Scratching an itch…..

do you find that an idea comes into your head and you can’t stop thinking about it?

This happened to me on Saturday, we were running a ‘Technique of the Month’ with Chris Franses, it was ‘Fabric Folding’ and Chris chose to teach ‘Cathedral Window’.

There were only a couple of ladies booked on the class and although i had a hundred & one other things I should have been doing, I decided to join the class – Cathedral window was something that I’d seen done but I’ve never tried it myself.

An example of cathedral window

An example of cathedral window

For those of you who don’t know – you start with a square, bring the corner points into the middle, crease the folds and bring the corner points in again.You put a tacking stitch in these points. You make several squares like this and join them together. Then place a square of fabric(in a different colour or pattern) over the join; the square needs to be slightly smaller than the space between the folds and you gently pull the fold you created over that square, it creates a curve and you sew it down.

Now that sounds like complete gobble-de-goop! but there are few tutorials on youtube which will make it clearer!

Anyway, while we were folding up squares Chris was telling us about ‘Cathedral Spire’ which is the same principle but you end up with a rectangle – you don’t start with a rectangle though. You start with quite a strange shape a bit like two squashed pentagon placed end to end!                                 Whilst giving this a try – half way through folding this shape it formed a hexagon, well this set Chris & me wondering what shape you would need to start with to get a hexagon!                                         It’s a star!                                                                                                                                                It folds into an equilateral triangle which when you join 6 together makes a hexagon.

I just couldn’t get this idea out of my head!                                                                                           So on Sunday I just had to put it into practice. Out came the compass to make the star, it was like a geometry lesson trying to remember how to achieve this but I did it.                                                     I raided by stash for some calico and some scraps (my stash at home isn’t as big as you might think!)

Drawing a star starting with a circle

Drawing a star starting with a circle

Cutting out star from calico

Cutting out star from calico

Pulling in star points to form hexagons

Pulling in star points to form hexagons

Pull in sides of hexagons to form triangles and tack points down

Pull in sides of hexagons to form triangles and tack points down

Sew triangles together to make a hexagon

Sew triangles together to make a hexagon

Place diamond shaped pieces of fabric in spaces and folded edges over to form curves

Place diamond shaped pieces of fabric in spaces and fold edges over to form curves and sew down.

It is quite fiddly and it did take me all afternoon, but it gives a really nice effect.

Give it a try ( I started with a 8 1/2″ circle) but I warn you it’s addictive!

So if you have an idea that just won’t go away – give it a go you never know what you might create!

Happy Sewing X

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