After digging through a pile of vintage postcards to pick out some for printed backgrounds I sell, the first thing I usually do is checking whether the image looks good on fabric and if there are enough details to stitch with silk ribbons. Sometimes I stitch over a tiny piece of print just to fulfill my curiosity and check out how it would look like if embellished with ribbons. However, once I started stitching on this postcard, I just could not bring myself to stop until it’s been completely done.
It’s absolutely stunning postcard, I love that cheeky musician puss hypnotising birds. Look how stunned they are with its beautiful play. Totally paralysed!
I’m totally in love with my new textile postcard. It’s stitched on one of those fabric backgrounds I stock. I’m still not sure if it’s a cherry or an apple blossom. First I thought it’s an apple, but pink stamens made me a bit suspicious and now it looks more like a cherry for me. Anyway, flowers of both species are similar in shape and it’s the same way to go about stitching them. I used my favourite silk ribbon embroidery technique to brighten up the print.
Every now and then I am asked whether there are any plans to stock printed panels for silk ribbon embroidery, so I have been considering it for some time. The problem is that it’s not an easy job to make a quality print to serve as a backdrop for embroidery. After all, if it was easy, there would have been plenty of them on the market!
However, I’m delighted to report that after a number of false starts and dead ends I managed to tackle numerous obstacles, so now I think I have an answer. Please welcome — crisp in colour and fine in detail — a series of vintage fabric postcards!