Send Some Fiber Love for Valentines Day

Interweave has a special connection to Valentine's Day because our headquarters are located in Loveland, Colorado, which is also the home of a wonderful Valentine remailing program.

Each year, thousands of people bundle up all of their Valentine cards and send them to the Loveland post office, where they're stamped with a special poem and cancellation mark (this year's stamp is at left).

As I write this, volunteers are busily hand-stamping Valentine cards that are remailed to all 50 states and to more than 110 countries worldwide. This is the 64th year of the program!

I've received a couple of Valentines from Loveland over the years, and they're extra special. If you want to get in on this neat event, send your bundle of cards and letters to Postmaster, Attention: Valentine's Postmark, 446 East 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538-9998. 

For international destinations, your cards should be in Loveland by Feb. 4; for cards within U.S. and outside of Colorado, your cards should be in Loveland by Feb. 9; for within the state of Colorado, your cards should be in Loveland by Feb. 12.

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Fiberarts magazine holds a contest for fiber postcards each year (the next deadline is January 15, 2011). There are some incredibly talented fiber artists out there who have made these cards. Here are some examples:

Felted version of Klimt's "The Kiss." Fabulous! I love the trim on this intricately needle felted card. The detail is so impressive.
Two quilted cards and one felted card. I love the owl motif, and the 2 of hearts card is beautifully crafted. I like the idea of including an initial on a card, too, as seen in the heart + E felted card.

An amazing, felted rendition of Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus."

The artists who created these cards are Shelli Ricci (owl card); Peggy Spaulding (2 of hearts card); a 5th grader from Kathy Cumberland's class at Clearspring Elementary School in Damascus, MD (heart + E card); Cytel Snyder (Venus card); and Kristen M. Walsh ("The Kiss" card).

These cards are a beautiful way to express love for fiber arts, but some of them are also used to raise money for various causes. One of these organizations is Fiber Art for a Cause, which  is a program that's raised thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society.

For more information about fiber postcards and the causes they've supported, please read this article from Fiberarts. To see valentines from past years, visit Fiber Arts. Selected 2010 favorites, and the winners of this year's fiber art valentine contest, will be in the April/May 2010 issue of Fiberarts, which will be available in March. The postcards will also be on starting March 5.

Inspired? Why not make a fiber card this year for a special loved one? I worked on a knitting-themed card for Christmas, but it didn't come out the way I wanted it to so I'm going to try to perfect it for Valentine's Day. I've made some stiff, garter stitch swatches and used them as stamps to stamp a background on the front of the card, then I'm placing a Valentines image on top of that. We'll see if I can finally make it work. I've ruined about three swatches so far, but I'm determined to make something to show you!


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