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Fiber Valentines

Fiberarts - January/February 2008
January/February 2009

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Send Us Your Love!

Postcards by Marty Calhoun (left) and Carol Tamasiunas (right)

Fiberarts magazine is published in Loveland, Colorado, and we want to share the LOVE. Let us help you turn your fiber postcards into fiber valentines. Since 1947, the Loveland post office has been re-mailing valentines from around the world, adding its own special poem and cancellation mark. Fabric postcards, which are highly popular among quilters and fiber artists, are perfect for this special touch. Read more about fiber postcards in the article Fiber in the Mailbox, by Maureen Egan, which appeared in our April/May 2006 issue.

See last year's valentines

Create your fabric postcards using the following template to allow room for both the poem and the cancellation mark (be sure that your postcards meet U.S. Postal Service requirements):


Postcard Dimensions

Postcard by Linda J. Minor

Send as many postcard valentines as you would like (pre-addressed and pre-stamped) to us in an envelope by January 15. Please note that fiber postcards will require additional postage. Check with your local post office to confirm how much postage is needed for your card. We will have them sent out with the special poem and cancellation. We’ll photograph some of them for a future article in the magazine or on our website.

The address: Fiberarts Valentines, 201 East Fourth Street, Loveland, CO 80537-5655.

Important Dates  

January 15, 2009

Postcards due to us

February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day

And to inspire your passions, here are three optional challenges and their prizes:

Challenge #1:
The Jacquard Card

Winners using any fiber materials and techniques
will be judged on:

  • Concept Originality

  • Innovative or exceptional use of materials and/or technique.

First Place Prize:

Grand Prize

Jacquard products including: Jacquard Screen Printing Kit, one pound soda ash, a Mehndi Kit, Cast Away Stamp-Pad and re-inker, Lumiere metallic paints, Neopaque paints, Textile Colors, Dye-Na-Flow Silk Paints, Procion Dyes, extra large writing brush set, Silk Colors Kit, Inkjet Print on Cotton, Ink Jet Print on Silk, acid dyes, acid and Procion dye charts, brushes, transfer paper.

Runner-up Prize:

Grand Prize

Jacquard products including: Halo/Jewel Exciter Pack, Textile Color Exciter Pack, Dye-Na-Flow Exciter Pack, Stenciling Techniques on Fabric with Diane Ericson DVD, extra large writing set of brushes.

Jacquard Card prizes courtesy of Jacquard Products,

Challenge #2:
Wet Felting

Most creative use of a reflective material incorporated into felt (must be entirely wet felted with no needlefelting).

Twenty-color Short-Fiber Merino Batting (about 1 pound) plus a Twenty-seven color pack of Prefelt Squares.

Challenge #3:

Most creative interpretation of a famous painting judged on:

  • Accuracy of Reproduction

  • Innovative Point of View

The needlefelting book Animal Felt by Birgitte Krag Hansen.

Felt Challenge prizes courtesy of New England Felting Supply,

Click Here for Official Rules

Questions? or (970) 669-7672.


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