Hardanger Ornament Postcards
These are probably the most special postcards that I've ever made. Even Chris says that these are his favorites.
I unearthed these embroideries from one of my Bins of Magical Things a few months ago. I made then YEARS ago and they were intended to be ornaments just like you see in the pattern photo. I did the embroidery but never actually made the ornaments. It was time to do something with them.
The first step was to pick some fabrics. I had a nice red satin that would be a great background for the 6 red and green ornamants and this green would be a perfect frame for both designs. I eventually dug up a pretty purple satin for the background of the gold embroideries.
The first step was to fuse WonderUnder on the back of the green fabric and cut out the circles that will frame the embroideries. I used WonderUnder because I wanted to be able to draw guidelines to help center the circle.
To put it together I first cut the embroidery about a half inch larger than the hole and then centered the embroidery in the hole and tack fused it in place. The teflon sheet is so helpful. I had prefused the back of the satin fabrics and then cut out circles the same size and the hole in the fabric. I used the paper backing to position the satin fabric on the postcard base and fused it down. then I flipped the embroidery part on top of that and fused all the layers together. I used a pressing cloth to protect the embroideries.
I did a satin stitch around the ornament and added a hanger and bow.
I stitch lines like the bow and hanger at least 3 times to build up a bold line and to hide any bobbles.
Here's a close up of the stitching. These cards will be mailed in clear envelopes to protect the stitching. I made 12 of these cards, 6 in each design.
I also unearthed these two old/vintage cross stitch projects that I might have done over 35 years ago! I used the same method to turn them into cards too. That's 88 cards made this year!
There's still a ton of stuff in that bin.....
12/9/2019 12:40:04 pm
Those are delightful. I really want to know about that circle cutter. I tried to read the print on it, but I failed.
12/9/2019 01:04:58 pm
These are gorgeous! What a wonderful use of those embroideries.
12/9/2019 03:43:15 pm
Those are gorgeous, Vicki! Whoever receives those will be doubly blessed.
12/9/2019 05:14:32 pm
Absolutely beautiful. A treasure for recipient.
12/9/2019 07:45:55 pm
That is definitely a special group of postcards. I have never done Hardanger embroidery although I tried about everything else. That is a great use of the counted cross stitch also. Congratulation on getting all of the cards finished!
12/10/2019 08:02:29 am
More beautiful postcards! That magic drawer of yours sure is special! These were a great way of using up those embroidery bits.
12/10/2019 08:57:08 am
Vicki, the people who are fortunate enough to receive these lovely ornament cards, will be especially happy this year when they arrive. I agree with you and DH about them being the prettiest ones, and hope you keep at least 1 for yourselves.
Vicki in MN
12/10/2019 09:20:17 am
What a fabulous way to use up some old UFO items!
12/10/2019 04:17:19 pm
I have followed your blog for quite some time. You make beautiful postcards! But these are by far the loveliest of them all....lucky recipients!
12/12/2019 10:09:33 am
Wow, you have to be the postcard making queen! These are indeed beautiful and such a clever way to use stitcheries that were languishing in a drawer.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.