Category: Fabric painting

Never a Dull Moment at DtP

It might be a damp, dull and drizzly day but you could never say that DtP was in any way similar. There is always lots of chatter to start the day and plenty of laughter and enjoyment once everyone has focused on their latest idea

Chris was no exception – she was busy on a sea theme for 2020 – drawing and colouring an octopus which was looking fabulous by the end of the day

Janet was busy block printing a calico bag for her sister who has just started keeping bees! And waht a perfectly clear image has been achieved

Dawn was busy painting backgrounds and showed her ice dyeing from last time – which was a great success

She had also made some lovely cards using some of her painted paper from last month – with the addition of fabric scraps and free machine embroidery

Monica tried out Mary’s new Indian wood block – such a fabulous design and destined to cecome a book cover once embroidered. Could be featured in the Make Do & Mend exhibition as the fabric was taken from an old duvet!

Jan was busy painting fabric for a later quilting project

Dianne was experimenting with stencils on a piece of ice dyed fabric she created last month – and plans to do a bit of free machine embroidery on the mandelas

Alison and Steph decided to have a go with the new lino cutting kit and produced some lovely images. Alion was planning to make some cards which is a great idea

Steph also had a go with a stamp that she found in the resource box and embellished the image with pencil colours – which gave it a great lift!

Meanwhile Corinne and Keris were quietly beavering away in the corner watercolour painting on fabric – can’t wait to see the finished pieces of work.

Another great month where the creative juices flow and we can enjoy some lovely pieces of work – well done everyone!

Ice Dyeing And All That Jazz!

Today’s Dyeing to Paint was a bit full on with a ice dyeing and experimenting with the new Koh – i – Noor paints to create vibrant backgrounds which will hopefully will be turned into lovely pieces of work in the not too distant future

It could be argued that it wasn’t the right sort of the day to ice day – or – as it was a frosty morning outside maybe it was. Either way the ice making machine came out, the fabric was soaked in soda ash and everyone was eager to get going with the procion dyes.

And, after that flurry of an introduction I am afraid that you are going to have to wait to see the results – as the ice takes it’s time to dissolve taking with it the dyes into the fabric. Meantime – here is a photo of the merry band of ice dyers at work!

This was followed by yet another activitiy – to texture paper with tissue to create a background ready for painting. And not just any old painting – the fun part was using a straw to move it around the textures created with the tissue. A great exercise which allowed for some time out for a coffee and a chat whilst the paper dried…..

Or…. using the hairdryer to quicken the process!

And here are some of the lovely images that were created

Next month the plan is to stencil over the background ready for stitching – great fun!

Finally Monica was trying out a lino cut that she had made of an INdian stencil design – destined as a design for a book cover in the future

Another wonderful creative day with lovely takented people – what more could we want? And- we were thrilled to welcome and enjoy the company of Dianne and Clare today. We look forward to seeing them again soon!

Dyeing to Paint the New Year in!

Dyeing to Paint reconvened on Monday 6 January with a small group eager to catch up for a chat after the festive break…..and eventually some creativity!

It was lovely to welcome Steph Gavin , who dropped by to see what we get up to. She enjoyed having a play with the Koh-i-Norr paints, seeing what others get up to and plans to return – which is great. We look forward to seeing her.

Steph experimenting with the Koh-i-Noor colour palette

Fiona – as always – was on a mission craeting a vision in green, painting background layout paper which we suspect will feature soon in some lovely completed work of art. We did notice as well that she had her favourite paint roller by her side!

Fiona – a vision in green!

The Koh-i-Noor palette was popular. Liz decided that she would have a go with them and produced some lovely stencilled pieces of fabric

Dawn was also using stencils and produced some lovely clear images

Maggie was experimenting with the gelli plate over a previouly stencilled piece of fabric – which worked very well

And Monica tried out the gelli plate with stencils – which she then overlaid and highlighted with markel stiks. The images are created on layout paper which can be sewn into – something new to try!

She also tried out her new parrot Indian wood block – bought on a recent trip to St Andrews – and which reminded her of the green parrots in the gardens of the Taj Mahal

Keris couldn’t put her hands on her Dyeing to Paint bag after the Christmas festivities but ever resourceful brought her Christmas cards to recycle for next year. And how fabulous they look too!

And Corinne continued with her little mixed media book, which now includes little cut outs from a 1992 M&S diary that she found on the shelf at home – and which go perfectly with the theme of her book

The usual informal and creative day at Dyeing to Paint that we have come to know and love. And so much more to come!!!!!

A Festive Meet and Dine!

Our December meeting not only demonstrated the groups sewing talents but also a talent for producing a delicious festive lunch!

But before lunch there was opportunity to finish off Christmas projects and to enjoy seeing projects recently completed

There were a number of Christmas decorations being made…..

Sally, who is in the picture, was making Nordic stars for a reunion event. Caroline was making decorations from hexagons and Janet was making a lovely fabric decoration embellished with buttons.

Janet had completed her red work bunting

And Sue was well on her way with hers

Kerry was also busy making bunting from a kit she had bought overseas

Mary was making lovely peg doll fairies

Truda was making lovely felt birds (the picture doesn’t do them justice!)

And Keris was making a stocking for a grandchild

Some had moved on from Christmas and there were a variety of lovely projects on the go

Fiona was focused on embroidering painted flowers

Dawn was using prints that she had done at Dyeing to Paint to learn embroidery stitches – under the expert guidance of Truda

She had also brought in her dinky Singer sewing machine for everyone to take a peek at

And Monica had been experimenting with Inktense pencils and stencilled organza on a vintage cloth

There were also some lovely pieces of completed work at Show and Tell

Frances brought along another two of thirteen quilts that she had recently completed

Corinne had finished her Christmas tree from last year

Janet had completed a Polar Bear project

Dilys, along with others who had contributed, was thanked for her input into the embroidered tablecloth which is part of the Make Do & Mend project. It is progressing well and there is not too much left to do. A suggestion was made that those who had done some of the sewing should embroider their name on the edge of the cloth. This will be done in the New Year

A Make Do & Mend Show and tell is also planned in January and members are encouraged to bring along anything they have made in the last year from recycled or scraps of fabric

Yet another wonderfully creative day with oodles of delicious dishes to soothe the soul. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to make it such and enjoyable and memorable event.

Wishing everyone a happy and joyful Christmas and looking forward to more of the same in the New Year!

Final Fling Before Christmas

Another lovely day at Dyeing to Paint with Christmas still a popular theme!

Rosie was busy making cards for her grand children – with lots of sparkle!

And Fiona was on a mission making wrapping paper – a labour of love for that special gift for that special person!

And Dawn treated us to some yummy mince pies made by her husband on a very special wicker tray made by Dawn!

Whilst Christmas was definitely in the air there were others busy working on various interesting projects

Jan was trying out a new Sissix Die Cut using tweed fabrics and then she moved on to a 12 days of Christmas project

Keris and Corinne were continuing to fill the pages of their mixed media books – love the birds!

Dawn was busy perfecting the use of Indian Wood Blocks and stamps – with great success

And, Caroline was trying out a new Indian wood block

Pat was busy on another piece of work using her Inktense pencils. Below is a piece that she has finished with free machine embroidery

And Monica was trying out the Brusho paints – which seem to be quite vivid on paper

All entwined with the usual banter and cheer!

Merry Christmas everyone!

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That!

Today’s Dyeing to Paint was, as always, varied – some painting and printing, some sewing and a new interest in the Sissix machine – probably because Christmas is on the way!

Fiona was using her Gelli plate and stencils on layout paper and plans to stitch into the images

Janet and Pat were also experimenting with layout paper

And Pat was using her Inktense pencils on fabric and paper

Mary was making Christmas cards using musical paper that she had printed off the computer and the robin stamp = which is very popular

Isobelle was busy drawing

Rosie was creating gingerbread men which is destined to become bunting

And Corinne and Keris were progressing with their little books

Meanwhile Liz and Jan were quietly beavering away in the corner sewing. Liz was focused on finishing her fabric coiled pot and Jan was busy working on her advent calendar

Another lovely day of creativity – well done folks!

Christmas is Creeping Up!

Yesterday’s Dying to Paint Session was as productive as ever with a focus on various topics, including Christmas!

Pat seems to have mastered the art of marbling and produced some amazing samples

Corinne and Keris were working on garden books that they started to make last year with Frances Pickering. And these lovely birds will be included in the books

And Jan not only printed peacock feathers she started to embellish them as well

Chris was trying out techniques to transfer a telephone image onto fabric

And Fiona and Jan were busy getting ready for Christmas – so organised!

The usual busy and enjoyable day painting, stamping and printing with friends – what more could you want!

Dyeing to Chatter!

Today, a small but perfectly formed group met to paint – well chat and then paint – so much to catch up on – holidays, quilt shows. workshops to name but a few things.

And after a few comments along the lines of ‘I don’t know what to do’ everyone soon got into the swing of things once more

Liz was busy making cards for the exhibition – and likely to be very popular as they look lovely

Monica had also made some cards and was printing fabric to make more. And she also stencilled and Procion dyed some fabric

Chris was busy using her Inktense to colour prints on her fabric – Christmas is coming early this year!

And Fiona was stencilling

Corinne was making a lovely little book

Isobelle was creating collagraph plates – looking forward to seeing the prints sometime soon

And Alison decided to give Procion Dyeing a go on a silk scarf

So, not a bad day all things considered! Looking forward to next time already

But first we have our exhibition to look forward to – Old hall Pop Up Shop 17-21 September 10am – 4pm – look forward to seeing you there!

An Extra Dyeing to Paint Session

Today’s DtP session was additional to our usual schedule – we just couldn’t wait until September before meeting up again!

And as usual, there were masses of wonderful ideas and creative juices were flowing.

Pat was on a mission marbling – with amazing results

And she was busy trying out Indian wood block printing

Rosie was printing fabric which she planned to use for making cards

And showed us her lovely recently completed denim bag

Liz was painting fabric which she intends to use to make gift tags

And Maggie was experimenting with stencils

Monica painted paper and then stencilled over it – another idea for making cards

And Caroline was using Indian print blocks. She is planning to overdye the fabric with Procion dyes in the future

As usual, a flurry of activity with lots of plans to use the papers and fabrics created today. Looking forward to September’s session already!