Handstiched Camp–Week 1

8 Jul

At the start of June I started Handstiched Camp The class focuses on 5 hand stitching techniques and there is a week of lesson followed by a week of space. We are currently on the space following week 3 and I’m just getting around to posting about week 1.

Each week one of the projects adds to a quilt, in addition there are 2-3 other, smaller, projects. I decided I could not do them all so I would focus on the quilt. I was so diligent. I started right away and I even had my reverse applique medallion (the quilt center) done by the end of the week 1 space. But then I HATED it.

Here it is before I added the borders (which only made things worse – hence no photo):

Week 1 (1 of 1)

Firstly I cut the solid 1 inch too small all around, so I was working with that limitation. I ended up not being happy with the quality of my reverse applique at all, the points were a mess.

After I put the mitered borders on I decided I needed to start again because week 2 was embroidery and there was no way I was spending 20-30 hours embroidering a ring around this center that I was not happy with. 

But then I was behind…so I decided to focus on the little projects and do the quilt after, once I had improved some of my skills (since the whole point of the class is for me to learn hand skills).

So in the middle of week 2 I started on a week 1 project. I finished it at the lake over the Canada Day long weekend and here it is:

Week 1 (2 of 2)

It’s a little needle book. It’s not perfect but I did improve a lot as I went. I could have picked a better fabric as the print was too large to show through the holes on the front. Here is the inside:

Week 1 (1 of 2)

So yeah, things are not going as well as I planned. I’m so behind now I need to decide if I’m going to do a week 2 project or jump into week 3 this week and then go back once the class ends. I’d like to be able to join back up with the class for week 4 and 5 as it’s a lot easier to stay motivated when the posts are fresh, not to mention it’s easier to get help.

I’ll keep you posted!

3 Responses to “Handstiched Camp–Week 1”

  1. Erin August 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM #

    you’re braver than I, j! I’m considering hexis, but would have to hand stitch ’em & that’s the only thing holding me back.
    hope you’re having fun!
    -e

  2. Mama Sews Best August 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM #

    Is this an online class you are doing or an actual “in class” class? Why did you hate the medallion? I think it looks great!
    -J

    • Jaclyn September 6, 2012 at 4:39 PM #

      It was an online class. I didn’t like the medallion because it was very sloppy around the edges 😦 I think it would have fallen apart.

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