Monday, 12 June 2017

Every Inchie Monday - Zebra plus catch- up inchies

Well Hi, after three weeks of not getting an inchie done at last I'm back!  What with visits to the hospital, working away from home and having 5 grandchildren for half term plus my own children there has been no time to do any form of crafting or sewing either because I've been too busy, not been here or because I've been too tired!!!  Plus our water pump stopped so we had no water over the Bank holiday with the children staying so I was washing up in 2 inches of water to preserve it, and not flushing loos!!!  We had to take the children swimming so they could shower and wash their hair!!  We finally got someone out to us by the Wednesday and we discovered the float switch had stopped working so until he could order another we had to switch the pump on and off by hand making sure it didn't overflow!!  So I was running up and down to the attic checking hence being tired!!!  One of the disadvantages of being so remote and being on a bore hole!  However the advantage is having beautiful water to drink!  Anyway finally I sat down yesterday feeling more myself than I've felt in a week and managed to sew the four inchies I was behind on, starting with todays' which I really enjoyed although I thought I wouldn't.  This week's is Zebra and I was surprised at the beauty of the zebra's face and perfect markings so I chose to do this.  Here she is:

The first one I missed was Panda and then Kangaroo.  Panda I did in felt and kangaroo I outlined ready to fill in but liked it simply outlined so I've left it like that:
Then last week's was Gorilla which was awful to do and I did a sketch which I quite liked but when I tried to sew it in reverse it was a terrible calamity however I am not going to do it again!

 Anyway it's nice to be back - sorry I didn't comment on anybody's work - we were in the process of having fast fibre fitted as well but things didn't go according to plan and we were without for a few days - With the promise of it being connected soon I left anything to do with the internet as it is soul destroying how slow ours was before - I am happy to announce I have 54 MBps at last and surfing the internet is now a total joy unlike out 255KBps we had before last Friday when I felt like chucking the device through the window!  Anyway hopefully life will settle down to a relaxed pace and I shall be able to resume inchies on time!!  Please click the here to view other inchie makers master pieces.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Every Inchie Monday - Koala

Well Guday!!!  This week's inchie is a Koala bear - what a cute little fella he is but apparently very sedentary.  Because they live mainly on eucalyptus which is very low in caloric content the koala bear sleeps for nearly 20 hours per day!!  I think I must have been a koala in my previous life as I always seem to be tired!!  Of the marsupial family it, like the kangaroo, carries its young (called a Joey) in a pouch and its closest relative is a wombat. With few natural predators its main threat is virus and bushfires or drought naturally and habitat destruction by man.  Here is my little chap.
  I managed to get though all the driving last weekend getting back home on Sunday to a lovely birthday surprise of the family visiting me and cooking lunch for me!!  So lovely and we have just been lazy today trying to get over all that travelling as we have to do it all again this weekend working in Bournemouth! Hence getting my inchie on today Monday would you believe it on time for once!!!Thanks for dropping in and any comments you leave. Don't forget to check out all the other inchie makers wonderful work at EIM by clicking the link.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Every Inchie Monday - Flamingo

This week on Every Inchie Monday the challenge word is Flamingo. Such a beautiful bird but quite a big one to get on an inch!! I've been busy clearing the attic out and so my crafting has had to take a back seat plus it's been beautiful weather so I've been trying to fit in a bit of gardening too and on top of that I went down with a horrid head cold on Saturday and have been fighting it ever since so I am absolutely amazed that I managed to get this week's Inchie done! In fact I prepped it on Monday when I was feeling a bit better and having come in from the garden exhausted and very hot, as it's a beautiful day today, I was sat thinking I might as well sew my flamingo and before long she was done and I feel really relaxed and satisfied! A few weeks ago when I was visiting a friend at Portishead we drove to a nearby village where there was a lovely haberdashery shop and I bought this gorgeous coloured metallic thread which I decided to use for the water. I think it's quite effective and blends with the pink of the flamingo.  I've been dying to use it so bingo!!

Thanks for visiting and any comments you leave and enjoy the rest of the week. I now have three days of travelling London, Wales and Southampton!


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Every Inchie Monday - Bee

This week's challenge for Every Inchie Monday is bee.  I must admit I have actually been putting this one off.  I did Bee four years ago for the challenge word Wing and used bullion knots which worked really well but I wanted to do a different bee this time and the more I looked the more I felt I couldn't do it justice.  However this morning I jumped in at the deep end and decided to do a bee in Ghiordes knot or turkey stitch which I have never attempted, and after all the purpose for me doing these inches is to try different techniques and stitches that I've never done before. It gives it a very fluffy appearance just like a bee however it is not as easy as it looks - well the stitch is easy enough but it's the placement of the stitches and not knowing what it will look like until the loops are cut and the thing is brushed - I kept cutting more and more away until I felt there would be a mistake and I would rue the day so I stopped trimming it  It possibly needs more trimming but I was a coward!!  I was also going to sew the wings with silver gossamer thread but when I couldn't find my silver thread I opted for a  piece of organza bonda webbed together and then cut into wing shapes and sewn on.  This was the most difficult to photograph to advantage.  I must have taken ten photos and none really show it off - I have to say it does look better in real life!! 

Anyway thanks for visiting and for all the lovely comments you leave - I love hearing what you think.  Have a lovely rest of the week and I hope you all had a good Bank Holiday - the weather has actually been lovely here except for a biting wind!  Today is no exception!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Every Inchie Monday - Butterfly

It seems I am never destined to get my inchie done by Monday!  This week's challenge word on Every Inche Monday is Butterfly and I nearly finished him yesterday but more haste less speed made me go wrong so this morning I had to unpick what I'd done in haste and do it at a more leisurely and organised pace!  I really enjoyed doing last week's ladybird in stumpwork so I thought I would stick to stumpwork and try a wired embroidered butterfly as I have always wanted to try this technique.  A bit fiddly to begin with as the item was so small and would obviously be much easier in a larger version but it came together despite the fact that I used flower arranging wire and an old pillow case as the base material which was more old than anything.  As I started embroidering the weave was parting rather disturbingly but it has given the wings a sort of filigree look! I soldiered on as I had already invested too much time in the wings and having assembled it I was a bit conscious that it is slightly overlapping my inch base square but with the wings bent a bit it fits!!!  On the whole I am rather pleased - I used a variegated thread which has given each wing a slightly different look but I think had I used a straight colour it might have looked a bit flat.  It was based on a Common Blue but I rather liked the purplish hue of thread I had to do the body so it's my version!!!
Thank you so much for popping in and for any comments you leave and many thanks everyone for the lovely comments you gave me last week for my ladybird.  It's always encouraging when your peers approve your work.  Have a lovely week despite this cold spell dropping in - we had snow on the car this morning!!!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Every Inchie Monday - Ladybird

Hope you all had a very Happy Easter - kids are all back at school today  - well I should really say the grandchildren are all back at school today!! so peace and quiet again!!  This Monday's challenge word on Every Inchie Monday is Ladybird and we have had a few hatching in our bedroom!  I keep seeing them climbing up the curtain!  So I have tried to do a stumpwork ladybird and followed a tutorial I found on the internet however I didn't have a lovely dark kreiner thread for the legs and the beads I had, which I thought were a mix of black and gold, turned out to be all the same - half black and half gold so it was quite hard getting them to sit with the black side facing!!!  But it was a lovely inchie to do this time and I really enjoyed it.  Hope you are all enjoying this lovely weather we are having and thanks for stopping by and any comments you leave.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Every Inchie Monday - Crow

This week on Every Inchie Monday the subject to do a one inch square of marvellous art is - Crow!  We have so many around here where I live but to do one in embroidery on an inch for me wasn't very inspiring and I chose a black felt crow which then was quite difficult to sew on to highlight the wings etc.  In the end I had to add "tail feathers and wing feathers" by adding embroidery thread as the black bit of tail felt broke off!!!!  Also the beak doesn't look as large as it should because I had to sew inside the beak.  Oh well you can't win them all and to be honest I'm up to my eyes in getting the house ready for the influx of family for Easter.  Hope you all have a very Happy Easter and enjoy the long weekend and thanks for looking and any comments you leave and make sure you check out all the other crow inchies by clicking the link.