I have wondered about Paper Piecing for a while now, but frankly, could not get my mind around it. When I saw the pattern for the safety pin, Safe With Me, I knew this was the one I wanted to try and so I delved in.
Image © Valorie Webster
I consider myself to be pretty crafty and a good sewist, since I have been sewing for about 50 years! That said, paper piecing took me some serious thought and this pattern is not exactly the easiest one to start with. After watching a couple of tutorial videos, I decided to just go for it. I am happy with the result. I love the white pin, signifying purity of heart and thought to me, and the bright Kaffe Fassett print, the colors representing the wide variety of people that the new (to the USA) symbol represents.
I do not choose to make this a political post! So, here are a couple of tips from a newbie at paper piecing:
- Choose a simple pattern to start with.
- Print your pattern on light-weight paper, if you can.
- Do use a smaller stitch length, but also DO remember that if you have to rip out a seam, those tiny stitches are a challenge. (The voice of experience!)
- As with all new things, give yourself permission to learn. Rome was not built in a day!
- Take it slow and steady. Think about the process. #3 above only came about because I got in a hurry and thought I had it all figured out! Slow and steady wins the race!
So here’s to trying a new project! Stretch yourself in different ways. It will expand your horizon!