|Piece By Number|
I knew I wouldn't have the patience for a very big project, so what to do?
Inspired by a Japanese folded paper technique (kanzashi) I saw in the book, Fabric by Fabric: One Yard Wonders, I decided to make a clock face. (See Erin's using kanzashi here!) I also wanted to use my dwindling supply of West African fabrics. The Roommate collects clocks, and our sun room has 5 on different time zones. So I had the idea and the fabric, but wasn't interested in trying kanzashi, so what to do?
A bit of googling found the Piece by Number site, where I found a pattern called Circle of Geese. The pattern is here (another PDF). You can see her example up there to the left; isn't it pretty?
A close-up of mine in the photo to the right. So many tiny stitches! Almost can't believe I did that...
Paper piecing is a real hassle: sew everything to a piece of cardboard, stitch them together, unsew to get the pieces of cardboard released and do it again. I was thrilled I only had to repeat the block 3 more times! I thought it would get easier with repetition, but it didn't! Honestly, it was just as much of a pain the 4th time as the first. However, you can see that it's a great way to make little pointed pieces all come together.
I finished it, but the Roommate & I decided that the hands didn't show enough, especially from a longer distance away. So I took the hands off and traced them and tried to fashion some triangles with interfacing. I think buckram would have been better, but here's what happened...
I think it looks great! It will be a striking addition to our clock collection & a fun way to use up some of my fabric scraps from a great shopping trip!
What do you think?