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!
Some people just can’t resist the chance to sew when it comes along and today was no exception. It might be the summer break for Cutting Edge but a small group of members felt the urge to get together today to learn how to put piping on a cushion.
Chris guided the day with a great pack of instructions and samples and was on hand to give advice
And group members helped each other along the way
which resulted in a wonderful collection of cushions to show off at the end of the day!
Many thanks to Chris for her detailed preperation, expert guidance and support to help us achieve our aims!
It was a quiet day at Cutting Edge today with a number of people on holiday but there was still a wonderful array of work to be admired.
Gilly and Sally spent the day together creating and chatting to their hearts content. And by the end of the day Sally had made two bags.
Corinne was proud of a tea cosy she had knitted – and rightly so!
She showed the group a small wall hanging that she had completed. She painted and stamped the fabric at Dyeing to Paint and then finished it off with hand and machine embroidery.
And Stephanie was working on a piece that she started at Dyeing to Paint
Jaci was on a mission making spec holders – great idea and so practical!
Marie showed a lovely wall hanging and two bibs that she had recently completed.
And Keris was busy doing a red work picture for one of her grand children
Steph, a new visitor to the group showed a beautiful bead bracelet that she had made.
Amanda was busy finishing a hexagon quilt – lovely colours!
And Chric M. seems to have moved on from teddies to bunnies – beautiful!
As well as group members we welcomed 4 visitors to the group. Jaci McQuillan, Caroline Leonard and Amanda Randall made a return visit and we welcomed Steph Smith for the first time. We hope they had an enjoyable day and we look forward to seeing them again soon
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!
Nights are drawing in and the group are busily creating the most beautiful pieces of work – which was very evident at todays CE meeting.
But before we oohed and aahed at the beautiful works of art that were on show we welcomed Yvonne Randall who brought along some lovely bits of haberdashery and fabric to tempt us. She also demonstrated her Accucut machine and die cuts which was great fun.
And we welcomed Chris Morfett as a new member to the group. She is known to many in the group already for the lovely miniature teddies that she makes. For example, at today’s show and tell she showed the group a beautiful quilt that she has just completed.
Chris D brought in a cross stitch of her grandfather which was absolutley stunning. She had taken it to St Fagan’s to show them.
She had also been busy making underwear travel bags for grandchildren and adult family members which looked like fun items to have in your suitcase
Gilly had made a cute little knitting bag for a friend
Keris and Corinne reported that they had recently been to the Kirsty Allsop handmade fair at Hampton Court. They showed tea towels that they had printed
Isobelle’s piece was work in progress. She had painted the fabric for her wall hanging with transfer art paints and is now busy stitching into it. Looking lovely Isobelle!
Hilary showed a piece that she recently completed at a textile workshop
Fiona showed a beautiful bag, needle case and pin cushion that she had made. She has offered to run a workshop to show how to make the bags so watch this space!
Sylvana was busy basting a quilt together to give as a gift to a family member.
And Salider had two beautiful quilts to show
Sone were busy focusing on Christmas. As well as making this beautiful bag Marie was busy making Christmas wall hangings.
And Caroline was on a mission to get stuck into her Chrsitmas tree wall hanging. Caroline was the focus of attention as many of the group will be making one at the November session
Finally, Monica thanked Hilary for her contribution to CE over the last 5 years as she has now stepped down from running the group.
And then Monica gave an update on the recent WW1 quilt exhibitions in Old hall Cowbridge and Giles Gallery Pontyclun and announced that the quilts would once again be displayed in Cowbridge shops to support the British Legion appeal. They will be in the shop windows between 31 October and 14 November 2016. Shops that have generously offered window space include ty Hafan Emporium, David Barnes Dry Cleaners, Costa Coffee, Beauty Within and Jon Ian shoes. Hilary also gave an update on her initiative to make Big Poppies to complement the WW1 quilts and Poppy Appeal
Well, Dyeing to Paint today was certainly interesting and productive with a variety of activities going on. Some continued working on last month’s theme of Autumn. Isobelle had started to put together an autumnal wall hanging and was busy making leaves for it.
Monica was on a mission to paint fabric and card for Christmas cards which soon captured other people’s interest
Keris produced some lovely fabric that we suspect will feature in Christmas cards soon….
Corinne was working along the same lines colouring card and a music sheet
and Liz turned her fabric green!
Liz and Jan also started a craze with the Sissix machine using some of the painted card to cut out stags heads and Christmas trees. Jan was busy cutting out bunting shapes and letters and showed that it was possible to cut out fabric with a small die. Well done Jan.
And Isobelle finished the afternoon off by experimenting with embossing powder to enhance a card design.
So many things going on and so many ideas for the Sissix Day on 19 October! We are going to have so much fun!!!!
We need to think about a washing line for next month though. Our current drying facilities aren’t going to work so well in the winter!