My favorite way to stitch EPP together

 

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.

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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?

Hexi Window Table Runner by Anjeanette

Those stitches on the seams were nearly invisible. Aren’t they yummy?

Hexi Window close up

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.

 

close up stitches

Here is the back.

Stitching close up Anjeanette

Here is another front from some Hexies I am currently working on.

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And the Back.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

19 thoughts on “My favorite way to stitch EPP together

  1. Wow, this is super interesting! I’ve never seen this method anywhere else, but it totally makes sense to me how it would keep the stitches well hidden. I’m absolutely trying this. Thanks for sharing the great tip! I can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up for the blog hop. So glad you’re a part of it!

  2. Thanks for the interesting method. When I started reading, I thought you might be going to use ladder stitch. But this way looks better than ladder stitch. I just found your blog, and I’m going to add it to my RSS reader.

    1. Thank you Dot for your comment. I’ve used a ladder stitch for EPP before. I just find that it puckers more than other stitches. But I agree that this is similar to a ladder stitch.

      Anjeanette

  3. What Diane said (above)! I can’t wait to give this a try too. How come you haven’t shown me this before? I did such a lot of research before I did the workshop at Mid Atlantic Mod and never saw anything like this technique. I’m not as sensitive to seeing the little whipstitches because I feel as though all those stitches are going to hold the piece together. The ladder stitch has always worried me because there doesn’t seem to be enough stitching. Your technique is kind of the best of everything.

  4. I’m a convert! I tried your whipstitch method and I’m loving it. At first, I thought it might be slow going but I was wrong. Even though I’m stitching one side and then the other (rather than both at the same time), it just seems to flow…. Thanks for this great idea!

  5. OOh -this looks interesting. I am prepping some hexies for a car trip ahead, and will definitely have to keep this in mind when I start assembling.

  6. Hi: I absolutely love your table runner. Is it a pattern that you purchased or one you made up? I would love to make one for my MIL for Christmas. Thanks for sharing with us and guiding us through this new addiction I have just been infected by: EPP.

    Hugs,
    Vicki

  7. I just tried this today, Sept. 4th, at my EPP group and loved it so much, I showed it to a couple of the ladies, who showed it to a couple more, etc. We all were so thrilled with the results. That was one thing, I didn’t like about EPP…the stitches that showed. Thank you so much for sharing your process. ((hugs)), Marcia in TX

  8. Just come across this post, and I’ve never seen this stitch either. I’m not a keen ladder stitcher, have always done whip stitch, but tend to put so many tiny stitches in that they are less noticeable. I’m going to try your method too.

  9. I am about 1/2 way done combining rows of a 60 x 80 inch hexie quilt . I have used whip stitch up to this point. Now I am going to try your method. I think the results will be much improved. Kind of a Duh! Moment once you see your method. Duh! Thank you.

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