At today’s Dyeing to Paint session we tried out ice dyeing – a simple process that requires fabric, Procion dies, soda solution and ice – not any old ice mind you – we used M&S ice cubes!
Glynis then introduced us to painting with a toilet roll which produced some lovely images of aganpanthus or alliums – whatever takes your fancy.
…..and cotton wool buds to paint lovely wisteria flowers
And, if that wasn’t enough there was a flurry of activity to dye fabric with Indian Inks
Isobelle was busy lino cutting
And Monica was block printing with a new pineapple print block
Another busy and enjoyable day with friends – always a pleasure!
Today, some apprentice fairy shoe cobblers met at Bonvilston Reading Rooms to try their hand at making little fairy shoes for the fairies at the bottom of their gardens.
Good friend Sonia, who is the fount of all knowledge on all things fairy shoes guided everyone through the day and would be cobblers took initial inspiration from the wonderful tree of fairy shoes that she had made.
To kick things off Sonia explained the process using felt and fabric bonded together for a firm shoe. Then, it was a free for all with some keeping it simple whilst others experimented with organza and gold fabric on the outer and inner parts of their shoes.
Isobelle managed to sneak in a bit of painting and glitter work which looked very effective.
And Hillary went with a Christmas theme and was thrilled that she had created a shiny bottom!
Chris was quietly creating and then became concerned about the size she had made and whether they would fit? If she meant on her own foot then she is way off beam!!
If Sonia was thinking that the day would be a breeze then she totally miscalculated and was soon off to create some fabric for her own pair of fairy shoes – which was delightful and seemed so easy???
She then went on and used the fabric to make this delightful pair of fairy shoes.
It was great fun with lots of banter and laughter – particularly when Monica expressed disappointment at not being able to complete 4 pairs as planned. As it turned out she only completed one shoe and decided that she might have to look for a one legged fairy!
Hilary’s completed shoes
Many thanks to Sonia – who has the patience and good humour of a saint. We all throughly enjoyed ourselves and went home committed to finishing off our shoes for the benefit of the Vale of Glamorgan fairy community!