September 2019: English Paper Piecing


For our September meeting Spa Sweetheart’s very own Amy taught us the art of ‘English Paper Piecing’. This technique involves folding fabric over templates and hand sewing these together. The paper/cardboard template shapes make sure that the blocks are accurate and fit together to create a finished piece. All English Paper Piecing needs is thread, scissors and a needle so it is a great portable craft you can do anywhere.

For our session we had the choice of either making a bookmark involving 5 hexagons or a flower-shaped coaster involving 7 hexagons. Once we had chosen our fabric we got stuck in basting our pieces and then carefully sewing them together. Concentration was very high and there were some beautiful creations by our sweethearts that you can see below.

You can follow Amy on Instagram or Pinterest for some creative ideas – @coffeeringsstudio, or see her website – – where you will find, blogs, newsletter subscription and free patterns.

About Spa Sweethearts WI

A young, fun and diverse WI based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. We encourage women to leave their preconceptions of the organisation at the door and find out what the modern WI is really like. Guests are welcome at our meetings - why not give it a try? Spa Sweethearts WI meets on the second Thursday of each month, 7:30pm, at Christ Church on the Stray, Harrogate.

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