Next, I enjoyed our chilly Las Vegas weather by staying home and inside making Xmas cards to be sent to friends and family. Each year I try to change the craft up a bit. The joy of crafting each card by hand and adding my own mark is so motivating. I would gauge this activity as a labor of love, loving it all the way.
I crafted two different cards this year; one series using wool felt and the other series re-purposing silk and foil. The felted tree was created using pre-felted wool, wool roving in various colors, and embroidery threads. The tree and background are needle felted first, then washed in a gentle cycle, dried and hand stitched. The washing of the needle felted piece, causes the piece to felt further and provides an excellent surface on which to add texture and color through stitch. Not only do you end up with some colorful original art, it is also a great way to experiment with the needle felting processes as you go.
The great thing about these cards is that the benefactor can re-cycle by cutting the card in half and using the decorative portion as a post card. Is this something like passing it forward? I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed making them.
|Silk and felt materials|
|Silk scraps sewn to felt|
|Silk bulb Xmas card|
|Felted, stitched Xmas Tree card|