Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Every Inchie Monday - Woodpecker

Well it seems I'm back to Every Inchie Wednesday!!!  Try as I do I can never seem to get my inchie done by Monday - I think Tuesday and Wednesday are my best days for sewing so I am trying to get next week's done at the same time!  However this week's challenge on EIM was woodpecker and because we get loads of the greater spotted woodpeckers on our bird table I decided that's what I'd do.  I really enjoyed doing this one and even had a woodpecker on the bird hanger whilst I was sewing!  So here is Woody Woodpecker, I photographed it under the lamp so there's a bit of glare:

We've had snow this week - it's ridiculous how cold it has gone again just when the little lambs are about, not fair to them.  Anyway thankfully it's gone again as quickly as it came but there is still a keen wind so not gardening time yet even though I have spied a few weeds!  But the kites are back and she's back on her nest again so it is looking like Spring is here.  Clocks go forward to Summer Time this Saturday night so more time in the evening for doing things!  Thanks for calling in and for any comments you leave and have a lovely weekend all.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Every Inchie Monday - Heron

Good afternoon - I know, I'm back to Wednesday - tried so hard to be earlier but hey ho.  Heron is this weeks challenge on EIM and a very tall bird to fit in an inch square!  On paper I had a great image but trying to fit it on material with thread all of which are a lot bulkier - well need I say more - however here is my result complete with bulrush  having used the same technique as last week!
Thanks for calling in and please visit the other superb inchies over at EIM by clicking the link.  The sun is shining so I'd best go make the most of it - after all it may not be there tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

EMI - Duck

So this week's challenge word on Every Inchie Monday is Duck and although I was going to do a little yellow bath tub duck with a red bill I decided to challenge myself and went for a male mallard duck!  Very colourful!  I knew I had a very shiny green rayon embroidery thread which I thought I could use.  It was quite a difficult thing putting it onto an inch square, however I tried a new technique today - well I made it up but I've never done this before!  I found a piece of variegated blue material which looked like water and I have some plain linen strips left over from leg waxing!!!  So I drew the duck onto this having put some bondaweb behind it and coloured the duck in with pro-markers then cut it out and ironed it on!!  It looked pretty good just like that but I did want to embroider it so I just embroidered over the top of the colours I'd marked out - it was really enjoyable and I think worked.  I also left the tail feathers free and wet them to bring them into a peak for the tail peak.  Here is my duck:

We have an arduous time ahead of us now, a very dear old friend's very unexpected funeral on Thursday, a 6 hour drive away, so we are leaving tomorrow to stay with mutual friends to go down together on Thursday morning.  Then would you believe it my husband is working at a hotel very nearby the next day for lunch so it has saved us two long 12 hour round trips.  With the same drive back in Friday afternoon/evening traffic it will probably be midnight before we get home!  I just hate being sat in the car for that long!  So I shall enjoy a relaxing weekend.  Hope your week will be nicer than mine. Thanks for visiting my blog and for any comments you leave.

Monday, 27 February 2017

EIM - Rooster/Cockrel

So this week's challenge on EIM is Rooster or Cockerel - I have had many beauties, one was very tame called Laddie and was a Buff Cochin and I used to be able to pick him up and he'd sit on my lap for cuddles!!  But I decided to do an artistic version of a rooster using different coloured threads that I couched on to try and give the effect of feather plumes in his tail.  I really enjoyed doing this whilst watching a recorded program of the Oscars so it was very relaxing.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the week and our weather improves, thanks for calling in and any comments you leave and don't forget to visit the other inchie makers work.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Every Inchie Monday - Horse

Well it seems we're back to Every Inchie Wednesday - for me anyway!!!  But I do have a good excuse - I was looking after my granddaughter of 2 all weekend and Monday and on Tuesday we were so exhausted I couldn't do a thing!!  So anyway this week's challenge on Every Inchie Monday is Horse.  I thought a beautiful palomino with that wonderful creamy mane would be ideal so here she is. 

Still no sign of my 2016 inchies - I'm just hoping they'll turn up when I'm looking for something else!!  I can't worry about it now.  I still have the last four as they were still in my sewing bag!  At least I know where they are not!!  Well it's really miserable here - chucking it down with rain, don't feel like doing anything bar curling up with a book in front of a nice fire!  Enjoy your day and thanks for popping in.  Don't forget to click the link to view other horse inchies.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Every Inchie Monday - Cow

Well it is actually Monday for once!!  I have tried to get my cow done but boy was she difficult.  I was going to do the cow that jumped over the moon but thought she would be so tiny you probably wouldn't see her!  So I opted for one of my favourite types of cows - the highland cattle which we saw when we went to Scotland 5 years ago.  They are so beautiful and I thought I could make her golden locks in her fringe out of bullion knots!!  Great idea but in reality ... I was on the point of discarding it as rubbish when my husband stepped in to see what I was moaning about and said it was beautiful!  I don't know if he was just humouring me because he wanted me to stop as he was hungry for lunch or not!!  Anyway since I had put so much work into it and I don't now have time to start again I am going to run with it.  I am tempted to put a picture of the photo I was copying.  These inchies sound simple but they are not!  And to cap it all I have lost my 2016 inchies - still cannot find them anywhere having turned the place upside down - literally.  Am wondering now if they've been thrown away by mistake but am hoping they will eventually turn up.  Fingers crossed.  Thanks for stopping by and hope your week is a good one.  Oh and now I think I've burnt my marmalade - forgot it was still bubbling away on the hob!!!

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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Every Inchie Monday - Pig

Well it seems I'm destined to finish my projects on a Wednesday!  There is just no time before!  I need to get next week's done before Sunday!  Anyway I am not finding these inchies easy - no not at all.  I suppose I shy away from the obvious but maybe that's what I just need to do.  This week the challenge is Pig and having looked at everybody else's dear little piggys I should have just done that because they are all so cute, however my first thought was of Peppa Pig which is my little 2 year old granddaughter's favourite program on the TV and we have to endure it every time she comes!! And so here is my Peppa Pig.

Thank you for dropping by and any comments you leave and please don't forget to visit the other inchie makers brilliant work by clicking here - I forgot her arms!