Category: Workshops

Beatle Bag Workshop

The Beatle bag workshop took place on Friday 12 April and as ever, there was some beautiful bags created.

Jan led the day and gave an introduction to get paticipants started.

and then gave little demos throughout the day……

which helped keep everyone on track, as did having a very organised workspace like Pat’s

There was quite a bit of colour coordination going on too with Fran matching her fabrics to her attire!

And, by the end of the day, apart from having to apply binding there were quite a few bags completed.

Next month’s show and tell should be fun!


Learning How To Make A Simple Print Screen

Today, a small group met to learn how to screen print with simple home made screens.

Karen Teal led the day and gave a great introduction to the various methods and materials that can be used.

She even had her youngest pupil ever in the group!

Digby visited with Nana Dennis and rather enjoyed himself – he created a wonderful masterpiece using acrylic paint and sponge rollers along with stamps and felt pens. He also created another felt pen masterpiece on the floor which sadly had to be erased. We are sure that would not have been the case if Banksy had paid a visit!

Digby has his own Instragram page – digbydrewthis – where we are sure that his latest creation will feature soon!

Back to the screen printing – below are sone of the fabulous pieces that were created…

Fiona’s use of leaves

Jan’s butterflies

Janet’s lovely bird

Maggie’s plants in a pot

Mary’s work

Rosie’s work

Pat’s leaves

Monica’s lovespoon

Stephanie’s work

Tanya’s leaves

Many thanks to Karen for a great day which generated much enthusiasm to continue experimenting at Dyeing to Paint sessions

Crazy Patchwork Creations

Today was the day that some of the members of the group went crazy patchworking with Robi Thomas

There were a variety of things being made – needlecases, sewing bags and cushion covers and some fabulous colour combinations

Corinne was busy with turquise and red….

whilst Keris had started her piece of work off with a lovely Indian fabric and was using some of her batiks for contrast.

Jaci was using brightly coloured batiks for her needlecase

And Mary had chosen some lovely autumn colours for her piece of work

Jan and Caroline were in a blue mood

Kerry was using a brilliant combination of modern fabrics for her cushion cover

whilst Maggie’s cushion cover was being created with vintage fabrics

Sally was busy using lace and fabric which belonged to her grandmother – she plans to make a cushion for her mother’s bed. This photo certainly doesn’t do Sally’s work justice

As well as teaching Robi was also helping to put the eyelets in fabric journals that had recently been made at one of her workshops

And she was very impressed with the ‘bloody good’ case that we have for the eyelet machine!

Finished pieces of work

Corinne has completed her little needle case – and very nice it looks too!

Fabric Books – Day 2

Today we met for the second workshop to complete our fabric books. As expected not many had been completed but we had a wonderful day working towards our goal

And Robi helped us on or way by punching the holes for the coptic stitching of the cord

Star of the show was Amanda who completed her book. Well done Amanda – we now look forward to seeing more in the coming months!

A huge thank you to Robi for sharing her time and expertise. We are looking forward to seeing Robi again on 15 May for a crazy patchwork workshop

And lovely to greet Ann White to spend the day with us. we hope you enjoyed your day

Completed books will be posted here soon – not to be missed – they will be stunning and certainly something to cherish

Pictures for an Exhibition

Today group members gathered to make fabric postcards for our forthcoming exhibition at the Tapestri Cafe, Swansea which is being held between 10th and 24th August. The exhibition is part of the 2018 Swansea Festival of Stitch

There was swathes of fabric to choose from, embellishments and most of all heaps of skill and enthusiasm to produce some beautiful postcards to reflect life on the life on the ocean waves, or on the beach.

In fact there was so much enthusiasm there is likley to be more lovely postcards to come … watch this space!

Great wook everyone – well done!

Fabric Journal Workshop

Today was the first day of our fabric journal workshop which was expertly facilitated by Robi Thomas from Swansea. Robi is one of the key organisers of the Swansea Festival of Stitch, an event not to be missed.

Group with Robi

Robi brought a selection of her books for inspiration and to understand what was needed, which helped to get people going

And it wasn’t long before there were some beautiful creations emerging with a variety of themes….

And by the end of the day there was a wonderful selection of work in progress to share

Still a long way to go before the finished articles appear – but judging by today’s efforts it will certainly be worth the wait. Watch this space!

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!