Diane Gilleland of Craftypod put together a “12 Hexies (or Less) Blog Hop” that will begin today and run for two weeks. Don’t you love Diane? I know I’ve followed her in one form or another for years. When she said she was doing a blog hop with 12 or Less Hexies, I knew I was up for the challenge.
When I sat down to actually mess with 12 or less, it was more of a challenge than I realized it would be. Yikes. 12 Hexies is really limiting. But I was totally up for the challenge.
Anyway, before my post goes up on the 25th of July, I thought I’d share how I join my EPP (English Paper Pieced) projects together.
Do you remember my Hexi Window Table Runner?
Those stitches on the seams were nearly invisible. Aren’t they yummy?
There are great tutorials on EPP. This one from SewMamaSew that was written up by Julie Zaichuk-Ryan from Button-Button. On her blog, Diane makes reference to TheZenofMaking and the lovely tutorial on EPP. I started off joining my EPP shapes by doing a whipstitch as well. But if you have been around my blog for any amount of time, you will know I’m a little specific about how I like to do things. I love the look of EPP. It is precise and detailed. I hate when I can see my stitches. There, I said it. I’m ducking now because I know books and other large objects are being thrown at me.
Are we alright now? I love sitting down in the evenings with a stack of shapes to hand stitch together. But when I’m done with all that handwork, I don’t want to see the stitches. My goal of course, would be not a single stitch. I’m going to be honest and say that isn’t realistic though. So less visible stitches is my end goal.
I do think it is a great idea to learn the right way to do something. Then you can figure out how you are going to break the rules to make it work for you.
I’m using a black thread here so you can see my stitches. I think it helps to emphasize my point when the black stitches are almost completely hidden when I open up my shapes. It is such a lovely feeling. Here are a few examples of front and back.
Here is the back.
Here is another front from some Hexies I am currently working on.
And the Back.
Normally, you would do a whipstitch through both layers like this. Note, this is NOT what I use. I just took the picture so you can see the difference.
I like to work on just one side at a time, instead of driving my needle exaclty perpendicular to my hexies, I like to take my needle in at an angle. I make sure my needle comes out on the fold and again, I’m just stitching through the hexie on the top.
Then I stitch through the bottom hexie, again at an angle to the piece and again with my needle coming out the fold. It is almost like a zipper, or a double whipstitch.
Back to the top hexie. I hope you can see both the angle of my needle and that it is coming out direclty on the fold line.
That is my tip. That is how I do it. Top shape, bottom shape always at an angle and always coming out along the folded edge of the hexie. When you open your shape up, all the stitching is neatly hidden inside the seam in the fold. It makes me so happy.
Let me know if this helps you hide your stitches too?
Here are the awesome EPP-ers (some longtime, some new) who are joining me in this adventure:
Diana Ray, Ray’s Sew Crafty
Maryline Collioud Robert, Mary & Patch
Pam Harris, Gingerbread Snowflakes
Rebecca Greco, Hugs Are Fun
Haley Pierson-Cox, The Zen of Making
Melissa Peda, 100 Billion Stars
Abby Glassenberg, While She Naps
Jessica Alexandrakis, Life Under Quilts
And then me, Anjeanette Klinder