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Greetings from France

January 10, 2012

It is always intriguing to know how sentiments were given in other places and in times past.  I photographed this lovely little card that Penny Peters brought back from Britain from one of the tours.  It’s about 5 1/2 in. x 3 in. (14 x 9 cm.) I’ve seen a number of cards similar to this while I lived there. They usually have flowers that fit the space just perfectly.  I’m looking at another one in The Batsford Encylopaedia of Embroidery Techniques by Gay Swift. -1984.   1918 is heavily embroidered and beaded in the framed area with Souvenir of France embroidered below. Send this on to anyone you know that has a birthday soon.  Gail

Encroaching Satin stitch worked with silk floss creates the flowers and leaves. The banner that says Happy Birthday is made with herringbone stitch on the reverse side that forms back stitch on the front of the card.

My Embroidery Magazines are partly unpacked so i will be having a look through them for more references. Unless you find something sooner. It will be interesting to know how we can send something tactile on the computer. Any ideas?

The embroidery is stitched on cotton organdie - a common fabric used for embroidery in Britain at that time as well. This is really a close up photograph as ordinarily you don't see the weave of the fabric.

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  1. January 10, 2012 11:33 pm

    I have had great fun in the past sending fiber art postcards to people I’ve met online. It’s great to go to the mailbox and find a handcrafted, tactile postcard. Seeing it on the computer just isn’t the same.

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