Wednesday, December 3, 2008
ATC Postcard & More Hand Made Gifts
The brown knit scarf is a work in progress for my 19 yr old grandson to go with the knit brown hat I finished first. And now you can see the long fringe (I hope) on the Trellis scarf also knit for 16 yr old grand daughter. I've been knitting for four years now. I taught myself how by reading books and using Knittinghelp.com on line. A wonderful resource with chats, and videos for helpful instruction, all free! BTW my mother knit the beautiful afghan my things are sitting on. Okay, now I need sound advice from you! I have entered a challenge to make ATCs and Postcards to exchange with members of my ATWI20Q group. This is a new experience in the art world for me and I do feel very much at sea. First of all the theme is "seasonal" but since we are sharing Around the World and while I am in WINTER some of them are in SUMMER or SPRING (for all I know?)... This first attempt at a Postcard is a butterfly in hibernation for the winter...something like that. Title is gelling in my brain yet. It's a cotton butterfly sewn on a piece of black fleece, overlaid with two kinds of fine mesh tulle, the top layer has glitter. And it's all top sewned on each layer. I might add a button with a butterfly on it to this one. I am open for REAL criticism as I know not what I do here. So let me know what you think before I embarrass myself completely by sending these off. This next one is a first ever ATC in progress. Starry Winter Night? Again black fleece (I have a lot left over from another project...) with some holiday wrapping gold stars laid on green Angelina fibers, overlaid with orange metallic netting, which is cut out around the stars to make them shine. Then some top stitching holding it all together, but the edges now are left raw. Should I sew the edges down? What are the rules for ATCs? Are there any? Working on something this small, the size of a business card, is quite the challenge in itself. Again, I am open to suggestion.