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A Sew Happy Sewing Day!

Today’s session was, as usual busy, with members paying subscriptions and booking into workshops. And there was no shortage of nimble fingers busy creating alongside lots of chatter.

First off it was lovely to be able to welcome Jaci McQuillan, Amanda Randall and Caroline Leonard as new members to the group. We also welcomed Julie and Jane as guests for the day. We hope they enjoyed their visit.

It was great to see so many Project Linus blocks either being sewn together or handed in as they were completed. Many thanks to those who have given their time and skill.

And whilst on the topic of Project Linus Jeannie showed two beautiful quilts that she had made for the charity.

Liz was busy preparing for Friday’s community sewing session in the Lesser Hall, Cowbridge. And, Truda was a great fount of knowledge and wisdom to call upon.

Chris was busy adding the finishing touches to a daisy bookwrap that she recently made at Dyeing to Paint

and others brought their book completed wraps along to show. Apologies to those of you who were missed off the photo call!

Truda showed a lovely little book cover that she made earlier – twenty years earlier in fact!

Caroline showed a quilt a ‘pink themed’ quilt that she had made

and this is Jane’s first attmept at a quilt – wonderful colours Jane!

Amanda had made a lovely advent calendar

Fran shared a picture she had made at a recemt Hilary Beattie workshop

and Helen had been busy making baby clothes which will soon be winging their way to Australia. Such talent in the group – it is incredible!

Last but not least we said our farewells to Gilly who is moving to Cambridgeshire which she assures us is sadly lacking in sewing groups! We will all miss her cheery outlook and incredible sewing skills and wish her well in her new life.

Jan most of all will miss Gilly but Gilly assures us that Jan is on the way to being a whizz at skyping!

Another great day, with many more to come!

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New Toys to Paint With!

There is always something new to play with at Dyeing to Paint and today’s session was no exception. There were new Gelli plates, Pebeo paints and stencils which soon got snapped up by members of the group.

Jan was thrilled with the new Indian stencil and once she had mastered the application of the paints there was no stopping her!

Keris was also engrossed with the indian stencil and plans to use some her prints for a book cover that she is making.

Liz, Chris and Caroline were engrossed in making a daisy book wrap using the knowledge they had gained at the recent Angie Hughes workshop. There was a lot of muttering going on along the way though as no-one seemed to be able to remember how to apply the paint-but they were coming along nicely by the end of the day.

Fiona has moved swiftly from summer to Christmas. She cut the stencil for the green Christmas trees by hand and the snowflakes are printed from a stencil made on the scan ‘n cut machine.

The scan ‘n cut machine in recent months has been a bit of a nightmare, one way or another but today Monica, Corinne and Isobelle were thrilled that they were able to cut stamps from funky foam and stencils with mylar stencil sheets. The machine worked like a dream – probably something to do with the fact that Corinne has updated it and bought a new power lead. Fingers crossed that we won’t be disappointed next time.

Isobelle managed to try out one of the stencils on her gelli plate …

and created these wonderful prints with a potato masher and builders adhesive stickers!

Fran was busy dyeing and printing some wonderful pieces of fabric and she also brought her finished Daisy Book Wrap along to show the group. The centre image below is Frans fabric that she uses to soak up paint when she is working – how amazing – and colourful!

Corinne brought along a fabric mosaic picture that she has created which is beautiful

And Monica was seeking advice over a wallhanging that is work in progress. Thanks guys for all the useful comments!

We even managed to spare a little time to learn how to make fabric beads!

All in all, a great day of experimentation and innovation by a very talented group of people!

Autumn Has Arrived!

Today’s DtP was, as always, busy, busy, busy and there was a distinct impression that summer has faded into the distant past with the introduction of painted autumn leaves….

There was also lots of stencil work – probably as a result of the new stencils recently purchased at the NEC….

and rumour has it that the new paints went down well. Sorry to have missed such a productive day and look forward to returning to the fray next month

Well done to everyone and many thanks to Caroline for the photos.

August Blues, Pinks, Red, Yellow, Gold………

Dyeing to Paint members don’t normally meet in August because there is the myth that everyone is away on holiday?

Not true because today eleven eager members turned up ready and eager to create!

Still popular was the ice-dyeing.

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Many thnaks to Caroline for replenishing the ice supply at short notice!

A wealth of other resources were also being used, including some lovely stencils that Fiona brought along and shared.

These are Caroline’s pieces of work – always full of vibrant colour – beautiful!

Seedheads were popular. Jan stencilled hers in a subtle shade – they are just waiting for some creative stitch Jan.

Isobelle tried out the seed heads as well and then produced a lovely piece of fabric using the rollergraph.

Isobelle also brought along a mosaic fabric seahorse that she is making and will look stunning when it is finished.

And, Fiona brought along two wonderful wall hangings that she had made using the seed head stencil. Love the holographic threads that were used.

Apologies to Fiona as these photos don’t do her work justice!

Fran was busy using her gelli plates and produced this amazing piece of work

Monica was busy trying, not too successfuly at times, to stencil shells onto a piece of previously dyed fabric. Many thanks to Isobelle, Jan and Hillary for their pearls of wisdom – always a winner!

And Glynis brought two completed pieces of work that will be used for our stand at the Ystradowen Village Hall day on 16 September

Glynis also brought her sister in law with her today and how artistic is she! Look at this beautiful picture she created. We hope you have a lovely day Vivienne and thank you for your company.

As ever, a busy and creative day interspersed with lots of chatter and banter – an ideal recipe for fun.

A Summers Day Sewing

It was a quiet day at Cutting Edge today with a number of people on holiday but there was still a wonderful array of work to be admired.

Gilly and Sally spent the day together creating and chatting to their hearts content. And by the end of the day Sally had made two bags.

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Corinne was proud of a tea cosy she had knitted – and rightly so!

She showed the group a small wall hanging that she had completed. She painted and stamped the fabric at Dyeing to Paint and then finished it off with hand and machine embroidery.

And Stephanie was working on a piece that she started at Dyeing to Paint

Jaci was on a mission making spec holders – great idea and so practical!

Marie showed a lovely wall hanging and two bibs that she had recently completed.

And Keris was busy doing a red work picture for one of her grand children

Steph, a new visitor to the group showed a beautiful bead bracelet that she had made.

Amanda was busy finishing a hexagon quilt – lovely colours!

And Chric M. seems to have moved on from teddies to bunnies – beautiful!

As well as group members we welcomed 4 visitors to the group. Jaci McQuillan, Caroline Leonard and Amanda Randall made a return visit and we welcomed Steph Smith for the first time. We hope they had an enjoyable day and we look forward to seeing them again soon

Another Busy Day at Cutting Edge!

Another wonderful day at Cutting Edge! As ever members were on a mission to start a new project or complete something they had begun earlier.

Chris Dobson was making a pebble cushion

similar to one she had made earlier….

Chris had also made two beautiful sea side themed cushions. The centre pieces were stencilled at a Dyeing to Paint session.

Caroline was busy cutting a Welsh lady out to applique onto a cushion – and was using one of Chris’ cushions to work out the size

Marie was busy putting a quilt together …

and finding the time to have a well earned chat with Hillary

Lesley was engrossed in cutting out a flying geese border for a table runner

Sue Thomas was finishing off a quilt and showed a beautiful dragonfly quilt that she has recently completed

Sylvana was in the process of binding a cute owl quilt which is a hoot!

Jane was also making a children’s quilt with novelty fabric

Liz showed a cushion that she had made. The Dragon was cut out on the scan and cut machine and then appliqued to the fabric

And Gilly modelled a Japanese Folded apron that she had made with a Janet Clare pattern

Monica showed some crazy patchwork that she had done at a recent workshop in Swansea

And she had also made a crazy patchwork cushion with silk fabrics

and a pineapple cushion from a panel that she had stencilled and painted at Dyeing to Paint

What a very talented group of people – well done everyone!

Getting Ready for the Festive Season

At this month’s Cutting Edge session a number of members were busy making a Christmas tree wall hanging ready to hang over the festive season. And whilst everyone was using the same pattern they were all looking very different.

Hillary had reshaped hers from a long rectangle to a square which looked very effective.

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Sandra had used green silk and was at the stage of adding her gold diamante which she discovered was quite challenging – and frustating at times – but she persevered and it looks stunning

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Chris was busy sewing down the farbric swirls on her tree ….

Chris and Keris

Chris and Keris

and Liz was adding the diamante

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Lesley was a little frustrated that her bondaweb wouldn’t adhere to her fabric – but kept smiling!

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By the end of the day there were a few completed trees – fabulous

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And, whilst Dilys wasn’t able to join us today she was busy at home completing her tree!

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We wish Dilys a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her at the next meeting

Whilst some were busy ‘doing trees’ others were busy sewing and catching up on the gossip

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And, as usual there were some wonderful pieces of work to share at show and tell

Chris had made some fun cushions for grand children using fabric that she had painted at Dyeing to Paint. It was great to see the hand painted fabric being used.

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Corinne shared a beautiful embroidered wreath that she had completed

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Helen had been to France on a Sheena Norquay course and showed the pieces that she had made there

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And Hilary showed everyone a little angel that she had made.

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We were pleased to welcome Marie Austin as a new member of the group. Marie was busy making a quilt for her sister.

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As ever, a productive day and we look forward to seeing more of the Christmas wallhangings completed in the weeks to come.

P.S Hillary has finished her tree – it looks amazing!

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