Today’s Cutting Edge meeting was as busy as ever with members busy working on current projects and eager to show work that they had recently completed.
And we were pleased to welcome three visitors to the group today – Alison, Kerry and Janet. It is lovely to greet new people and see some of the lovely work that they are producing.
Work for the groups exhibition in Tapestri cafe is coming on well.
Monica is embellishing a wall hanging made from panels that are entitled She sews Sea Shells – it seems very apt for our sea themed exhibition
Fiona showed some pieces of work that she will be entering. The porthole is so inventive – made with painted vilene and painted bondaweb! And she created the beautiful fish wall hanging at a Hilary Beattie workshop.
Having now exhausted the sea she has moved onto a textured landscape inspired by Wendy Dolan – fabulous!
Sally is busy working on a piece for the exhibition which also features portholes….
Following our recent workshop we have a wonderful collection of fabric postcards – around 40 – so today we laid out the background fabric to decide how best to show them
Visitor Kerry showed a beautiful quilt that she has recently completed – an excellent finish on both sides!
Truda showed a quilt that she has made from scraps – and pointed out that her scrap bucket looks no different now to when she started!
Jan was busy basting a quilt together which she hopes to have finished for the Swansea Festival of Stitch Quilt Expo
Jan and Sally were also busy deconstructing pieces of work at one point!
Amanda has finished her fabric journal – and there was a request to have another workshop. But we decided that in September anyone who is interested can join a group at monthly meetings to make them. This way people can work at their own pace and share stash and ideas
And finally, Lesley Anne showed the group a lovely little cushion that she has made
And in addition to all of the above we had a stash of fabric, haberdashery and books for members to wade through. We are thrilled to report that we raied £120 for Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death) charity!
Rather an industrious and very enjoyable day. Thanks to everyone for their enthusiasm and support of our various activities – which is always very much appreciated!
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.
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!
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!
A loose theme for today’s Dyeing to Paint session was to create something focused on the Seaside. But as ever, it was not obligatory and the results of the day were varied, interesting and creative.
After arriving keen to create shells, lobsters and crabs in textile paints Monica started the day by stencilling an elephant on some ice dyed fabric. The stencil was so irresistable it just had to be done!
She did focus on stencilling shells before being distracted once again by a hen stencil! So many goodies it is hard to resist.
Glynis also created hens.
Corinne brought along a couple of pieces of work in progress…..
Salinder was on a fishy mission as well!
Isobelle block printed a lovely sea horse – lots of sewing potential!
Whilst Hillary patiently cut freezer paper to make beach brolly stencils. So looking forward to seeing how it progresses onto the wonderful piece of fabric that she has painted.
Fiona experimented with a few different things – even snowflakes for Christmas!
And finally, we had another session ice dyeing – looking forward to seeing the results folks.
As always a lovely varied and creative day with lots of pieces of work begging to be developed! Well done averyone and thanks to everyone for sharing their resources.
17 June 2017