I have been busy for a while now, off and on, making paper pieced Dresden Plates.
I really enjoy the experience of hand piecing.
Tacking the fabric shapes over their backing papers and stitching them together to create a new textile ….. yes, it is very absorbing and satisfying.
You can become totally immersed in the process of
choosing the scraps …….
tacking on to the papers …….
then arranging each piece into the desired sequence for your plate ……
Yes, it is very rewarding and the slower pace than machine patching is quite therapeutic.
When it’s all put together, I think the softer look that the stitches produce lends charm and individuality to the finished piece. Well, I hope so anyway! But I don’t know what they will end up being – a quilt, a throw, place mats ??? Who knows! I am happy to be making them just now so I will wait until I have enough to decide. :0)
It is thought that the Dresden Plate design originated in America in the 1930’s when it would have been made up using small scale dress prints on a white background.
So here are two of my plates coming along,
bit by bit,
20 Minutes at a time!
What do you think?
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