Well – hello again. Another month passes by and another spectacular show and tell!
Thanks to Mary who emailed last month after she received the news update …..
Have had a peep at your email—so much good stuff—that I have had to close it down and save it as a treat! Thank you for sending such fab stuff. Craft is a huge community and defies lockdown – it certainly does!
First off, apologies we should have posted last month that the Beads of Courage bags that many of you have made have been delivered to the Children’s ward at UHW by Keris’ daughter in law.
Keris posted last month to say “What a great selection of craft items. Well done everyone. Lots of talented people in our group. I would like to say thank you to all those who made bead bags for the Children’s Ward in the UHW. I have received 102 beautifully made bags which the children are going to love looking at and choosing a special one for themselves. My daughter-in-law, a doctor at the hospital, and the staff in the ward send a big ‘Thank You!’xx
Keris has been busy sewing. She made this cushion with appliqued Japanese blocks as an anniversary present for her son and duaghter in law.
And she has made these lovely toy sacks for the grandchildren. Keris used the bead bag pattern 22″ x 25″ Disney princesses for the girls and Hungry Caterpillar for the boys – fab!
Liz is looking forward to the arrival of her first grandchild later this year so she is busy making some goodies ready for the occasion. This is the first and there will be more….
Chris sent one of her fabric postcards to her grandchildren and grand daughter Pippi was inspired to send one back . This arrived in the post covered in sellotape! what a lovley keepsake.
Chris has been on a bit of a mission this month – more cheery fabric postcards….
….and this collection of doll’s clothes has a lovely story behind it. About 38 years ago Chris made her daughter Hannah a Cloth Kits doll but only made one of the dresses to go with it., Hanhah recently sent mum a link that said that Cloth Kits have re-launched the doll which is called Cloth Kitty. Hannah still has hers, so Chris dug out the remaining pattern pieces and finished them. She had only lost two pieces in all that time which she managed to print using freezer paper and printer. Chris now knows why she only made one dress as they took three days to complete!!
Chris is also definitely in the pink this month with these beautifully re-upholstered soft furnishings
This chair is particularly beautiful
Dianne has been prolific this month making cards, masks, practising her machine embroidery and watercolour painting.
Jan, who sent us the link to the heroic heart tote bag, has made two – this one is lovely cheery colours. Here is the link if you fancy making one
This second Heroic Heart bag was made for Jan’s friend whose husband was taken into a home just on the lockdown as his dementia had escalated. She has not seen him since and she is now on her own in the Clee Hills looking after her mum who is in her 90’s and a 10 acre small holding. Jan feels, that in her mind she is a hero for just hanging on in there and she had the virus too. Her friend loves loves earth colours hence the choice of colours for this 2nd bag.
And, next to the lovely bag is a hat that Jan has made out of an old pair of jeans – the embroidery was already on the fabric so Jan made the most of using it. A great item to be shown at out Make Do & Mend Exhibition!
Jan has also been busy making masks. The animal fabric ones are for her daughter in law who is a vet.
And she made this flag for her grandsons playhouse. The dragon has been cut out on Jan’s new Cricut machine
Sally has made a peekaboo quilt for her eight month old grand nephew. It has hardly dented her stash of fabric and certainly kept her occupied!
Monica has renovated the little sewing box that Janet donated to the group for the Make Do & Mend exhibition. Many thanks to Gill Harris from Sorrento Furnishers, Cowbridge – Monica used fabric samples that she gave to us to cover the top of the box
She has also finished two Luna Lupin UFOs – which has hardly made a dent in the unfinished business in her sewing room!
Created a macrame plant holder….
and another child’s size Japanese folded apron. This time it has been lined with batik fabric. The blue outer fabric is the remains of the denim dyed calico she used for her own apron.
The focus of the month however, has been on making a fabric scroll that records Monica’s activity during lockdown – which includes walking, foraging, baking, gardening and sewing.
Sue has finished her bunting ready for next Christmas and it is looking great!
Janet has been doing a little machine embroidery with inktense crayon colouring to make birthday cards
And making aprons for Christmas presents – this is one of three that she has made
Isobelle has been exprimenting with cyanotype – the bright sunshine we have been enjoying is perfect for trying out this technique.
Pat has been continuing with her Sashiko work and has incorporated it into a bag and espadrilles
And some of our Cardiff members have been making scrubs
Our newest recruit to the group Pam, who we very look forward to meeting soon, has created these lovely trees.
She has been working her way through Katie Essam’s Book on Applique and free machine embroidery. ‘Trees’ is her latest project using most of Katie’s techniques on her own design. Many of the appliqued fabric are from Pam’s own Procion dyed stash. All the green fabrics were too bright, so she over-painted them with brown.
And finally, a neighbour recently showed Monica some beautiful vintage cloths made by her mother and great aunt – who made lace for Buckingham Palace.
Once again, a fabulous record of members achievements in the funny old world in which we find ourselves. Keep the photos coming for next months installment.