Tagged: Sissix

Boundless Energy at Today’s Dyeing to Paint

Today’s Dyeing to Paint got off to a flying start after New Year wishes had been exchanged and everyone had caught up on news of the festiivities over a tea or coffee.

Sally was on a mission with foam brushes and stencils creating some ‘happy accidents’

Fiona was in full flow with her favourite roller and her new favourite stencil, which others also took a shine too

Fioba Brook

Monica was also engrossed in stencilling using some she had made and some kindly loaned by Glynis and Fiona

Caroline was busy making more fabric to go with the others that she had painted at a previous session

Caroline Neudegg

She wasn’t the only one with a stash of fabrics that need to be used and there was a comment that we perhaps need to get together one day just to focus on creating some art quilts, particularly as many of the pieces were sea themed and would fit nicely into the theme of the forthcoming exhibition – no pressure girls!

Meanwhile Glynis painted some fabulous seed heads

Glynis Senter

Corinne stencilled Dutch houses

Corinne Roberts

And Jan was quietly beavering away recycling her Christmas cards!

Jan Webster

As always great fun. Well done everyone!


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..




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


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……



As were Salinder and Keris



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


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


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

Jan had a productive day with her Sissix machine


And Isobelle played around with her glue gun and the 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


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


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


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


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

Sissix for Christmas

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!

A Glorious Spring Day Sewing

Today was a glorious spring day outside and a sunny and cheery day inside with the Cutting Edge group!

As ever, it was busy with lots of work in progress and a huge variety of finished products.

Following ‘Morning Prayers’ members showed off some of their completed works…..

A beautiful sea horse from Yvonne.

YD sea horse

Corinne, Liz and Monica had completed delightful stitched cards that they were inspired to make following the recent Sissix day.

Corines cards

Liz card


Hilary showed off some lovely scissor holders that she had stitched.

HC scissor cases

Jan and Hillary had made very useful bags.

Jans bag

Hillarys bag

Carol was pleased with a quilt that she had recently finished using the quilt as you go method..

CArol loosemore quilt

And Monica showed little book covers and a sewing case that she had completed.

foil cover

tree book cver full view

foil needlecase

In addition to this many were busy with current creative works which included quilts….

This is Catherines – beautiful colours and design.

Catherine's quilt

Helen’s wonderful baby quilt – someone is going to be very thrilled!

Helens quilt

Helen was also working with Julia on a quilt which is to be raffled to raise money for the Lifeboats.

Lifeboat quilt

And Sue was busy making a delightful pastel coloured quilt.

Sues quilt

Irene continues with her scan and create images.

Irenes flowers

Jan was bsuy sewing a lovely cat.

JAns cat

And Lesley was making a cute little fabric garage for her grandson’s cars.

car bag

In addition to the above activity Jeannie did a demonstration to show how she binds a quilt and mitres the corners which was very well received.

JDF demo

The table runner that she used to demonstrate is also the piece that she is going to use when she runs a workshop for group members on 3 June. Jeannie is our colour queen!

JDF sewing

Hilary also gave a deomstration of the stitched cards and how to make envelopes.

After seeing some beautiful small quilts at Olympia Knit and Stitch show and a visit to the Fashion on the Ration exhibiton at the Imperial War Museum Monica and Hilary threw out a challenge to members to create a quilt of their own to commemorate the First World War. Poppy buttons purchased from the show were offered to those wanting to take part.

Finally, we also celebrated three birthdays – many happy returns to Fran, Irene and Sylvana.


“It was a great day we were all very busy the blog is so inspiring when you see what everyone does and also how quick you get it all on the blog!!! Lots to look forward to in the coming months”. Jan Webster

Sissix Workshop

Today, an enthusiastic group of Cutting Edge members met in St Hilary villge hall to have a go at using the Sissix machine to recycle their Christmas cards.

And, it wasn’t long before everyone was totally absorbed in the activity – it has never been so quiet!!!


Caroline was soon hooked – what lovely little birds!

Caroline's cards

It looks like Liz will soon be the Queen of recycled cards!

Liz card

And these are a few that Hilary made earlier using die cuts and embossing plates.

Hilays cards

Following a very absorbing morning Hilary then went on to demonstrate how to stitch designs onto cards.

Hilary demonstrating

card stitching

Hilary brought along some beautiful cards that she had already made and it wasn’t long before some had produced some stunning ones of their own


A wonderfully relaxing day and we still have more Christmas cards to recycle in the future!

Following the day Monica used black paper die cuts that she created to make the following greetings cards. Translucent paper, ribbon, buttons and fabric have been used alongside the die cuts and finished off with machine stitching.


A Fun Packed Meeting Ahead

Hi Folks

Just a quick reminder that we meet again on Tuesday 11 November – same time, same place

We have an action packed day for those who are up for it………..

We will be bringing along some paper craft for anyone who would like to have a play making cards/gift tags/Christmas wrapping paper etc. Lots of stamping, punching etc. We will also bring the Sissix machine with us so that you can have a go at die cutting.

Hilary will be demonstrating how to make a Christmas tree out of a glossy magazine – so if you would like to have a go bring along a magazine if you have one lying around

Liz Price will be coordinating the food for the bring and share Christmas lunch (5 December )

And, there will be the Japanese Folded patchwork class going on in the little room!

An action packed day!!!!

Looking forward to seeing you there