Today was the day the Sissix machines came out for their annual dusting to make festive Christmas cards.
And there were a very talented individuals from the group, and our vistor Karen focused on producing some amazing cards
Caroline used painted tissue, paint and embossing powder to give a wonderful glow to her cards
Corinne used painted paper, fabric, ribbon and embellishments …
And Liz used fabric that she had previously stamped at Dyeing to Paint as well as paper to make the lovely pinwheel. Liz also discovered that she rather liked the black card blanks!
Pat was inventive too – with organza on velvet for her Father Christmas, stencilled trees on fabric and glitter pipe cleaners
And Karen, along with a few others, who hadn’t done any Sissix cutting before – made some stunning cards
As always a wonderful relaxed day creating for Christmas whilst enjoying each others company – what more could you ask for!
Many thanks to Jan, Corinne and Keris for sharing their machines and die cuts
As usual everyone came today with great ideas to create and it was without doubt a very productive day, with lots of plans for a sparkly Christmas!
Fran and Glynis were beavering away in the corner and Glynis was on a mission to try out the group stencils – to great effect – looking forward to seeing these fabulous printed fabrics in one of Glynis future pieces of work….
Fiona was focused on improving her skills with a gelli plate – and was making good headway
Caroline stencilled seed heads onto fabric and then overdyed it – looking forward to seeing the end result next time
Jan was busy making a curtain for a little window
and Pat was on a mission making fabric for Christmas cards….
As was Liz
Chris obviously has Christmas in mind too as she was busy making little robins
Monica created a Christmas tree stencil to try out – which proved to be popular
And then decided that her new Dyeing to Paint apron needed a makover to cover up the paint she had wiped over it – in error of course…
And was very pleased with the end result!
The rest of the group are planning to do theirs next month – no pressure girls – and thanks to Glynis for sharing the stencils!
As always a fun and relaxed day was had by all.
At yesterday’s Dyeing to Paint session we experimented with painting bondaweb which was used to create some small pieces of work to be enhanced with free machine embroidery.
After a good scrunch the bondaweb was painted – many with metallic acrylics. It was then chopped and applied to a felt or fabric to make an abstract work of art. Some also applied sweet papers and foil to give a bit of extra shimmer!
All that was left to do then was to take it home, cover it with organza and apply some free machine embroidery to finish it off. Salinder is already on the case!
In addition to an abstract Sally created some beautiful fish with her bondaweb
Whilst many were beavering away on the bondaweb others were experimenting with procion dyes and Fiona was busy working with Indian print blocks which were looking fab
Looking forward to seeing some finished pieces soon!
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 …..so watch this space!
Great wook everyone – well done!
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.
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!
On Saturday 21 October Isobelle and Monica spent the day screenprinting at the Printhaus in Cardiff. They had a wonderful time learning from a great tutor who skillfully led the through the process with good outcomes.
Isobelle focused on an image of the Staffordshire Hoard that she is planning to use for a piece of textile art work that is in the making.
Monica chose to create an orchid image on paper and fabric….
We weren’t sure whether it was the weather or whether a couple of people had missed recent sessions that today’s session was so frantic. There was queue to try the ice-dyeing
and coating wet painted fabric with salt….
Chris used her piece of salt dyed fabric and stamped sea horses and starfish on it and she mopped up her excess paint to add another interesting piece of fabric to her stash.
She also brought along a pheasant that she is painting onto fabric for the centre piece of a cushion.
Monica tried sun dyeing with polystyrene net from around fruit, which worked well
And she showed a jelly fish that she had been working on…
The fabric is hand dyed and the scan and cut machine had been used to make the jelly fish stencil.
Corinne showed a heron that she had painted with inktense pencils
And Hillary had been busy turning some of her painted fabric into wonderful works of art….
Caroline produced some brilliant pieces of fabric splattered with paint – great for a grafitti wall hanging maybe?
Keris added beach huts to a piece of fabric that she had previously created
She also tried out painting flower heads with a toilet roll…
and created this wonderful piece of fabric from mopping up excess paint
Her love of painting didn’t end there. She took her new knowledge home and shared it with her grandchildren. Here they are painting with toilet rollsto create some wonderful works of art! The new generation of Dyeing to Paint maybe?
Lastly, this piece of fabric was produced from mopping up stray bits of procion powder from the ice dyeing
As always a very enjoyable day with some wonderful creations produced by chance or design!
Ice Dye results
A happy accident with black