Although English Paper Piecing is popping up all over blog land in the form of Hexagon Flowers, there are so many more options out there! Today I want to share some resources with you that will help you get started, or at least get your creative juices flowing. I will discuss each one in detail.
Paper Pieces is perhaps the most well known resource for English paper piecing. If you don't want to cut out all of those little scraps of paper, this is the go to place. They have the papers already die cut for you--which makes things speedy and accurate. But they also have so much more! Cruise around for ideas. I love their FREE Downloads Page. There are a bunch of different graph papers for most of the template patterns so that you can print them off and color up some designs.
Incompetech is my favorite place to print off templates. It is FREE, and you print the exact size that you want. For example, I am currently doing diamond shapes. I used their triangle template and set it to a size of .75". It generated a whole page of diamonds for me which I saved to my computer, and I cut my own diamonds. (Slowly and accurately!) The only drawback to this site is that all designs are not available--such as the Kite, Jewel, Dresden, etc.
Instant Piecing is a good source for most of the templates. They are reasonably priced. Most you can get for 99cents each or get all of the templates for $9.99. That price includes all sizes as well. Since I cut all my papers out myself, I am not afraid to pay the $9.99 to get them all...but there is one drawback. They include seam allowance on the template (see photo below) AND there is a lot of empty space on the page. So my suggestion if you are going to cut your own...Use incompetech unless your design is not available, then use Instant piecing for the unusual shapes.
If you really want to make it easy on yourself, Inklingo provides the templates for you to print your patterns right onto the fabric. You don't even need any paper at all with the technique they teach you. I have never used Inklingo but some people swear they will never use another method after trying the Inklingo method. The drawbacks for me...the price and the fact that I wouldn't want 100 shapes all from the same piece of fabric. They do have a quick video showing how their shapes work.
Next time I post about EPP, I will show you some techniques. If you have been watching the Hexie Flower Explosion, and seen the most common techniques...I am sure that you will be surprised at what I have to show you. Stay tuned....