I love giving gifts. But I also love receiving them, too. Especially when they spark my creative side!
I was gifted with some gift cards that I got to spend on a few of my hobbies. I grabbed some coloring books (something I’ve loved for years), a pack of colored pencils, and a beginners guide to crocheting (something else I’ve loved doing for years)! I figured, since Jake is interested in crocheting with me, it would be good to grab a book to help us both learn together.
Then I grabbed something new. HEXIES!
I’ve seen this paper piecing process floating through my feed and through my honest craft roomies group on Instagram and periscope. At first I was afraid to start. It seemed like too many steps and too much room for failure. Otherwise… it was fussy. And we all know how I feel about fussy things.
Nevertheless, I grabbed two packs, 1.5 inch and 2 inch paper hexies. I figured, “What the heck? What do I have to lose other than a few dollars?” Then I dove into my scrap stash for the fabric from my July table runner and looked up a few videos on YouTube to help me learn the process. With in a few minutes, I had this!
My first hexie!
My first thoughts were “Wow, this is much easier than I expected” soon after followed by “This can be addicting!”
So, I made some more!
I am finding some gaps in my hand sewing skills. I need to learn a better method to knot my thread and tie off my stitches. I’m also making up my own stitches as I go, using whatever works for me and gets the job done. I’m not sure how important it is for me to learn proper stitches and sewing techniques so for now I’m just going on my merry little way.
The process became so easy and fun for me that I took it on the road and was able to piece together individual hexies AND a full flower made with those individual pieces while on a road trip.
Working on the road meant bumps and jolts but it still was simple to work on and I was whipping through them like a hot knife through butter. And it helps Working on the road meant bumps and jolts but it still was simple to work on and I was whipping through them like a hot knife through butter. And it helps that I love this fabric combination. I even used it for my mini hexie barn quilt.
Even with all the bumps and turns and stops and goes, I kept working at it and pieced together the individual hexies to make a little flower.
I now have two made at home and I’m debating what to do with them. A pillow? A placemat to go with the table runner? A mug rug or two?
So I say to you, if you want to try something new this year and you’ve been hesitant about jumping in with two feet, I say let go of your fears and just GO! This is a new year. Find something that calls to you and give it a try. Reach out to your community, get some tips and suggestions, then just run with it!
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