Several years ago, Jan from The Colorful Fabriholic introduced me to the term “WISP”: Work In Slow Progress. And just this past week, I have committed to my first ever intentionally started WISP, the Butterfly Effect EPP pattern by Nicole from Lillyella.
Have I done a lot of English Paper Piecing (EPP) before? Not a lot, but I’ve done a little. Am I fully prepared to deal with all the small pieces in this pattern? Nope. But the only way to get better is to try, right?
The truth is that I am spending up to 5 hours a weekend on zoom and Facetime calls with family, and I have found that having some handwork to occupy my hands while we all chat has been really calming and helpful for me. So I’m diving into a project that I fully expect will take me years and years to complete.
I got started last Sunday, and you can see the progress I made in the first 2.5 hours of time with the pattern. I started by basting some of the larger pieces, and then worked on my first butterfly.
Oh my goodness those diamonds that make the body in the center of the butterfly are tiny. For the stitching, I am using a single strand of Aurifil 80wt thread and I’m using a flat stitch.
I have plenty of fabric set aside. Now to take it one stitch at a time….
Do you have any long term “WISP” style hand projects that you only pull out for special occasions? I also have a long term mini quilt that I only work on quilting or embellishing when I am traveling.