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!
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!
Another wonderful day at Cutting Edge! As ever members were on a mission to start a new project or complete something they had begun earlier.
Chris Dobson was making a pebble cushion
similar to one she had made earlier….
Chris had also made two beautiful sea side themed cushions. The centre pieces were stencilled at a Dyeing to Paint session.
Caroline was busy cutting a Welsh lady out to applique onto a cushion – and was using one of Chris’ cushions to work out the size
Marie was busy putting a quilt together …
and finding the time to have a well earned chat with Hillary
Lesley was engrossed in cutting out a flying geese border for a table runner
Sue Thomas was finishing off a quilt and showed a beautiful dragonfly quilt that she has recently completed
Sylvana was in the process of binding a cute owl quilt which is a hoot!
Jane was also making a children’s quilt with novelty fabric
Liz showed a cushion that she had made. The Dragon was cut out on the scan and cut machine and then appliqued to the fabric
And Gilly modelled a Japanese Folded apron that she had made with a Janet Clare pattern
Monica showed some crazy patchwork that she had done at a recent workshop in Swansea
And she had also made a crazy patchwork cushion with silk fabrics
and a pineapple cushion from a panel that she had stencilled and painted at Dyeing to Paint
What a very talented group of people – well done everyone!
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
We also welcomed another new recruit – our youngest ever – 2 year old Lydia is an artist in the making!
Salinder was busy colouring fabric ready to create a landscape and also created a wonderful image with a stencil
Corinne created a beautiful image that she plans to turn into a picture for a newly decorated bedroom
Glynis beavered away in the corner and produced a wonderful fish designed fabric
Chris used transfer art paints to create a lobster which we suspect will feature in her new holiday home.
Isobelle showed a book that she had created after following a Linda Kemshall tutorial
Jan produced a beautiful delicate elephant print
Fiona brought some pieces of work that she had machine embroidered – which were delightful.
And she painted a new piece that no doubt wll be worked on further
Monica brought along a border that she had machined embroidered onto hand dyed fabric.
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!
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
As ever a very productive day – well done everyone!
Well, today everyone was very industrious!
First off we welcomed Maggie Cullinane who talked to us about the quilt that she is making to raise money for the charity Mothers of Africa – check out this link http://medicine.cardiff.ac.uk/mothers-africa/
T o help her on her way Hilary and Monica created and donated four squares for the quilt.
Maggie is hoping to raise £1,000 for the charity, and you can help by making a donation on the Just Giving website http://www.justgiving.com/moaquilt
You can also view some of the other panels that have been made for the quilt. The quilt is being raffled in Cardiff in October.
In addition to Maggie’s interesting and inspiring work the group had been busy with their projects. Kate brought along the poppy picture she had been working on since last month’s meeting where we used shaving foam to make a picture.
It will be interesting, in due course, to see how others have finished off their pictures.
Pam, Jeannie and Helen were busy making patchwork. This is Helen’s beautiful piece of work. Pastel squares and hearts
Pam was using the pineapple design
And others were just busy beavering away on their various projects.
The weather had obviously put Jackie in a Christmas mood – she was cutting out bunting!