Learning to EPP has been a slow process. In the beginning it seemed that the Mylar pieces were the way to go and they are certainly reusable and very durable, easy to "clip" the pieces together for whip stitching and they keep their shape. I have never used paper shapes but I have been watching Sue Daley's tutorial and she can really whip down those seams.
I have not found it easy at all to catch threads to stitch because the Mylar is so thick it keeps the needle from lifting the edge of the fabric. Because of recent events, I have not needed the project immediately, so I am going to try actual paper. I was going to find a pattern and cut them myself from card. Then I found a site which sells 400 for $19. I think I would actually pay someone to cut out 400 diamonds for me so I ordered them. I may just get one use or perhaps two but If I can get better speed, I think I won't feel so frustrated.
Here is where I am so far:
I have no idea if this is the way these blocks and rows are joined but this is what I am doing
I just pushed the last row down so you can see what it will look like when sewn.
Here is one straw needle in my book. It doesn't actually look that thin because there is nothing to compare it to.
This is the needle in a close up. The thread which looks like cord is actually Bottom Line Thread from Superior - one of the thinnest threads I know of. It is size 60, whisper thin and it looks fat in this picture. Did you notice to eye of the needle? Even Bottom Line is VERY hard to get into that eye. Once threaded, these straw needles are amazing and worth the threading effort.
On a personal note (which you can skip):
The stitches used for my port-a-cath have become infected requiring three trips to have them removed leaving deep holes. The chemo has been postponed because the infection can worsen after compromising my immune system. My dad went into the emergency room and died a few days later and my mother with deep dementia who lives with me is living alone in their apartment on my first floor because we can't find an opening in a home. Mega-stressful. It is a one-day-at-a-time, one foot in front of the other type of situation. Breast cancer has now become my smallest problem. Hopefully we can get her into a care facility that can handle her situation better than I.
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