Hand embroidered and stitched cards are a joy to make as well as to receive. Creating this special look need not be time consuming, and you don’t have to be an expert with a needle and thread. There are many sewing templates available, including rubber stamps, which make it quick and easy to create special, one-of-a-kind cards of your own design.
Considered to be one of the most important American Folk Arts, Scrimshaw, the art of etching designs on ivory or bone, was first practiced by sailors serving on New England whaling ships. The most commonly carved items were umbrella handles, pie crimpers, ditty boxes, hinges, and latches. More popular (both then and now) were the ivory whale’s teeth that depicted whaling scenes and other pictures of a sailor’s life at sea.
For this issue, we asked designer Charles Johnston to create some unique paper items. Always up for a challenge, Charles responded with the very real looking, but decidedly faux Scrimshaw pieces featured here. Luckily for us, these fabulous look-alikes require none of the painstaking hours spent by artistic carvers both then and now. Imagine our surprise when we received a large box containing a whale’s tooth and stand, a jewelry box, two ornaments, and a stunning pendant.