Wall hanging made from swapped inchies

Our group had a workshop in which we experimented with heat distressing sheer fabrics from which we created a piece of cloth. We made this into 'inchies', embellished them and then exchanged 4 each. This is what I made from my collection. I joined the little blocks vertically with beading and horizontally with stitching and hung them on a wrapped rod.

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22 thoughts on “Wall hanging made from swapped inchies

  1. Cas, what a great way to display your inchies.  And I like the idea of the get together for making them, too.  I may have to gather some friends and give it a try.  Do you have any hints on organizing it?  What kinds of distressing techniques did you use?

  2. Thanks for your comments!

    Peggy, you’ll need a whole morning to make the whole cloth from which to cut your inchies, so invite a group of friends around for at least that amount of time. We used heat guns and soldering irons on acrylic/nylon organza, tulle and any other sheer fabrics we wanted to try. Those were layered on a backing cloth and free motion stiched before being cut into one inch squares.

    Spirit2sew, yes a discarded quilt would work wonderfully well, but you’d only use a teeny bit of it because you don’t need more than about 10″ square to make more then enough inchies! I thought of trying one along similar lines using 3″ squares instead. That would use up more of your quilt.

    Barbm, I don’t know about talent! My mother used to call me the “plodder” of the family ….. I can’t take the credit for originality because I got the idea out of Quilting Arts “2, an article about something Dale from The Thred Studio had done.

  3. Thanks, Caz.  I think it sounds like great fun.  So you actually did the distressing first and then layered onto the backing…I would have done the layering first.

    Definitely going to persue this with a couple of friends.  I’ve got a great stash of “zappables”.   Now, just where did I put that fire extinguisher?  🙂

  4. Yes Peggy, we zapped the sheers first and then arranged them on a backing fabric and stiched all over using fancy embroidery stitching in places and just regular free motion in others to get whatever effect we wanted. Loved using just ordinary cheap curtain netting as well as. The heati intensivies the colours at random and then you can also stretch it in places.

  5. Thanks, Jody. It was quite hard to blend in some of the colours other people had chosen. I did the browner shades and had to work from there across into the pink!

  6. Oh dear, I’ve never heard of inchies. I’m still all excited about fabric ATCs.

    Do you normally use thin batting on these, just like you would a wall hanging?

    Love the wall hanging I’m very inspired.

  7. I love the innovative idea of the hanging inchies.  I saw a bracelet that I loved made with these little treasures.  This ia a wonderful piece of art that I would proudly hang on my wall!

  8. I’m sorry to have taken so long to reply to you (roycecreative) about the batting. I hadn’t looked at comments on my wallhanging since mid-May. We cut the inchies form pre-made pieces which were based on a sandwich of vilene at the back, batting in the middle and a background fabric on the top. Any light batting, pellon or felt would work, but I think a regular quilt batting might make the little squares a bit chunky?.