Category: Meeting

Breathtaking Creativity!

Well….. where to start providing a report on today’s Cutting Edge Session.

There was so much going on it’s difficult to know where to start. Maybe first of all we should mention our guest Sheila who was visiting for the second time – was busy making Luna Lupin – a cute little bunny who was sitting pretty waiting for Easter!

whilst sewing machines buzzed around the room with their owners focused on some wonderful projects

Janet was busy making little bags with some fabric she had stamped and painted (along with her conservatory wall!)

Fiona was finishing off this lovely little row of houses that she had started to make at a Bristol workshop

And Dilys was busy finishing a jelly roll quilt – the first in 15 months

On the topic of finishing things that had been lying around a while – Keris was working on a cushion that was made from an old pair of curtains – a good one for Make Do & Mend!

Julie had brought a quilt that she started 15 years ago and had decided that it was about time she got on and finished it!

Isobelle was basting a quilt together that will go to her grand daughter when completed

And Lesley was busy working on a quilt for her daughter who is cycling in the Women’s International team at the Tour de France – very apt fabrics!

There was also work underway trying out fabrics for the forthcoming day when some will be making the denim (or other fabric of choice) bag. Pat had been trying out leather for the bag’s panels

And Monica had worked up some samples of denim crazy patchwork

The bag workshop is also designed to fit in with the group’s current project of Make Do & Mend

As does the sanitary bag project initiated last month to support Caroline (Neudegg’s) daughter who is currently working as a midwife in Hyderabad. Members had been busy since last month sewing sanitary pads and/or making bags to carry them in and there were more donations of knickers today. The generosity of group members knows no bounds when a call is put out for assistance – and always very much appreciated – so a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone involved

Other fantastic support shown today for the Make Do and Mend project came from Truda who has embroidered the dragons on a linen tablecloth. Truda is now passing the tablecloth on to Brenda and Margaret for their very welcome embroidery expertise.

Elaine also gave tremendous support by knitting an beautiul outfit for a doll that was donated to the group.

There were a number of finished projects on show after Morning Prayers

Caroline (Leonard) showed a beautiful quilt made from William Morris fabrics

Glynis had made this lovely blanket from some fleece squares that were donated by Julie Wiliams at Ty Hafan. The blanket will be given back to Julie so that she can sell it in the shop

Marie showed this lovely holdall that she had made from scraps of Liberty fabric

Monica had made a felt sheep from a pattern that Truda had shared with her…..

And Pat had made this amazing leather bag. The front panel is fabric stencilled by Pat at a DtP session

And, a final note on Make Do & Mend. After the last session Amanda and Monica were talking about Pigeon Post in WW2 and no sooner had Amanda got home she had sketched a few ideas.

And after the last DtP session Monica had a go at tea dyeing with rusty nuts and bolts after seeing Karen’s samples. The results have inspired her to draft up an idea and Monica shared her plans today – bearing in mind they could still change! The tea dyed fabric will be used along with a fabric map of Cardiff WW2 bombings to create a piece of work on an antimacasser in a hoop….

Watch this space!

So, all in all it was a breathtakingly creative day – lively and fun with bucket loads on enthusiasm – well done everyone!

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A Quiet Day at Dyeing to Paint

Another lovely day at Dyeing to Paint with bundles of enthusiasm to create some lovely fabrics. However, there was a comment about how quiet it was with some of our lovely members missing… all for various reasons.

It was lovely however, to see Alison and Salinder back and eager to get stcuk in. Alison’s husband has just retired so she thought she would refashion one of his work shirts – the focus being time – waits for no man? or now he has all of the time in the world – we are sure all will be revealed in due course!

Jan was busy transferring an image onto fabric through her light box so that she could paint it

Isobelle was busy practicising with her gelli plate

Keris was stencilling a tree with an unusual stencil that she had borrowed from Glynis

And Fran was stencilling hibiscus onto fabric

Monica was preparing fabric for her India project using a cake stencil of peacock feathers

And she was trying out some new stencils and stamps. The little birds are destined to be stitched and used for making cards!

Karen brought along some experimental work which interested a number of people in the group. She had dyed silk and cotton with tea (Earl Grey works well apparently!) and then tied rusted bolts into the fabric to achieve the amazing results below

As anticipated there was interest in having a go so we will be ordering silk scarves for next months meeting for those who would like to experiment – looking forward to it already!

A Make Do & Mend Sort of Day!

Having recently launched our current project of Make Do & Mend today’s activity fitted in really well whilst also enabling us to support a very worthwhile charity.

After sending out a call for assistance to make sanitary pads for women in India who have little in the way of resources we were thrilled with the response. An army of members spent the day cutting out and making pads from unwanted or recycled fabrics, including flannalette, cotton fabric and towelling. Others donated little bags that they had made which will contain two pairs of knickers and sanitary pads and there were lots of donations of knickers. A huge thank you to everyone who gave their support. We will be continuing to make bags at the April and May meetings. They will be transported back to India by Caroline (Neudegg’s) daughter Kate at the end of May. Kate is currently working as a midwife in Hyderabad so we are confident that all our donations wll be put the good use.

Kate with colleague, Hyderabad hospital


Any donations of flanallete or cotton fabric, old towels and knickers will be greatly received over the next couple of months!

Whilst many were busy on the ST project others were busy with their own creations. Sally was sewing into a piece of fabric that she had painted

Lesley was busy making a cycle oriented quilt for her daughter who is cycling the Tour de France

Janet was showing Jaci these lovely little storage bags that she is making.

Margaret was enlisting Truda’s help on how best to complete this quilt so that she could give it to the church

And Jeannie and Caroline were working on some wonderful tiny pieces of fabric that are destined to be magnificent quilts!

At Show and Tell there were some lovely pieces of work that had been completed. In the spirit of Make Do & Mend Kerry had made two beautiful quilts from fabric scraps

Monica had made bunting from handkerchiefs…..

Caroline had finished her elephant quilt – complete with Elmo the patchwork elephant on the back of it.

And Isobelle had completed the top of a quilt that she is making for her grand daughter

Corinne and Keris showed small quilts that they had completed from a Gillian Travis kit

And, Rosie and Janet had been busy making a Project Linus quilt using red, blue and yellow fabrics

We even managed a bit of Make Do & Mend at the end of the day when Caroline realised that she had a flat tyre on her car. In came Liz with a wonderful gadget for tyres powered by Monica’s car engine!

Well…. at least it got her to the garage so thst it could be fixed!

In addition to all of the above the stash that Truda, Sally, Monica and Jeannie brought along raised £50 for RNLI and £55 for the Stroke Association. A huge thank you to everyone for their generosity today – much appreciated by one and all!

Creative Use of Hand Dyed Fabric

Today at Dyeing to Paint members were invited to bring along pieces of work that they had completed using some of their own hand dyed fabric – which produced a stunning display of talent!

Pat brought along a silk scarf that she had made. She printed it with Indian wood blocks and then lined it with cotton to produce this beautiful scarf….

Corinne showed a small wall hanging that she had made from a Gillian Travis kit. The fabric at the top and bottom of the piece was hand -dyed by Corinne. She also showed a turtle (wip) which incorporated her own hand dyed fabrics and stencilling.

Keris brought along the same wall hanging which contained some of her own dyed fabric and the backing fabric was some that she had bought in Amritsar. Keris is also working on a piece (alliums) that she created at a previous session where she used a toilet roll and cotton buds to create the allium shapes.

Chris had completed her cockerel and was working on a cushion cover that she had bought. She didn’t like the two horses so she turned them into unicorns and added some stencilling – very creative!

Monica showed a couple of small pieces of work that she had completed following previous trips to India. The Indian flower panel was one of the first art quilts she had ever made. She took the design from a photograph she had taken on a trip to India back in 2009.

The indian lady was also created from a photograph that she took on her travels

Monica had also delved deep into her cupboards to find a fabric book that she started to make a couple of years ago. Sshe showed some of the pages that she had completed and plans to continue with the book over the coming months

Jan was eager to show her coat which she had dyed with a Dylon Dye a new lease of life and a beautiful colour! She spent the day experimenting with her Inktense pencils and is creating some lovely pieces of work

Janet was pleased with a stencil that she had made. A very clear print was achieved from it as well. It is good to start thiking of Christmas early Janet!

Mary brought along a the front of a greetings card that was the perfect stencil to experiment with and she aslo had a go with some new stenicls to create some lovely images

Maggie continued working on images that she had created at the screen print workshop

And we managed to capture some lovely pieces of work that Liz had secreted away in her stash. Lovely landscapes and painted bondaweb

These roses have come out particularly well…

As usual a very busy session with lots of chatter and laughter with heaps of creativity thrown in! Well done everyone

Another Lively Day at Cutting Edge!

Today we welcomed for the first time Sheila Kelly who is an accomplished dressmaker now looking to broaden her textile interests. There was certainly plenty for her to see

It was also lovely that Hillary was able to join us today

And it was great to see that the Make Do and Mend idea, that was launched last month, is already being embraced….

Fiona has produced a stitched mini quilt. The background piece of fabric was produced from mopping up excess paint in DtP

Kerry showed a colourful quilt top using scraps of fabric, and also a quilted bag with inserts that she had made.

The embroidered tablecloth group project was met with a positive response. Jan and Truda have agreed to kickstart the embroidering and then pass on to other members. Monica is interested in appliqueing table settings and 2nd World War recipes on to it when the embroidery has been completed. Many thanks to Julie Williams, Manager of the Cowbridge branch of Ty Hafan, who donated the tablecloth

Caroline Leonard brought in a book Rag Bag Toys which includes patterns for 11 toys. There is a pattern for a teddy bear made from a moth eaten motor rug. Watch this space!!

Jan went home with a doll to dress and interest was also shown in making clothes for the larger doll.

Jan and Kerry seem to have been very busy since the last meeting.

Jan’s hare birthday card for her husband was made from scraps of wool which she is now going to frame. She had also completed another lovely quilt

Jan and Kerry showed blocks which are nearly complete (leahday.com block party). They could be buit upto a king sized quilt. It was interesting to see the same block using different fabrics

Amanda had finished a beautiful quilt for her granddaughter

Pat showed a bag she had made using a free pattern from Oakshott

Caroline was very pleased to sandwich her elephant quilt together ready for quilting

And this quilt – not sure who it belongs to – is amazing!

Many thanks to Caroline and Liz for taking photos and for providing an account of the day – this blog would not have been possible without their support!

Looking forward to next month already!

A Slow Start to a Productive DtP Day…

The February DtP session was once again productive despite an initial slow start to the day – so much to catch up on over a cup of tea or coffee!

Once underway stamps and stencils were the main focus of the day……

Glynis had a new hare and hedgehog stencil

Pat was busy stencilling some gold and silver leaves on to black velvet

Chris completed her cockerel which she started last month

Some, like Janet, combined stencilling with procion dyeing which was the focus of last months session

And Jan brought in a pieced top originally cream and quilted which she had never liked. She has recycled it by removing the quilting and dyed it lovely shades of pink!

Jan’s original plan was to stencil flowers to add interest but following input from group members this has now developed into producing fabric flower heads to appliqué on to her quilt. A work in progress. We look forward to seeing the finished piece

As always a lovely relaxed and fun day was had by all!!!

New Year – New Projects

Today’s Cutting Edge was the first of the New Year and as usual busy as ever. Some were busy working on new pieces of work and others were busy with ongoing projects.

Rosie was busy cutting Japanese fabric for a project that she started a while ago

Corinne and Keris had resumed work on beach themed quilts that they had started last year

Fiona was busy sewing a skeleton with a view to hanging it in her workplace – and it glows in the dark!

And she showed some lovely bags that she had made

Hilary showed a bag that she had made from an apron

Monica showed a mouse that she had made from the Luna Lupin range

And, Mary was very pleased with the fabric that she had Procion dyed at the recent Dyeing to Paint session

At morning prayers members were encouraged to join in a new group project entitled Make Do & Mend. The theme is to create something from recycled fabrics e.g. denim jeans, old shirts, vintage table cloths etc or.. to use up scraps of fabric from their overflowing scrap buckets – none of which should be a problem for the group. Maggie was already busy using a vintage table cloth and wool fabrics to create her own brand of vintage crafts

And, Amanda was already busy making a scrap quilt as was Jan and Brenda. Plus, Frances was making a hexagon quilt

To start the them off with the challenge Chris brought in an old dolls pram to see if anyone would be interested in renovating it… which sparked a lot of childhood memories!

In addition to the initial suggestions put forward a few people offered ideas which will be shared at future meetings – so watch this space!