Tagged: hand dyed fabric

Sew Hot But Sew Lovely!

Yesterdays Cutting Edge session was the last one before the summer break and what a showstopper it was!

Hillary and Stephanie brought their work which will be hung in the Tapestri cafe exhibition

Pat brought a quilt that she had recently completed for her daughter who lives on a farm. She had been to J&B Sewing in Cardiff to long arm quilt it.

Jaci had been working on a challenge with four friends for quite a while. A brilliant idea and stunning results!

Jan showed work that her friend – who has recently passed away- had done. Jan taught her friend how to spin

Caroline was busy stringing fish together and making batik elephants to applique onto a quilt. The fish are made from fabric that Caroline dyed at Dyeing to Paint

Fiona showed a lovely cushion that she has recently completed – all machine quilted

Pat had been to a Susan Briscoe workshop and completed this beautiful little piece of work

Monica showed the crazy patchwork that she completed a while ago. It was supposed to be a needlecase but in Monica’s view is much more practical as a book cover!

And Sylvana was busy finishing off a quilt top

Amanda and Glynis had been busy making baby and children’s clothes that looked delightful

Lesley – Anne put out a call for hand made craft items for a Project Linus fundraising sale that is being held later in the year – these are few items that have already been donated

There is always fantastic camaraderie amongst members and it was lovely to see individuals helping out with various challenges that arose on current projects

Finally, we would like to congratulate Jeannie Duncan Farr, Pat Hixon and Helen Morgan who all have quilts featured in exhibitions…

Helen has a quilt being exhibited at a quilt show in Oregan, USA

Jeannie Duncan Farr and Pat Hixon have quilts being exhibited at the NEC Festival of Stitch

One of Jeannie’s quilts is also being featured in the Quilter’s Guild 2019 calendar!

Time for a short break. We resume in September and look forward to seeing more fabulous work from our members

Happy sewing!

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August Blues, Pinks, Red, Yellow, Gold………

Dyeing to Paint members don’t normally meet in August because there is the myth that everyone is away on holiday?

Not true because today eleven eager members turned up ready and eager to create!

Still popular was the ice-dyeing.

ice-dyeing

Many thnaks to Caroline for replenishing the ice supply at short notice!

A wealth of other resources were also being used, including some lovely stencils that Fiona brought along and shared.

These are Caroline’s pieces of work – always full of vibrant colour – beautiful!

Seedheads were popular. Jan stencilled hers in a subtle shade – they are just waiting for some creative stitch Jan.

Isobelle tried out the seed heads as well and then produced a lovely piece of fabric using the rollergraph.

Isobelle also brought along a mosaic fabric seahorse that she is making and will look stunning when it is finished.

And, Fiona brought along two wonderful wall hangings that she had made using the seed head stencil. Love the holographic threads that were used.

Apologies to Fiona as these photos don’t do her work justice!

Fran was busy using her gelli plates and produced this amazing piece of work

Monica was busy trying, not too successfuly at times, to stencil shells onto a piece of previously dyed fabric. Many thanks to Isobelle, Jan and Hillary for their pearls of wisdom – always a winner!

And Glynis brought two completed pieces of work that will be used for our stand at the Ystradowen Village Hall day on 16 September

Glynis also brought her sister in law with her today and how artistic is she! Look at this beautiful picture she created. We hope you have a lovely day Vivienne and thank you for your company.

As ever, a busy and creative day interspersed with lots of chatter and banter – an ideal recipe for fun.

Sewing on a Rainy Summers Day

Lesley, Marie and Steph

There was much to admire today at Cutting Edge. Corinne, Keris, Fran and Jan were keen to show off the quilts they had made on Friday at a Gail Lowther workshop – and stunning they were too!

And it is important to mention here that Jan used some of the fabric that she had dyed at last week’s DtP session. They do look rather stunning – well done Jan!

Brenda and Truda were busy working on current projects. Brenda was reaching the end of sttiching a whole cloth quilt – her 5th! Truda was working on a beautiful cross stitch. She was very expertly creating it with silks from her stock in an effort to use them up and she was using 26 count linen!!!!

Glynis brought along a quilt she started in 2006. After recently completing it she has had it long arm quilted. She also brought along a quilt that she has recently made and machine quilted hereself – quite the expert! Obviously with time on her hands she had also produced a lovely bag

Hillary brought along three pieces of work. Chives painted with a toilet roll on hand dyed fabric – which look fab. She stencilled flowers onto another piece and hand embroidered them and she showed some parasols which she stencilled onto fabric using freezer paper – very cheerful and summery!

Salinder brought two beautiful quilts that she made a few years ago – giving a seaside theme with lighthouses on them…

She also showed the results of her ice dyeing and a piece of work in progress

and Gilly showed a quilt that she is completing and which has been beautifully quilted by a long arm quilter in Chepstow.

A wonderful show of talent – well done everyone. Looking forward to more of the same after the summer.

And great to see that some of the hand dyed fabrics and being used!

Sea Fabric and Paint it!

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….

Hillary’s Chives

Hillary’s embroidery

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

Monica Dennis

A happy accident with black

Jan Webster

Caroline Neudegg

On a Mission to Paint!

Spring was in the air today which seemed to inspire everyone to get going with their painting projects.

We welcomed Marie and Carol for the first time and were pleased to see that they were enjoying the experience. After trying out fabric dyeing they settled down with Hillary to experiment with the markel sticks

Carol, Hillary and Marie

Carol, Hillary and Marie

Carol's stencilling

Carol’s stencilling

Marie's stencilling

Marie’s stencilling

Hillary Hill

Hillary Hill

We also welcomed another new recruit – our youngest ever – 2 year old Lydia is an artist in the making!

corinne-and-group-lydia

Salinder was busy colouring fabric ready to create a landscape and also created a wonderful image with a stencil

salinders-collage

Corinne created a beautiful image that she plans to turn into a picture for a newly decorated bedroom

corine-daisies-and-butterflies

Glynis beavered away in the corner and produced a wonderful fish designed fabric

glynis-fish

Chris used transfer art paints to create a lobster which we suspect will feature in her new holiday home.

Chris Dobson

Chris Dobson

Isobelle showed a book that she had created after following a Linda Kemshall tutorial

id-book-collage

Jan produced a beautiful delicate elephant print

Jan Webster

Jan Webster

Fiona brought some pieces of work that she had machine embroidered – which were delightful.

Fiona Brook

Fiona Brook

And she painted a new piece that no doubt wll be worked on further

fiona-green-with-white-daisies

Monica brought along a border that she had machined embroidered onto hand dyed fabric.

Monica Dennis

Monica Dennis

She also showed a book cover that she had made by upcycling an antimacasser which had been hand dyed with procion dyes and embroidered with daffodils – very apt for St David’s Day yesterday!

md-daffodil-book-cover

Monica was also focused on painting pineapples. She used the Scan and Cut machine to make a stencil and then used markel sticks to transfer the image onto fabric

md-pineapples-1

As ever a very productive day – well done everyone!

fiona-b-and-group

Getting Ready for the Festive Season

At this month’s Cutting Edge session a number of members were busy making a Christmas tree wall hanging ready to hang over the festive season. And whilst everyone was using the same pattern they were all looking very different.

Hillary had reshaped hers from a long rectangle to a square which looked very effective.

hh-tree

Sandra had used green silk and was at the stage of adding her gold diamante which she discovered was quite challenging – and frustating at times – but she persevered and it looks stunning

sandra

Chris was busy sewing down the farbric swirls on her tree ….

Chris and Keris

Chris and Keris

and Liz was adding the diamante

chris-and-liz

Lesley was a little frustrated that her bondaweb wouldn’t adhere to her fabric – but kept smiling!

lesley-web

By the end of the day there were a few completed trees – fabulous

xmas-trees

And, whilst Dilys wasn’t able to join us today she was busy at home completing her tree!

dilys-tree

We wish Dilys a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her at the next meeting

Whilst some were busy ‘doing trees’ others were busy sewing and catching up on the gossip

sally-lesey-and-caroline

corinne-jan-and-gilly

And, as usual there were some wonderful pieces of work to share at show and tell

Chris had made some fun cushions for grand children using fabric that she had painted at Dyeing to Paint. It was great to see the hand painted fabric being used.

chris-cushions

Corinne shared a beautiful embroidered wreath that she had completed

corinnes-wreath

Helen had been to France on a Sheena Norquay course and showed the pieces that she had made there

helen-collage

And Hilary showed everyone a little angel that she had made.

hilarys-doll

We were pleased to welcome Marie Austin as a new member of the group. Marie was busy making a quilt for her sister.

marie

As ever, a productive day and we look forward to seeing more of the Christmas wallhangings completed in the weeks to come.

P.S Hillary has finished her tree – it looks amazing!

h-hill-tree

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!

Hillary2

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.