I had an idea in my head that I wanted to try out. I have been making so many English paper pieces hexagons, I wanted to try out another shape. And not just any shape, I wanted to try a custom shape.
I thought a geometric tulip would be fun, and after my tulip plush I’ve had spring on my mind! I drew the shape out on paper and then made a template in Illustrator to get more crisp shapes.
Generally I’m pretty pleased at my first attempt. I made a rookie mistake of making it way too small though. I thought it would be quicker to whip up a little flower, but the pieces were so tiny it was really hard to sew them. You can see the flower next to a 1″ hexagon. I think if I made all the pieces bigger that it would be a lot easier to get crisp edges. I am going to try again and hopefully do some more custom English paper piecing!
Have you expanded beyond regular English paper piecing shapes? How did it go?
kim leavens says
You are brave girl !! I’ve only done the regular ones – hexies, diamonds, polygrams, etc.
Your tulip is cute, I agree that it would probably be a easier if it was a bit bigger. Excited to see your future custom epp pieces.
I haven’t even done any diamonds before, so starting so tiny was pretty crazy of me. It has a lot of potential though and I like the idea of making different EPP shapes so we’ll see!
Ashley @ My Craftily Ever After says
Your fearlessness with teeny tiny stitching projects inspires me!!
Thanks so much Ashley! I sometimes think I’m less inspirational and more just crazy! 🙂