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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (20 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184448470X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844484706
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.4 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This practical book features the of artists who stitch postcards, also known as Artist Mailing or Trading Cards. You can make, swap or collect them, having decorated them in numerous ways with mixed media techniques. This 64 page book shows you how to get involved in one of the latest art trends. It gives details on materials, ideas and tips on swapping cards. Some of the newer materials such as Tyvek are used in this book.-KarenPlatt.co.uk Stitched Postcards by Christa Rolf has a similar theme with you working to produce a postcard using quilting and mixed media techniques. There is a growing band of enthusiasts making postcards (artist mailing cards) and stitchers love to collect and swap them. They make the perfect gift for a stitching friend. Postcards can be made out of lots of materials and like the inchies, they are perfect for using up oddments in your workbox. Full instructions are given with beautiful photography to inspire you.-Classic Stitches This is a book for more experienced and adventurous textile and mixed media artists. The AMCs presented are created using techniques such as needlefelting using a sewing machine, using iron-on transfer paints, melting fabrics and machine embroidery. While a keen textile or mixed media artist will have many of the supplies required, some more unusual supplies, such as Tyvek, are used. Readers will be able to source most products from a good craft store although some items, for instance a felting sewing machine needle, may need to be sourced via the Internet.-Suite101.com Make your own postcards, collect them in an album, swap them with other people and have fun using up your stash of fabrics, beads, yarns and anything else that can be stitched onto a 4"x6" rectangle of stiffened fabric. Elsewhere on this site is my review for Inchies Edited by Peggy Doneda-Kobert, which is a book on making inch square works of art. These postcards are also known as AMCs (artist mailing cards) and are the larger cousin of ATCs (artist trading cards) and perhaps offer even more scope for expression. They are yet another way of recycling all those leftover bits and pieces from other projects, and this book is filled with ideas on how to make them. Like Inchies it is of composite authorship, and each contributor has compiled several chapters of ideas on how to make your postcards. First follow the basics section on how to make the base (you need to use some of your fabric store, plus iron-on and double-sided interfacing). Then have fun learning about and experimenting with different looks from vintage to landscapes, utilise some dried flowers and leaves, have a go with Tyvek and Angelina Fibers, put your sewing machine through its paces and even make some fabric of your own by combining scraps. It is all great fun and very addictive, although probably more so for anybody already proficient with a number of different fabric and fiber arts with a large enough stash to allow for total freedom of experimentation. That is a very large number of people however, and this is definitely another one for the keeper shelf.-Myshelf.com Christa Rolf is a successful author and an experienced patchworker and quilter. This book is the result of collaboration with a group of well-known authors from the German-speaking patchwork and quilting scene. There is a brief introduction to each contributor giving a small insight into the individual's work. For those who are not familiar with artists' mailing cards (AMCs), they are miniature works of art the size of a postcard (10cm x 15cm or 4" x 6") with a personal artistic design on the front. The artist trading card (ATC), on the other hand, which you may already be familiar with, is the size of a playing card. These cards are a wonderful way of experimenting with new techniques and learning about different materials and their applications. The book is beautifully illustrated and each artist offers a different method or project, so it is possible to work through the book and try everything at least once. Some ideas could then lead on to larger pieces of work by changing the subject matter but expanding on the method. The themes in this book are just a small cross-section of the exciting world of stitch postcards. This is an excellent starting point for anyone wishing to explore mixed media without expensive outlay in materials.-Fabrications Stitch something different and try out new techniques whilst making artistic postcards that are fun to make and lovely to keep. This inspiring collection from a group of leading textile designers incorporates quilting, free-motion stitching and mixed media techniques to create a range of designs that create maximum impact with minimal materials. The size of a standard postcard (10 x 15cm; 4 x 6in) is used throughout and the book includes a basic introduction to card making with details of suitable stabilisers and instructions for layering fabrics and finishing edges. Project ideas include the use of drawings, dried petals, felted yarns, silk papers, melted fabrics and transfer paints so there's plenty of scope for experimenting. Suggestions for the reverse side of the card are also included along with a storage box project as these cards are far too good to throw away! Each technique is explained in detail and we particularly liked the sewing machine section that advises on handy feet for decorating and finishing small-scale projects.-Sewing World Stitched postcards are postcard-sized (15x10cm) pieces of art decorated with landscapes, flowers, geometric and abstract designs. The instructions include the basic construction of a card and finishing techniques for the edges. Once you can construct a card, you can decorate the front in any way you choose. Create a new fabric by layering different materials on top of each other, colour the background with iron-on transfer paints or even print a design onto the surface, and then embellish with yarns, machine or hand embroidery, metal shim or wax - in fact, anything you would use ona larger piece of work. Just in case you're stuck for ideas, there are over 30 different postcard designs and the techniques used to make them are all clearly explained.-Stitch I found this book particularly interesting, not so much for their intended use as Artist Mailing Cards, but because I could see this as a way of making use of small pieces of work rather than abandon them to the back of a drawer. With contributions from other designers Christa has put together a comprehensive book of ideas and techniques using a wide variety of materials. For those just beginning to explore mixed media there are examples using Tyvek, heat guns, water soluble film, sizoflor and angelina to name but a few. The original use of these cards was a form of advertising but now people like to exchange (not sell) and collect them. I think they would also be useful for reference before embarking on a larger project as it wouldn't take too long to work a small example with the materials etc. written on the back and a small plastic pocket for samples of thread etc. (Margaret Cox)-West Country Embroiderers Artist mailing cards, like the smaller artist trading cards, are a genre of decorated cards intended to be swapped and collected by artists and their friends. These projects are contemporary machine-stitched needlework pieces in postcard format with simulated address/message spaces on the backs. They are intended as practice in using and embellishing unusual materials such as silk paper, so that artists can create original works for trading.-Library Journal USA Stitched Postcards, Edited by Christa Rolf, is full of pretty fabric postcards, from lots of designers. I was inspired to get stitching, and I took inspiration from a project by Renate Bieber to make an Autumn stitched card for myself, using an A6 card blank and various scraps from my much neglected fabric stash. It was quick and fun to make, and now I'd like to stitch some more! I'd like to make some landscapes, like the ones by Gisela Bunth in the book. But I think I need to buy myself a freehand quilting or darning needle for my machine before I can attempt these!-Makeandcraft.com/Jennifer'sJumbles

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Elaine B Reader on 22 Nov 2009
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Good book showing how to make artist mailing cards quickly and easily, useful for using up scraps of materials, and good to sent out as an unusual and personal notelet to friends, or swap with likeminded artists. The book includes subjects such as vintage looks, edgings, water soluble fabrics, melted fabrics, using the circular embroidery foot, working with heat and transfer mediums. The subjects are covered by skilled artists who are experts in each medium and show 30 different designs. There's a detailed section on materials, the basic techniques are explained clearly and there are hints and tips on swapping cards. Very good value for an interesting and useful book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Belladonna Rose on 19 July 2010
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Interesting book, shows how to use embroidery stitches in a new format. Great fun, small manageable projects, great way to try out new techniques.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Skinni Liz on 23 April 2010
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I am really pleased with this book and its contents. The instructions are clear and consise, easy to follow and the photographs are excellent. A very good buy for those interested in stitching postcards.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By craftysheil on 31 Jan 2011
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Knowing that we had a class on stitched postcards coming up at my local Embroiderer's Guild meeting, I wanted to know just what it was all about. I found this book informative, clear in instructions and visually helpful.
I got ideas on what fabrics and threads I could use and how to structure the post cards. I am not into copying other people's ideas, but I really could not think how you could make a fabric post card. I now am visualising in my own mind various ideas where I can use some of my stash of threads, fabrics etc.
For someone like me who knew nothing about the subject this book was ideal, and I would recommend it to others to try the tecnique or to improve their knowledge.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Flying Custard on 2 Aug 2010
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I am going to find this book very useful. It is beautifully illustrated and the instructions appear to be clear. Thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Mcleod on 21 Feb 2011
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Not much to add to other reviews, a really nice lttle book with a mixture of illustrations and techniques, well worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stich in time on 23 Nov 2010
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a very good book full of good ideas that you can adapt to your own style. Easy to follow , very good colour pictues and designs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Claire Kay on 13 Nov 2010
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A really inspirational book, I liked the idea of trying different materials for each project, with well written step by step guides. I have previous designed and made my own fabric postcards, but was running out of ideas so this book has given me some well needed ideas.
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