Sunday, August 27, 2006

Mail Art Model

It's hard to imagine but this shop model went through the mail. It is called Mail Art. So, what is Mail Art anyway? You have heard of it, but are not quite sure what to make of it! Basically, Mail Art is sending a stitched envelope through the mail. But, once you try it, you will find it is so much more. For me, it is the thrill of opening up the mailbox, rifling through the bills and the junk mail, and pulling out a wonderful stitched treasure from another creative spirit. It is also the anticipation that my creation may provoke a similar reaction across town, across the country, or even across the globe!

This particular design is the one I have taught for various shops, groups, and guilds. It includes all there is to know about making and mailing a stitched envelope, including an easy hand-stitched method for assembling the envelope itself. It is a great technique for embroiderers who generally do not like to use a sewing machine.

Since I made my first envelope as part of an exchange, I have mailed and received about 20 envelopes. All have made it through the mail with great success.


Susan said...

Very pretty! I love Mail Art!

Juba said...

hey i was THIS CLOSE to buying you a letter that, if you planted it, would grow cool is that? i think it had little seeds worked into the paper or something. but i didn't buy it because i am selfish and greedy.

Lelia said...

I shake my head in shame b/c I still have not finished my envelope!

I am thinking to quit stitching every June thru September ... there just aren't enough hours in the day for stitching, reading, blogging, well ... you get the idea

Enjoy your week-end