You can get details here: http://dowhatyouloveforlife.com/swap or visit them on Facebook at “Do What You Love”.
What is surprising is that I have already completed my postcard. Way ahead of schedule.
The theme of this swap was “Create”. I decided to work from this photo of an Osteospermum or African Daisy I took last summer:
I had bought this plant specifically with photography/quilting in mind…..I thought the little orange bumps in the dark blue center would be so fun to work with. The first thing I did was to play with the image in Photoshop with filters and saturation. I then did a tight crop highlighting the center of the flower, but leaving enough of a background so the petal structure would be evident. [Note to self- try the cropping next time so that the flower center is off-center !!!] I printed a test run on paper, knowing that the final print on fabric would be much less saturated:
I printed the photo on the Lutradur and as expected it was quite faded compared to the paper printout, but I thought it had a nice soft look. So I started stitching with just a thin layer of fusible fleece underneath. I used a very bright orange thread to make sure the little bumps stood out!
After the stitching was finished the postcard in progress looked like this:
To fit with the theme of the swap(Create), I had thought about adding the letters “create” to the front of the card(maybe the bottom right corner). But I think that the creation of the card itself fits the bill!
What do you think? Should I still add the word “create” to the card? I could misty-fuse on the letters easily enough.