To Make A Dresden Plate
Darling Dresdens. I have looked longingly at these pretties and often wanted to make one. So finally I did. It was one rainy afternoon when the first half of the day had been a tad stressful and I needed the familiarity of some craft to settle my mind. I flipped through my copy of Sweetly Stitched Handmades and decided to try the Dresden Plate cushion...or at least the Dresden plate part.
You see up to this point (no pun intended) I had thought Dresdens were English Paper Pieced...so I was kind of delighted to find that this particular one wasn't...and as further research provided...most aren't! Let's just say I suffer impatience badly at times and not only being a complete and utter Dresden beginner, I kind of hop, skipped and jumped through the instructions.
So first I cut out twice as many petals as I needed to....silver lining, I have another Dresden pre-cut. Secondly I got confused as to how to sew them, so stitched one petal incorrectly, which sent me straight to Dr. Google for answers. I read up quickly (very briefly, too briefly) on a couple of tutorials and proceeded. Somehow in all the 'supposed-to-be-calming' craft time, I ended up two petals short on my Dresden. I didn't notice this until later. I was sure I had counted them correctly.
Could someone have eaten them?
This led to my third performance for the afternoon...the one in which a blog post had begun to form in my head "Dresden's are Evil..." I had sewed all the petals to each other but:
My. Dresden. Wouldn't. Sit. Flat.
Why Me? I wanted to wail. However I grit my teeth and thought oh maybe I needed to take a bigger seam allowance...so I restitched it. It helped. A little.
The good news is, when I thought all hope was lost, it turns out big centre circles with babushkas on them are very forgiving. I hid the most folded of the foldy parts under it. I told my inner perfectionist to kindly be quiet...Once pinned it was no way near as bad as I thought it was but inner perfectionist didn't and doesn't agree.
I am in the process of stitching it by hand, a bit at a time. I have yet to decide whether it will be a cushion or a big tote bag for my parcels.
At the end of the day, I changed my mind, apologized for calling it evil and am imagining more...more perfectly made Dresdens. Since then, I have done a decent lot of reading and research and found out that the seam allowance needs to be quite strict to have a nice flat plate, and of course, we need our required amount of petals.
If you search on Pinterest there are a huge amount of tutorials and free templates.
I quite liked this one by Lori Holt and this one was good too.
From one beginner to another, it pays to do some proper reading before embarking on a new creative adventure. And from one perfectionist to another, forgive the faults. Enjoy the beginning, learning process.
I used fabrics from the Dolly Henry shop for the petals (listed below) the centre circle is from my carefully hoarded stash of Japanese fabrics and the backing is essex linen.
Blue Playdate / Strawberry Biscuit
Pink Poodles / Strawberry Biscuit
Aqua Daisy / Strawberry Biscuit
Red Scallop / Strawberry Biscuit
Bike Ride / Vintage Market
Petite Rosebuds / Rosewater
Blue Flower Sugar / Flower Sugar
Pink Flower Sugar / Flower Sugar
Pink Hexagon Flower Sugar / Flower Sugar