The 2014 Creative Challenge Stitching Love & Hope where members were asked to re-interpret WW1 silk postcards has given me a lot of stitchy food for thought over the last week. There were 45 postcards entered in the Challenge and so far we’ve shared 14 of them with you on the blog.
The postcards have been stitched in wide range of designs and techniques. I’m still thinking about how to showcase them so as to show their awesomeness to the max.
The three I’m going to share with you in this post are based on traditional silk postcards or Silks and they feature bluebirds.
Bluebirds as Symbols of Love, Hope, Happiness etc
Bluebirds are an ancient archetype associated with the sun and sky. They are found in Native American mythology and were symbols of fertility, love, hope and happiness.
Bluebirds are a species found in North America and the more ‘modern’ phrase ‘bluebirds of happiness’ comes from the popular American song of the same name that became a hit in 1934.
Three Creative Challenge Postcards
Here are three lovely and delicate postcards with a very vintage feel in their design but with a pop of contemporary colours.
The first postcard I’m going to show you has been stitched by Susan Coates:
This next one is by Lel Whitbread:
and the third one is by Dorothy Rudling:
All three of these designs have a poignant message in the context of war but they also have a certain brio and they left me smiling :))))
I hope you enjoy them too.