Hand stitching... In recent days I've been dabbling in English Paper Piecing (EPP). This is a method of quilting by which fabric is wrapped around paper templates and basted. This creates crisp edges and well-defined shapes. The paper-fabric shapes are then hand stitched together.
My work in progress using 1-inch hexagons. Slow stitching, all by hand... I LOVE this!! :o)
I've completed this small table mat/candle mat... The next step is to remove the paper templates, take out basting stitches and trim the fabric a bit. A piece of fabric for backing and thin batting/wadding are ready to finish the mat.
English Paper Piecing has a long and rich history, which you can read about here (this site also contains LOTS of EPP how-to and show & tell by the author, who is a quilter). And a very good and detailed process of EPP can be found here.
The English Paper Piecing technique is one I've wanted to try for some time. I can see some long winter evenings ahead practicing my piecing and hand sewing! I have purchased paper templates from Paper Pieces, a company in the USA. But there are lots of free templates and project patterns for piecing online.
Are you trying something new these days?!
P.S. Another fiber finish of late is this crocheted cowl... You can find details for this on my Ravelry page. This was finished just in time, for I've been using it a lot already as it's been very chilly here... bbbrrr...