Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Iron Craft #20 - Black is the New Black

The challenge:

"Let’s continue on our Halloween theme this week. This time it’s a color challenge, use the color black in your project. It does not have to be completely black, but black should be the prominent color. The project does not have to be Halloween themed." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)


For this challenge I decided to learn something that I've been meaning to try for quite awhile - paper piecing!

Ta da!

Here's what my little round mat looked like after I pieced it all together with tiny pieces of paper that I cut out from magazine pages.

Cool eh?

Then I removed all the pieces and did the regular quilting thang.

 And turned it into this mat.

I put tabs all around the outside which looked pretty neat.

Unfortunately, I'm not used to working with black - I make stuff for kids and that means that I don't have a lot of black in my fabric stash. The black I had in the house was a knit. So of course it stretched a little while quilting and made my mat a little wonky. Oh well. I flattened it underneath a laptop for a night and it looks OK enough to use underneath something at my craft table this weekend.  And I love the little pop of pink with the black.

I'm also getting more patient with sitting and stitching by hand. Not only were all the paper pieces stitched by hand, but the tiny little curved stitching lines around the edges were also done by hand. Phew! It's actually becoming a lot more relaxing than I ever thought it would be. And the star pattern came out so perfect that I'll definitely be paper piecing more things.


To see what the Iron Crafters have created in black, check out the Flickr Group.


Just Crafty Enough said...

I have to say, I've really come to love stitching by hand. It is just one of those in front of the tv things I find so relaxing.

This really turned out great especially for a first go at paper piecing!

DangAndBlast! said...

That's lovely! Very nice work (I haven't tried it yet), and looks quite different from your typical style (insofar as you have a style, you fabulously eclectic lady).