In a moment of madness yesterday evening, I decided I'd have a go at something incorporating hexagons. You know what it's like when you have an idea brewing in your head? Well.... despite knowing it was a crazy idea, (I detest hand sewing as a rule) I simply couldn't stop myself. Until I did a google search of hexagon images, I didn't really know exactly what I would do.... until I came across a grid of teeny tiny little hexes. "Why not?" I thought.
Oh my, but these little babies are tiny! I knew straight away it would be madness, but felt compelled to give it a go. My eye-sight isn't really cut out for something like this. I peer away at the best of times, and know my reading glasses need upgrading, so imagine for a moment if you will, a woman sat with scrunched up eyes and tongue stuck out in concentration.
After grabbing one of my scrap bags, I sat down and began looking for little pieces that could be fussy-cut. A challenge in itself, as the hexes are so small, it really does need to be the tiniest print. Although extremely awkward to do, it was strangely enjoyable - and a way of using up the smallest scraps, as each hexagon is only half an inch across.
By the early hours, my eyes were decidedly squiffy (and for sure I've added a few more wrinkles to the collection) - but I do have the beginnings of a project. I've sewn 7 together to make a larger hexagon, and it's turned out ok. The stitches are far from perfect, but as I can't really see what I'm doing it's not a bad job on the whole. And I have a little pile of folded and tacked hexes ready to go. Amazingly, I did manage to get the paper template out of the middle hex, so there's hope for the rest.
Quite what this is going to end up as remains a mystery:
- A Quilt? ha Ha HA
- A Pillow? What if the cat pulled it with her claws?
- A framed Picture? Here's hoping
- An unfinished WIP? In all probability
So there we are..... my first project of 2012, and possibly my last. The one thing in it's favour - this is most definitely a portable make. The little vintage tin the hexes are sitting in is credit-card sized.
Ooh-er....... there's a thought: It's so small I'll probably lose it!
Wish me luck :)