered with a detached buttonhole stitch.

When I finished this piece it seemed to need a framing device so I made a cording from Ostara, a viscose thread from Germany, and attached it to the edges.

Deb

Here is Deb’s interpretation of the November-December theme:

In Deb’s words:

After much to-ing and fro-ing with what to do with this image, it crystallized fairly quickly when I found a thread sample card I had purchased from the Studio Inspirations group in Ottawa, which was basically wood tones. Combined with other bits from my stash, including a rat tail braided belt from the 80s (Lesson: never throw anything out), the image was quickly worked up by couching the various weights of thread with three shades of blue silk to represent the lichen that appeared to be growing on the tree in the image. The gold braid was used as a highlight to brighten the palette.

In the same way, the fungus was depicted in three different weights of thread and shades of yellow, with highlights of Bijoux thread. Blue beads were clustered for other highlights.

Although not clear in the image, there is a corner missing on the upper right side of the card. When I was cutting out the vilene to be used as the base, it didn’t notice that the corner was missing until after I had made the cuts. I decided not to re-do it as I thought it would be more in keeping with the rough texture of the tree bark.

Considering my slow start, I am very happy with the results.

Linda

Here is Linda’s interpretation of the November-December theme:

In Linda’s words:

When I saw this picture up close, I noticed a spider’s web strand with a raindrop on it. I knew then that I was going to do a full spider’s web with a spider on it. But the rest of the picture was a mystery until I saw a fan in the fungus shape.

I had some fabric that looked like tree bark and found some yellow fabric that worked together and made a fan with the blue swirl fabric for the background. It still needed something, so on looking at the picture again, I saw all the raindrops. I didn’t want beads in my interpretation, so I used blending filament to add sparkle to the fan with fly stitches b et ween the segments and at the edge. I also used silver metallic thread for the spider’s web. The spider was stitched using a metallic black thread.

Adding the metallic threads for sparkle really helped put the finishing touch on my postcard.

Linda V.

Here is Linda V.’s interpretation of the November-December theme: