09 September 2007

Inchies

Some evenings I get totally caught up in the world of blogs. I start by reading the comments on my own posts. Then I read the comments on the commenter’s posts and then I read…..and suddenly two or three hours has passed and I am so full of inspiration and joy over the amazing artist out there who share their creative life with us on their blogs. And very often I want to go back to a blog that felt special and read more. And then ….Oh bother! I can’t find it again. So now I try to write down the Url as I go along but more often than not I forget when I get caught up in the reading.

On one of my evenings I stumbled over a blog called Sarah`s Stitchery Saga She wrote about inchies and challenged her readers to try it out. Inchies is just what it sounds like. Small pieces of quilt or embroideries that are 1 x 1 inches or 2,5 x 2,5 cm large or small in fact. I was intrigued. I have never done anything that small before and I wanted to start at once. Unfortunately my life has to contain other things than felting – boring things like going to work in order to get food on the table - so I had to postpone my inches for a few days.

This weekend I finally got started. Oh it was great fun but harder than I thought. I decided that I wanted to do a flower – a poppy. My favorite flower. So I wet felted a background in different shades of green and cut it in 36 pieces each piece being 1x1 inches. Then I laid a puzzle of the green squares and started to build the red flower by needle felting color to each tiny piece. That’s when the hard work began…..It was difficult to see the shape of the flower when I was felting so I had to step back all the time and look at the result. Finally I did the felting standing up and bending over my work table which was good for the felting but not for my back. But what don’t we do for art ….


What is this sweet sleeping cat doing here? Let me tell you that when he wakes up he is a inchie destroying monster!!



After long hours of hard work I was done. I was really satisfied with the result and stood at my worktable admiring it when one of the cats jumped up and pushed all the tiny pieces down on the floor. Arrrrrrghhhhh! One hour and a lot of teeth grinding later the pieces were back where I wanted them. And I quickly felted them on a brown background before the cat came back…..


So here I proudly present my first inchie !




What do you think Sarah ?

13 comments:

TROLLTYGET said...

Bägge bilderna underbar... liksom inlägget. Nu hoppas jag att den lille sötisen sover vidare och inte har sönder några små incheses

molly jean said...

Gasp! Is it one inch or a mosaic of many inchies? Either way it is beautiful!

Gunnels blog said...

Jaa du, det kan gå många timmar utan att man märker att tiden går....

vilka fina inchies! De är så roliga att göra!

Sarah Nopp said...

That looks wonderful! I didn't think to make the inchies work together. I was trying to make each one independent. I have been trying to get a quilt top completed, and had to work (food on table sydrome applies to me too) so haven't had a chance to restart the inchies. But I do have some good starts ready for trying. Again.
I really like the felting idea- layers are very appealling to me lately.

Clara said...

Vilket arbete....fantastiskt! och du blir verkligen färdig till att slutföra dina projekt också, Jeanette....det beundrar jag dig för!
Ditt inlägg var verkligen underhållande och att de där mjuka små söta katterna kan förvandlas till förstörande monster....det känner jag till!!! Har ett monster här hemma också ...som för tillfället har fallit i dvala i min säng...:=)
kram kram och fortsätt vara kreativ jeanette ...det är så inspirerande att titta på!!!!

Homeleightigger said...

Jeanette your piece is just beautiful - all those inchies coming together to form a poppy - just gorgeous. A new 'slant' on the use of inchies. The ones I have seen come from one piece of work cut up into inch pieces then decorated individually. Val

Angela Louise said...

There are two good things to come out of your inchie Jeanette...one is you have a VERY beautiful felted poppy inchie and secondly, I know what your favourite flower is now so I can make up a little poppy charm for you. Is red your favourite poppy colour?
Can't pets create havoc at times? I was planting a hedge of little box plants one year and every time I turned my back my pet chook had pulled them out! Worse still, it kept happening for a few days! Fortunately, I kept finding the plants before they dried out so they all survived.
Do you think you will make some more inchies? You should...it worked really well...looks great.
Happy creating,
Angela.

Annica said...

Dina inchies är jättefina! Förstår att det tog tid att pussla ihop dem.

The Devil Makes Work said...

Hej,

Just discovered your blog and I love the autumnal felt that you made. It's really lovely - the colours are strong and glowing. The 'inchie' is very clever too - not sure I would have the patience!

Ulrika said...

Hej!!
Va duktig du är!!
Jättefina hantverk...

Maria-Jag blommar said...

Bra att du är kreativ! SÅ försöker jag också leva (eller rättare sagt så har man kanske inget val, är man så är man ...)

Betty Jo said...

Your inchie is gorgeous! I've seen them done with paper, but never fabric. You are so very creative! xoxo

Lisa said...

Jag har tidigare sett dom där inchierna (nytt ord!) och tyckt att dom är så söta och faktiskt tänkt att pröva på det, så nu fick jag ännu mer inspiration!