Sunday, September 07, 2008

Goddess Postcards

After an hour or so at the machine last night my goddesses are finished. I really love how these cards came out. After doing so much cross stitch recently and with the regimented stitching that involves it has been really refreshing to put something together a little more organically.
I have 4 swap partners in this one so thought I would loosely go with an elements theme, though not keen to come up with something for Air I decided to wuss out and choose forest instead.
I decided to go with the scrap boxes again, and thought I'd use some of the smallest pieces I could find to do a bit of weaving.
Having never done any before I have no idea what the proper methods for weaving are, but I was constructing these backgrounds mainly whilst sat in the car waiting for dh to come out of work (we share a lift to work and I finish a bit earlier than he does so always have a slight wait sat in the car) a lot of pinning was involved in my method so the strips didn't come apart on my lap on in the moving car, lol!
After my strips were weaved together I machine stitched a random wavy pattern over them to secure them down. I wasn't too precious about this and it ended up that some of the interfacing was showing through in places where the stripes moved or weren't ripped straight but I decided to leave this as it was as theme of the cards lend themselves to a bit of imperfection! Then it was time to add my goddesses and get the needle and thread out.I had lots of fun stitching some text, I've never tried this before and I was really impressed at how well the words came out, this is definitely something I will play with more in the future.

Goddess of the Forest


Water Goddess

Earth Goddess

Fire Goddess

10 comments:

Vicki W said...

Very cool! You know I love the scrappy background a lot.

Quilt Pixie said...

your woven backgrounds are great -- when I've seen thse done they've always used fusing, making for a fairlky stiff backing...

Tracey said...

Those are very neat Angela, and you say those are cards? They sure came out nice. Congratz hun.
Hugs and Bb
Tracey

Threadspider said...

Just lovely. I love the lettering on the cards . (Was tempted by the GWE meeting-but think I'm too scared)

paulahewitt said...

These are fantastic. I really like everything about them - the woven backgrounds, the goddesses and the stitched words - well done.

StegArt said...

Way way cool! I really like the backgrounds as they add so much texture. The goddesses and other details are wonderful.

Melinda Cornish said...

I adore these! I love how you wove them and I think they turned out great...when in doubt, make it up, that's my motto...Melinda

Annette J said...

I really love these cards and if you don't mind I would love to try and make one myself.
Luv annette

dawn.u said...

Lovely Anglea - great to see you 'working' again - love the hot pink godess too..... mmm.... I see you're getting thru the UFO's....

Helen in the UK said...

Love these postcards and the CD piece too. Great colours and use of additional stitched detail.
The tiger is coming along brilliantly as well - you're obviously on a roll :)