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 added some ‘glamour glitter’ to her book
Jan added some colourful ideas to her book
Jaci used a triangle punch to make bunting
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!
Today we had our final session before the Christmas break and as well as enjoying some creativity with our various resources we enjoyed lunch in front of a log fire!!!
Stephanie was focused on creating a wreath for Christmas and it didn’t take long to see how it would take shape
Once again the bark roller was popular and after dyeing her fabric Fiona was busy applying a coat of white bark which had lots of potential for development.
Monica had bought a mitten Christmas decoration because she liked the design and wondered whether it would give a good print. It didn’t take long to find out and there were plenty of suggestions about how it could be used to make advent calendar bunting etc….
Monica tried out a new stencil and was very pleased with the result….
And it was wonderful to see how Corinne had turned her sample pieces into a delightful wall hanging of autumn colours
Hillary also brought a small Christmas wall hanging that she had recently completed. Beautifully finished and when she was asked where she got the pattern from she replied – it was a picture in a children’s colouring book!
After a hard mornings work it was only right that we all enjoyed lunch, mulled wine and mince pies in front of a log fire
Today, a small but perfectly formed group met to play with the Sissix and Scan and Cut machine and made headway in creating some unique cards for those special friends.
Corinne and Keris hit the jackpot by cutting fabric on the scan and cut machine without much hassle – well initially anyway.
They then moved on to card making with some fantastic results
Fiona had success in creating frames for the Christmas trees that she had block printed and free machine embroidered. She also brought along sone lovely die cuts and stencils which were popular with the group.
Monica cut out labels on the Scan and Cut machine then added a die cut embellishment.
Liz was well prepared and made some lovely cards. The stag card was innovative. She used a stencil to spray gold stags in the background and then added a die cut stag which had been made with her hand painted card.
Yvonne was busy cutting labels and shapes to take home for more inventive work but produced lovely cards made from squares of paper. A popular design introduced by Corinne
Caroline enjoyed painting card and put it to good use with some beautiful creations….
And, Glynis was on a mission cutting out bunting and letters – looking forward to seeing the completed project soon!
So much to play with and still more – the stamps and heatwave pen hardly got a look in!
A very enjoyable and productive day was had by all – well done everyone!
Well, Dyeing to Paint today was certainly interesting and productive with a variety of activities going on. Some continued working on last month’s theme of Autumn. Isobelle had started to put together an autumnal wall hanging and was busy making leaves for it.
Monica was on a mission to paint fabric and card for Christmas cards which soon captured other people’s interest
Keris produced some lovely fabric that we suspect will feature in Christmas cards soon….
Corinne was working along the same lines colouring card and a music sheet
and Liz turned her fabric green!
Liz and Jan also started a craze with the Sissix machine using some of the painted card to cut out stags heads and Christmas trees. Jan was busy cutting out bunting shapes and letters and showed that it was possible to cut out fabric with a small die. Well done Jan.
And Isobelle finished the afternoon off by experimenting with embossing powder to enhance a card design.
So many things going on and so many ideas for the Sissix Day on 19 October! We are going to have so much fun!!!!
We need to think about a washing line for next month though. Our current drying facilities aren’t going to work so well in the winter!
Our UFO day today was busy, busy, busy with members on a mission to finish projects and start new ones.
Jan was beavering away on a bag that she wanted to finish and was planning on putting these wonderful elephants on it.
She also brought a table runner that she pans to finish but that remains work in progress.
Stephanie was working with some wonderful Welsh fabric…..
She also brought in her finished WW1 quilt – which is fabulous and now hangs in the hall of fame on our dedicated blog page
Whilst, Catherine progressed with her embroidery.
And Hillary was busy making a bag for her mum’s Christmas present.
Talking of Christmas, Chris brought along fairy shoes that has made for her grand children.
And, Corinne got hooked on making Christmas cards….
….producing some beautiful ones…
Monica made Christmas sacks
and finished off a book cover
Finally, Hilary got to have a go on the scan ‘n cut machine – on a mission to make some fabric letters for heart bunting for a new baby girl
A very productive day all round – well done folks!
At today’s UFO (unfinished object day) everyone was on a mission to complete their pieces of work – and many did!
Jeannie started off by finishing a pumpkin that she had been making. Not sure where the link with knitting, sewing etc. comes in but she was enjoying herself!
And, the pumpkin did come in handy later in the day when Jan finished her bunting and wanted to show it off! Beautiful colours and fabrics
Jeannie quietly worked away all day on quite a few things that she wanted to complete – and then gave them away to be used for fundraising – what a kind gesture.
She made the most beautiful cushions
and a lovely bag
Salinder also created a lovely bag as well as being busy making Christmas stocking and advent calendars.
Some were very busy working on their quilts. Malvene’s was a lovely hand stitched design. A gift for her grand daughter – lucky girl.
Jayne was making the border for her quilt – I think she mentioned that she started it 12 years ago? A lovely nautical theme.
Jane’s strip quilt was lovely fabrics – her son should be very pleased when it is completed.
Monica completed two little calico bags and yet another African doll, and was very grateful to Liz who offered to finish off the other one!
And, we mustn’t forget to mention the knitting – Ellen was knitting the most exquisite shawl embedded with little pearls for her sisters 60th birthday present. We are sure that she will be extremely thrilled with it.
It was a lovely relaxed day, with visitors who dropped in after their walk and went out with goodies that they had bought for Christmas gifts – thanks to Sandra and her mum for their support!
Looking forward to the next one!
Some members of the group have been busy supporting the Jubilee celebrations. Hilary made a staggering 50 metres of bunting, decorated with Welsh flags and union jacks, which has been well used throughout the celebrations. Lakeside Primary School in Cardiff were the first to make use of it to brighten up their celebrations. It then made its way to the St Hilary village celebrations, and finally joined the jubilee tea party which was held in the Duke of Wellington, Cowbridge. Well done Hilary, you are a star.
On Tuesday 5 June some members of Cutting Edge supported the Cowbridge celebrations by having a stall in the Holy Cross Church to show cases some of the crafts that are produced by the group.