In March it was ‘Prick and Stitch’ overseen by Val. It is a stitching method to make hand-made stitched greetings cards and invitations for all occasions. People who receive hand stitched greetings cards are usually amazed and delighted that someone has made it especially for them. Many have been so pleased that they frame the picture. The ladies created some stunning work.

Sue was the guest crafter in April bringing her expertise on bead making to the group. The ladies found this a challenging activity as the beads were very small. The focus was either earrings or a decorative piece for a necklace. Well done Janice for completing a very attractive necklace.

May was a time for Iris folding. A new venture for some of us. Iris folding is a simple paper-folding technique that originated in Holland. Colour-coordinated strips of folded paper are taped into place over a pattern, creating a spiralling design that resembles the iris of an eye or camera. Originally, Dutch ‘crafters’ would cut their strips from envelopes with patterned interiors, but now it is common to use lightweight papers such as wrapping and origami paper to create iris-folded designs.

The ladies thoroughly enjoyed this activity with everyone present producing an end result that they could be proud of. Thank you Joyce for leading this session.

In June Pam kindly lead a session on ‘sculptured cake decoration’. Shaped and sculpted decorations such as flowers, shapes and figures are very popular for celebration cakes as you all know. So at this meeting we were all introduced to making a ‘Rose’ with a malleable fondant icing. This was far more difficult than it first appeared although some ladies got to grips with the process pretty quickly. Although for some this wasn’t our forte but we can still make good tea and coffee!!!! Thanks Pam. Here is a picture of a successful ‘Rose’.

In June Pam kindly lead a session on ‘sculptured cake decoration’. Shaped and sculpted decorations such as flowers, shapes and figures are very popular for celebration cakes as you all know. So at this meeting we were all introduced to making a ‘Rose’ with a malleable fondant icing. This was far more difficult than it first appeared although some ladies got to grips with the process pretty quickly. Although for some this wasn’t our forte but we can still make good tea and coffee!!!! Thanks Pam. Here is a picture of a successful ‘Rose’.

In July we were steered in ‘Tea Bag Folding’ by Chris. For those, like me, who didn’t know what ‘tea bag folding’ is, here goes.

The name “Tea Bag Folding” refers to the folding of tea bag wrappers, not the tea bags themselves. Tea bag folding may have originated in Holland by a lady named Tiny van der Plaas. She needed a birthday card for her sister but didn’t have any decorative paper. She fiddled with tea bag wrappers and was inspired to use them in her card.”

Tea bag folding continues to be a popular method for making cards and decorations, so today we will be focussing on producing decorations which will be used as part of creating special cards at November’s meeting. There was a quiet, purposeful atmosphere with Chris ensuring every person was moving forward at a pace they could cope with. There was a successful outcome for all. Thanks Chris.

Some of our Other Work