Category: Workshops

How Will You Wear Yours?

Today we held a day for members to create a table decoration for the festive season – or otherwise, depending on what you would like to use it for?

The day started well with heads down and an eagerness to get going – and before long there was a complaint that the noise from the machines made it difficult to have a chat??!

Despite the noise there was a lot of chatter and time to wander round to see what everyone was up to….

And, by the end of the day there were some beautiful completed table decorations

Caroline Leonard

Salinder Gammage

Marie Austin

Sylvana Mason

Chris Dobson

Caroline Neudegg

This could be the ?third wreath that Liz has made and it looks stunning.

Liz Price

Some however,appeared to be heading for another use…..

Glynis thought she could wear hers for her son’s wedding?

Glynis Senter

Lesley though she would put herself forward to be Santa’s Little Helper

Lesley Halliwell

And Monica just thought she would like a glitsy hat for Christmas….

Monica Dennis

All we are short of now is a lampshade and a Christmas tree skirt

It was brilliant that so many were completed and the rest are not far off completion – well done everyone. We look forward to seeing them soon!

All that’s left is to say a huge thank you to Liz and Corinne for giving their time so generously to make it such an enjoyable day!

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Watching Paint Dry!

Today we welcomed Textile Artist Angie Hughes to our small but perfectly formed group to show us how to make a lovely little daisy bookwrap.

She shared lots of useful tips and techniques throughout the day that many were planning to use on future projects – even how to watch paint dry!

But, by the end of the day there were some wonderful pieces of work emerging…

Fiona’s book

Fiona added some ‘glamour glitter’ to her book

Jan’s book

Jan added some colourful ideas to her book

Monica’s book

Monica embellished her book with hot fix diamante which seems to have worked well

Jaci’s book

Jaci used a triangle punch to make bunting

Corinne & Keris’ books

And Corinne and Keris nearly finished their books – just a little more embellishment I suspect!

Obviously to do with the photographer’s eye but there seemed to be a lot of ironing going on? Not sure there would be so much enthusiasm for the domestic ironing chores at home….

A lovely relaxing and focused day for one and all – and a huge thank you to Angie!

Summer Break Sewing

Some people just can’t resist the chance to sew when it comes along and today was no exception. It might be the summer break for Cutting Edge but a small group of members felt the urge to get together today to learn how to put piping on a cushion.

Chris guided the day with a great pack of instructions and samples and was on hand to give advice

And group members helped each other along the way

which resulted in a wonderful collection of cushions to show off at the end of the day!

Many thanks to Chris for her detailed preperation, expert guidance and support to help us achieve our aims!

Creative Stitched Pictures

Today we welcomed Alison Moger to lead us through a workshop to create pictures with scraps of fabric and machine stitch. And inspiration from seeing Alison’s work inspired those attending to produce some wonderful pieces of work which are showcased below….

Carol Evans

Marie Austin

Amanda Randall

Beti Kemp

Jaci McQuillan

Monica Dennis

Liz Price

Carol Bartlett

Chris Dobson

Sally Wood

Nia Richards

Jan Webster

A very enjoyable day which produced pieces of work to be proud of – well done everyone!

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

group

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

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which produced some very satisfying results!

collage-bags

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

Hilary with Corinne and Chrisweb

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