Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Inchies Update

Today, Marilyn came to help add baubles to our inches:

And here are a few of the multiplying-like-rabbits inches we'll be selling at the Craft Fair on December 2nd:


Thursday, November 8, 2007

Inchies, Part III: Finishing Touches

To keep the inchies from falling apart, you next need to zigzag the edges. I prefer sewing mine in nice, long rows:

Jo prefers to sew hers in grids and matrixes:

Here's what happens at the end of our workday. Jo attempts to wear them all:

And her is what I am most excited about doing with the Inchies right now--making double and triple pendant neclaces. As you're sewing one to the next, you just leave a bit of space and the sewing machine does a great job of twisting the two threads into a teeny, tiny cord to hang the next inchie. Beautiful!

Now, we'll have to see if anyone besides me thinks these are pretty nifty. ;)

Inches, Part II: From 12X12 to 1X1

After cutting into manageable pieces, you then add the fun stuff: threads, sparkly bits, etc. And cover with netting and or/tulle:

Sew it all down with fairly close-together random sewing. Remember these bits will only be an inch wide, and there should be several bits of sewing on each square inch. You can use freemotion or just sew lines and curves:

Next, cut the manageable piece into your actual inches. We are making some 1 inch by 1 inch, and others 1 inch by 1 1/2 inches (and a few bigger ones).
This handy-dandy cutting tool makes things a breeze! There are slots every 1/2 inch, so you don't have to reposition for each cut. Brilliant!:

Now you've got your basic Inchies:

Do the same with each of your Manageable Pieces, and you've got a whole farm of inchies: