One of my most enduring projects, dating almost from the inception of TangleCrafts, is the Handwoven Postcard Project. It started life in a now-retired zine, has been through various incarnations, and is currently available both as a part of the Postcard Recycling Kit, and the DIY Weaving Handbook. Much as I love the idea of it, and despite a couple of (very welcome!) contributions, the Handwoven Postcard Project never caught the imagination of my followers in the same way as either Going Postal or Friends & Faux. But I’ve kept the project open anyway, because I like it.
Okay, time for the confession…: I never actually wove and/or sent a handwoven postcard myself! Yes, I hang my head in shame; but it’s true. Shame on me!
Well, I can confess only because I am about to rectify the error of my ways. Who wants to guess what I did with my day off today? Anybody? Yeah, not a tough one, really: I spent today weaving a postcard. And here it is! A very simple plain weave in pretty heathery colours (lovely Noro Kureyon). Tomorrow, I will be adding a stamp to the reverse side (2nd class rather than 1st class only because the colour will match better; Corey rolls his eyes at me for this, which I think a little unfair…), and posting it to myself, so I can see first hand how it survives its journey through the postal system. It won’t have far to travel – will that make any difference? A woven postcard from Hawaii survived its journey far better than one from Manchester (see link above). so it’s definitely a tough one to predict. I will of course update with the results once it arrives home.
Here’s something else you won’t be expecting, given my recent wanderings of attention. I’ve added a brand new, step-by-step Handwoven Postcard Tutorial to the TangleClub Archive, so that my long-neglected TangleClub members need feel neglected no more.
However anybody, yes anybody is welcome to join the Handwoven Postcard Project, so if you are inspired, please get weaving and send your postcards my way. All pics will be shared, and you will have taken part in one of the most exclusive mail art projects out there! 😉