Category: Meeting

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!

Making for Pleasure

February Cutting Edge was busy as usual with plenty of projects on the go and some beautiful completed work. And a welcome addition this month was the chance to do a bit of willow weaving courtesy of Dawn who showed how to make a small tree – a little early for Christmas – but great potential!

First off Dawn showed a few she had made earlier and then gave a short demonstration of how to get started …..and it wasn’t long before there were some fab willow trees to admire!

Many thanks to Dawn for her sharing her knowledge and skill – a very enjoyable exercise and one that some might decide to take further in the future!

Whilst the weavers were busy at wortk other were getting on with various projects

Sallys quilt that has been in the making for at least 30 years!

Elaine’s sashiko

or having a chat…

Work was also underway on projects that will are destined for the forthcoming Make Do & Mend exhibition. Keris was busy embroidering the shawls on the tablecloth – so beautifully done that they look like woollen ones! Monica and Caroline (L) were busy selelcting plate designs that wil be printed on fabric and appliqued onto the tablecloth. Recipes are going to be incorporated onto the plate.

Chris was exploring how to renovate the hood on the dolls pram and Liz has taken the pram home to look at making a cover.

And Amanda brought in her finished pieces for the Make Do & Mend exhibition

As usual there was some beautifuk work shared at Show and Tell.

Truda is well on the way to completing a lap quilt made from vintage fabrics – which will be hung at the exhibition

And she showed a quilt that she has recently completed

Marie had also completed a bed size quilt

and Keris had completed a quilt for her new grandson

Monica showed driftwood boats that she had made for a beach hut event on Barry Island in May and she also showed a book cover that she had made using a felted sweater

Finally Pat showed a jacket that she had recently made using Oakshott fabrics

Our Cutting Edge sessions never fail to deliver with so many lovely things to admire and skils to learn whilst enjoying each others company. Bliss!

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!

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 Feast of Treats!

Today’s Cutting Edge Session was busy with a stash sale, new projects underway, work in progress, and an opportunity to view completed works of art and a vintage quilt. What variety to feast your eyes on!

A highlight on arrival was the wonderful stash of fabric for sale brought to the group by Roger Stead (husband of Pam – who was the inspiration behind, and founder of CE. It reminded many of us of the quilts that Pam created – full of vibrant colour! Roger was raising money for the British Heart Foundation and was thrilled that, as a result of your generosity, £497 was raised. A HUGE thank you to everyone who gave their support – it was very much appreciated.

Hillary Hill brought a quilt in that she found in her mother’s possession and was looking for advice and help. And the group was aghast when they saw it. Older perhaps than Hillary thought and made from silk – thanks to the keen eye of Jeannie. The back of the quilt revealed paper pieces that looked rather old – with dates of 1738 on the paper and reference to a Mayor of Chester. Hillary was advised to contact St Fagan’s and the Welsh Quilt Centrr.

Work in progress included the Christmas project’s started on Member’s Day. It was great to see that many of them were not far off being complete – and they were all so different because of the different fabrics and techniques that had been used.

Julie was focused on Make Do & Mend – using scraps of denim and tweed fabrics

Liz’ calendar was looking very colourful

Caroline L’s calendar looked like a medieval village and the fabric for the roof tops was inspirational

And Elaine’s was close to the finishing line – she was putting the binding round the edges!

Chris was well on her way with the 12 days of Christmas

Corinne and Keris had finished their little tree wall hangings

And it was lovely to see so many finished fabric coiled bowls – well done folks – they are fab!

Since the summer Frances has completed 13 quilts – she brought three to show us – which were stunning

Monica had made Christmas cards and showed a Santa made from a plastic bottle – no sewing required!

Kerry was busy basting a quilt together ready for some of her spectacular quilting

And Amanda was busy working on a project that she started with Deborah O’Hare at Dyffryn Gardens

we are so lucky to have such talent in the group and to be able to enjoy so many wonderful pieces of work!

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!

Sewing for Christmas

Yesterday was a members day of Christmas sewing – and every year there is a different and challenging pattern. This year was no exception!

Members had a choice of making an advent calendar, 12 days of Christmas bunting or a 12 days of Christmas wall hanging – and the advent calendar won hands down in terms of causing frustration – mainly because the instructions were rather minimalist. Despite this, however, there were some beautiful calendars emerging by the end of the day – we look forward to seeing them finished soon

Caroline's Calendar


Liz' calendar


Jan's calendar


There was a little group making good progress with the Christmas bunting

And Dawn was on a mission trying out the Sissix machine to create her own style of bunting

And what was nice about this year’s members event was that patterns from last year emerged. Amanda was using last years pattern to make 3 more tree wallhangings for presents


And Corinne and Keris were finishing off and making a new tree hanging from another of last year’s patterns

Corinne also brought along a baby bag and picture that she had recently made

Some were busy making Christmassy things of their own choosing

Fiona was busy making Christmas cards with glittery threads – which are bound to much admired by those who are lucky enough to receive one in the post


Monica was preparing fabric postcards for sewing

Sally was busy making place mats

And Alison was focused on completing her coiled fabric pot which looks delighful!

Janet and Rosie brought along some patterns that they thought the group might need for next year’s challenge – and which are small and manageable – bound to be a hit with some!

As always, a very enjoyable and sociable day was had by all!

Another Busy Day of Sewing and Socialising

Yesterday was another lovely day of sewing and socialising with the usual enthusiasm to show off completed and work in progress to give inspiration to others.

Make Do & Mend is creating some interesting experimentation. Jaci was busy using old tights to see what she could make – and there was certainly potential for a bundle of goodies!

Jan had finished her boro bag – which looks amazing – a great blend of colours

The tablecloth is progressing well. Jaci has now handed it over to Caroline L to carry on with the Welsh ladies

And Truda was wearing a beautiful brooch – made by Miss Clementine – using a vintage buckle, fabrics, buttons and lace

At show and tell Marie showed a book cover that she had made at a recent workshop

And Sally had made a wall hanging for a friend’s daughter’s ceramics workshop

Mary brought along some Christmas decorations that she had made 30 years ago and was planning some repair work

And she had a piece of vintage patchwork, bought in a junk shop in the USA, which she was planning to mount in a picture frame

Chris was busy making a bag for a friend – using recycled denim and designed to house mobile phone cables and easy to spot in the suitcase!

Caroline L was making a dazzlingly coloured quilt with Kaffe Fasset fabrics

And Corinne was making progress with an embroidery being created over a printed image – lovely colours

And Dilys and Janet were busy working on projects for grand children. Dilys was making drawstring bag for toys

And Janet was making a cushion with pockets for little felt toys to sit in

Such variety and imagination – well done everyone!