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!

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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!

A Mix of Activity

Today’s Dyeing to Paint was, as ever busy with a variety of resources being used to try out new techniques.

Isobelle was experimenting with her gelli plate

and Glynis was creating a sunny picture – love the figures Glynis!

Others tried out the new Thermofax screen to create shell images

And there were some beautiful sea landscapes created

Meanwhile, Sally was getting ahead of herself ready for Christmas!

and Liz and Corinne were busy getting the Bosal ready for next weeks members day

Another happy day in the land of creativity. Well done folks!

Screenprinting at Printhaus

On Saturday 21 October Isobelle and Monica spent the day screenprinting at the Printhaus in Cardiff. They had a wonderful time learning from a great tutor who skillfully led the through the process with good outcomes.

Isobelle focused on an image of the Staffordshire Hoard that she is planning to use for a piece of textile art work that is in the making.

Isobelle’s work

Monica chose to create an orchid image on paper and fabric….


A very worthwhile day – and thinking about a return visit in the not too distant future!

A Sew Happy Sewing Day!

Today’s session was, as usual busy, with members paying subscriptions and booking into workshops. And there was no shortage of nimble fingers busy creating alongside lots of chatter.

First off it was lovely to be able to welcome Jaci McQuillan, Amanda Randall and Caroline Leonard as new members to the group. We also welcomed Julie and Jane as guests for the day. We hope they enjoyed their visit.

It was great to see so many Project Linus blocks either being sewn together or handed in as they were completed. Many thanks to those who have given their time and skill.

And whilst on the topic of Project Linus Jeannie showed two beautiful quilts that she had made for the charity.

Liz was busy preparing for Friday’s community sewing session in the Lesser Hall, Cowbridge. And, Truda was a great fount of knowledge and wisdom to call upon.

Chris was busy adding the finishing touches to a daisy bookwrap that she recently made at Dyeing to Paint

and others brought their book completed wraps along to show. Apologies to those of you who were missed off the photo call!

Truda showed a lovely little book cover that she made earlier – twenty years earlier in fact!

Caroline showed a quilt a ‘pink themed’ quilt that she had made

and this is Jane’s first attmept at a quilt – wonderful colours Jane!

Amanda had made a lovely advent calendar

Fran shared a picture she had made at a recemt Hilary Beattie workshop

and Helen had been busy making baby clothes which will soon be winging their way to Australia. Such talent in the group – it is incredible!

Last but not least we said our farewells to Gilly who is moving to Cambridgeshire which she assures us is sadly lacking in sewing groups! We will all miss her cheery outlook and incredible sewing skills and wish her well in her new life.

Jan most of all will miss Gilly but Gilly assures us that Jan is on the way to being a whizz at skyping!

Another great day, with many more to come!

New Toys to Paint With!

There is always something new to play with at Dyeing to Paint and today’s session was no exception. There were new Gelli plates, Pebeo paints and stencils which soon got snapped up by members of the group.

Jan was thrilled with the new Indian stencil and once she had mastered the application of the paints there was no stopping her!

Keris was also engrossed with the indian stencil and plans to use some her prints for a book cover that she is making.

Liz, Chris and Caroline were engrossed in making a daisy book wrap using the knowledge they had gained at the recent Angie Hughes workshop. There was a lot of muttering going on along the way though as no-one seemed to be able to remember how to apply the paint-but they were coming along nicely by the end of the day.

Fiona has moved swiftly from summer to Christmas. She cut the stencil for the green Christmas trees by hand and the snowflakes are printed from a stencil made on the scan ‘n cut machine.

The scan ‘n cut machine in recent months has been a bit of a nightmare, one way or another but today Monica, Corinne and Isobelle were thrilled that they were able to cut stamps from funky foam and stencils with mylar stencil sheets. The machine worked like a dream – probably something to do with the fact that Corinne has updated it and bought a new power lead. Fingers crossed that we won’t be disappointed next time.

Isobelle managed to try out one of the stencils on her gelli plate …

and created these wonderful prints with a potato masher and builders adhesive stickers!

Fran was busy dyeing and printing some wonderful pieces of fabric and she also brought her finished Daisy Book Wrap along to show the group. The centre image below is Frans fabric that she uses to soak up paint when she is working – how amazing – and colourful!

Corinne brought along a fabric mosaic picture that she has created which is beautiful

And Monica was seeking advice over a wallhanging that is work in progress. Thanks guys for all the useful comments!

We even managed to spare a little time to learn how to make fabric beads!

All in all, a great day of experimentation and innovation by a very talented group of people!

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

Monica’s book

Monica embellished her book with hot fix diamante which seems to have worked well

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!