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Going with The Flow…..

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

Jan was busy experimenting with a Gelli plate

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.


Dyeing in the Heat!

On a hot and sunny day the painting group met again to explore more techniques in painting fabrics. A suggestion was made to experiment with mono-printing and using transfer paints to transfer art work from paper to fabric.

So, as well as having fun and enjoying a good gossip we managed to create some brilliant pieces of work.

Fran led the way with the mono – printing, making sure that everyone acknowledged that they would need to iron their fabric before getting engrossed in the process.

She produced a lovely iris, which we are sure Fran will turn into something amazing when she has worked her sewing machine magic on it!

Frans flower

We couldn’t understand why Fiona had an empty wine bottle with her. She had either drunk the wine on the way – and she did mention that she had trouble remembering where we were meeting – or she had a plan. Fortunatley, it was the latter! The wine label had a hen on it and Fiona was on a mission to re-produce it on her fabric, which she did – and it looked amazing!

Fiona's chicken

Irene, who said that she was ‘new to all this’, produced a lovely flower and went on to experiment with different textures throughout the day. With her practical hat on she also created a lovely drying facility on the wall outside the hall.


As you have probably noticed there is a floral theme going on – mainly because Fran brought in some excellent books to work from.

This is one that Frances created

Frnaces flowers_edited-1

And this is Monica’s piece of floral art work

Monica;s flowers

Having exhausted the flowers and mono printing some moved on to experimenting with the transfer paints

Monica used them for the background and then emphasised the shapes and added colour using fabric crayons

Monica's paitning

And, Isobelle did a background on satin fabric and then overlaid with a wooden print block

Irene's writing

All in all, a productive day and lots of enthusiasm and ideas for next month.