Sunday, November 30, 2008

December Calendar Girls postcard

I have finished my December postcard for Jenny and I am early for a change.
I have decided to do something different to what I have normally done.
I have made the base fabric using the chenille technique----

The fabrics that I have used are calico as the base fabric then a soft green cotton --then a very open weave indian cotton batik in a bright pink and blue.
Next was a white open weave cotton and lastly a floral Christmas print.

I layed the fabrics in the above order and stitched diagonally across them covering the whole piece.
When I had finished I slashed between the rows being careful not to cut the base calico fabric.
Next I wet the whole piece and normally you put it in the washing machine with a pair of old jeans and let them do the work--but because it was such a small piece I rubbed it with my hands to get the fluffing process started.

But my secret weapon is this wire brush that I got from the Dollar shop about 6 years ago.
I think it is something that men use to clean difficult dirty places in their cars? I saw it and thought "I reckon that would be handy for something" and it is-- and it cost me $1.

I cut out some of the flowers from the top fabric and put vliesofix on the back and ironed them onto the chenille as an added feature.

All in all I am quite pleased with how it all turned out and it is nothing like what was on the original calendar but what the heck.
Hope you like it Jenny.
This is the last of the postcards for this year and it has been wonderful to receive all of them with so many different techniques.
Thanks ladies for a wonderful year and for the friendships we have made.


Homeleightigger said...

Thanks for sharing the technique Doreen - the wire brush is a brilliant idea! Gorgeous card to finish off the year - Jenny will love it. I'm off to find my Xmas fabric stash ...........

Dot said...

Love the postcard Doreen! And the wire brush is a great idea
(you are clever).

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Pretty postcard Doreen! Thanks for the tip about using the wire brush too...I have plans to make a chenille jacket in the new year so I will have to check out the dollar store.

Robin Mac said...

The postcard looks super Doreen. I love the previous blog about the Bernina fluff too. Imagine oiling it!! Cheers, Robin

Fran├žoise said...

Lovely postcard Doreen.