Fabric Journal Workshop

Today was the first day of our fabric journal workshop which was expertly facilitated by Robi Thomas from Swansea. Robi is one of the key organisers of the Swansea Festival of Stitch, an event not to be missed.

Group with Robi

Robi brought a selection of her books for inspiration and to understand what was needed, which helped to get people going

And it wasn’t long before there were some beautiful creations emerging with a variety of themes….

And by the end of the day there was a wonderful selection of work in progress to share

Still a long way to go before the finished articles appear – but judging by today’s efforts it will certainly be worth the wait. Watch this space!

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A Flying Start to the New Year!

The first CE session got off to a flying start today with great enthusiasm to be involved in various projects that are on the go.

In the far corner of the room a small group worked hard during the day to prepare the Project Linus blocks for quilt as you go and were extremely grateful to those who offered to take a strip home to sew them together.

And there was great enthusiasm to make the fabric windmills for the Swansea Festival of Stitch exhibition which takes place in August. What wonderful a splash of colour they are going to make. Many thanks to Sally for bringing her fabric stash along for us to use and many thanks to those who bought some of the fabric. £87 was raised which Sally plans to donate to a breast cancer charity.

Others were busy on various project – many of which are sea themed – I wonder why!!!

Hillary was making cushions to go with a quilt that she has recently made

Chris was embellishing some images that she created at last weeks Dyeing to Paint

Sally was sewing a fish which some lovely fabric that she said used to be her sister’s curtains!

Our guest Janet was busy making fabric windmills in a quilt as you go technique – what a coincidence!

Fiona showed everyone a beautiful bag she had made – it looks as though it is quilted but but the panels are painted!

And Jane showed a quilt that she has recently completed. Love the colours

A busy and productive day. Many thanks to everyone for their support which, as always, is very much appreciated!

Boundless Energy at Today’s Dyeing to Paint

Today’s Dyeing to Paint got off to a flying start after New Year wishes had been exchanged and everyone had caught up on news of the festiivities over a tea or coffee.

Sally was on a mission with foam brushes and stencils creating some ‘happy accidents’

Fiona was in full flow with her favourite roller and her new favourite stencil, which others also took a shine too

Fioba Brook

Monica was also engrossed in stencilling using some she had made and some kindly loaned by Glynis and Fiona

Caroline was busy making more fabric to go with the others that she had painted at a previous session

Caroline Neudegg

She wasn’t the only one with a stash of fabrics that need to be used and there was a comment that we perhaps need to get together one day just to focus on creating some art quilts, particularly as many of the pieces were sea themed and would fit nicely into the theme of the forthcoming exhibition – no pressure girls!

Meanwhile Glynis painted some fabulous seed heads

Glynis Senter

Corinne stencilled Dutch houses

Corinne Roberts

And Jan was quietly beavering away recycling her Christmas cards!

Jan Webster

As always great fun. Well done everyone!

A Jolly Christmas Lunch

Today’s CE session was mainly focused on yuletide festivities with a yummy Christmas lunch provided by group members. As usual there was a wonderful variety of delicious dishes to enjoy.

We also has delicious mulled wine prior to lunch which was lovingly prepared by our domestic goddess Sandra.

Before lunch however, there was lots of chatter and some even managed to catch up on a bit of sewing.

And we also had some show and tell projects to enjoy

Amanda brought a Christmas sack and stocking that she had recently made at a Sew Lovely workshop in Penarth and a lovely stitched piece of work that she had completed.

Jane showed a pretty quilt top that she had made

The day finished with a surprise package from Secret Santa with lots of good wishes

Thank you to everyone who contributed to lunch and helped make the day so enjoyable

Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Christmas By The Sea!

18 days to Christmas and today’s Dyeing to Paint was focused on the sea! Well nearly all were except Keris and Corinne who were busy making wooden desorations for a driftwood tree that they had made at a recent workshop.

The circles had been cut by Corinnes husband using the trunk of a Christmas tree and then decorated with images made from small biscuit cutters and wooden card embelliehments. They look fab and will certainly make the tree look very festive!

Whilst they were busy beavering away on Christmas others were painting, stenciling and stamping on fabric to create seascape pieces of fabric for use in collages.

Caroline created some wonderful shell fabric using stencils

Glynis produced a wonderful background for a seascape and an expertly stamped piece of fabric

…whilst kept a keen eye on her drying line outside.

Fiona was busy creating various pieces of fabric with her favourite paint roller and brusho paint. She also painted some bondaweb for a future project

She also continued with work in progress

and brought along two lovely little books that she had made using the technique learnt at a recent Angie Hughes workshop

Monica tried out some of the many stencils in Glynis’ hoard.

The compass is likley to be used as a centre piece in a cushion. The rope is particularly attracive and hopefully likely to be used again.

The wave stencil was hand cut on mylar stencil and the fish fabric was created using an indian woodblock.

A busy day all round which was finished off with some yuletide cheer before departing for the Christmas break.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Christmas is Coming!

It was a busy day at Cutting Edge today not only sewing wise but welcoming guests who dropped in to see what we get up to. And the great news is that we have welcomed four of them as new members! They are:

-Pat Earing
-Rosie Savage
-Janet Green and
-Frances Folley who has previosuly been a regular member of Dyeing to Paint. It is great that she is back now she has retired.

Whilst there were various projects on the go there was a distinct feeling that Christmas was in the air.

Dilys and Liz had their heads down most of the day making a Christmas table decoration as they weren’t able to get to the members day last week.

Whilst others showed off ones they had completed

Hillary showed everyone a beautiful little Christmas quilt that she had made

Corinne had made a beautiful Christmas tree out of Suffolk puffs

And Jane had been busy making some lovely little Christmas decorations

Other work that attracted attention was Pat’s bargello quilt which is near completion

Lesley’s autumn leaves quilt and fabric dog collar

Salinder’s completed pink quilt

Monica’s wrap which she forgot to model during morning prayers!

And Stephanie brought some of her coastal quilts to show – which will be fab for our exhibition next year

These two quilts won an award at a quilt show

And as if this was not enough we have received all the Project linus blocks back – THANK YOU so much everyone for generously giving your time. All that's left to do now is to sew it up!

Another busy day with lots of chatter and sharing of knowledge and skills – well done folks!

How Will You Wear Yours?

Today we held a day for members to create a table decoration for the festive season – or otherwise, depending on what you would like to use it for?

The day started well with heads down and an eagerness to get going – and before long there was a complaint that the noise from the machines made it difficult to have a chat??!

Despite the noise there was a lot of chatter and time to wander round to see what everyone was up to….

And, by the end of the day there were some beautiful completed table decorations

Caroline Leonard

Salinder Gammage

Marie Austin

Sylvana Mason

Chris Dobson

Caroline Neudegg

This could be the ?third wreath that Liz has made and it looks stunning.

Liz Price

Some however,appeared to be heading for another use…..

Glynis thought she could wear hers for her son’s wedding?

Glynis Senter

Lesley though she would put herself forward to be Santa’s Little Helper

Lesley Halliwell

And Monica just thought she would like a glitsy hat for Christmas….

Monica Dennis

All we are short of now is a lampshade and a Christmas tree skirt

It was brilliant that so many were completed and the rest are not far off completion – well done everyone. We look forward to seeing them soon!

All that’s left is to say a huge thank you to Liz and Corinne for giving their time so generously to make it such an enjoyable day!