Tagged: Sissix machine

Variety is the Spice of Life

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..

Carol

Bridget

Brenda

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!

Free Range Painting

Unusually, today’s Dyeing to Paint was held in Ystradowen Village Hall which mant that there was no going back if any resources were forgotten. So….. there was virtually everything the group owned available to tinker with, and tinker they did!

Monica and Hillary started off experimenting with the new embossing powders and Christmas stencil with some good results.

Hillary's Trees on fabric

Hillary’s Trees on fabric

Monica tried the stencil on fabric and card and Jan cut a tree on her Sissix machine and Monica then added a small glittery tree in the centre

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And….. the main learning point from this exercise was that if you get distracted you might scorch your fabric – hey ho.

After a coffee and a chat Caroline was absorbed with print blocks……

caroline-and-isobelle-web

caroline-collage

As were Salinder and Keris

salinder-collage

keris-trees

Keris also printed some beautiful leaves with leaves that she had picked up from Cardiff yesterday

keris-leaves

Corinne was busy embellishing a wall hanging that she started at a previous session – which looks beautiful

corinnes-collage

And she even got time to have a go at the linocut printing

Jan had a productive day with her Sissix machine

jan-sissix-web

And Isobelle played around with her glue gun and the heat gun

isobelle-heat-gun

Chris was quietly engrossed in making labels for the many Christmas presents she will be giving. She was also enjoying the embossing powders and the Wow pen for text

chris-labels

Monica’s main focus of the day was printing with a linocut that she had recently made. There were samples in card and fabric

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In fact, some of her samples were soon turned into Christmas cards

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And finally, Hillary had been beavering away at home to finish her Chistmas Tree wall hanging – how smart is that!!!

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So much enjoyment and looking forward to the next session already!

On a Mission for Christmas!

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.

isobelle-burning-fabric

Monica was on a mission to paint fabric and card for Christmas cards which soon captured other people’s interest

Monica's card

Monica’s card

Keris produced some lovely fabric that we suspect will feature in Christmas cards soon….

keris-fabric

Corinne was working along the same lines colouring card and a music sheet

music-painted

and Liz turned her fabric green!

liz-green-paint

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.

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And Isobelle finished the afternoon off by experimenting with embossing powder to enhance a card design.

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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!

Corinne and Chris

Corinne and Chris

Recycling Christmas Cards

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.

Lelsye and Hillary

Hillary made a Mother’s day card and recycled a card that had been discarded in the bin much to the disgust of Hilary!

Hillarys cards

Lesley made a card for her hubby on her new Sissix machine.

Lelseys cards

Chris made a good selection

recyled cards

And Monica used her doilly die cut to recycle cards

monicas 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

Liz and Corinne

As ever, a wonderful day with good freinds! Well done everyone!

Christmas Celebrations!

Today Cutting Edge members gathered to celebrate the coming of Christmas with a bring and share lunch. But before the celebrations began members were keen to take the oppotunity to carry on stitching!

Little groups at each end of the table were engrossed in their work

JDF Brenda and Dianne

Catherine and Gilly

Gilly had brought in the table runner she started at Jeannies workshop

Gillys quilt3

And was working on a small piece of quilted work

Gilllys quilt

Whilst the two Sue’s were having fun on the Sissix machine using card that Hilary had rescued from round the Christmas Crackers at the recent Glamorgan Quilters lunch

Sue Bower Sue Thomas

And, Keris was on a mission to finish a Christmas wreath

Keris wreath

Fran brought along a quilt that she had made at a recent Sheen Norquay workshop

Frans quilt

Finally, it was lunchtime and it has to be said that as well as being starts at sewing members are also a dream when it comes to preparing a delicious spread of food.

food

Full and happy everyone enjoyed opening their Secret Santa presents whilst singing Christmas carols. And, as the day came to a close Hilary and Monica were surprised and delighted to receive beautiful orchid plants as a Christmas gift from the group. THANK YOU!!!

Merry Christnas everyone – looking forward to seeing you all again soon!

Painted Fabric for Christmas Cards

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

Salinders

Liz fabric

And, Glynis was busy printing and embellishing

Glynic fabric

Monica used a piece of previously painted fabric and overprinted adding stars made from Fererro Rocher chocolates and Tunnocks tea cakes

MD fabric

And couldn’t wait to get home to embellish it and machine embroider before using her fabric for Christmas cards

md cards

Looking forward to seeing more cards soon folks!

A Treasure Trove of Talent

Today’s meeting was as lively as ever with sone wonderful work in progress, finished pieces and the added bonus of lots of wonderful stash to rummage through.

Some members brought fabric along to sell that they no longer wanted – or needed – the concept of parting with fabric is strange to some of us but we are always eager to buy – just in case we might need it one day!

Others rummaged through a great stash of craft materials that had been donated and as result of the generosity of our members £100 was raised for the British Heart Foundation – THANK YOU – you are truly stars!

And, whilst all this was going on there was a buzz of activity creating and completing some wonderful pieces of work – the show and tell session was certainly a testament to the talent in the room!

Gilly and Jan are currently attending a workshop to create a quilted bag – Jan didn’t seem to be too impressed with the number of plant pots that she has to make but so far Gilly’s looks stunning and we look forward to seeing the finished item.

Gilly

Dianne showed two quilts that she had completed – an Africa themed one that she started some time ago

Diannes africa quilt

And a fascinating quilt that is patterned on the back and front. Someone at Project Linus is to be the lucky owner of this one.

The back

Diannes quilt 2

and the front

Diannes quilt

Jeannie was embroidering over a piece of batik. She plans to turn the finished items into cushions. They are destined to look wonderful as ever.

Jeannes work

Isobelle has used Oakshott fabric for her background design and is hand embroidering over the top.

Isobelles work

Sylvana showed the very first quilt that she has recently completed – delightful!

Sylvanas quilt

Following a visit to Cardiff Museum earlier this year Hilary has created a fabric collage landscape which is to be a present for her father. Very clever the way it is constructed giiving depth to the whole picture. There was a call from some members for a workshop to find out how Hilary does it!

Hilarys quilt 2

And Monica showed two pieces of work that she has recently completed. She has made another journal cover ready for her next trip to India in the New Year and a piece of fabric art which is a combination of painted fabric and applique work.

Monicas work

As Christmas is looming it was decided that we could have a play with paper and the Sissix machines at the November meeting to produce some wonderful Christmas creations. looking forward to it already!