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May 11, 2021

my colour study for the month of May

green – symbolizing new growth in the garden and forest

another page for the fabric book

not that it really matters, but in my mind there is always the front

and the back

after adding a binding/border none of the pages are exactly the same size

putting them together as a book is going to be a bit challenging

here is the scrappy hexie

for those who asked for instructions, there really aren’t any

it’s simple – start with a small square with a tiny pattern

imagine or draw a triangle in the middle

using three strips of your next fabric

fold a 1/4″ seam allowance, I just finger press but for these photos I pressed with an iron

handstitch and then trim the seam allowance for each strip

after the first three strips continue working around with another fabric (or the same)

but use five strips – lay the strips close to where the previous round met at the pointscontinue to build up the shape using five strips

once a long strip (on the left) is stitched cut the extra length and use it for the fifth strip across the top

at this point, for a smallish hexie, continue with regular English paper piecing

years before I had ever heard of hexies or EPP I made similar pieces and used them for patches, pockets and pin cushions

here is a wonderful essay written by Kate Davies

and on the menu at the bottom of the page click on make/mend: Collingwood-Norris

both are well worth the time to read

18 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2021 5:28 pm

    the problem I have with mending is not the “hole” but rather the overall fabric has become so worn, that there is no point. This seems to be happening a lot of with the initial woven/knitted fabric that the original thread isn’t strong enough to provide a long lasting purpose… a kind of “fast fabric” which leans over to “fast fashion”
    this morning, I’ve ditched such a garment (2 decades old), admittedly it hadn’t been an outing garment for some time, and had been designated as “paint/art” top – but I’m sad it has truly come to end of it’s life…


    • May 13, 2021 11:19 pm

      Catherine – I do agree, most moderately priced clothing/fabrics aren’t designed to last more than a couple seasons. Think you really have to be careful about the fibres and where the clothing is made.

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  2. May 13, 2021 1:57 pm

    Thank you for reminding me of this technique – I used to use a similar approach with paper to make greetings cards, but now I’m thinking about fabric scraps.


    • May 13, 2021 11:22 pm

      Jan – it is always fun to use a technique you’ve used in one craft and make it work in another, textiles adapt nicely to different materials and methods.

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  3. Kate permalink
    May 12, 2021 9:14 am

    Hello again Jean! Thank you SO much for this post, the instructions for the hexies (because I still couldn’t figure them out) and once more an introduction to other fantastic makers. I’m going to have a go at those ‘rose’ hexies, as I like to think of them, and putting this post in my bookmarks. Really have had a good read.
    Hope you are safe and well.


    • May 12, 2021 10:43 am

      Kate – the hexies really are not difficult, just do it! Once you get started you will see how it works. Those links are to people who are amazing creators,happy you enjoyed their words. I am staying safe and trying hard not to get bored with my own company.


  4. May 12, 2021 2:37 am

    I am loving seeing your pages emerge. Using colours as your themes is a brilliant idea and one I may well try when I eventually finish the ones I am already doing. Your scrappy hexie is a particularly lovely idea.


    • May 12, 2021 10:45 am

      Sue – colour is so important in our creative lives and one many of us struggle with. Playing with the scrappy hexie has been fun.

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      • May 13, 2021 3:19 am

        After one or two ‘whops’ combinations I think doing some more experimenting with colour could be useful for me!


      • May 13, 2021 10:30 am

        Sue – we often work with a limited palette of favorite,”safe” colours. Sometimes it is good to work outside our comfort zone.

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      • May 15, 2021 2:14 am

        That is a good point Jean – another way for me to get out of my rut!


      • May 15, 2021 10:37 am

        Sue – I have challenged myself to work with my least favorite colour with interesting results.

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      • May 16, 2021 2:34 am

        I am trying to think which is my favourite colour and which I like least but it keeps changing! I think for me it is more about clarity of colour – I find the grey tones and sludgy colours less likeable – so Why is my bedroom newly painted in greys? Oh dear more pondering!


      • May 16, 2021 11:10 am

        Sue – of course it changes – with our mood, the weather, time of year, what we want to use the colour for – it is endless. Grey? maybe because it is the “canvas” you want to work on. Too much pondering, go with you gut feeling, don’t overthink it. We learn by DOING, thinking just gives us our options.

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      • May 17, 2021 8:35 am

        Excellent advice Jean!


      • May 17, 2021 10:27 am

        Sue – have a colour-full week. 🙂

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  5. May 12, 2021 1:28 am

    thank you.


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