I'm getting ready to drop my latest postcard in the mail (http://iuoma-network.ning.com/photo/mailart022-1) and I'm a little apprehensive. It's essentially nothing more than a double-sided doily stiffened with some paper in the middle. Will it get snagged in postal machinery or otherwise mangled in delivery?
Has anyone sent fiber arts like this through the mail without an envelope before? Please reassure me that I'm not crazy for attempting it!
What do they say in English, er, 'the proof of the pudding is the eating'!?
In other words: did you already try to send it? I'm curious to know how your great work of art will have been arrived!
A friend of mine lives in Australia and makes fabric postcards. She sent one fabric postcard without envelope to me (to the Netherlands) and the fiber postcard arrived well and safely. Even the beautiful stamp kept attached to the fabric well.
I think the post pics out extraordinary objects and treats them different (and with more care) than 'normal' pieces of mail.
Though I learned from postcrossing that the USA mail might be rather rough: I received several (normal cardboard) postcards with a tear on the address side and/or even with ugly (but mailart-heart-warming) spots.
If you didn't send your work yet, you could ask about it at the post office. Or just give it a try! (Although I share your concerns: when something is a lot of work, one wants it to arrive it safely!)