Friday, October 19, 2012

Hexagon tutorial - part 2...........

Sewlovecupcakes and Mrsolearlyscowintexas - here is the conclusion to the tutorial on hexagons. Hope it was helpful!!!

Once my fabrics are cut I am now mobile - I work in watching TV, in the car etc. I like to work on this little wooden tray that my mother gave to me years ago.


 A milliners #4 needle and any thread - begin with a nice big, ugly knot...
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Centre the paper on the wrong side of the fabric...................and bring the needle up from the right side of the fabric.............


 Make a very long stitch and go back into the paper - this stitch will help keep the paper from moving.........


 This is what it should look like from the right side of the hexagon....................


 Tack around the hexagon folding the seam allowance over the edge of the paper. Try and keep the tension of the fabric firm over the paper.


 Make a crisp fold at the corners..............


Continue tacking and end with a small backstitch - not a knot !!!


Its time to whip stitch the hexagons - change to a milliners #9 or 10 - the finer the needle the smaller the stitch. It is important to use a good quality thread at this stage and I use 2 strands.
Place 2 hexagons right sides facing and bring the needle up at a corner .


 Make a  loop knot .................


 Make small firm whip stitches catching a small amount to fabric - allow the needle to
scrape along the paper..............


After  4 or 5 whip stitches form a loop knot.


 Continue to the end of the straight edge - ending with a double loop stitch.


In the photo the whip sttiches and loop knots are clearly visible. Make sure your stitches are not too small and take care to have a fim tension on the thread.


 End off by inserting the the needle between the seam allownace and the paper.


 I have used an avocado green colour thread to whip stitch all theses different hexagons - as I said previously the size of the needle and tension of your thread is very important.

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