Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Quaker Mail Art

My first cross stitch envelope has reached my partner in the exchange on Stitchin' Fingers. Have to confess...I cheated. I mailed it inside of another envelope. Just couldn't bring myself to mail it without any protection at all.

I found it more difficult than I expected. Planning the layout was complicated. I made a mistake in placement and had to improvise at the end for the construction. That's why you see the flap made from the lining fabric. I sewed the side seams by hand since they were kind of bulky. I think I might look for a different construction method if I were to do another one of these.

I used the free Quaker house design from Annie Beez Folk Art on the front and the Nesting Bird design from Aury on the back. The fabric is Vikki Clayton linen and the lining has a design of houses in case you can't see that in the photo.



16 comments:

anniebeez said...

Oh my gosh! That is SO cute! I'm so excited to see someone actually stitch one of my designs! Yippee! I love it!! Thanks for sharing!

Mylene said...

Such cute designs you have chosen for the MA. The finished item looks great to me. I haven't tried to make a mailart yet.

Daffycat said...

Wow, awesome mail art! I'd be very nervous about mailing one naked too...my brother's ex-GF used to mail handmade cards in clear plastic envelopes. I'm going to look for some of those.

Miss 376 said...

Well done Annie, this is lovely. Still got mine to do

geeky Heather said...

That is lovely! And I don't think mailing it inside another envelope was cheating...I think I would do the same thing myself!!

mbroider said...

That is so beautiful!! I am not surprised you cheated, OMG, how could one 'mail' it without protection??!!

Gina E. said...

Congratulations on finishing your first mail art, Annie! Wow, you sure went to a lot of trouble. I'll have to figure out a way to post some clear instructions on the forum, or at least provide a link. I know how people feel about sending them as they are without some protection, but they do usually arrive intact, believe it or not. Fabric postcards disappear in the mail more than mail art envelopes. Maybe postal workers prefer to collect patchwork instead of cross stitch..

Pumpkin said...

Very cute Annie and well done! I don't blame you, I don't think I would have the nerve to let mine go without protection either :oS

staci said...

Beautiful and creative mail art! Your stitching and finishing are wonderful!

Liz said...

It's even more beautiful in "person." I am so-o-o-o lucky you were my swap partner!

gazette94 said...

What a lovely mail art you made, Annie ! I love that little house quaker !

Ranae said...

Congrats! on the beautiful finished mailart. I would be sending it in another envelope to protect too.

Olenka's Stitches said...

Annie, Your Quaker Mail Art is so pretty and unique!

Little Rabbit Miniatures said...

I love this mail art , so beautiful!

Jenny said...

Oh how pretty! I love the quaker designs you choose for the envelope.

alarttex said...

Very nice Enveloppe!!

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