Friday, August 24, 2007

Crystal Stars--Fabric Postcard

(Crystal Stars, Fabric Postcard, 4" x 6")

With all the discussions in our postcard exchange group about "inchies," I was inspired to make my next postcard with three inchies using photo transfers of a quilt I made using Jinny Beyer's Crystal Star pattern. The inchies on this postcard are one-and-a-half inch squares. Keeping the theme of "quilting," I embellished this postcard with three buttons: a thimble, a safety pin, and a spool of thread. Black yarn is added for texture.

This postcard is for Jacq of Washington.


What are Inchies?

Doing a web search for "inchies" will result in many links to blogs and websites pertaining to this art. I first read about inchies in an article "Art by the Inchie," by Normajean Brevik, in the August/September 2007 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. Normajean is the "list Mom" of a yahoo group called Fiber Art Traders in which fiber artists trade their various forms of artwork such as Artist Trading Pins, Artist Trading Dolls, and inchies. Participation is strictly voluntary. Their group description indicates Fiber Art Traders is an encouraging group operating in a nurturing environment.

Inchies are made by fusing fabric onto stiff interfacing, then adding embellishments. My favorite interfacing is Pellon Peltex 72, which is a double-sided, thick fusible product. I also use this interfacing for my postcards.

Almost anything can be used as embellishments: buttons, beads, art paper, ribbon and different fibers. While browsing through the inchies links, I discovered inchies that were made using real coins. The embellishment choices are limitless.

The size varies, but the usual size is one-inch square.

There are many ways to display and use inchies. They can be used to make jewelry, decorate bags or cell phones. My favorite is creating an Impressionist-style piece of wall art. Maybe I'll create a mosaic design using inchies, or maybe ... or maybe ...imagine, create ... :)

Links for inspiration:

Lia shares her love of fiber art on her main blog ART junk GIRL. In January of 2007, she set a goal to create 1,000 inchies before the end of the year. In her last post dated August 22, she reported producing a total of 722 squares. I think she will meet her goal long before the end of the year. Lia posts her progress in her blog 1000 Squares in 2007.

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