Category: Workshops

Zipped Bag Workshop

Today, Cutting Edge member Fiona Ferguson very skillfully guided an enthusiastic group through the process of making a decorated zipped bag.

No sooner had she finished a short introduction and handed out instruction sheets there was a flurry activity to get going

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And, Fiona was always on hand to help and advise….

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which produced some very satisfying results!

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Mary-Anne

Mary-Anne

Monica's second bag!

Monica’s second bag!

Many thanks to Fiona for a lovely days sewing!

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Hooray! Went home with a completed project! Thanks Fiona, a productive and enjoyable day”. KerisX

Thanks everyone for your help. Great day” Jess x

What a fabulous way to spend a day – thanks Fiona et al” Caroline

Thank you so much for such an enjoyable, fun and productive day. I really did have a great time with ladies who were incredibly welcoming and patient with my daft questions. I finished my bag as soon as I got home and am very pleased with it. I’ve already chosen my fabric for my second and better bag!” Mary – Anne

Flower Girls!

Not only was it a bright and sunny day outside today it was sunny all the way inside Ystradowen Village Hall where a small group of ‘flower girls’ beavered away to make fabric flowers

Keris, Hillary and Helen

Keris, Hillary and Helen

Gilly and jan

Gilly and jan

Catherine, Jeannie and Glynis

Catherine, Jeannie and Glynis

It is not clear what the discussion was here but could it be ‘is mine better than yours?’ – never!

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And whilst it seemed that heads were down concentrating on the job in hand there was quite a bit of discussion going on about what could have been done instead of following the instructons. For instance –

Jan was heard to say ‘we could have used a glue gun!

Glynis commented that ‘we could have wrapped the stem in florist tape’

Jeannie thought it would be good ‘to wrap the stem with felt and use florists tape on top’

Jan – ‘how can you (w)rap without music?

Chris – ‘has anyone put the kettle on yet?

Helen – they would look good made in Liberty fabric

And Jan was horrifed when she found out she would have to HAND SEW!

So….. it seems that any future flowers will be constructed in a very different way!

All in all, a lovely cheery day – as you can see here

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Hi thanks for a fun packed day, really great. Thanks again for giving up your day for the flower girls. Catherine

I thought it was a great day too and thank you for showing us all and updating the blog in such a fun way.šŸ˜ŠšŸ‘šŸ» Jan

Fab day, Monica, when Iā€™d got myself organised! Thanks so much for sorting us out. Am determined to bring you a finished one for next week. Gilly

Monoprinting with Hilary Beattie

Today Dyeing to Paint members and guests enjoyed a practical day monoprintng with Hilary Beattie. To kick the day off Hilary demonstrated monopriting with acetates.

Hilary Beattie

Hilary Beattie

It wasn’t long before everyone was eager to have a go……

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Carol and Gail

Carol and Gail

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And not long before there were some wonderful efforts to admire

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Monoprinting with Gelli Plates was also popular

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And there were some stunning pieces of work produced. Looking forward to these being stitched into!

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All in all a very productive day. All we need to do now is turn our sample pieces into works of art like these….

Hilary Beattie art work

Hilary Beattie art work

Hilary Beattie Art Work

Hilary Beattie Art Work

Many thanks to Hilary for her expert guidance and we do hope that our guests Carol, Gail and Anne enjoyed their day. It was lovely to meet them and we hope to see them again in the not too distant future.

Thank you also for inviting me yesterday, it was good to meet up and join your group for the productive workshop ! I was made welcome by everyone and i thoroughly enjoyed my day and sincerely hope to repeat and workshop on another occasion. Regards to group” – Ann

“Really enjoyed yesterday – finally got to use that Gelliplate! Please keep in touch as Iā€™m sure your lovely group will be doing something I would like to try at some time. Happy dabbling” – Gail

A Postcard from Cutting Edge!

Today a small group of enthusiasts for all things sewing gathered to make fabric postcards. After a short introduction from our leader Catherine the sewing began!

Initially, it was very quiet – obvious concentration to prepare – and then it was a hive of activity!

Keris, Corinne and Lesley Anne

Keris, Corinne and Lesley Anne

Jan, Lesley, Hilary and Catherine

Jan, Lesley, Hilary and Catherine

Caroline

Caroline

Caroline L

Caroline L

And by the end of the day some very beautiful results. It’s amazing what you can do with all those little scraps of fabic that you squirrel away!

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Well done everyone and many thanks to Catherine for such an enjoyable and fun day!

Jan Webster has created this wonderful beach hut postcard since the workshop

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Feel free to send in any postcards that you have made since so that we can all enjoy them.

Painting Bondaweb

Today a merry band of stitchers explored a new technique which is bound to feature in future pieces of work. They spent the day painting bondaweb and then stitching into it – with some spectacular results.

Angie Hughes

After a short demonstration from Angie Hughes, who led the workshop, everyone got stuck into painting their bondaweb …. and then some found time for a chat while they were watching their paint dry!

Sonia and Hilary

Others took the opportunity to take advice from each other…

Liz and Chris

And, it wasn’t long before some wonderful pieces of work began to emerge.

Jaynes

Keris work

Glynis work

This little piece of Monica’s will be turned into a needlecase soon!!!

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We look forward to seeing the finished projects very soon!

Bag Making Workshop

On Saturday 10 October a small group of sewing enthusiastics met – on a mission to make a bag from recycled denim jeans.

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The group were guided through the process by Sue Atkinson who had been given permission by Ineke Berlyn to use one of her designs.

After as short introduction there was a flurry of activity to get started…

Enid and Janice

Janice

Ystardowen Girls

And, by the end of the afternoon everyone was well on their way with the basic structure completed and plenty of embellishments in place.

Janice's bag

Md bag

And, there was much admiration over Jans use of a beautifully embroiderd pair of jeans that she had used….

Jans bag

Many thanks to Sue for such an enjoyable day!

And, hey presto – here is Jan’s finshed bag!

jans bag

Fabric Landscapes a Hit!

It might be the summer break but some of us just couldn’t resist spending a day making fabric landscapes under the expert guidance of Hilary Carney. And, what a fun and productive day it was too.

After a short introduction heads were down and everyone was off to a flying start…..

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And, in spite of the few hiccups with vital equipment like extension leads, threads and even lunch left behind (left on the drive at home?) everyone managed to priduce some stunning pieces of work.

A Tuscan landscape in the making from Keris

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Corinnes beautiful shaded mountains

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A delicate touch from Fiona

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Caroline’s very first attenpt at this kind of thing – I think she has been secretly practising to to produce such a wonderful piece of work.

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And Stephanie has some interesting colours in her landscape. Can’t wait to see the finished piece

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Monica based her piece of work on a photgraph of Loch Maree in Scotland….

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Enid’s picture is of a view through a cave.

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Jan based her landscape on a view of Ogmore by Sea where she lives – love the sheep and segulls Jan

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And Catherine’s was doing some amazing stitching on her landscape which will certainly enhance her finished piece

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The next challenge for those who are up for it is to create a fabric map of Wales….

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No pressure girls!!!

Hilary and Fiona

A great day. many thanks to Hilary for doing such a wonderful job. Looking forward to seeing some fab finished pieces of work soon.

Finished work

Corinne Roberts

Corinne finished

Monica Dennis

MD finished

Keris Howard

Keris landscape