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Showing off The Group’s Talent

Today, we spent the day at the Ystradown Village Hall’s 30th anniversary celebrations and showed off the group’s talent by displaying some of the beautiful work that members had offered for sharing. And, what a wonderful display it was too!

There was lots of interest from the people who passed through with some keen to find out more about us by visiting our meetings. We even had children interested and keen to have a go!

Many thanks to those of you who loaned your work. As always, very much appreciated!


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!

Flower Girls!

Not only was it a bright and sunny day outside today it was sunny all the way inside Ystradowen Village Hall where a small group of ‘flower girls’ beavered away to make fabric flowers

Keris, Hillary and Helen

Keris, Hillary and Helen

Gilly and jan

Gilly and jan

Catherine, Jeannie and Glynis

Catherine, Jeannie and Glynis

It is not clear what the discussion was here but could it be ‘is mine better than yours?’ – never!

group discussing flowersweb

And whilst it seemed that heads were down concentrating on the job in hand there was quite a bit of discussion going on about what could have been done instead of following the instructons. For instance –

Jan was heard to say ‘we could have used a glue gun!

Glynis commented that ‘we could have wrapped the stem in florist tape’

Jeannie thought it would be good ‘to wrap the stem with felt and use florists tape on top’

Jan – ‘how can you (w)rap without music?

Chris – ‘has anyone put the kettle on yet?

Helen – they would look good made in Liberty fabric

And Jan was horrifed when she found out she would have to HAND SEW!

So….. it seems that any future flowers will be constructed in a very different way!

All in all, a lovely cheery day – as you can see here

flower girlborder web

Hi thanks for a fun packed day, really great. Thanks again for giving up your day for the flower girls. Catherine

I thought it was a great day too and thank you for showing us all and updating the blog in such a fun way.šŸ˜ŠšŸ‘šŸ» Jan

Fab day, Monica, when Iā€™d got myself organised! Thanks so much for sorting us out. Am determined to bring you a finished one for next week. Gilly

A Busy UFO Day

Ystradowen Village hall was buzzing today with fourteen sewing enthiusiasts beaverng away on their unfinished creations .

The “noisy but nice” corner got off to an enthusiastic start. Catherine was working on some flower panels.

CP flowers

and showed off the quilt bag that she currently making at a craft class.

Catherines bag

Jan brought her bag along, and though distracted with a birthday cake to celebrate her “21st birthday” made good progress with it.

Jan Cake

Jan's bag 2

Jeannie was her usual productive self. First she completed a quilt that she is donating to Project Linus.

JDF ironing

Then she completed two hand embroidered cushion covers that she is donating to our fundraising event – so generous and much appreciated!

JDF Cushions

Stephanie brought along a quilt to work on.

Stephnies quilt

and showed some stack and wack panels that she had made at a workshop.

stack and wack

Bridget was quietly hand quilting.

Bridget's quilting

Gilly was machine quilting.

Gillys quilt

and Kathryn was working on a book that she is making at a craft class.

Kath book

Corinne and Keris were busy working on quilts. Corinne managed to sandwich hers together ready for quilting.

Corinnes quilt

And Keris was sewing the border on – nearly there!

Kersi machine

Kersi quilt2

A lovely, cheery, colourful and productve day – well done everyone!

Ghost Images With Pat Archibald

Friday 20 June 2014 was a memorable day because not only did a small group of people create the most amazing images under the expert guidance of Edinburgh textile artist Pat Archibald, Ystradowen Village Hall has never been so quiet when our sewing group has met there!

There was a mixture of deep thought and concentration, and quiet determination combined with a calm approach from Pat – what more could you ask for?


Pat was always on hand to give a helping hand.

Pat with Helen

And, as a result it wasn’t long before the the images came together.

Carol  sewing

My dhow2

New tips and techniques were learnt and before ending the day Pat advised on how to finish off the images, as well as showing us some of her wonderful quilts.

Enjoyment of the day was evidenced by numerous requests for Pat to return in the future and the email feedback, which included the following:

“Thank you for organising today, I thoroughly enjoyed. Now I need to finish it off before my memory fails me!! I thought Pat was very good in delivering the new techniques to us, I would certainly enrol on any future courses with her. The day went very quickly, we were all so busy there was no time for gossip ā€“ not like the usual cutting edge meeting”! Liz

“Just to say thanks for organising yesterday’s workshop I really enjoyed it, now looking forward to finishing mine. Would definitely go another of Pat’s courses if she comes to Wales again”. Chris

“It was a lovely day today I enjoyed the workshop very much and have been quite inspired. I only realised after I was in the car that I had not thanked Pat for her time, effort and understandable tuition. Please would you pass on my thanks”. Linda

“Well done Pat and many, many thanks for a most enjoyable day”!

“Thank you so much for last weeks workshop It was lovely to be there working with such a nice group of women and was great to see what everyone had produced. I spent Monday finishing mine off and I am thoroughly delighted with it. I was so impressed with Pat Archibald, she was such an unassuming and talented lady who was very organised and encouraging to those of us attending. I will send you a picture of my work soon”. Carol

As well as Pat’s website you can also keep up with what she is doing on her Facebook page.