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« on: December 24, 2016 04:33:02 AM »

This is a little proof-of-concept project that I did:



The band is hand-pieced from bits of silk ties (I buy them in charity shops, hand-wash them and unpick them - it's surprisingly satisfying!).  It's EPP hexagons, but with a bit of a twist - literally.



The hexagons are not regular, instead I used a small program a friend wrote to generate wonky hexagons (for something else entirely!), so I could see what they'd look like as patchwork.  I backed all the silk with my lightest interfacing to stop it stretching and misbehaving, but I wonder if something like mistyfuse might be better next time (hadn't heard of it until recently).



To help with putting them together, I numbered all my card templates and also had a paper copy of the layout so I didn't get lost - I had to unpick a couple of times but mostly it went very smoothly.  Once the hexie band was finished, I appliqued it onto a square of Essex yarn-dyed linen and hand-quilted it with wavy lines in blue perle silk on the hexagons and straight lines in grey perle cotton on the linen.  The back is also linen, with a zip closure.
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2016 06:32:42 AM »

That's fantastic! I love the use of teeny bits of silk ties. Brilliant!
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2016 06:53:36 AM »

Very pretty!
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2016 03:55:14 PM »

Thank you both!  Smiley  It was certainly quite a different project for me (hand piecing *and* hand quilting - wut?!), but I did enjoy it and I know what I'd change if I wanted to do it again!
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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2016 04:06:26 PM »

Do tell! I am as fascinated by process as I am by end result Smiley.
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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2016 05:00:59 PM »

Mostly, it's "make the hexies a little bigger and a smidge less wonky"!  Smiley  I used a snippet of an output that my friend had generated with the program, and I think he must have had the perturbation level set quite high - I needed to edit the file so that none of the hexies had any concave angles before I could start.  You'd think that the really acute angles would be tricky, but actually I found that the closer the angle was to 180 degrees, the more awkward it was.  There's definitely a balance to be struck between "too wonky to piece easily" and "not wonky enough to look deliberate and not just like crappy workmanship".  And next time I'm definitely going to try mistyfuse - what I've heard of it sounds very promising.  Even my lightest interfacing added a bit too much bulk (given that the silks are all different weights) and didn't necessarily stay on all that well.
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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2016 07:23:42 PM »

Wow, that's beautiful! And very distinctive.
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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2016 11:36:57 AM »

That's beautiful! You always come up with these really original ideas. And it really worked out, it doesn't look wonky at all, kind of 'improvised' but not in a carelessly-put-together way. I'm sure it was quite a lot of work. I also really like the detail of the straight line quilting, it's really simple but it does finish it off really well.
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« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2016 01:46:57 PM »

Awww, thanks!  It was a fascinating project, once I got over my fear of starting it.  Next thing to do is scale it up a bit and aim for a more controlled colour arrangement.  This was pretty random - just grab a hexie and some silk and put them together, without paying much attention to what went where.
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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2016 08:09:24 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley
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