Well… today was a day to be noticed for our Dyeing to Paint members as they kicked off the new term with brand new aprons – how smart they look! And, lots of potential for customising them with some paint and print over the coming months.
Having had a summer break there was lots to talk about – our wonderfully successful exhibition in Swansea, holidays, family etc. etc. – along with a cuppa of course- so it was a while before anyone got down to the nitty gritty of putting the aprons to good use.
But Sally paved the way
And it wasn’t long before there was some wonderful pieces of work being created using stencils, thermofax screen prints and print blocks.
Then….. as if by magic it was Christmas!
Where did that year go?
Yesterday was just perfect for trying out sun dyeing and members of the group were extremely pleased with the results they got from their efforts
We are not sure what Isobelle is going to do though with the mish mash of images she created i.e. potato masher, feet shapes and leaves??
In addition to the sun dyeing there was experimentation with new plastic moulded templates that we recently acquired, which gave some fab designs to work on
Caroline spent the whole day stencilling shells on tea towels with markel stiks. The towels are going to be prizes at next weeks St Hilary Bake Off competition
And Glynis was trying out some new stencils that she had bought
Monica seemed to be eager for autumn….
Tanya was very pleased with her attempt at tie dye. She achieved her pattern with polystyrene balls and elastic bands. There was a suggestion that she could show us all how to do it next time!
It was great to see that all this beautifully created fabric is being put to good use. Janet showed some cards that she had made from fabric she printed at the last session and Keris showed a beautiful sea horse that she had embroidered onto a piece of fabric that she had previosuly sundyed with salt
Her seahore will be exhibited in Tapestri cafe in August
We now have a break to enjoy the rest of the summer. We will be back in action again on the 6 September
There was much variety at today’s Dyeing to Paint session. We started with an ice dyeing session which is always great fun – apart from having to wait such a long time to see the results – i.e. waiting for the ice to melt!
Whilst waiting for the fabric to soak in the soda and for the ice making machine to make the ice there was much activity creating some wonderful pieces of fabric with the paint rollers……
and not forgetting a bit of procion fabric dyeing thrown in…..
And the prize for not wasting any paints and dyes goes to Fiona this month who created this fantastic piece of fabric by mopping up the excess of the tablecloth. So much potential for a fabulous piece of work which we look forward to seeing soon!
As always a great day and lovely that Rosie and Janet were able to join us – we hope that you enjoyed your day
At yesterday’s Dyeing to Paint session we experimented with painting bondaweb which was used to create some small pieces of work to be enhanced with free machine embroidery.
After a good scrunch the bondaweb was painted – many with metallic acrylics. It was then chopped and applied to a felt or fabric to make an abstract work of art. Some also applied sweet papers and foil to give a bit of extra shimmer!
All that was left to do then was to take it home, cover it with organza and apply some free machine embroidery to finish it off. Salinder is already on the case!
In addition to an abstract Sally created some beautiful fish with her bondaweb
Whilst many were beavering away on the bondaweb others were experimenting with procion dyes and Fiona was busy working with Indian print blocks which were looking fab
Looking forward to seeing some finished pieces soon!
There was no specific theme to today’s Dyeing to Paint which meant that there was a blank canvas for creativity – and as ever, there were some amazing pieces of work produced.
Fiona brought along some wonderful postcards that she had made for the Tapestri cafe exhibition
And, having exhausted the sea theme she is moving on to experimenting with other ideas. She printed and stencilled on this piece of fabric and over dyed with procion dye which produced a vibrant piece of fabric
Monica also had a go with procion dye. this piece was first stencilled with opaque fabric paint and then overdyed with procion dye
and had some beautiful pieces of fabric that she had printed on the computer from photos. They will look amazing when they have been stitched into – watch this space!
She is also busy making a collage and after chatting with isobelle she has backed her paper photos with vilene -which has enabled her to stitch and complete her project – well done both – great collaboration and sharing of knowledge and skills.
Liz brought along a piece of work that she has recently completed. It was started when we bought the Wendy Dolan textured landscape book and she has certainly done herself proud with this finished piece. It will certainly be included in the Tapestri cafe exhiibition!
Today she painted a wonderful piece of fabric and a fishy piece!
Sally also printed some amazing fish with a hand made stencil
Keris had bought some die cuts on her recent travels which she was determined to make work on fabric – which turned out to be a success.The neat cut was achieved by applying heat and bond to the back of the fabric before putting it through the Sissix machine
Fran was busy drawing poppies…..
And Glynis was producing some beautiful flowers
We also welcomed two special visitors today. Alison joined us to have a go and did a grand job experimenting with the paints…. and the hairdryer!
And baby Digby dropped by to say hello! Having parents as artists he was more than intrigued with what was going on!
As ever, a brilliant day of creativity and banter. Looking forward to more of the same next month.
For a variety of reasons including luxurious holidays to warmer climates, looking after grandchildren and the less fortunate suffering with illness there were only six DtP members present on 1 February.
However, a good day was had by all and it was great to see that the majority of the time was spent on coastal scenes which will no doubt feature in our forthcoming Swansea Festival of Stitch exhibition which is being held at the Tapestri cafe in August
Corinne was busy developing an Arctic background scene for a polar bear and Glynis was in a warmer climate with beach huts and boats….
Whilst at the other end of the world in New Zealand and Australia Keris was keeping an eye out for ideas for both herself and the group. She reported that she has found a seahorse pattern – and some Christmas patterns that might be of interest to the group for a festive members day session later in the year!
And although Hillary wasn’t able to make DtP last week she has been busy making some fabulous sea themed cushions to go with a quilt that she has recently made.
What an industrious crew we all are!
Well done folks – keep up the good work
Today’s Dyeing to Paint got off to a flying start after New Year wishes had been exchanged and everyone had caught up on news of the festiivities over a tea or coffee.
Sally was on a mission with foam brushes and stencils creating some ‘happy accidents’
Fiona was in full flow with her favourite roller and her new favourite stencil, which others also took a shine too
Monica was also engrossed in stencilling using some she had made and some kindly loaned by Glynis and Fiona
Caroline was busy making more fabric to go with the others that she had painted at a previous session
She wasn’t the only one with a stash of fabrics that need to be used and there was a comment that we perhaps need to get together one day just to focus on creating some art quilts, particularly as many of the pieces were sea themed and would fit nicely into the theme of the forthcoming exhibition – no pressure girls!
Meanwhile Glynis painted some fabulous seed heads
Corinne stencilled Dutch houses
And Jan was quietly beavering away recycling her Christmas cards!
As always great fun. Well done everyone!