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Programme 2019–2020

Meetings start at 7.30pm
DateDemonstrator
25th April 2019 A.G.M.
Followed by In-house Demos
30th May 2019 Barry Fermor
Wired Figure Cake Topper
27th June 2019 Glenda Price
Rose-shaped cake
25th July 2019 Tina and Graeme Weare
Brush Embroidery
August 2019 Our summer bash
26th September 2019 Linda Garnham
Pastillage Boxes
31st October 2019 Justine Talbot
Cold Porcelain Flowers
28th November 2019 Christmas Party
December 2019 No meeting
30th January 2020 Tina and Graham Weare
Chocolate Flowers
27th February 2020 Georgina Daley
Spring Theme
26th March 2020 Cancelled
30th April 2020 Cancelled

Past Meetings

February 2020
We sugarcrafters like to see trends in fresh flower displays so that we can be inspired for our sugarcraft flower arrangements. So every couple of years we invite a florist to come and give us a demonstration. Our invited florist this time was Georgina Daley, who works locally, and was new to us. She worked on a spring theme and showed us how to arrange a welcoming door wreath and make a very dainty arrangement in a small teacup, so pretty.
January 2020
Graeme Weare from the Outrageous Cake Company kicked off our new decade with a demonstration on how to make chocolate roses and leaves. He showed us an ingenious method for making very effective leaves and the roses are actually quite easy to make, but you have to be patient in letting the shapes dry sufficiently.
November 2019
The November meeting is our party night with lots of lovely food brought by our members. We had a 'blindfold challenge' which Linda and Loretta won and our 'bitch raffle' which created lots of laughter. We also had our Christmas cake competition for which the standard was very high especially among the Novices.
October 2019
Justine Talbot braved a long Halloween Night drive to be with us; and it was lovely to see her again. Justine showed us how to make a quite stunning large poinsettia, holly, and fern spray from cold porcelain. Cold porcelain isn't a material that many of us have worked with, so it was good to see how to use it so effectively. Justine gave lots of advice on how to avoid any pitfalls.
September 2019
It was lovely to be able to welcome Linda Garnham back to our club. Linda showed us how to make her exquisite pastillage boxes. She gave us her pastillage paste recipe and she had so many ideas on how to make the boxes look really special.
August 2019
Our summer bash this year was a Tea Party organized by our Chairlady, Sue, and held at her home. It was a lovely afternoon. The sun shone and the food was fabulous. Many thanks, Sue.
July 2019
This month Graeme Weare of the Outrageous Cake Company came to show us how to do brush embroidery. He showed us how to prepare designs and transfer them to the cake or to use embossers to give outlines. He then impressed us by putting a design onto a cake freehand! The result is really so effective.
June 2019
Unfortunately, our scheduled demonstrator, Glenda, was unable to come. We wish her well and hope to see her again soon. Fortunately, Liz Ungless was able to step in at the last minute. We are very grateful to Liz. Liz gave a really interesting demonstration on how to make anthuriums and lupins. They were really stunning. She introduced us to a new type of paste too and gave lots of advise on flower making.
May 2019
We were very pleased to welcome back Barry Fermor to our club. He showed us how to make a robot using a wire frame. He gave us very detailed instructions on how best to wire the figure and make it stable. He also had some great tips on getting even amounts of paste for arms/legs etc. He demonstrated a really good way of doing hands, which we often find difficult.
April 2019
Our meeting began with our AGM. Sue Albins was re-elected as Chairlady and the Committee was elected. Following the AGM, Anne Reynolds, one of our members showed us how to make a large rose. She demonstrated how to make the petals curl so realistically.
March 2019
It was a while since we had seen Carolyn Harvey but it was lovely to welcome her back. She hadn't forgotten the awful traffic problems she had when she visited us last time! Carolyn showed us five Easter-themed ideas based on models and decorated cupcakes. We all loved her child in an Easter fancy-dress costume. She also had some good tips on making daffodils in royal icing and how to make realistic hands.
February 2019
While we were very happy to have Georgie Godbold as our demonstrator this month, it was tinged with sadness as it was her first demonstration to us without Beryl Puffett, who passed away recently. They had been such a delightful double act. Georgie showed us how to make a lovely standing figure with such pretty curly hair.
January 2019
We all braved the freezing weather for our first meeting of the new year. Graeme and Tina Weare from the Outrageous Cake Company came to tell us about chocolate modelling paste. Tina made two model dogs, a Labrador and a dachshund. The later at the special request from one our members who currently has 6 dachshund puppies!
November 2018
We had our Christmas party this month. We had lovely food, provided by the members, followed by a 'cake drive' (our version of a beetle drive). As usual for this month we had our Christmas cake competition with lots of lovely entries. Lorraine then ran a 'bitch raffle' which was an absolute hoot, we all had a really good laugh.
October 2018
Wendy Wright made her first visit to us and she came a very long way to do so. We are very grateful to her for her effort. Wendy showed us how to use wafer paper (not rice paper) to make various decorations. She made a lovely poinsettia arrangement which she donated to our raffle.
September 2018
Linda Garnham made a welcome return visit to us. Many of us make Christmas cakes for charity events, which are usually held in November, so we need to make Christmas cakes well in advance. Hence it was good to have some new, early ideas and Linda certainly gave us a different take with her lovely Santa sculpture.
August 2018 - Summer Bash
Our summer bash venue this year was The Princess Charlotte, Stanway where a number of us met up on 23rd August for a nice meal. The ice cream cones for dessert where quite a hit, pity we forgot to take a photo of us all eating them!
July 2018
It was Barry Fermor's first visit to us and he made a big impact with his 'Gravity water feature'. Really amazing. He explained his methods clearly and talked about his life in sugarcraft. He also coped with the heat of the evening really well.
June 2018
Glenda Price was asked to return to give her 'One Cutter Wonder' demonstration. Using just a rose and calyx cutter she showed us how to make a rose, two types of orchid, stephanotis, sweet pea, pansy and eucalyptus. Each flower had a bud and an immature flower to go with it. Glenda then wired up a lovey spray with some of the flowers. It just goes to show that you don't need a lot of equipment to produce stunning results.
May 2018
It has been a while since we last had the pleasure of welcoming Frances McNaughton to our club; it was lovely to see her again. Frances showed us how to make an exquisite fairy. She had such good tips on how to make the model so striking. We were all amazed at the result.
April 2018
The meeting started with our AGM. Sue was re-elected as Chairlady. Kimberley stepped down from the Committee but Brenda Lambert joined. The other Committee members were re-elected.
Anne Reynolds then gave a demonstration on how to make stock. It's a job that needs patience but the result was really good. She also showed us how to use roses and gypsophila as filler flowers.
March 2018
It was very nice to welcome back Liz Ungless. Liz showed us how to make very striking hibiscus flowers. She also showed us how to make simple orchids as filler flowers which would go very nicely in any flower spray.
February 2018
We were extremely grateful to Justine Talbot for stepping in at the last moment when our scheduled demonstrator was unable to come. She hadn't been to us before and she came a good distance too. Justine showed us how to make a stunning waterlily. We particularly liked the way she dusted it to bring the flower to life.
January 2018
Anuradha Bhogaita made her first visit to our club and gave a demonstration on how to make a lovely orchid. She explained the process very clearly and had some really nice visual aids to help us to see the components of the flower. She had some good tips on inserting a wire and making our own veiners too.
November 2017
It was party time this meeting. We had a cupcake challenge, where we all decorated a cupcake using limited material and equipment. We had a quiz and a drawing competition with a difference. All great fun! The food, brought by the members, was lovely. The Christmas cake competition was well supported and there were beautiful cakes in all categories. We finished with our raffle (see picture). To make it feel more Christmassy, it was snowing when we left!
October 2017
It was a delight to welcome back Georgie Godbold and Beryl Puffett. They always give a very entertaining demo with lots of laughter. Georgie made a cute wobbly mince pie fairy and Beryl made some sea holly. Beryl showed us the pitfalls of some methods to make sea holly and come up with her own unique method.
September 2017
Glenda Price was due to come to us in June but she was ill. So it was good to have her back with us restored to good health. She gave a demo on an autumn theme. She showed us a new way to make pine cones as well as blackberries, rose hips, honesty and old-man's beard. She also showed us a quick way to make acorns. She made autumn leaves and then produced a lovely arrangement with what she had made.
August 2017 - Summer Bash
A number of us met up at The Harvester, Stanway on 23rd August for a nice meal with lots of good chat.
July 2017
We were really delighted to welcome Debbie Brown for her first visit to our club. She gave a fantastic demonstration on how to make a model spaniel cake. We all fell in love with her creation, which was so cute. One lucky member did get to take the model home as Debbie donated the cake to our raffle, we wonder if she will have the heart to cut it.
June 2017
Unfortunately our scheduled demonstrator was ill but Estelle Man stood in at very short notice and gave us a demonstration on snow globes. Her snow globes were really wonderful. We were all taken by them and went away wanting to have a go at making them.
May 2017
For only the second time ever, our demonstrator failed to come. We took the opportunity to discuss how the NSA AGM, which we hosted last Saturday, had gone and talked about the issues raised there.
April 2017
Our meeting started with our AGM. Sue was re-elected as Chairlady and all the existing committee members were re-elected. Tosin was also elected as a new committee member. There was quite a lot of discussion on the future of the club.
After the AGM Christine ran a little workshop where we all had a go at making a cute little sugarpaste dog.
March 2017
We were very pleased to welcome Claire Webb to our club for the first time. Claire gave a demonstration on how to make magnolia flowers and Japanese painted ferns. The results were stunning and we were all very impressed with her use of colour to make the pieces look so realistic. Claire also judged our March competition of shortbread.
February 2017
This month we were delighted to welcome, for the first time, Dawn Blunden to our club. Dawn is a cake-maker to royalty: she made Prince Charles's and Camilla's wedding cake and has a number of celebreties as clients. Dawn braved storm Doris to get to us and she gave a very entertaining demonstration on how to make fabulous boots.
January 2017
We started 2017 with a demonstration by Tina Weare from the Outrageous Cake Company. Tina showed us how to make a hunky fireman model. She gave lots of insights in to how to make the model look special and had lots of tips on making realistic faces.
November 2016
This being our last meeting of the year, we welcomed back Brenda Eyers to show us how to create lovely Christmas flower arrangements. This was followed by our Christmas party. We had lovely food, supplied by members, and Christine set us a tricky quiz. We had an extra-special celebration for Stella's 90th birthday: Malyn made a delicious chocolate birthday cake. Our Christmas cake competition was also judged by our members and we had a large 'secret raffle'. A good time was had by all.
October 2016
It is always nice to be able to welcome back Graham Weare from the Outrageous Cake Company. Graeme showed us how to make swags, tails, bows, frills and so much more. He demonstrated how to use these elements to produce modern trends in cake decorating, designs we hadn't thought of.
September 2016
Georgie Godbold and Beryl Puffett were very welcome demonstrators this month. Georgie showed us how to make a delightful standing wobbly fairy. This model was on a decorated box which could be removed from the cake and kept as a memento. Beryl showed us how to make a lovely passion flower. She kept it as simple as she could and didn't use specialised cutters.
August 2016 - Summer Bash
A very goodly number of us had a lovely evening at The Harvester, Stanway on 25th August. Lots of laughter, good conversation, nice food and good service. We were having such a good time we forgot to take a photo!
July 2016
A good friend of our club, Glenda Price, gave our July demonstration. Glenda is so full of good ideas and uses techniques that don't need a lot of equipment. This month she showed us how to make lovely fairies/angels, babies and a dove.
June 2016
For the first time ever our demonstrator forgot to come! So we had a more social evening with a general discussion and questions/answers on sugarcraft. Brenda Parker set us a little quiz too. Hence, after our worry and frantic phone calling at the start in the end it turned out to be a nice evening.
May 2016
Cheryl Brighty of Artistry in Cocoa made her first visit to us. She talked about cocoa and chocolate in general and showed us how to temper and work with chocolate. It can be messy but she showed us how we could make some impressive pieces easily.
April 2016
Our meeting started with our AGM which showed that we had a very successful year. Sue Fleming and Anita Rafferty joined the committee while Sue was re-elected as Chairlady. After the AGM conclusion Malyn demonstrated two spring flowers, pretty pansies and violas, while Stella demonstrated how to make lovely filler flowers without cutters.
March 2016
It was lovely to welcome back Jacqui Kelly who gave a superb demonstration on cupcake decoration. She gave us lots of ideas as well as hints and tips to make our cupcakes look really special. We also thank her for judging our March challenge, a chocolate cake.
February 2016
We were delighted to welcome for the first time to our club Celanie (Sally) Browne. Sally is expert in making exotic flowers and she brought some of her work to show us. She then demonstrated how to make a Bat Lily, a very strange flower with lots of elements to it. Sally had lots of tips on flower-making in general too.
January 2016
Every so often we like to have demonstrations of trends in fresh flower arranging to inspire our sugarcraft flower arrangements. It was Brenda Eyers' first visit to our club and she gave a demonstration of arrangements with a Valentine theme. She produced five stunning arrangements which she donated to our raffle, so some lucky members got to take them home!
November 2015
One of our members, Brenda Lambert, gave us a demonstration on Christmas stencilling. She showed us how we could produce lovely last-minute decorations quickly using stencils. After the demonstration we had our Christmas party with lots of lovely food — provided by our members — music and chat. Brenda Parker set us a Christmas quiz which was a lot of fun — who knew that Jingle Bells was a Thanksgiving song?!
October 2015
Georgie Godbold and Beryl Puffett gave a very good and very entertaining demonstration — they had us in stitches of laughter. Georgie made a delightful Christmas mouse and Beryl made some lovely poppies.
September 2015
We were very pleased to welcome back Graham Weare from the Outrageous Cake Company, who showed us how to do pressure piping. He completed a lovely plaque in just an hour, showing us that it doesn't have to be a long job if tackled correctly. Graham said that he finds pressure piping a relaxing task and we could appreciate why that was the case.
August 2015
This year we held our Summer Bash at Roman Circus House. Adrian Clark was on hand to show members around the outside artefacts and answer any questions. Members could then look around the inside exhibits. The delicious, and plentiful, buffet was supplied by Sarah who is in charge of the cafe there. We had a short fun quiz on cakes and Roman Colchester and three teams shared the winning glory.
July 2015
Glenda Price, always a very welcome visitor to our club, showed us how to make full-sized flowers. Using techniques she has developed herself, she showed us how to make lovely full-sized carnations, cosmos and shasta daisies.
June 2015
It was Tina Weare's first ever sugarcraft demonstration and what a delightful demonstrator she turned out to be. Tina is well known for her sugarcraft modelling work at the Outrageous Cake Company and she showed us how to make a lovely glamorous, Ascot, lady.
May 2015
It is always lovely to welcome Fay Barrett back to our club. Fay showed us how to make a beautiful clematis spray. She captured the wispiness and flow of the plant so well.
April 2015
The meeting started with our AGM. Sue Albins was re-elected as our Chairlady. The current Committee was also re-elected. After the AGM there were three 20 minute demonstrations:
  • Stella demonstrated some simple, but very effective, models.
  • Sue demonstrated using edible lace to give lovely decorations.
  • Christine demonstrated buttercream skills showing the different effects that can be produced with a single star nozzle.
March 2015
We were very grateful to Helen Cruickshank for giving a demonstration at short notice. Helen demonstrated how to create lovely flower and leaf patterns using polymer clay. She showed us how these can be used to create jewellery and to cover items such as spoon handles. There was also a quick demonstration on how polymer clay can be used to create models, here a sweet little teddy was made.
February 2015
Liz Ungless made her first visit to us and showed us how to make beautiful nasturtiums. She made a lovely bouquet of them as a raffle prize. She also described how we can make our own veiners cheaply and easily.
January 2015
Our year did not have the start we would have liked. For the first time ever we had to cancel our meeting as the heating in the hall broke down. None of the other nearby halls were available and we couldn't get another venue at such short notice. Apologies to everyone.
November 2014
We had three in-house demos at our November party meeting.
  • Jenny showed us how to use patchwork cutters to make a variety of decorations.
  • Sue was using fresh flowers to demonstrate how to make a table decoration.
  • Christine demonstrated how to make simple sugarpaste snowmen, christmas trees and penguins.
The demonstrations were by followed lovely homemade seasonal refreshments which were provided by the members.
October 2014
Fay Barrett showed us how to make lovely poppies along with buds and seed heads. With Remembrance Sunday coming up and the WW1 centenary commemorations this was a very timely demonstration. Fay travelled a long distance to be with us and we are very grateful for all her efforts.
September 2014
It is always nice to have Georgie and Beryl with us. Georgie showed us how to make a spooky wobbly witch for Halloween and Beryl demonstrated how to make Chinese lanterns and honesty.
August 2014 - Garden party
Although the weather was dry, it was a bit too chilly to sit outside. However, we all had a nice time with very good conversation (the events at the Great British Bake Off was a hot topic) and nice food, which the members brought to share. There was also a raffle with lots of prizes. Many thanks to Anne Reynolds for her hospitality and for providing the drinks.
July 2014
Graham Weare, of The Outrageous Cake Company, made his first visit to us this month. Graham demonstrated brush embroidery. He told us how to form our designs and transfer them to a plaque or cake as well as telling us what sort of icing to use and how to build up a striking picture. Graham produced a lovely, contemporary, designed plaque as demonstration.
June 2014
Glenda Price gave a very good demonstration, full of hints and tips, and delighted us with her final product of a beautiful head dress and posy. Really stunning!
May 2014
Jacqui Kelly visited our club for the first time and proved to be a delightful demonstrator, so enthusiastic about her art. She not only demonstrated how to model in chocolate but also showed us how to make the various chocolate pastes and gave lots of advice and tips on how to overcome any problems.
April 2014
The meeting started with our AGM. Sue Albins was elected as our new Chairlady. Flowers and a gift were given to our outgoing Chairlady, Anne Reynolds, in thanks for her many years of service to the club. After the AGM there were three demonstrations;
  • Anne demonstrated how to make roses and members had a chance to have a go themselves.
  • Stella demonstrated brush embroidery.
  • Christine demonstrated various types of lettering.
March 2014
Fay Barrett showed us how to make beautiful Ladies shoes. These were about one third full size and were very striking. She had so many ideas for different designs and demonstrated a lot of fancy ornamentation for them.
February 2014
Our chairlady, Anne, showed us how to make various filler foliages including fern, maidenhair fern and string of pearls. She also showed us how to make some flowers such as lily-of-the-valley, pelagonium, fantasy orchids, and akebia that can be used as a main or filler flower.
January 2014
Georgie showed us a new aspect of her 'wobbly' modelling with a ballerina bunny standing on one leg. While the model looks very delicate, she showed us how to make it stable and robust. Beryl demonstrated how to make a lovely bougainvillaea spray. This isn't a flower we had seen modelled before and was of great interest to us all.
November 2013
We had three mini demonstrations at our November party meeting.
  • Malyn showed us how to decorate biscuits for Christmas.
  • Stella showed us how to make cute Christmas figures based on walnut whips.
  • Christine demonstrated a Christmas plaque without using any cutters.
It was a fun evening, enjoyed by all, and the demonstrations were by followed seasonal refreshments which were provided by the members.
October 2013
We were extremely grateful to Glenda Price for stepping in, at short notice, to replace our scheduled demonstrator who was ill. Glenda showed us how to make Christmas flowers. Firstly she demonstrated a lovely poinsettia and then a beautiful Christmas rose and seasonal foliage bouquet. As always, she gave us lots of hints and tips as she went along.
September 2013
Ann Fox, a new demonstrator for us, showed us how to make lovely autumn poppies and wheat stalks. We all thought that this would be very appropriate for a gentleman's cake.
July 2013
Anne, Jenny and Stella led a workshop on how to make the lovely tulips Glenda Price demonstrated to us last month. Members were helped to produce some very nice work.
June 2013
We always look forward to having Glenda Price as our demonstrator. This time she showed us how to make lovely tulips. She also demonstrated other flowers and, as always, gave us lots of tips and hints and showed us how to make the most of what cutters/equipment we have.
May 2013
Chris Kerrigan came all the way from Sheffield to demonstrate rice paper decorations. She made some lovely pieces, including some beautiful flowers, and she inspired us to have a go ourselves.
April 2013
The meeting began with our AGM. After the business, our chairwoman, Anne Reynolds, demonstrated how to make lovely camellias.
March 2013
We were delighted to welcome back, the highly entertaining, Peter Ward who showed us how to cover and decorate gateaux sponges. What's more we all got to sample the lovely gateaux with our cup of tea/coffee, delicious!
February 2013
Creating a 'wonky' cake had seemed to be quite daunting to most of us but Alison Lane showed us how easily it can be achieved. Her instructions were so clever, we all felt that we could have a go and get a good result. Alison gave us lots of ideas on how to decorate the cake using cutters and moulds and she finished off by showing us how to make a delightful teddy.
January 2013
Sorry no picture Due to traffic problems on the M25, Carolyn Harvey arrived late. However, she was not flustered and we were really impressed how quickly she got herself organized and she gave a fantastic demonstration of handbags without cutters.
November 2012
It is always lovely to welcome back Georgie Godbold and Beryl Puffett. Georgie showed us how to make a delightful Rudolph complete with sleigh, presents and trees. Beryl demonstrated an elegant Christmas floral display with stencilled greeting.
October 2012
We were delighted to welcome back Deborah Buckles who demonstrated contemporary flower arranging. She did seven stunning arrangements with Christmas and Halloween themes. As she worked on her arrangements she also entertained us with tales from the time when she owned a florist shop.
September 2012
As a change to our normal demonstrations Cicely Kentish Sawyer, one of our members, gave us a cookery class on Caribbean savouries. Our hall was filled with lovely spicey aromas as she prepared the food. She introduced us to new ways of combining flavours and cooking the perfect rice. Best of all, we all got a good helping of her delicious food!
August 2012 - Garden party
We weren't very lucky with the weather again and we had to have an indoor party. However, we all had a nice time with very good conversation and excellent food, which the members brought to share. There was also a raffle with lots of prizes. Many thanks to Anne Reynolds for letting us invade her home and for providing the drinks.
July 2012
Sylvia Kidby travelled a long distance to give us a demonstration on how to make beautiful lisianthus and aquilegias. She gave us lots of hints and tips during the evening and described everything in detail for the benefit of our new members.
June 2012
It is always a pleasure to welcome back Glenda Price. By creating a lovely teddy bear cake she demonstrated how to ice a sponge cake. She gave lots of hints and tips along the way and we all learned a lot. She also made a cute little sugarpaste teddy model.
May 2012
Unfortunately our scheduled demonstrator took ill at the last minute. However, Anne Reynolds and Malyn Stone swung into action and managed to save the day. Malyn gave a demonstration on how to make a very nice rose and Anne showed us how to make lovely anemones.
April 2012
After our AGM, we had a stencilling workshop. Anne, Barbara, Jenny and Beryl gave demonstrations to small groups of members and then helped them to have a go. A lot of members found that stencilling is strangely therapeutic and we came away with some nice pieces.
March 2012
We were delighted to welcome back Stephen Orbell who gave us a very good demonstration on creative stencilling. He gave us a lot of useful tips and we were very impressed with the pieces he made. Stencils can be bought from Lindys Cakes Stencils and Laser Cutting Services
February 2012
Peter Ward gaves us a very entertaining demonstration on modelling with marzipan. He amazed us as he made two types of dog, an elephant, a frog, a bear, a lion, a bird, a mouse, a cow, a chimpanzee, a donkey, a rabbit and a dragon in 1½ hours!
January 2012 - Foliage
Our chairman, Anne Reynolds, showed a wide range of foliage and filler flowers and ways to use them in arrangements. She demonstrated a few of her favourites including akebia, string of pearls and succulents
November 2011 - Ideas for Christmas workshop
Members made an amaryllis to go into a seasonal arrangement.
October 2011 - Ideas for Christmas
Anne, Malyn and Stella demonstrated some seasonal ideas including a seasonal amaryllis, poinsettia, holly and ivy. Next month members will be able to make the amaryllis.
September 2011 - My Wobblies
Georgie Godbold gave a demonstration on her `wobblies' making a `wobby' rabbit. She also shared ideas for other `wobblies'.
August 2011 - Garden party
The weather wasn't too kind to us so we had to go indoors but that didn't dampen our spirits and a good time was had by all.
July 2011 - Briar rose workshop
The members had a chance to make the briar rose demonstrated last month. Members were supervised by the more experienced members of the club.
June 2011 - Briar roses and honeysuckle
Sorry no picture Glenda Price demonstrated a beautiful spray of briar roses, honeysuckle and sweet peas. Lots of tips were also given, such as:
  • using cotton to make stamens,
  • PME do a glaze spray which makes glazing leaves much quicker,
  • a posy pick is roughly the size of little finger so don't make your stems thicker than this.
May 2011 - FMM
Carol Haycox gave a very good demonstration on how some FMM products should be used. Lots of members had a go with the products especially the daisy cutter which is often problematic but Carol had the answer.
April 2011 - AGM and demonstrations
The AGM was held. This was followed by three demonstrations.
Mayln demonstrated some fun ways to decorate biscuits.
Janet did a lovely royal icing demonstration and
Anne demonstrated the ever popular rose which she does so well.
March 2011 - Spring flowers
Janet Carpenter demonstrated spring flowers using cold porcelain. It was good to see the use of more unusual media for flowers.
February 2011 - Flower arranging
The club likes to have a bit of variation and this month Deborah Buckles gave us a wonderful modern twist on how to arrange fresh flowers.
January 2011 - Patchwork cutters
Stella demonstrated the use of Patchwork Cutters as embossers and then showed how they should be painted. Members where then able to choose from a selection of ready dried embossed plaques and then decorate them as they liked.
November 2010 - Ideas for Christmas
Linda Garnham demonstrated a season flower spray with a gerbera and mixed foliage.
October 2010 - Truffles and marzipan fruits
Anne gave a superb demonstration on how to make some delicious truffles; which we all got to sample! She then demonstrated how to make marzipan fruits and we had a go at making them.
September 2010 - Shoes
Frances McNaughton demonstrated how to make tiny shoes. Frances sold items after the demonstration so that we could all have a go at making the shoes at home.
August 2010 - Garden party
The weather was very poor so we were inside but that didn't spoil the evening. The food, drink and company were very good.
July 2010 - See and do: open rose
The open rose, created by Glenda Price, back June was demonstrated again for us by club members allowing us to see more clearly how to assemble the flower and ask questions. We then had a go at making rose buds and small single-stemmed roses.
June 2010 - Back to basics: rose cake with garrett frill
Glenda Price's demonstration was very informative with basic skills aimed at our less experience members. However, having said that with her hints and tips everyone learnt a little something extra. The open rose she made was very well received.
May 2010 - Trinket boxes
Sorry no picture Anne Brooker demonstrated making small trinket boxes and side panel decorations from pastillage and petal paste. She gave lots of inspiration and top tips including making glue. Rather than throw away excess bits of sugar or petal paste, instead put them in some water in a small container and let them dissolve. The result can then be used as a glue.
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