Inchies are tiny, creative one-inch squares (2.54 x 2.54cm), and are a new and growing trend in the world of mixed media art. They are perfect for giving your imagination a free rein and for trying out new techniques and materials. You do not need a huge supply of fabric, yarns or embellishments, and most can probably be found in nature, or scattered around the home. In this book, different authors present a range of techniques and designs that will excite and inspire you to create your own versions of these miniature pieces of art. Build up your own collection, transform them into tiny boxes or unique items of jewellery, or use them to decorate bags, purses and keyrings. The possibilities are endless!
Miniatures are in! One inch works of art abound in this interesting book. Try out new ideas on small squares before you commit to larger pieces. Inchies have numerous uses from Xmas tree ornaments to jewellery. The finished squares could be used as embellishments for larger pieces too. This inventive book looks at making inchies from many different fabrics such as Angelina and silk paper. A compact 48 page book that will get you hooked on these little miniatures.-KarenPlatt.co.uk Inchies by Peggy Donka-Kobert uses a combination of mixed media techniques to create pieces measuring just one inch square (2.5 cm x 2.5 cm). This is the perfect way to try out a new technique or use up scraps and oddments in your workbox. There are full instructions included and ideas for things you can make from your inchies. In addition, you can swap and collect them with other enthusiasts.-Classic Stitches Inchies: Create Miniature Works of Art Using Textiles and Mixed Media Techniques packs a lot into a relatively short book. The book is strong on ideas and inspiration, however some of the projects assume at least a basic experience of general crafting. However, someone with a experience of sewing or other textile crafts will be able to approach the projects with ease. This is a delightful book, with clear illustrations and lots of ideas and inspiration for people who want to learn more about making these tiny works of art.-Suite101.com Inchies are, as the subtitle explains in a nutshell "miniature works of art using textiles and mixed media techniques." Just one inch square, they can contain anything and have a multitude of uses. How I do love it when somebody comes up with a brand new idea like this for using the space-eating stashes that every textile crafter ends up with. This is the sort of thing that makes recycling fun, and these tiny works of art really do have a lot of uses. Make them into pictures, keyrings, jewelry, Christmas tree decorations, swap them with people like ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), even put them onto ATCs. How do you make them? This is largely up to you. You will need some stabilising material to act as a base, such as pelmet Vilene, and of course any other type of material. As to what you adorn them with, this can be anything you can imagine. This is a book of composite authorship, and thus there are many ideas to use. Make natural ones from found items, illustrate the four seasons, pick one color and show how versatile it can be, make boxes, use felt, experiment with new media such as Tyvek and Angelina Fibers and more. This is easy to do-or as complex as you wish-and a whole lot of fun that will shrink your stashes. Trouble is, just looking at this book gave me ideas for more things to hoard... one for the keeper shelf.-Myshelf.com Inchies takes the creation of art down to an even smaller size in measurement and, at first glance, it is easy to think that nothing much can be done with an inch size of fabric. This book is intended to prove us all wrong! Impressive inchies can be made with minimal quantities of materials, a lot of which can be found in nature, in the kitchen or in your workbox. The projects illustrate the many ways in which inchies can be used in lots of decorative and practical ways. Combined as multiples they would make a stunning collage and what better way to use up those miniscule but precious scraps than in this way? Viewed as single items, they are small but I have always understood that small is beautiful and this book definitely proves that theory.-Fabrications Inchies are taking the world by storm and this book provides a great introduction to this addictive new craft. One-inch-square works of art, they're perfect for toppers and for decorating all kinds of papercraft projects. This book has loads of ideas for how to make inchies from fabric and paper, as well as instructions on making some of the examples included. You can decorate everything from Christmas trees to handbags, using all kinds of techniques. You can even create your own gift boxes.-Papercraft Inspirations If you want to try out some new techniques, think small - because size certainly matters when you're making inchies. These tiny, creative one-inch squares (2.54cm squares doesn't sound quite the same) are a growing trend in the world of mixed media as their tiny size makes them perfect for experimenting; they can be used singly (to make brooches, key fobs, on greetings cards and Christmas tree decorations), or a themed collection or series can be displayed together, made into tiny boxes or unique items of jewellery or used to decorate bags, purses and books. The instructions for making them are clear and simple - and every inchie is a tiny jewel.-Stitch Inchies are exquisite miniature textile works of art that are fun to make and can be used in all sorts of imaginative ways to add interest to projects. Four leading artists show how mixed media techniques can be used to create these dainty masterpieces and provide a selection of practical projects to display their beauty. Ideas include grouping them together by theme or colour to make artistic pictures or stitching them together to make boxes, jewellery and decorative charms. Because they are literally an inch in size they are perfect for trying out new techniques and the book provides a wealth of ideas for materials to experiment with including silk, felt, Tyvek, Angelina fibres and paper in addition to found objects such as shells and leaves. Inchies are highly collectible and as no precious scrap is too small to use they are another great way to creatively recycle leftover materials.-Sewing World At first I thought why on earth would anyone want to work entirely on an inch x inch scale and what would you do with these Inchies when finished? But I was pleasantly surprised with the versatility of the embroideries in this book. The Inchies can be put together to make hangings and lengths of fabric, which in turn can be made into bags, boxes, key fobs etc. Different textile effects are used with silk papers, felting and fused threads. I was impressed with the author's painterly attitude to colour, giving tips on how to use colour and illustrating her ideas with actual embroideries. The section on using natural objects is inspirational for those wary of being 'creative'. A very good book for those starting out on experimental embroidery. (Sheila Rabbetts)-West Country Embroiderers
Even as a child, Peggy Donda-Kobert was fascinated by fabrics. Her grandmother, who was a dressmaker and haberdasher, inspired her to start collecting tiny pieces of fabric. Initially making clothes for her dolls, she later went on to design her own clothing. In 2002, she became involved in traditional patchwork and later art quilts. Since then her work has become more experimental, and she enjoys working with smaller media such as ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), AMCs (Artist Mailing Cards) and inchies. She now runs creative workshops on inchies and has set up an internet group on the subject.
Authors Foreword Basic course Themed inchies Completely natural Seasons Christmas Working according to colour From tulle to turquoise Bracelet in blue and orange Beneath the rainbow Neutral-coloured boxes Rusting fabrics Working with different materials Angelina fibres Tyvek Inchies using various yarns Felted inchies Inchies from silk Fabric paper Inchies from silk paper Inchies with home-made beads Materials Creative variety