Patchwork refers to the process of joining strips, squares, triangles, hexagons, or other shaped pieces of fabric (also called patches), by either hand or machine stitching, into square blocks or other units. It is one of the primary construction techniques of quilting. Patchwork began by piecing small pieces of fabric together to create a larger piece. The earliest examples have been located in Egyptian tombs and in early age of China about 5000 years ago. Apparently, the ancients also ran out of fabric and had to come up with a creative solution. (And if you’ve ever seen one of my sewing projects you’ll know what I mean -- a piece is always missing, or too short.)
Although Patchwork was started by piecing fabric to make quilts, like many other techniques it has been adapted to needlepoint. In needlework a “Patchwork” pattern is used to describe projects which have small areas in different designs, colors, or textures. Patchwork needlepoint can be found in kits with yarn and instructions, or on hand painted canvas.
Patchwork Needlepoint kits are made by all of your favorite: Primavera, Animal Fayre and of course, Jolly Red. Designs can be in similar, regularly shaped patterns of different colors . . .
Here are the top 5 reasons to do a patchwork design:
1 – You get bored easily and there's lots of pattern here.
2 – You want to use up your stash.
3 - You like symetry and balance.
4 - Your other passion is quiliting and Patchwork needlepoint satisfies that urge. (We don't want to take you away from your needlepoint!)
5 – You like the design & it’s the only way it comes.
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