Wednesday, January 25, 2012

All for Love

"For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make." 

"For this was Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."
Geoffrey Chaucer, Parlement of Foules (1382)

These words, written by the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer in the closing years of the fourteenth century, are thought to be the first noted association of romantic, courtly love with February 14, St. Valentine's Day.  In those days ladies did needlework and a few knew how to write.  Ink, parchment and wax was expensive but we've come a long way baby!
Although quite a few of us know how to thread a needle and many of us know how to write we have not been able to merge the two, until now.

I love making fabric art postcards.  These are done in the style of crazy quilts, hand embroidered on a crazy patch of silk/cotton fabric combination, silk and antique, hand-dyed lace.  I have used hand-dyed pearl cotton and rayon threads for the stitching, Swarovski crystals, beads and found objects.  The cards can be written on (see back of card) using a gel pen or Sharpie.
Back of card
Pick one or two up today from my Etsy store at: and send to someone you know who loves both needlework and hand written notes and who doesn't these

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