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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Mailart And Counted Cross Stitch

Robin sent me a photo of this piece that she did last week. It seems that Mailart has been noticed by counted cross stitchers and they want in on the fun too!

Robins mailart

This is one of my retired designs that Robin stitched and adapted for Mailart. Mailart as most of us know by now is artwork, sent through the Postal System.

I Googled "cross stitch mailart" and didn't find much in the way of interesting websites. But I did find this one, the website of Lynne Nicoletti with charted patterns specifically designed for Mailart.

I was thinking, that you could use many of my 100 Days patterns to make MailArt. Stitch one of the borders down the left-hand side of your piece or stitch one of the motifs in the corner. Then embroider the address and you've got Mailart!

Now...I tried to find instructions for making a Mailart piece out of cross stitch fabric but no luck. This is where my creativity sets in! "Necessity is the mother of invention"! When I can't find what I'm looking for, I just make it up as I go along! Well, I don't have time at the moment to figure out how to do this but thanks to Fabric Follies blog, I found a site with all sorts of interesting templates for making envelopes, boxes and so on. Visit Mirkwood Designs and click on "Templates". I'm sure these will give you some really great ideas for making art with fabric and threads! And please be sure to drop Ruth an email and thank her for her complimentary patterns. I'm a firm believer in showing gratitude even for free things.

And while on the subject of Mailart, visit Beates Fabric Art Blog to see some wonderful Fabric Postcards!


Susan said...

thanks for this

We've been doing little fabric postcards - quilty stuff, but I haven't gotten into the stitchery end of it!

Stitch said...

Hi Pam! I too am an avid lover of the mail art department. :) I was like you and didn't know exactly how to go about making I'll tell you what I did. I basically took apart an already existing envelope..a card one and cut the fabric to fit that shape. Then just tacked the back to make the shape of the envelope. I used velcro to make a fastener..and viola! Envelope. I have a picture of it up in my blog...the person loved red and Quaker style designs...and she loved it. It was fun to make..and it's always nice to enclose a little something extra inside..hehe..The hardest part was the I had to put it in an envelope..and send it that our mail (East Coast) would not allow me to send it just as is. :(


X Stitch X

Pam Kellogg said...

Well thank you so much Stitch for sharing your idea with us! Why didn't I think of that? I'll check out your blog! Thanks!

Stitch said...

Hi Pam! You are most welcome! :) Here is the link to the actual posting about my Mail Art.

I should have some actual stitching pictures up for today's entry! hehe :)

Have a good one!

X Stitch X

ozark crafter said...

I enjoy your site. I have just discovered cross stitch envelopes and postcards. I love them! pleased to meet you. Come visit me some time!!! huggers!

Cindy said...

Thank you so much, Pam, for sharing the link to Mirkwood Designs for the templates. They are definitely of very great use...and I have dropped her an email of Thanks too. :)
Btw, wanted to thank you for your free chart too...:)

Ackworth Lady said...

The Needleprint Quaker Post Competition

I am an avid reader of your site and thought you might like to see this.

Anonymous said...

What kind of reception comes when you arrive at the Post Office with your gorgeous, embroidered envelope in our post-2001 world?

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