There was much variety at today’s Dyeing to Paint session. We started with an ice dyeing session which is always great fun – apart from having to wait such a long time to see the results – i.e. waiting for the ice to melt!
Whilst waiting for the fabric to soak in the soda and for the ice making machine to make the ice there was much activity creating some wonderful pieces of fabric with the paint rollers……
and not forgetting a bit of procion fabric dyeing thrown in…..
And the prize for not wasting any paints and dyes goes to Fiona this month who created this fantastic piece of fabric by mopping up the excess of the tablecloth. So much potential for a fabulous piece of work which we look forward to seeing soon!
As always a great day and lovely that Rosie and Janet were able to join us – we hope that you enjoyed your day
There was no specific theme to today’s Dyeing to Paint which meant that there was a blank canvas for creativity – and as ever, there were some amazing pieces of work produced.
Fiona brought along some wonderful postcards that she had made for the Tapestri cafe exhibition
And, having exhausted the sea theme she is moving on to experimenting with other ideas. She printed and stencilled on this piece of fabric and over dyed with procion dye which produced a vibrant piece of fabric
Monica also had a go with procion dye. this piece was first stencilled with opaque fabric paint and then overdyed with procion dye
and had some beautiful pieces of fabric that she had printed on the computer from photos. They will look amazing when they have been stitched into – watch this space!
She is also busy making a collage and after chatting with isobelle she has backed her paper photos with vilene -which has enabled her to stitch and complete her project – well done both – great collaboration and sharing of knowledge and skills.
Liz brought along a piece of work that she has recently completed. It was started when we bought the Wendy Dolan textured landscape book and she has certainly done herself proud with this finished piece. It will certainly be included in the Tapestri cafe exhiibition!
Today she painted a wonderful piece of fabric and a fishy piece!
Sally also printed some amazing fish with a hand made stencil
Keris had bought some die cuts on her recent travels which she was determined to make work on fabric – which turned out to be a success.The neat cut was achieved by applying heat and bond to the back of the fabric before putting it through the Sissix machine
Fran was busy drawing poppies…..
And Glynis was producing some beautiful flowers
We also welcomed two special visitors today. Alison joined us to have a go and did a grand job experimenting with the paints…. and the hairdryer!
And baby Digby dropped by to say hello! Having parents as artists he was more than intrigued with what was going on!
As ever, a brilliant day of creativity and banter. Looking forward to more of the same next month.
Today we have a bit of a fishy story to tell which is to do with our forthcoming Swansea exhibition.
Members were tasked with making fabric fish that will eventually be made into bunting and hung at the Tapestri cafe
to enhance our exhibition – which is very much sea themed…
The extra windmills that some members of the group had made at home were also very welcome…
And one of the multi windmills had been completed
We are certainly going to have a very colourful exhibition – don’t forget to bring you sunglasses and bathers when you visit!
There was also a lot of work going on in the background to make new pieces of work for the exhibition.
Fiona showed a piece of work she had painted at Dyeing to Paint and two pieces that she had made with Hilary Beattie
Corinne showed a bed runner, called Ocean 10, that she has recently completed
In addition to all this there were many other pieces of work in the making or completed
Jeannie was making a quilt with silk fabric, which looked lovely
Amanda was busy making pages for her fabric journal
And Jane was in the process of completing a lovely bunny
Brenda showed a beautiful quilt she made when Glamorgan Quilters met in the Old Hall in Cowbridge, which is quite some time ago now. It is the view from the window over the gardens
Rosie and janet showed the group quilts that they have recently completed – their first quilts ever – which looked stunning. And, they are being donated to Project Linus
Last but not least the group Project Linus Quilt is progessing well though throwing up a few challenges hers and there. The long panels are now being sewn together so it shouldn’t be too long before it is completed. Well done to everyone involved, particulary today, Corinne and Sally who spent a lot of time making sure the sashing was accurate – and were very grateful for the advice provided by Julia
What a splendid team we have at Cutting Edge!
For a variety of reasons including luxurious holidays to warmer climates, looking after grandchildren and the less fortunate suffering with illness there were only six DtP members present on 1 February.
However, a good day was had by all and it was great to see that the majority of the time was spent on coastal scenes which will no doubt feature in our forthcoming Swansea Festival of Stitch exhibition which is being held at the Tapestri cafe in August
Corinne was busy developing an Arctic background scene for a polar bear and Glynis was in a warmer climate with beach huts and boats….
Whilst at the other end of the world in New Zealand and Australia Keris was keeping an eye out for ideas for both herself and the group. She reported that she has found a seahorse pattern – and some Christmas patterns that might be of interest to the group for a festive members day session later in the year!
And although Hillary wasn’t able to make DtP last week she has been busy making some fabulous sea themed cushions to go with a quilt that she has recently made.
What an industrious crew we all are!
Well done folks – keep up the good work
The first CE session got off to a flying start today with great enthusiasm to be involved in various projects that are on the go.
In the far corner of the room a small group worked hard during the day to prepare the Project Linus blocks for quilt as you go and were extremely grateful to those who offered to take a strip home to sew them together.
And there was great enthusiasm to make the fabric windmills for the Swansea Festival of Stitch exhibition which takes place in August. What wonderful a splash of colour they are going to make. Many thanks to Sally for bringing her fabric stash along for us to use and many thanks to those who bought some of the fabric. £87 was raised which Sally plans to donate to a breast cancer charity.
Others were busy on various project – many of which are sea themed – I wonder why!!!
Hillary was making cushions to go with a quilt that she has recently made
Chris was embellishing some images that she created at last weeks Dyeing to Paint
Sally was sewing a fish which some lovely fabric that she said used to be her sister’s curtains!
Our guest Janet was busy making fabric windmills in a quilt as you go technique – what a coincidence!
Fiona showed everyone a beautiful bag she had made – it looks as though it is quilted but but the panels are painted!
And Jane showed a quilt that she has recently completed. Love the colours
A busy and productive day. Many thanks to everyone for their support which, as always, is very much appreciated!
Today’s Dyeing to Paint got off to a flying start after New Year wishes had been exchanged and everyone had caught up on news of the festiivities over a tea or coffee.
Sally was on a mission with foam brushes and stencils creating some ‘happy accidents’
Fiona was in full flow with her favourite roller and her new favourite stencil, which others also took a shine too
Monica was also engrossed in stencilling using some she had made and some kindly loaned by Glynis and Fiona
Caroline was busy making more fabric to go with the others that she had painted at a previous session
She wasn’t the only one with a stash of fabrics that need to be used and there was a comment that we perhaps need to get together one day just to focus on creating some art quilts, particularly as many of the pieces were sea themed and would fit nicely into the theme of the forthcoming exhibition – no pressure girls!
Meanwhile Glynis painted some fabulous seed heads
Corinne stencilled Dutch houses
And Jan was quietly beavering away recycling her Christmas cards!
As always great fun. Well done everyone!
18 days to Christmas and today’s Dyeing to Paint was focused on the sea! Well nearly all were except Keris and Corinne who were busy making wooden desorations for a driftwood tree that they had made at a recent workshop.
The circles had been cut by Corinnes husband using the trunk of a Christmas tree and then decorated with images made from small biscuit cutters and wooden card embelliehments. They look fab and will certainly make the tree look very festive!
Whilst they were busy beavering away on Christmas others were painting, stenciling and stamping on fabric to create seascape pieces of fabric for use in collages.
Caroline created some wonderful shell fabric using stencils
Glynis produced a wonderful background for a seascape and an expertly stamped piece of fabric
…whilst kept a keen eye on her drying line outside.
Fiona was busy creating various pieces of fabric with her favourite paint roller and brusho paint. She also painted some bondaweb for a future project
She also continued with work in progress
and brought along two lovely little books that she had made using the technique learnt at a recent Angie Hughes workshop
Monica tried out some of the many stencils in Glynis’ hoard.
The compass is likley to be used as a centre piece in a cushion. The rope is particularly attracive and hopefully likely to be used again.
The wave stencil was hand cut on mylar stencil and the fish fabric was created using an indian woodblock.
A busy day all round which was finished off with some yuletide cheer before departing for the Christmas break.
Merry Christmas everyone!