There is always something new to play with at Dyeing to Paint and today’s session was no exception. There were new Gelli plates, Pebeo paints and stencils which soon got snapped up by members of the group.
Jan was thrilled with the new Indian stencil and once she had mastered the application of the paints there was no stopping her!
Keris was also engrossed with the indian stencil and plans to use some her prints for a book cover that she is making.
Liz, Chris and Caroline were engrossed in making a daisy book wrap using the knowledge they had gained at the recent Angie Hughes workshop. There was a lot of muttering going on along the way though as no-one seemed to be able to remember how to apply the paint-but they were coming along nicely by the end of the day.
Fiona has moved swiftly from summer to Christmas. She cut the stencil for the green Christmas trees by hand and the snowflakes are printed from a stencil made on the scan ‘n cut machine.
The scan ‘n cut machine in recent months has been a bit of a nightmare, one way or another but today Monica, Corinne and Isobelle were thrilled that they were able to cut stamps from funky foam and stencils with mylar stencil sheets. The machine worked like a dream – probably something to do with the fact that Corinne has updated it and bought a new power lead. Fingers crossed that we won’t be disappointed next time.
Isobelle managed to try out one of the stencils on her gelli plate …
and created these wonderful prints with a potato masher and builders adhesive stickers!
Fran was busy dyeing and printing some wonderful pieces of fabric and she also brought her finished Daisy Book Wrap along to show the group. The centre image below is Frans fabric that she uses to soak up paint when she is working – how amazing – and colourful!
Corinne brought along a fabric mosaic picture that she has created which is beautiful
And Monica was seeking advice over a wallhanging that is work in progress. Thanks guys for all the useful comments!
We even managed to spare a little time to learn how to make fabric beads!
All in all, a great day of experimentation and innovation by a very talented group of people!
Cutting Edge sessions are always a busy affair and today was no exception.
Those around the table were busy working on various projects and catching up for a chat with friends. Brenda, Bridget and Carol were busy quilting..
Others were busy discussing a planned community war quilt. What colour fabrics, threads etc. How can we make the poppies? Liz seemed to have a plan…
And the Scan ‘n Cut and Sissix machines were available to play with!
Monica cut out some letters..
… and a seahorse which will be turned into a stamp block for an up and coming Dyeing to Paint workshop
She also showed the group a cushion that she had made using a Sissix machine die cut
Caroline was on a mission to finish some cushions that she plans to give to her Russian visitors who are coming next week
At Show and Tell Jan showed the group a denim bag that she had made for her sister. She embellished it with the most beautiful machine embroidery
Jeannie showed a stunningl quilt that she was completing
Brenda showed a stunning cross stitch that she had done of her grandchildren.
And Corrine showed a stitched picture that she had made at the recent Alison Moger workshop.
More photos of the work that was created at Alison Moger’s workshop can be viewed here
How lucky we are to have such a talented and friendly group to share our passion of sewing with!
Today a small group of CE members got together to focus on developing their skills with the Scan and Cut machine.
And by pooling knowledge from past experiences and watching You Tube videos helped to produce better results when cutting fabric. This was achieved by using a hi tack adhesive sheet and labelling the new blade so that it is only used to cut fabric. We also experimented with blade, pressure and speed settings until we achieved a neat cut and logged all the information with samples so that we could refer back to them if needed in the future.
And we did manage to cut some neat pieces though Isobelle doesn’t appear to look too sure about this one?
though this one ended up back to front!
And whilst we were all busy playing with our scan and cut machine Jan was busy at the other end of the table getting a bit frustrated though she did end up with a lovely leaf stencil.
Today we met to recycle Christmas cards on the Sissix machine and what a productive day it was! Everyone went home with a good selection of completed cards and work in progress.
Hillary made a Mother’s day card and recycled a card that had been discarded in the bin much to the disgust of Hilary!
Lesley made a card for her hubby on her new Sissix machine.
Chris made a good selection
And Monica used her doilly die cut to recycle cards
As well as the Sissix machines the Scan and Cut machine was in use and Corinne discovered how to used the drawing tools – which gives huge potential for further enhancing cards
As ever, a wonderful day with good freinds! Well done everyone!
Our UFO day today was busy, busy, busy with members on a mission to finish projects and start new ones.
Jan was beavering away on a bag that she wanted to finish and was planning on putting these wonderful elephants on it.
She also brought a table runner that she pans to finish but that remains work in progress.
Stephanie was working with some wonderful Welsh fabric…..
She also brought in her finished WW1 quilt – which is fabulous and now hangs in the hall of fame on our dedicated blog page
Whilst, Catherine progressed with her embroidery.
And Hillary was busy making a bag for her mum’s Christmas present.
Talking of Christmas, Chris brought along fairy shoes that has made for her grand children.
And, Corinne got hooked on making Christmas cards….
….producing some beautiful ones…
Monica made Christmas sacks
and finished off a book cover
Finally, Hilary got to have a go on the scan ‘n cut machine – on a mission to make some fabric letters for heart bunting for a new baby girl
A very productive day all round – well done folks!
Today at Dyeing to Paint the cahllenge was to make some festive fabric for Chrstmas cards from the various materials available.
It wasn’t long before the stamps, print blocks and stencils were in use backed up with the Sissix and scan ‘n cut machines!
And, it wasn’t long before lovely fabric pieces began to emerge…..
Salinder and Liz were happy printers
And, Glynis was busy printing and embellishing
Monica used a piece of previously painted fabric and overprinted adding stars made from Fererro Rocher chocolates and Tunnocks tea cakes
And couldn’t wait to get home to embellish it and machine embroider before using her fabric for Christmas cards
Looking forward to seeing more cards soon folks!
The Show and Tell session at Tuesday’s Cutting Edge session demonstrated the breadth of crafting interest within the group.
As usual there were some stunning examples of patchwork and quilting….
There were a variety of other items that had been lovingly created…
There was also some shadow knitting going on, courtesy of Linda – amazing!
In addition to all of the above Isobelle, with the help of Fran and Irene, demonstrated the groups new Scan ‘n Cut machine which means that once people are familiar with it we can look forward to many more wonderful pieces of work in the coming months!
And, whilst everyone was enjoying themsleves with all things crafting Hilary and Monica were off on their travels. Hilary to Spain and Monica to the Scottish Highlands. You can read about Monica’s travels and interesting discoveries here