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- single-hole punch
- small scissors
- millners needles
- straight pins
- strong cotton thread
- thread conditioner
- needle threader?
- fridge magnet to hold pins and needles
- cardstock hexagon templates - 1" sides
- fabric pieces
- Punching a hole in the center of the cardstock provides a place to pin the fabric without pinning thru the cardstock and makes for easy removal with the tweezers when you are ready to re-use the templates
- One or two straight pins is sufficient to keep handy
- A few pre-threaded needles is also handy
- A needle threader and a mini fridge magnet to keep your pins and needles in place, is optional equipment
- I prefer a strong, 100% cotton, quality thread. I use a fine, quilters knot for basting and for joining the pieces with an overcast stitch.
- I always use © Thread Heaven, or you could run your threaded needle thru a new Bounce dryer sheet or use beeswax. Conditioning the thread helps keep the unwanted knots under control.
- I prefer a longer, thin needle. I figure the smaller the needle, the smaller the hole it puts in the fabric. Unfortunately, the eye to be threaded is usually smaller too. You would use whatever needles you are comfortable with.
Pre-assembly: - Basting the Hexagons
You will be basting on the backside of the fabric only - on top of the template. You will not be stitching through the cardstock template.
|Baste a hexagon|
place; bring needle back up to the middle of the next side and continue in same manner; all the while working around the hexagon counterclockwise.
I don"t knot the thread again when I get back to the beginning. I weave the needle a few extra paces beyond the knot where I began, through the seam allowance and snip the thread..