Painting on a Rainy Day

Today our small but perfectly formed group met to enjoy another day of painting on fabric and creating which was great fun.

Marjorie was busy making Dorset Buttons.

Majorie dorset Buttin Holes

What are those you may well ask? Well, the Dorset button originates from 18th century Dorset. Originally, they were made on a disc cut from the horn of a Dorset Horn sheep, which was covered with needle-worked thread. Later, however, button makers began using metal rings as the basis for them.

Marjorie has been using a variety of threads and rings (one of which was an earring) and they look stunning.


Click here to access instructions to make them!

Whilst Marjorie was quietly concentrating on her task others dug out their paints, print blocks and stencils to fuel their creative juices.

Pam was on a mission to create colourful backgrounds – we will have to watch this space to see how they develop.

painted backgrounds

This is a brilliant piece with ghost dragonflies and butterflies

Pams painting work

And this design fabric was created after having used the fabric as a cleaning up cloth – looks amazing!

Pam 2

Monica was on a mission trying out Indian print blocks and stencils.

MD stencils

And using a variety of ways of printing swallows. These were created by cutting the shapes out from freezer paper

two birds

This one was created by colouring an image on paper with transfer art paint and then ironing it on to fabric. The tattoo design will be sharpened by using a waterproof ink pen.


As it was raining quite heavily the fabric had to be dried inside. Frances and Glynis used the hairdryer – we weren’t aware that there were varying techniques for the job – but we do now!

Fran hairdryer


All in all a good day was had by all – and when it was time to go home – the sun was shining!


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