During the First World War, many soldiers spent the Christmas period far away from their families and friends. One way of easing this sense of separation was by sending letters and postcards to their loved ones back home.
Embroidered silk postcards became hugely popular with First World War soldiers. Made by unemployed civilians and refugees in war-stricken areas of France and Belgium, they were originally embroidered by hand. Some examples had a silk pocket, which contained a written note or letter.
Make your own card for your loved ones this Christmas. You can try your hand at embroidery or get creative with fabric pens, using our historic cards as inspiration.
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