Silky hexagons

It’s Work in Progress Wednesday already and right now a portable ‘slow stitching’ project is on my mind, something I can carry about with me this week and work on as I wait for appointments or meet up with friends. Then I remembered I have one to hand that needs finishing, doh! It’s a small lavender sachet that I started months ago, a gift for a friend. I hope she’ll forgive my tardiness!

Hand stitched hexaxons for a lavendar pillow. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Some shimmery silks

It’s a little hand stitched English paper pieced pillow (try and say that quickly!) with a mix of cotton and silk fabrics. It’s the first time I’ve mixed in some silk patches for EPP and it really adds a beautiful sheen, catching the light every now and again. If you fancy trying your hand with silk fabrics I recommend using something like a Dupion, which is a little stiffer and easier to handle (that’s what the plain eggshell blue is in this patchwork). It adds a touch of luxury to the humble patchwork and follows in the tradition of using up remnants and scraps from dress making.

Hand stitched hexaxons for a lavendar pillow. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Thread choices

I’m going to quilt this simply (by hand of course or I wouldn’t be able to take it out with me, haha!), but I think I might add some stitching in brightly coloured embroidery threads too – I’m just going to make it up as I go along, which is my favourite way of working!

If you haven’t tried English paper piecing before, I really recommend it. It’s relaxing and quiet, a sort of gentle stitching as well as slow stitching (although making something like this really isn’t slow at all!).  If you’d like to have a go I’ve written a few EPP tutorials and one of my most popular free patterns is a hexagon pillow I called Grandma’s Hot House! I hope you’ll check them out.

If you’re looking for more inspiration check out these gorgeous Pinterest boards:

They’ll definitely make you want to get out your hand sewing needles!

Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced (find the link in the sidebar and you can explore lots more work in progress from around the web too).

Happy hexing!

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