Wednesday, May 23, 2012

East End Cake Decorators April Meeting

At our meeting in April, Glenys gave us an excellent demo all about a fairly new product called SugarVeil.  It comes as a powder to be mixed with water to a runny mixture, this stage is called the "wet stage".

Next it is spread onto special textured teflon mats and left to dry for about two hours.  This is the "dry" stage: dry to the touch, but still pliable and not sticky.  The "set" stage is when the piece is dry and brittle.   

While it is still pliable, Glenys cuts out a motifs from the larger piece.

This is another design that stretches out like a hammock.

It can also be piped into designs or letters  ......

butterfly or dragonfly wings

This and the photo below show how it can be cut to fashion a bride's gown or a dress for an old fashioned belle.

Thanks, Glenys for a really interesting demo. 

SugarVeil is available at Flour Confections in Pickering.  

May's meeting  is the Annual Cake Competition
The criteria is as follows:

Cover a board (not a cake or stryo dummy) with fondant and decorate it with spring flowers. Advanced members are required to use gum paste. The board can be displayed flat on the table or placed on a stand. There is a fee of $5.00 per entry in this category.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fascinating Fun

Me and my friends Brenda (centre) and Suzanne (right) at our Seniors' Club Mothers' Day Luncheon.  

Previously Brenda organized a "Fascinator Workshop". Thirty or so of our members made their own cute little toppers, all different.
In the background you can see the quilt that Suzanne and I are working on.  This single quilt-as-you-go is in all the pastel shades with a few darker purple.  It will be sashed in dark purple.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


This is my 96 year old mother with her birthday gifts from the family this past weekend.  I weighed the bars and bags - 7 lbs!

And here she's making a wish!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Chikan embroidery stitchalong

Well, it's completed.  Thank you Anita from Artistic Fingers who guided us through eight weeks of Chikan embroidery.  The finished motif is very nice.  

I'm going to admit that I had a very difficult time with filling the centre upside down heart.  The sample numbered pattern instructs we go down one column and then up the next.  My brain just could not fathom that out, so when I reached the bottom of the first column I wove my thread up through the stitches at the back to the top of the next column and began embroidering down again.

A week or so ago she showed on her blog some more potential stitch-alongs.  I'm looking forward to doing another.