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 ?