Watching Paint Dry!

Today we welcomed Textile Artist Angie Hughes to our small but perfectly formed group to show us how to make a lovely little daisy bookwrap.

She shared lots of useful tips and techniques throughout the day that many were planning to use on future projects – even how to watch paint dry!

But, by the end of the day there were some wonderful pieces of work emerging…

Fiona’s book

Fiona added some ‘glamour glitter’ to her book

Jan’s book

Jan added some colourful ideas to her book

Jaci’s book

Jaci used a triangle punch to make bunting

Corinne & Keris’ books

And Corinne and Keris nearly finished their books – just a little more embellishment I suspect!

Obviously to do with the photographer’s eye but there seemed to be a lot of ironing going on? Not sure there would be so much enthusiasm for the domestic ironing chores at home….

A lovely relaxing and focused day for one and all – and a huge thank you to Angie!

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Showing off The Group’s Talent

Today, we spent the day at the Ystradown Village Hall’s 30th anniversary celebrations and showed off the group’s talent by displaying some of the beautiful work that members had offered for sharing. And, what a wonderful display it was too!

There was lots of interest from the people who passed through with some keen to find out more about us by visiting our meetings. We even had children interested and keen to have a go!

Many thanks to those of you who loaned your work. As always, very much appreciated!

A Busy Start to the New Sewing Year

The September CE meeting was a busy one as it was the start of a new year’s sewing. Liz was at the helm collecting membership renewal fees and sharing news with members….

….whilst other members rallied round to help

Corinne encouraged people to make a block for the Project Linus quilt and was pleased that virtually all of the blocks had been taken. Plus a number have already been returned.

There was also great enthusiasm to make the table decoration on members day which is schedued for 7 November.

Glynis brought her copy of Patchwork & Quilting Magazine along to show members the article about our WW1 quilts which is rather impressive. Well done to everyone involved.

And, as ever there was plenty of completed work to show

A tiny teddy made by Lesley Anne – her first attempt and it looks fab!

Marie and Sally showed quilts they had completed

Marie Austin

Gilly and Dilys had made beautiful whole cloth cushions and dressed accordingly to complement the colours of them!

And Corinne and Keris showed cushions that had been recently completed.

Jan seems to have moved into specialising in feet but thankfully not the human variety!

All in all a colourful day with lots to look forward to in coming months. WHow lucky we are to have such talented people in our group.

Many thanks to Caroline for being chief photographer for the day!

Autumn Has Arrived!

Today’s DtP was, as always, busy, busy, busy and there was a distinct impression that summer has faded into the distant past with the introduction of painted autumn leaves….

There was also lots of stencil work – probably as a result of the new stencils recently purchased at the NEC….

and rumour has it that the new paints went down well. Sorry to have missed such a productive day and look forward to returning to the fray next month

Well done to everyone and many thanks to Caroline for the photos.

Summer Break Sewing

Some people just can’t resist the chance to sew when it comes along and today was no exception. It might be the summer break for Cutting Edge but a small group of members felt the urge to get together today to learn how to put piping on a cushion.

Chris guided the day with a great pack of instructions and samples and was on hand to give advice

And group members helped each other along the way

which resulted in a wonderful collection of cushions to show off at the end of the day!

Many thanks to Chris for her detailed preperation, expert guidance and support to help us achieve our aims!

August Blues, Pinks, Red, Yellow, Gold………

Dyeing to Paint members don’t normally meet in August because there is the myth that everyone is away on holiday?

Not true because today eleven eager members turned up ready and eager to create!

Still popular was the ice-dyeing.

ice-dyeing

Many thnaks to Caroline for replenishing the ice supply at short notice!

A wealth of other resources were also being used, including some lovely stencils that Fiona brought along and shared.

These are Caroline’s pieces of work – always full of vibrant colour – beautiful!

Seedheads were popular. Jan stencilled hers in a subtle shade – they are just waiting for some creative stitch Jan.

Isobelle tried out the seed heads as well and then produced a lovely piece of fabric using the rollergraph.

Isobelle also brought along a mosaic fabric seahorse that she is making and will look stunning when it is finished.

And, Fiona brought along two wonderful wall hangings that she had made using the seed head stencil. Love the holographic threads that were used.

Apologies to Fiona as these photos don’t do her work justice!

Fran was busy using her gelli plates and produced this amazing piece of work

Monica was busy trying, not too successfuly at times, to stencil shells onto a piece of previously dyed fabric. Many thanks to Isobelle, Jan and Hillary for their pearls of wisdom – always a winner!

And Glynis brought two completed pieces of work that will be used for our stand at the Ystradowen Village Hall day on 16 September

Glynis also brought her sister in law with her today and how artistic is she! Look at this beautiful picture she created. We hope you have a lovely day Vivienne and thank you for your company.

As ever, a busy and creative day interspersed with lots of chatter and banter – an ideal recipe for fun.

Sewing on a Rainy Summers Day

Lesley, Marie and Steph

There was much to admire today at Cutting Edge. Corinne, Keris, Fran and Jan were keen to show off the quilts they had made on Friday at a Gail Lowther workshop – and stunning they were too!

And it is important to mention here that Jan used some of the fabric that she had dyed at last week’s DtP session. They do look rather stunning – well done Jan!

Brenda and Truda were busy working on current projects. Brenda was reaching the end of sttiching a whole cloth quilt – her 5th! Truda was working on a beautiful cross stitch. She was very expertly creating it with silks from her stock in an effort to use them up and she was using 26 count linen!!!!

Glynis brought along a quilt she started in 2006. After recently completing it she has had it long arm quilted. She also brought along a quilt that she has recently made and machine quilted hereself – quite the expert! Obviously with time on her hands she had also produced a lovely bag

Hillary brought along three pieces of work. Chives painted with a toilet roll on hand dyed fabric – which look fab. She stencilled flowers onto another piece and hand embroidered them and she showed some parasols which she stencilled onto fabric using freezer paper – very cheerful and summery!

Salinder brought two beautiful quilts that she made a few years ago – giving a seaside theme with lighthouses on them…

She also showed the results of her ice dyeing and a piece of work in progress

and Gilly showed a quilt that she is completing and which has been beautifully quilted by a long arm quilter in Chepstow.

A wonderful show of talent – well done everyone. Looking forward to more of the same after the summer.

And great to see that some of the hand dyed fabrics and being used!