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Sew Happy Sewing!

Nights are drawing in and the group are busily creating the most beautiful pieces of work – which was very evident at todays CE meeting.

But before we oohed and aahed at the beautiful works of art that were on show we welcomed Yvonne Randall who brought along some lovely bits of haberdashery and fabric to tempt us. She also demonstrated her Accucut machine and die cuts which was great fun.

Yvonne Randall

Yvonne Randall

And we welcomed Chris Morfett as a new member to the group. She is known to many in the group already for the lovely miniature teddies that she makes. For example, at today’s show and tell she showed the group a beautiful quilt that she has just completed.


Chris D brought in a cross stitch of her grandfather which was absolutley stunning. She had taken it to St Fagan’s to show them.


She had also been busy making underwear travel bags for grandchildren and adult family members which looked like fun items to have in your suitcase


Gilly had made a cute little knitting bag for a friend


Keris and Corinne reported that they had recently been to the Kirsty Allsop handmade fair at Hampton Court. They showed tea towels that they had printed

Corinne's towel

Corinne’s towel

Isobelle’s piece was work in progress. She had painted the fabric for her wall hanging with transfer art paints and is now busy stitching into it. Looking lovely Isobelle!


Hilary showed a piece that she recently completed at a textile workshop


Fiona showed a beautiful bag, needle case and pin cushion that she had made. She has offered to run a workshop to show how to make the bags so watch this space!


Sylvana was busy basting a quilt together to give as a gift to a family member.


And Salider had two beautiful quilts to show


Sone were busy focusing on Christmas. As well as making this beautiful bag Marie was busy making Christmas wall hangings.



And Caroline was on a mission to get stuck into her Chrsitmas tree wall hanging. Caroline was the focus of attention as many of the group will be making one at the November session


Finally, Monica thanked Hilary for her contribution to CE over the last 5 years as she has now stepped down from running the group.

And then Monica gave an update on the recent WW1 quilt exhibitions in Old hall Cowbridge and Giles Gallery Pontyclun and announced that the quilts would once again be displayed in Cowbridge shops to support the British Legion appeal. They will be in the shop windows between 31 October and 14 November 2016. Shops that have generously offered window space include ty Hafan Emporium, David Barnes Dry Cleaners, Costa Coffee, Beauty Within and Jon Ian shoes. Hilary also gave an update on her initiative to make Big Poppies to complement the WW1 quilts and Poppy Appeal



Pat Archibald Workshop

Edinburgh Textile Artist Pat Archibald is running her Ghosts of the Orient workshop
on Friday 20 June 2014
at Ystradowen Village Hall, Vale of Glamorgan
between 10.00am and 4.00pm
Cost £40.00

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In this workshop you will learn in easy stages how to create a translucent of a Chinese junk or Dhow sailing away into the setting sun using layers of nets, sheers and foils. As well as her ‘ghost images’ technique Pat will cover gilding and foiling in this workshop. A choice of kit is supplied for this class which is £15. It contains fabric, backing, wadding, nets, sheers and foils.

To book a place email mdennis.wales@gmail.com

Rag Rug Workshop

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Bonvilston Reading Rooms, Vale of Glamorgan
Friday 14 March 2014
Between 10.00am and 4.00pm

Like a lot of textile processes rag rugging is a vast subject. It has its roots in the make do and mend era and is basically a recycling craft.

The aim of the day will be to start a hooked or prodded rug as well as being introduced to other types of rug making and rug artists.

The Tutor
Sonia Fox comes from a long line of stitchers. Her grandmother, one of seven children was well tutored in needlework skills and made her living doing it. These skills were passed to her mother who was an accomplished needle woman and Sonia learnt at her knee. Primarily, Sonia is a quilt maker with a special interest in stitching, particularly quilting. Like many she is a textile enthusiast and confesses to being a bit of a ‘flusey’ when it comes to textiles generally “if it takes my fancy I will try it out”.

In addition to the above rag rug workshop Sonia also teaches:
• traditional patchwork – both hand and machine
• quilting – both hand and machine
• contemporary quilt making
• tassel making

The fee for the day is £20.00. To book a place email mdennis.wales@gmail.com

Social Patches

Artes Mundi is coordinating a series of activities called Social Patches as part of Artes Mundi’s offsite projects.

The activities are focused around the Indian artist Sheela Gowda, who’s work incorporates textiles, quilts and appliqué.

Monday 7 – Friday 18 October, 10.00am – 4.00pm, Unit 10, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff City Centre.

Draw inspiration from the patchwork quilts used in the artwork Down Under, and work closely with fashion designer Tara Tarapetian on your own fabric pieces. Down Under was originally constructed from bits and pieces of fabric collected by poor women in Gujarat, India. Looking closely at Gowda’s artwork we will start to collect fragments of fabric and textiles to develop your own designs. Bring in your own piece of fabric, or use our collection of donated textiles by local retailers. Free workshop.

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October, 10,00am – 4.00pm, Unit 10, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff City Centre

Develop your sewing skills with professional textile artist Lisa Porch, as she demonstrates a range of textile techniques from appliqué, patchwork and stitched text. Help to add a patch to our developing outfit or begin to start your own project. Whether you’re a beginner, novice or professional, drop in and start to share your ideas and skills.
Free workshop,material provided. No booking required.

Wednesday 16 October, 2.00pm – 2.45pm, Unit 10, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff City Centre
Talk entitled Piecing the Past: The Wrexham Tailor’s Quilt

Discover the story of James Williams, a military tailor from Wrexham, who spent a decade meticulously piecing a patchwork quilt during his leisure hours. Join Elen Phillips, Curator of Costume & Textiles at St Fagans, National History Museum, to hear more about its fascinating history.
Spaces are limited, to book a place please email: melissa.hinkin@artesmundi.org or ring Artes Mundi on: 02920 2055 5300.

Friday 25 October, 2.00pm – 2.30pm, National Museum Cardiff

Explore the relationship between art and fashion through paintings that influenced a century of style. Join Anne Pritchard, Curator of Historic Art, National Museum Cardiff, on a guided tour focusing on works by artists such as Rossetti, Renoir and Augustus John. Spaces are limited, to book a place please see National Museum Cardiff website – http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/whatson/

On display
A selection of tradition Welsh quilts from The Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Centre, Lampeter, will be on display in Unit 10 from Monday 7th – Friday 18th October.

Artes Mundi will be running a series of free creative activities placed outside the gallery in Cardiff city centre until the end of the year, keep your eye on its website for up and coming events

Demonstration of the Use of Markel Crayons

The Cutting Edge group will be meeting  again on Wednesday 12 September, between 10.00am and 4.00pm at the Village Hall, Llanblethian.

Ann Lewis, a  long term member of Glamorgan Quilters and Penarth Quilters will be visiting the group this month  She specialises in folded Japanese patchwork and colouring fabric.  She will be demonstrating the use of Markel crayons.  We will be marking and patterning fabric so bring some plain fabric.

Ann, Pam and Hilary have crayons for people to use with rubbing boards.  She will be joining us for lunch and demo either before or after lunch.

Anyone is welcome to join the group.  f you are interested tel Pam Stead on 01446 772965 (after 5pm)

Hello world!

Welcome to the Cutting Edge Blog. We aim to keep you posted about our activities and latest creations.

You are welcome to join our group, which is designed for anyone who has an interest in patchwork and quilting, embroidery and embellishment of fabrics.

We meet on the second Wednesday of every month between 10.00am and 4.00pm at Llanbleddian village hall, Cowbridge, in the Vale of Glamorgan.

For more information contact Pam Stead after 5.00pm on 01446 772965