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Artist Trading Card Swap – the reveal!

At last I can show you the little textile card I received last week and the one I sent to its new home yesterday.  The swap is a regular event organised by Ali at Very Berry Handmade.  There are 40 people taking part and each one of us makes a textile card about the size of a regular business card.  Ali then sends you the name of a person you have to send your card to, but the card you receive will be from someone else entirely! There’s a Flickr group where everyone can upload their work in progress as well as finished cards.

It was a few weeks ago that I mentioned I was lucky enough to be taking part in the swap, but even so the date for despatch seemed to come around very quickly.  Last week I heard the postman clatter the letterbox and when I went out to look I saw an envelope on the floor in handwriting I didn’t recognise.  (Seeing a hand written envelope is a novelty itself these days!)  I opened it carefully and look what I found:

Artists Trading Card: Getting Away From it All by Beryl Coy www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Getting Away From it All by Beryl Coy

Beryl Coy's Getting Away From it All

Beryl’s applique and embroidered card

Beryl’s stitching is meticulously neat! Such tiny stitches in a single thread of embroidery silk.  And the silver thread really sparkles in the sunlight.  I think a hot air balloon captures the theme of Getting Away From it All perfectly and I’ve got the little card proudly sat on my desk where I quite frequently look at it and daydream about places I’d rather be!

Textile art card by Beryl Coy. www.DawnChorusStudio.com

On my desk

Messy desk. © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Ok. So my desk really looks like this most of the time…

I really appreciate all the time and thought that Beryl has put in to making this for me, it’s such a wonderful gift, thank you so much Beryl!  And of course thank you to Ali for organising the swap.  Which brings me on to the card I made for one Bossymamma from Manchester!

Along with the address details for the recipient Ali also sent a couple of lines about her preferences.  Bossymamma, aka Dina, really doesn’t like green!  Ok I thought, that’s good, ‘cos neither do I!!!!  (Well, it’s my least favourite colour and I although I like it alongside other colours I don’t much go for green ‘schemes’.)  I ummmed and aaaahed about what I would make to fit the theme ‘Getting Away From it All’ and for me, I guess it means freedom. And what represents freedom?  Well of course it’s the bird. Which just happens to be one of my favourite subjects 😉  I plumped for the wren because it’s my logo and the card is like a business or calling card.   It seemed logical at the time…

Getting Away From it All, textile art card by Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.DawnChorusStudio.com

My finished card for Dina

The following pictures show you my process (there quite are a few of them!). I started with a simple machine embroidery on a vintage handkerchief that a friend had given me a while ago (“I’m sure you can make something with that!”, she’d said). (No preliminary drawings, I just get on with it!)

Getting Away From it All, textile art card by Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Machine embroidery and a little appliqué were the first steps

I wasn’t very happy with the way Mrs Jones the sewing machine was behaving, but thankfully she let me sew this before she finally gave up the ghost! Then I added a few details to the bird by hand before adding a cotton flannel to the back and hand quilting it.

Getting Away From it All, textile art card by Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.DawnChorusStudio.com

I added details by hand before quilting and embroidering

Textile art card by © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Quilting and embroidering

At this stage I decided I’d make it into the card before adding the final stitching. To stiffen it I folded the quilted piece over a thick piece of stiffening, the sort that might be used for bag making.

Textile art card by © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Making it into a card

I mitred the corners and stitched them in place before finishing the embroidery on the front. The stiffener isn’t adhesive so I decided I wanted to stitch through it in places to hold it down.  I also wanted to ‘frame’ it so added the oversewing around the edges and the row of backstitching. I was pretty happy with it at this point, so it was just the back to finish!

Textile art card by © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Stitching the mitred corners on the back

Eagle-eyed readers might recognise this Liberty Art Fabric as the one I bought in Exeter recently when I was having my own getting-away-from-it-all-day with Kim! It pleased me no end to add something that holds special memories for me – a kind of circle and passing on.  I wanted to keep the ‘homespun’ look on the back too and kept a raw edge. It shouldn’t fray any further though as I backed it with iron on Vilene (which also stiffens it a little).  I simply oversewed it in place and then added the running stitch which catches in the quilted front piece.

Textile art card by © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

The finished back

All done, I wrapped it up and sent it on its merry way to Manchester, where I hope it likes its new home very much!

Textile art card by © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Finito!

Phew, that was a long post!  Thank you for reading – I hope you enjoyed it as much I did making the card!  A big thank you once again to Ali of Very Berry Handmade for hosting such a great swap, to Beryl for the card and to Dina of Bossymamma for her appreciative comments!  Don’t forget to pop on over to the Flickr group to see lots of the other cards people have made – there’s some great stitching going on!

Linking up with Work In Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and the lovely Lorna at Lets Bee Social – sharing links to even more lovely stitching and quilting going on this week 🙂

Happy stitching and quilting lovely friends 🙂

 

 

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