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!

Sea Fabric and Paint it!

We weren’t sure whether it was the weather or whether a couple of people had missed recent sessions that today’s session was so frantic. There was queue to try the ice-dyeing

and coating wet painted fabric with salt….

Chris used her piece of salt dyed fabric and stamped sea horses and starfish on it and she mopped up her excess paint to add another interesting piece of fabric to her stash.

She also brought along a pheasant that she is painting onto fabric for the centre piece of a cushion.

Monica tried sun dyeing with polystyrene net from around fruit, which worked well

And she showed a jelly fish that she had been working on…

The fabric is hand dyed and the scan and cut machine had been used to make the jelly fish stencil.

Corinne showed a heron that she had painted with inktense pencils

And Hillary had been busy turning some of her painted fabric into wonderful works of art….

Hillary’s Chives

Hillary’s embroidery

Caroline produced some brilliant pieces of fabric splattered with paint – great for a grafitti wall hanging maybe?

Keris added beach huts to a piece of fabric that she had previously created

She also tried out painting flower heads with a toilet roll…

and created this wonderful piece of fabric from mopping up excess paint

Her love of painting didn’t end there. She took her new knowledge home and shared it with her grandchildren. Here they are painting with toilet rollsto create some wonderful works of art! The new generation of Dyeing to Paint maybe?

Lastly, this piece of fabric was produced from mopping up stray bits of procion powder from the ice dyeing

As always a very enjoyable day with some wonderful creations produced by chance or design!

Ice Dye results

Monica Dennis

A happy accident with black

Jan Webster

Caroline Neudegg

By The Sea Fabric Painting

A loose theme for today’s Dyeing to Paint session was to create something focused on the Seaside. But as ever, it was not obligatory and the results of the day were varied, interesting and creative.

After arriving keen to create shells, lobsters and crabs in textile paints Monica started the day by stencilling an elephant on some ice dyed fabric. The stencil was so irresistable it just had to be done!

She did focus on stencilling shells before being distracted once again by a hen stencil! So many goodies it is hard to resist.

Glynis also created hens.

Corinne brought along a couple of pieces of work in progress…..

Salinder was on a fishy mission as well!

Isobelle block printed a lovely sea horse – lots of sewing potential!

Whilst Hillary patiently cut freezer paper to make beach brolly stencils. So looking forward to seeing how it progresses onto the wonderful piece of fabric that she has painted.

Fiona experimented with a few different things – even snowflakes for Christmas!

And finally, we had another session ice dyeing – looking forward to seeing the results folks.

As always a lovely varied and creative day with lots of pieces of work begging to be developed! Well done averyone and thanks to everyone for sharing their resources.

17 June 2017

Corinne’s Ice Dteing

A Summers Day Sewing

It was a quiet day at Cutting Edge today with a number of people on holiday but there was still a wonderful array of work to be admired.

Gilly and Sally spent the day together creating and chatting to their hearts content. And by the end of the day Sally had made two bags.

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Corinne was proud of a tea cosy she had knitted – and rightly so!

She showed the group a small wall hanging that she had completed. She painted and stamped the fabric at Dyeing to Paint and then finished it off with hand and machine embroidery.

And Stephanie was working on a piece that she started at Dyeing to Paint

Jaci was on a mission making spec holders – great idea and so practical!

Marie showed a lovely wall hanging and two bibs that she had recently completed.

And Keris was busy doing a red work picture for one of her grand children

Steph, a new visitor to the group showed a beautiful bead bracelet that she had made.

Amanda was busy finishing a hexagon quilt – lovely colours!

And Chric M. seems to have moved on from teddies to bunnies – beautiful!

As well as group members we welcomed 4 visitors to the group. Jaci McQuillan, Caroline Leonard and Amanda Randall made a return visit and we welcomed Steph Smith for the first time. We hope they had an enjoyable day and we look forward to seeing them again soon

Ice and a Slice!

At today’s Dyeing to Paint session we tried out ice dyeing – a simple process that requires fabric, Procion dies, soda solution and ice – not any old ice mind you – we used M&S ice cubes!

Ice Dyeing

roll….

Glynis then introduced us to painting with a toilet roll which produced some lovely images of aganpanthus or alliums – whatever takes your fancy.

Hillary Hill

Liz Price

…..and cotton wool buds to paint lovely wisteria flowers

And, if that wasn’t enough there was a flurry of activity to dye fabric with Indian Inks

Hillary Hill making waves

Isobelle was busy lino cutting

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And Monica was block printing with a new pineapple print block

Another busy and enjoyable day with friends – always a pleasure!

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Corinne Roberts

Hillary Hill

Liz Price

Variety is the Spice of Life

Cutting Edge sessions are always a busy affair and today was no exception.

Those around the table were busy working on various projects and catching up for a chat with friends. Brenda, Bridget and Carol were busy quilting..

Carol

Bridget

Brenda

Others were busy discussing a planned community war quilt. What colour fabrics, threads etc. How can we make the poppies? Liz seemed to have a plan…

And the Scan ‘n Cut and Sissix machines were available to play with!

Monica cut out some letters..

… and a seahorse which will be turned into a stamp block for an up and coming Dyeing to Paint workshop

She also showed the group a cushion that she had made using a Sissix machine die cut

Caroline was on a mission to finish some cushions that she plans to give to her Russian visitors who are coming next week

At Show and Tell Jan showed the group a denim bag that she had made for her sister. She embellished it with the most beautiful machine embroidery

Jeannie showed a stunningl quilt that she was completing

Brenda showed a stunning cross stitch that she had done of her grandchildren.

And Corrine showed a stitched picture that she had made at the recent Alison Moger workshop.

More photos of the work that was created at Alison Moger’s workshop can be viewed here

How lucky we are to have such a talented and friendly group to share our passion of sewing with!

Creative Stitched Pictures

Today we welcomed Alison Moger to lead us through a workshop to create pictures with scraps of fabric and machine stitch. And inspiration from seeing Alison’s work inspired those attending to produce some wonderful pieces of work which are showcased below….

Carol Evans

Marie Austin

Amanda Randall

Beti Kemp

Jaci McQuillan

Monica Dennis

Liz Price

Carol Bartlett

Chris Dobson

Sally Wood

Nia Richards

Jan Webster

A very enjoyable day which produced pieces of work to be proud of – well done everyone!