Tagged: free machine embroidery

Sissix for Christmas

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.

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They then moved on to card making with some fantastic results

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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.

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Monica cut out labels on the Scan and Cut machine then added a die cut embellishment.

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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.

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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

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Caroline enjoyed painting card and put it to good use with some beautiful creations….

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And, Glynis was on a mission cutting out bunting and letters – looking forward to seeing the completed project soon!

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So much to play with and still more – the stamps and heatwave pen hardly got a look in!

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A very enjoyable and productive day was had by all – well done everyone!

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Variety is the Spice of Life

There was certainly a great variety of things going on today at Cutting Edge

Liz was busy cross stitching beach huts

Liz bech 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.

Chris landscape

Corinne was busy completing her table runner

Corinne sewing her table runner

Corinne sewing her table runner

Corinne's table runner

Corinne’s table runner

Monica’s friend Jean, who had dropped in to say hello, was busy sewing Monica’s Kiwi quilt….

Jean my quilt web

Sylvana was basting a quilt together.

Sylvana elephant

Jan showed a mouse pin cushion that she was making

Jan mouse pin cushion web

And Fiona had arrived early to complete a baby quilt.

Fionas quilt

Others were eager to show pieces of work that they had recently completed.

Jeannie shared an exquisite quilt that she had made.

detail of Jeannie's quilt

detail of Jeannie’s quilt

Lesley and Jan showed postcards that they had completed following the recent postcard workshop.

Jan's postcard

Jan’s postcard

Lesley's postcards

Lesley’s postcards

Lesley had also completed a wall hanging that she started at a Gail Lowther workshop.

Lelsey's NZ wall hanging

Lelsey’s NZ wall hanging

Gilly modelled a bag that Jan had recently completed

Jans bag

Hilary modelled a scarf that she had made….

Hilarys scarf web

and showed a fabric picture that she had completed using Kantha stitch

Hilary hare picture web

plus some scrappy book covers that she had made

Hilary book covers

At today’s meeting we welcomed two new guests – Chris and Marie. Chris showed some lovely tiny teddies that she had made – so cute!!!

Chris teddy

Tiny teddy web

As ever, a very enjoyable day amongst friends!

And to finish – something that Chris Dobson thought the group would enjoy….

sewing forecast web

Another Industrious Day at Cutting Edge!

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…..

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a beautiful cross stitch from Dilys

dilys cross sticth

some painstaking unpicking from Jan to make her husband’s quilt just perfect!

Jans quilt

And, a steady job for Hilary winding thread and wool

Hilarys 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

Corinne, Keris and Hillary

Corinne, Keris and Hillary

Caroline, LIz and Chris

Caroline, LIz and Chris

And, Sally reached the finishing post first with her beautifully made caddy

Sallys bag

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

salinders quilt

Jan showed everyone an apron that she had made and which others were keen to make

Jans apron

And Sue Thomas showed a quilt that members of the Swan Street quilters had made for Sue Bowers.

sue bowers quillt

Monica showed a small art quilt that she had made from samples of fabrics that she had dyed at Dyeing to Paint

dtp quilt

And she has finally finished her Ineke Berlin design bag

denim bag web

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

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And, lastly Hilary was encouraging members to Stitch for Syria and shared a news article about the Christmas fundraising for Llamau

What a wondeful and varied day – well done everyone!

Another Great Dyeing to Paint Day!

At Dyeing to Paint today the focus was on painting with shaving foam and transfer art paints.

MD AL and Kira shaving foam web

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.

Corinne's landscape

Corinne’s landscape

Caroline took a much different approach and went for the abstract which also worked extremely well

Caroline's abstract

Caroline’s abstract

Meanwhile others decided to further explore the transfer art paints. Kira and Keris were very quietly concentraing on painting an Islamic design

Keris and Kira web

Which, when transferred to fabric, looked terrific

Keris design

Keris design

Kira's design

Kira’s design

Hillary decided to paint birds that she had seen in a magazine which look very effective

Hillarys birds

And Glynis painted Islamic images to great effect.

Glynis islam prints

Whilst all this was going on Fiona was quietly creating a tile image with the lino cut tools

Fiona's lino cut printed tile

Fiona’s lino cut printed tile

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

MD islamic mosques

A very productive day….. and it went in a flash!!!!

Painting Bondaweb

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.

Angie Hughes

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!

Sonia and Hilary

Others took the opportunity to take advice from each other…

Liz and Chris

And, it wasn’t long before some wonderful pieces of work began to emerge.

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Keris work

Glynis work

This little piece of Monica’s will be turned into a needlecase soon!!!

MD piece

We look forward to seeing the finished projects very soon!

Book Cover day

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!

Chris cover

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.

Liz cover

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.

Keris cover

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.

Corinnes cover

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!

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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.

Fionas cover

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.

MD Bridget

Bridgets cover

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….

MD cover

And, Hilary made a dream catcher – testing out one of the proposed activities for the forthcoming Crafternoon Tea

dream catcher

And finally, Keris has a new little grand child and showed us a beautiful baby bag she had made

Baby bag

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.

Another Lively Day

As ever there was no shortage of enthusiasm at the April Cutting Edge meeting. Everyone was very industrious and engrossed in various projects.

Beryl Diane and Liz

Irene and Fiona

Gilly and Pat showed hand quilted projects that they had recently completed. Pat did hers whilst flying to Australia.

Gillys quilt

Pats quilt

Hexagons seem to be in vogue at the moment. Dilys and Jeannie were busy working on quilts that they are making.

Dilys quilt

JHL quilt

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.

Jans quilt

And Julia was just finishing the binding on a beautiful quilt that she has made from batik fabrics.

Julias quilt

Pat was asking members for advice on what she should back her hexagon quilt with.

Pats hexagon quilt

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.

CE day shoes

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!

Catherine's poppies

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.

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