I'm still patchwork addicted at the moment .I'm sure it will pass but right now it's all I'm thinking about so I'm going with the flow and enjoying this burst of patchy mojo.
I'm fortunate to have a sizable fabric stash ( nothing fancy and often recycled ) so I've been able to feed this addiction without hitting the shops. Actually I love that patchwork was developed to use up scraps and recycle fabric...that really appeals to my thrifty side. It makes me happy to be able to create something pretty from old clothes, sheets and little bits of fabric.
Over the last few days I've turned my attention to hand sewn hexagons...."English paper piecing" is a term I've learnt from the internet.
I think this simple , portable form of patchwork is a bit like the sewing equivalent to granny squares. It's very relaxing choosing lots of colours and tacking them onto the paper template. Like granny squares you don't have to commit yourself to what the finished project will become just yet...I like that :0)
Ooooooh I LOVE this image . A stack of happy Hexagons, just gorgeous in my eyes.
These are 1 1/2 inch hexagons....that is each side is 1 1/2 inches long....they are actually 3 inches across at the widest part. I found my templates to download and print at home HERE...isn't that great ...I love the internet :0)
Following the advice on that site I printed mine onto thin card . I've been tacking through the card as I always did with paper many years ago ......
The card is better for getting a nice crisp hexagon but boy it's given me sore fingers , pushing the needle through fabric AND card so many times. I think I need to have a rethink and try just tacking the fabric to its self at the back only.
The other thing I was not sure of was how good I'd be at all the tiny little hand joining stitches so yesterday I downloaded some teeny 3/4 inch hexagons , cut out seven and made this to revamp my handbag ,as the crochet flowers I added last year were looking pretty shabby........
I was relieved that my hand sewing skills ( and eyesight! ) were still good enough to join the hexagons . I decided to attach this little "flower" with a running stitch and some embroidery thread rather than attempt more tiny stitches.......
This is the third makeover this of thrifted denim bag .This version looks a bit seventies to me , but I think retro is good :0)
I'll leave you with some happy hexagon links to insipre you .
The talented Rachel of Ruby Red has a great pinterest board HERE
Oh and do check out THIS ,THIS, and THIS
There are so many people out there who make wonderful things from little hexagon shapes , I'm both awed and inspired , hope you are too.
On a practical note....there is also a great "HOW TO" HERE