Have you ever made fabric or fiber postcards and sent them in the mail? I have done quite a few of these over the years and thought you might like to see some that I have made and received. They are fairly simple to make. You just need to make a piece of fabric artwork that is 4″ x 6″, fuse it to a stiff backing such as Timtex or Peltex, fuse a white piece of muslin to the other side and then zigzag stitch around the edges. Write the address, return address and a short note on the white side and it’s ready to send. I actually sent all my postcards without an envelope except one that was heavily beaded and they made it all over the world without a problem.
This one is machine needle felted and one of the first postcards I ever made.
This one used a piece of rusted fabric for the background plus a machine stitched applique and some free motion machine embroidery. These are a great way to make small compositions and practice your stitching skills.
This one was a bit of a private joke as I saw a paramecium in the middle of the rustiness so I stitched a microscope. I have no idea if the recipient understood it or not.
This one I used a bunch of fabric scraps that I had and it says “do what you love”.
This is the one that I mailed in an envelope due to all the beads. All of these got sent to other people all over the world.
I think this one came from Australia. It is really cool and you can’t really tell that from this photo.
This one was needle woven and I think it’s from the UK.
Here’s one that was painted and stitched. I can’t remember where it’s from but I really enjoyed getting all of these in the mail. If you are interested in being in a postcard exchange try this site art2mail or they also have postcard exchanges on Stitchin’ Fingers.
P.S. I forgot earlier that if you want to feel safe with sending these type of postcards in the mail, you can seal them in clear plastic envelopes or ask the post office to hand stamp the postcard. It usually costs a bit more for hand stamping but then it won’t get caught in the postal machine.