Today, a small but perfectly formed group met to play with the Sissix and Scan and Cut machine and made headway in creating some unique cards for those special friends.
Corinne and Keris hit the jackpot by cutting fabric on the scan and cut machine without much hassle – well initially anyway.
They then moved on to card making with some fantastic results
Fiona had success in creating frames for the Christmas trees that she had block printed and free machine embroidered. She also brought along sone lovely die cuts and stencils which were popular with the group.
Monica cut out labels on the Scan and Cut machine then added a die cut embellishment.
Liz was well prepared and made some lovely cards. The stag card was innovative. She used a stencil to spray gold stags in the background and then added a die cut stag which had been made with her hand painted card.
Yvonne was busy cutting labels and shapes to take home for more inventive work but produced lovely cards made from squares of paper. A popular design introduced by Corinne
Caroline enjoyed painting card and put it to good use with some beautiful creations….
And, Glynis was on a mission cutting out bunting and letters – looking forward to seeing the completed project soon!
So much to play with and still more – the stamps and heatwave pen hardly got a look in!
A very enjoyable and productive day was had by all – well done everyone!
There was certainly a great variety of things going on today at Cutting Edge
Liz was busy cross stitching beach huts
Chris showed her progress on the textured landscape that she is making. She was quite pleased that she is now getting the hang of free machine embroidery.
Corinne was busy completing her table runner
Monica’s friend Jean, who had dropped in to say hello, was busy sewing Monica’s Kiwi quilt….
Sylvana was basting a quilt together.
Jan showed a mouse pin cushion that she was making
And Fiona had arrived early to complete a baby quilt.
Others were eager to show pieces of work that they had recently completed.
Jeannie shared an exquisite quilt that she had made.
Lesley and Jan showed postcards that they had completed following the recent postcard workshop.
Lesley had also completed a wall hanging that she started at a Gail Lowther workshop.
Gilly modelled a bag that Jan had recently completed
Hilary modelled a scarf that she had made….
and showed a fabric picture that she had completed using Kantha stitch
plus some scrappy book covers that she had made
At today’s meeting we welcomed two new guests – Chris and Marie. Chris showed some lovely tiny teddies that she had made – so cute!!!
As ever, a very enjoyable day amongst friends!
And to finish – something that Chris Dobson thought the group would enjoy….
Cutting Edge sessions never fail to entertain and today was no exception. The group of hand stitchers at the table were busy working on various wonderful pieces of work…..
a beautiful cross stitch from Dilys
some painstaking unpicking from Jan to make her husband’s quilt just perfect!
And, a steady job for Hilary winding thread and wool
The other Hillary was quietly busy in the corner making a free machine embroidery cake stand that she plans to fill with free machine embroidered cup cakes – we can’t wait to see the finished project. It will be awesome!
Those on the sidelines were engrossed in making an iron caddy similar to one that Monica had made in the past and with a pattern downloaded from the internet
And, Sally reached the finishing post first with her beautifully made caddy
Show and tell revealed that members don’t seem to stop when they are at home. Salinder had made a beautiful small quilt from scraps
Jan showed everyone an apron that she had made and which others were keen to make
And Sue Thomas showed a quilt that members of the Swan Street quilters had made for Sue Bowers.
Monica showed a small art quilt that she had made from samples of fabrics that she had dyed at Dyeing to Paint
And she has finally finished her Ineke Berlin design bag
Fiona, though absent today, sent photos of work that she has been working on which look wonderful and we look forward to seeing them close up in the near future
What a wondeful and varied day – well done everyone!
At Dyeing to Paint today the focus was on painting with shaving foam and transfer art paints.
The shaving foam produced some wonderful landscape backgrounds which gave huge scope for creativity. So much so that Corinne started straight away to enhance her background fabric with fabric pens and more paint sprinkled with salt.
Caroline took a much different approach and went for the abstract which also worked extremely well
Meanwhile others decided to further explore the transfer art paints. Kira and Keris were very quietly concentraing on painting an Islamic design
Which, when transferred to fabric, looked terrific
Hillary decided to paint birds that she had seen in a magazine which look very effective
And Glynis painted Islamic images to great effect.
Whilst all this was going on Fiona was quietly creating a tile image with the lino cut tools
And, the day spurred Monica on to think about developing a transfer art paint image that she had made earlier. The image has been bordered with a fabric that has been dyed using soya wax as a resist and is now ready for a little free machine embroidery
A very productive day….. and it went in a flash!!!!
Today a merry band of stitchers explored a new technique which is bound to feature in future pieces of work. They spent the day painting bondaweb and then stitching into it – with some spectacular results.
After a short demonstration from Angie Hughes, who led the workshop, everyone got stuck into painting their bondaweb …. and then some found time for a chat while they were watching their paint dry!
Others took the opportunity to take advice from each other…
And, it wasn’t long before some wonderful pieces of work began to emerge.
This little piece of Monica’s will be turned into a needlecase soon!!!
We look forward to seeing the finished projects very soon!
Wednesday 17 June was the day that a little band of enthusiasts got together to create book covers. And… there was no end of creativity.
Some had planned in advance and came ready to go. Hence Chris motored on and by the end of the afternoon had nearly finished!
Liz had thought through her idea which was a seascape. She had a lovely blue background fabric that suggested waves, and this was cleverly enhanced with a rainbow voile.
Keris used a piece of fabric that she had previously foiled laid over a beautiful purple felt and overlaid with a laser cut piece of fabric and voile. She then started to embelish it with tiny seed beads.
Corinne used a piece of hand dyed fabric, overlaid it with a laser cut piece of fabric and some die cut shapes. After overlaying with voile she started to hand stitch into it.
Hillary used a piece or cotton fabric print, added sequins and hand cut fabric letters. She then had a go at free machine embroidery and by the end f the day her two little books were nearly complete. There are going to be some very happy grand children!
Fiona abandoned her original idea and after rummaging through all the scraps created this lovely cover. And,she incorporated a piece of block printed fabric she made at a recent Dyeing to Paint session.
Bridget was engrossed in making a landscape and by lunchtime was well on the way to completing a lovely cover. She also took lots of bits with her after being inspired with the scraps available.
And whilst keeping an eye on what was going on Monica and Hilary were busy creating in their own way.
Monica started a book cover….
And, Hilary made a dream catcher – testing out one of the proposed activities for the forthcoming Crafternoon Tea
And finally, Keris has a new little grand child and showed us a beautiful baby bag she had made
It just shows there is no end of talent in the group!
Keep an eye out on the designated book cover page to view the finished articles.
As ever there was no shortage of enthusiasm at the April Cutting Edge meeting. Everyone was very industrious and engrossed in various projects.
Gilly and Pat showed hand quilted projects that they had recently completed. Pat did hers whilst flying to Australia.
Hexagons seem to be in vogue at the moment. Dilys and Jeannie were busy working on quilts that they are making.
As well as having been busy with her new Scan and Cut machine, and making a cover for it Jan showed everyone a lovely quilt that she had made. Below is a small section of it.
And Julia was just finishing the binding on a beautiful quilt that she has made from batik fabrics.
Pat was asking members for advice on what she should back her hexagon quilt with.
Members who were at the fairy shoe workshop brought along the little shoes that they had made to show to the rest of the group.
Discussion took place about the World War 1 commemorative quilt and Catherine showed the one that she is submitting. No pressure on the rest of the group to get going!
In the afternoon some members had a go at bonding foils, glitter and sequins onto velvet and it didn’t take long before they were hooked! Some lovely pieces were produced. No excuse now for not practising the free machine embroidery on them.