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!
Glynis then introduced us to painting with a toilet roll which produced some lovely images of aganpanthus or alliums – whatever takes your fancy.
…..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
Isobelle was busy lino cutting
And Monica was block printing with a new pineapple print block
Another busy and enjoyable day with friends – always a pleasure!
Spring was in the air today which seemed to inspire everyone to get going with their painting projects.
We welcomed Marie and Carol for the first time and were pleased to see that they were enjoying the experience. After trying out fabric dyeing they settled down with Hillary to experiment with the markel sticks
We also welcomed another new recruit – our youngest ever – 2 year old Lydia is an artist in the making!
Salinder was busy colouring fabric ready to create a landscape and also created a wonderful image with a stencil
Corinne created a beautiful image that she plans to turn into a picture for a newly decorated bedroom
Glynis beavered away in the corner and produced a wonderful fish designed fabric
Chris used transfer art paints to create a lobster which we suspect will feature in her new holiday home.
Isobelle showed a book that she had created after following a Linda Kemshall tutorial
Jan produced a beautiful delicate elephant print
Fiona brought some pieces of work that she had machine embroidered – which were delightful.
And she painted a new piece that no doubt wll be worked on further
Monica brought along a border that she had machined embroidered onto hand dyed fabric.
She also showed a book cover that she had made by upcycling an antimacasser which had been hand dyed with procion dyes and embroidered with daffodils – very apt for St David’s Day yesterday!
Monica was also focused on painting pineapples. She used the Scan and Cut machine to make a stencil and then used markel sticks to transfer the image onto fabric
As ever a very productive day – well done everyone!
As ever, after the usual catch up over coffee, there was a great flurry of activity to create and experiment with various paint mediums.
At last month’s meeting there was a suggestion that some might like to create some folk art. Monica had downloaded some images and made stencils with freezer paper and Jan didn’t hesitate to get stuck in to have a go with great results
We look forward to seeing her beautiful image as a finished piece of work.
Ann was busy stencilling a delicate design on some fabric that she had dyed
and helped Salinder with her fabric dyeing
Chris was busy developing on a sea theme – and created these beautiful images after making stencils from freezer paper and colouring with markel sticks
Caroline busied herself experimenting with inktense sticks creating a lovely piece of fabric
And even had time to chat with Fiona who was taking a break from fabric dyeing and stencilling
At the end of the day Fiona had produced a wonderful image with fabric dye and markel sticks
Keris was busy embellishing a book cover ready for her next trip abroad – and very nice it looks too!
And Isobelle brought along a beautiful autumnal wall hanging that she had made using transfer art paints
Yet another action packed day – looking forward to next month already!
Today was our first day back after the festivities and it wasn’t long before everyone was engrossed in activity.There had been a suggestion that members could focus on a Folk Art theme to start the new Tear but it wasn’t obligatory.
We welcomed two visitors Sally and Hilary who decided that they would like to have a go with the transfer art paints and considering they hadn’t done much previously produced some fabric pictures to be proud of.
Fiona experimented with freezer paper and stencils and dyed some fabric using polystyrene balls and elastic bands as resist….
And she brought along a little fabric basket that she had made with some fabric that she dyed at the December meeting – which looked very effective.
Liz used a cardboard leaf stencil and markel sticks to produce a beautiful piece of fabric
Monica cut out a freezer paper dala horse and experimented with acrylics, markel sticks and Jacquard lumiere paints to determine which looked best. She then drew a panel with fabric pens and used inktense pencils to colour in. She also dyed a piece of fabric and used a bird block print.
Caroline tie dyed some fabric and experimented with Jacquard lumiere paints and stencils producing a stunning piece of fabric
All in all – a very busy day but always time for a chat!
Today we had our final session before the Christmas break and as well as enjoying some creativity with our various resources we enjoyed lunch in front of a log fire!!!
Stephanie was focused on creating a wreath for Christmas and it didn’t take long to see how it would take shape
Once again the bark roller was popular and after dyeing her fabric Fiona was busy applying a coat of white bark which had lots of potential for development.
Monica had bought a mitten Christmas decoration because she liked the design and wondered whether it would give a good print. It didn’t take long to find out and there were plenty of suggestions about how it could be used to make advent calendar bunting etc….
Monica tried out a new stencil and was very pleased with the result….
And it was wonderful to see how Corinne had turned her sample pieces into a delightful wall hanging of autumn colours
Hillary also brought a small Christmas wall hanging that she had recently completed. Beautifully finished and when she was asked where she got the pattern from she replied – it was a picture in a children’s colouring book!
After a hard mornings work it was only right that we all enjoyed lunch, mulled wine and mince pies in front of a log fire
At this month’s Cutting Edge session a number of members were busy making a Christmas tree wall hanging ready to hang over the festive season. And whilst everyone was using the same pattern they were all looking very different.
Hillary had reshaped hers from a long rectangle to a square which looked very effective.
Sandra had used green silk and was at the stage of adding her gold diamante which she discovered was quite challenging – and frustating at times – but she persevered and it looks stunning
Chris was busy sewing down the farbric swirls on her tree ….
and Liz was adding the diamante
Lesley was a little frustrated that her bondaweb wouldn’t adhere to her fabric – but kept smiling!
By the end of the day there were a few completed trees – fabulous
And, whilst Dilys wasn’t able to join us today she was busy at home completing her tree!
We wish Dilys a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her at the next meeting
Whilst some were busy ‘doing trees’ others were busy sewing and catching up on the gossip
And, as usual there were some wonderful pieces of work to share at show and tell
Chris had made some fun cushions for grand children using fabric that she had painted at Dyeing to Paint. It was great to see the hand painted fabric being used.
Corinne shared a beautiful embroidered wreath that she had completed
Helen had been to France on a Sheena Norquay course and showed the pieces that she had made there
And Hilary showed everyone a little angel that she had made.
We were pleased to welcome Marie Austin as a new member of the group. Marie was busy making a quilt for her sister.
As ever, a productive day and we look forward to seeing more of the Christmas wallhangings completed in the weeks to come.
P.S Hillary has finished her tree – it looks amazing!