As part of the textiles course I have been attending at night school, we looked at patchwork. I really love the mix and match look of patchwork and have had a go at a few projects using simple rectangular strips of patchwork in the past. On the course we looked at the use of hexagons to create patchwork, a technique very popular in Victorian times and again in the seventies. In class I made a simple hexagon patchwork flower, using some patterned fabric from an old skirt, which could very simply be used to decorate a cushion cover.
|The patchwork page in my sketchbook|
It required 60, yes 60, hexagons to make the bag. That meant:
Cutting out 60 small paper hexagons. (I used an old magazine)
Cutting out 1 larger paper hexagon to use as a template to then cut out 60 fabric hexagons
Sewing all 60 hexagons together, in a specific way, to make the bag and then sewing in the lining and attaching the handles!
A lot of work? Definitley, but I really really enjoyed it! It was a great project that could be picked up and put down as and when. Some nights I managed 2 or 3 hexagons whilst other days I would make lots of progress. It was really rewarding to watch it grow and to see how all the different patterns of fabrics came together and I love my finished bag.
|My finished bag|
Now I have caught the patchwork bug, I am desperate to tackle a large project - a cushion? another bag? or maybe an entire quilt??