Category: Event

Crafternoon Tea at Lanelay Hall

On Sunday 24 March Monica, Pat and Jan ran a craft session at 2 Wish Upon A Star‘s afternoon tea in Lanelay Hall.

Participants – some of whom had never sewn a stitch in their life – took up the challenge to make a brooch or key ring – or both! The enthusiasm was palpable and before long there were many completed projects and lots of smiley faces! There was much pleasure and satisfaction with the end product. Brooches were soon being worn or keyrings attached to hand bags. Plus, one or two were planning to use their creations as mother’s day gifts.

A lovely afternoon enjoyed by one and all!

Learning How To Make A Simple Print Screen

Today, a small group met to learn how to screen print with simple home made screens.

Karen Teal led the day and gave a great introduction to the various methods and materials that can be used.

She even had her youngest pupil ever in the group!

Digby visited with Nana Dennis and rather enjoyed himself – he created a wonderful masterpiece using acrylic paint and sponge rollers along with stamps and felt pens. He also created another felt pen masterpiece on the floor which sadly had to be erased. We are sure that would not have been the case if Banksy had paid a visit!

Digby has his own Instragram page – digbydrewthis – where we are sure that his latest creation will feature soon!

Back to the screen printing – below are sone of the fabulous pieces that were created…

Fiona’s use of leaves

Jan’s butterflies

Janet’s lovely bird

Maggie’s plants in a pot

Mary’s work

Rosie’s work

Pat’s leaves

Monica’s lovespoon

Stephanie’s work

Tanya’s leaves

Many thanks to Karen for a great day which generated much enthusiasm to continue experimenting at Dyeing to Paint sessions

Quilted Treasures

Today, members of CE visited St Fagans for a talk about quilting and to their surprise and delight it wasn’t just about quilts but quilted clothes and related artefacts from the past were also shown.

We were taken back to the 18th century when women wore quilted petticoats. These were the days before zips, hooks and eyes and press studs and ties were used to keep clothing in place. Neither did clothing didn’t have pockets – they were also tied in place. The photo below is of a quilted petticoat and pockets made from recycled quilted fabric.

A child’s skirt from the same period was also shown.

Next we were shown some lovely little folding needlecases and a handkerchief holder that had been exquisiitely made and preserved. These would probably have been kept in the pockets (above)

We then moved onto the 20th century. In the depression of the 1930s cooperatives were set up in 6 areas of Wales to train women in the art of quilting. The quilts were made and sold to the wealthier population and brought in much needed income.

Individuals could create their own design and Welsh designs evolved.

Wholecloth Sateen

Velvet front

Click here to view a quilt made in 1933 by the Porth Quilting cooperative which was one of 6 quilting groups established by the Rural Industries Bureau to revive the art of quilting in the depressed South Wales valleys.

This bed jacket was made in 1948

and around the same period this nightdress case

In 1951 a large-scale quilting exhibition was staged at St Fagans as part of Wales’ contribution to the Festival of Britain. Billed as ‘the largest, most comprehensive and the most interesting of its kind ever staged in the Principality’, the exhibition showcased the work of 60 contemporary quilters, alongside historic examples from the Museum’s collection and private owners.

This little baby bonnet won 3rd prize in the competition.

This quilt is thought to have been made for a bottom drawer. It has what appears to be a regal centre piece of fleur de Lys and crowns indicating it might have been made around 1911.

And this quilt is more of any every day quilt – well used but also well preserved

A huge vote of thanks to Elen, our host, who took us on a wonderful journey to explore the variety of ways that quilting has been used in the past – backed up with some fascinating Welsh history.

And before we left some of us popped into one of the galleries to see a beautiful 18th century silk gown that is currently being exhibited

Click here to view more examples of the Welsh Quilt Collection.

Crazy Patchwork Creations

Today was the day that some of the members of the group went crazy patchworking with Robi Thomas

There were a variety of things being made – needlecases, sewing bags and cushion covers and some fabulous colour combinations

Corinne was busy with turquise and red….

whilst Keris had started her piece of work off with a lovely Indian fabric and was using some of her batiks for contrast.

Jaci was using brightly coloured batiks for her needlecase

And Mary had chosen some lovely autumn colours for her piece of work

Jan and Caroline were in a blue mood

Kerry was using a brilliant combination of modern fabrics for her cushion cover

whilst Maggie’s cushion cover was being created with vintage fabrics

Sally was busy using lace and fabric which belonged to her grandmother – she plans to make a cushion for her mother’s bed. This photo certainly doesn’t do Sally’s work justice

As well as teaching Robi was also helping to put the eyelets in fabric journals that had recently been made at one of her workshops

And she was very impressed with the ‘bloody good’ case that we have for the eyelet machine!

Finished pieces of work

Corinne has completed her little needle case – and very nice it looks too!

Sissix for Christmas

Today, a small but perfectly formed group met to play with the Sissix and Scan and Cut machine and made headway in creating some unique cards for those special friends.

Corinne and Keris hit the jackpot by cutting fabric on the scan and cut machine without much hassle – well initially anyway.


They then moved on to card making with some fantastic results


Fiona had success in creating frames for the Christmas trees that she had block printed and free machine embroidered. She also brought along sone lovely die cuts and stencils which were popular with the group.


Monica cut out labels on the Scan and Cut machine then added a die cut embellishment.


Liz was well prepared and made some lovely cards. The stag card was innovative. She used a stencil to spray gold stags in the background and then added a die cut stag which had been made with her hand painted card.


Yvonne was busy cutting labels and shapes to take home for more inventive work but produced lovely cards made from squares of paper. A popular design introduced by Corinne


Caroline enjoyed painting card and put it to good use with some beautiful creations….


And, Glynis was on a mission cutting out bunting and letters – looking forward to seeing the completed project soon!


So much to play with and still more – the stamps and heatwave pen hardly got a look in!


A very enjoyable and productive day was had by all – well done everyone!

A Busy Day Finishing Projects

Our UFO day today was busy, busy, busy with members on a mission to finish projects and start new ones.

Jan was beavering away on a bag that she wanted to finish and was planning on putting these wonderful elephants on it.

Jans elephant

She also brought a table runner that she pans to finish but that remains work in progress.

Jans table runner

Stephanie was working with some wonderful Welsh fabric…..


She also brought in her finished WW1 quilt – which is fabulous and now hangs in the hall of fame on our dedicated blog page

Stephanies war quiltweb

Whilst, Catherine progressed with her embroidery.

Catherines embroidery

And Hillary was busy making a bag for her mum’s Christmas present.

Hillary Hill

Hillarys bag

Talking of Christmas, Chris brought along fairy shoes that has made for her grand children.

Chris shoes

And, Corinne got hooked on making Christmas cards….

Corinne and Liz

….producing some beautiful ones…

Corinnes Xmas cards

Monica made Christmas sacks

Reindeer sacks

and finished off a book cover

Kiwi book cover

Finally, Hilary got to have a go on the scan ‘n cut machine – on a mission to make some fabric letters for heart bunting for a new baby girl

Hilarys bunting

A very productive day all round – well done folks!

Commemorative WW1 Quilts on Display in Cowbridge Shop Windows

Today, Monday 2 November, the quilts that our members have made to commemorate those who died in the First World War, are being displayed in shop windows on Cowbridge High Street.

Shops that are participating are listed below

Quilts will be in the window of Ty Hafan Emporium unitl Wednesday 11 November 2015

Quilts will be in the window of Ty Hafan Emporium unitl Wednesday 11 November 2015

Quilts are on display here until Monday 16 Novmber 2015

Quilts are on display at Beauty Within until Monday 16 Novmber 2015

Costa Coffee are displaying our quilts until Monday 16 November 2015

Costa Coffee are displaying our quilts until Monday 16 November 2015

David Barnes Dry Cleaners wil be displaying quilts until Monday 16 November 2015

David Barnes Dry Cleaners will be displaying quilts until Monday 16 November 2015

The Barbers shop display will be taken down on 16 November

The Barbers shop display will be taken down on 16 November

We would like to thank the above shops for their support, which has been invaluable.

And, a big thank you to our quilters for providing a truly memorable tribute to those who lost their lives.

We have also featured in the Gem Newspaper (29 October 2015)

Gem newspaper 29 Oct 2015web

And the Barry Gem

Click here to read the story of the WW1 quilt project

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