|"Take that LEGO Voldemort. You big block head!"|
..... And now to Hexagons.
Being involved in two hexie swaps, I have been enlightened to some interesting ways of attaching the fabric to the stabiliser (Paper, card, patti, freezer paper or fusible base).
The tacking method - Whether you sew through all layers or just the fabric is up to you. Both give a crisp edge finish and the papers are easy to remove once the hexies are joined. The hexies can be stored for a long period of time ( I had hexies still with the magazine papers from the early 70's).
Bee in my Bonnet has made some great tutorials on making and basting hexies.
Making Hexies Part 1
Making Hexies Part II
|Left - Tacked through fabric only / Right - Tacked through paper and fabric.|
The gluing method - This is my favourite method at the moment because of the speed of preparation of the hexie flowers. It is important to use the correct fabric glue and card stock of 150 - 190gms to make removal easy. As the glue is water soluble and affected by heat, care must be taken when pressing and storing for long periods of time.
|Glue Method using Sewline Glue Pen|
Wash-a-way Fusible method. This is the same principle that is used in applique. The hexie template is traced with a pencil onto the floriani wash-a-way stabiliser. The hexie shapes are cut and ironed onto 2 1/2" squares of fabric, trimmed leaving a 1/4" seam allowance and then tacked to form the finished hexie.
Here is a great tutorial from Marina at www.maisieandtheboys.blogspot.com
Tutorial for hexagons/flowers
- Using hexagonal graph paper created at incompetech I trace the hexagons onto Floriani stitch and wash Fusible stabiliser.
- Once you have traced a few rows you will need to cut out the hexagons as accurately as you can. Cut out your hexagon fabric. I prepare them into 2 ½ inch squares (or 2 5/8 inch squares to make it a little easier to stitch down) . Iron the hexies onto the wrong side of the fabric
- Trim the hexie to allow an amount of turnover.
- Next step is to turn over the excess material and stitch down. I usually fold over the fabric and finger press it all around the hexie before stitching the fabric down.
- Assemble your hexie flower.
I have found that the more the hexies are handle they do soften up.(there are further instructions on the use of this stabiliser on the packet)
Thank you MarinaI would also like to try using the fusible web as you would in hand turned applique and ironing or gluing the seam back onto the fusible web. The fusible web would washed away when the project is completed.
Freezer paper is also an option. Iron the shiny side to the fabric, cut around the hexie shape leaving a 1/4" seam allowance and then glue or tack as usual.
When using a medium other than paper to stabilise your hexies, always follow the manufacturers instructions.