18 May 2011
our creative space 'a hex on sewing'
i have a new addiction to add to my crafty happiness . . . hexagons. It's a hex, a spell, a new (to me) patchwork style i started last weekend as 'car craft'.
As a self taught seamstress & designer i'm not so great at following instructions, as opposed to inventing my own method of creating something (i'm mathematical & spatial, why not??) I rarely use pins or tack anything when i sew - it would make a matronly professional sewing teacher turn in her grave - yet i always have a neat finished product. Bite me, you horrible year 7 non elective Textiles & Design teachers!! They knew we didn't care or we would have done elective T&D in the first place!! Guess what i grew up to do for a living?? Well ok, it was pharmacology, whatever, i've been sewing professionally for 10+ years now, so . . . let me share my speedy hexagon technique!!
Cut out lots of strips of pretty fabrics & a perfectly shaped cardboard hexagon - photo proof i didn't use 'the good scissors' on the cardboard mum!!
Fold & press down 2 sides of the fabric around the cardboard hexagon.
Fold & press down 2 more sides of the fabric around the cardboard hexagon.
Fold & press down the final 2 sides of fabric around the cardboard hexagon.
Open up a couple of sides to slide the cardboard hexagon out.
Press the fabric hexagon with a hot & steamy iron (i have a $15 el cheapo iron from Big W & an $8 metallic ironing board cover from Coles in my studio - both work a treat).
Voila, la hexagon goodness, no tacking required. Repeat & make millions.
I said millions, stack them up in same-fabric piles!!
Armed with perfectly pressed hexagons, tiny travel scissors, needles & thread, the next step was to start hand stitching them together. I did glance at Cath Kidston's Sew instructions for hexagons, yawn, sorry Cath, i just made up my own attachment system, i think she recommends rows?? I was winging it, sewing on my lap, while chatting to my husband & taming 4 children in the back of the car for 700km. I started with a hexagon in the centre, stitching another hexagon to each edge & growing out like a fan, or 'spreading like a virus' as my husband said so encouragingly. He just knows this will be the first of many hexagon patchwork projects.
Canberra to Sydney & back, this is what i had created in the car between 7a.m. & 7p.m. Don't ask me how on earth i managed to make it a perfectly symmetrical finished shape?? I surprised myself when i laid it out. I really like the pink, white & red clashing patterns which resulted. Some sewing was done in the dark, so don't look too closely.
While i was taking the photos, my husband was making pasta in the background, keeping it real & homemade at our place. He likes extra credit for his cooking, i'm his cheer leader & should have been helping. Anyway, i can't wait to press this first hexagon effort & applique it to a simple cot quilt. But wait, there's more . . .
how lovely is this gorgeousness from Kristen Doran?? From her Gyspy Caravan range, these panels are about to be added to my range in both colour ways, on linen. Then it struck me, oh, imagine some hexagon goodness as a boarder around a beautiful screen printed panel made into a sweet & simple quilt?? Hello!!
Stay tuned, i have BIG plans & clearly, i'm not keeping them to myself, i'm here to share. For hundreds more creative projects, check out our creative spaces each Thursday, still hosted by clever Kootoyoo. Love Posie
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