Actually, we’re quite a crafty bunch. We love any form of art and craft…. well, many of us do! If it’s a new skill, we’re happy to learn it, if it’s a skill that we’ve used for ages, we’re happy to keep using it, and developing it…. and sharing our skills with others.
Several times a year we enter W.I. competitions. Our committee let us know which competitions are coming up and whoever wants to take part in creating an entry simply joins in. Sometimes we work in a group, sometimes in pairs or small groups but always we get together to see how far we’ve got, and our meetings are never without plenty of tea and cake.
At times, the highest level of skill is required, for example, when we enter the W.I. Silver Salver Competition. The planning, research and many mock-ups that we do in preparation for the final entries are, as you might expect, supported with copious amounts of tea and cake. There are five items to be made, and we might work in pairs or small groups, and occasionally a member might work on her own, but but we frequently all meet up to discuss how we’re getting on, to give advice or opinions
and to encourage and assist. Together we are always stronger and anyway, it’s much more fun working with others. It gives you confidence and a feeling of belonging. The judges of this competition are all experts in their field and will mark down for an uneven stitch or a slightly crooked line. Even though the competition is fierce, we have usually done well in this competition. In 2017 we had to learn a new skill- that of ribbon embroidery as well as using skills that we already had, such as embroidery and flower arranging. It was quite a challenge, but we were all pleased with the end results.
We sometimes have art teachers at our monthly meetings to show us new techniques in art, or we have our own members share a skill that they have, or have learnt on a course.
Whatever we do, you are welcome to join us. Did I mention we also have quite a lot of tea and cakes?
In 2018 beading was a new skill, and we decided to make something quite different. A waterfall of
beads! We also made a crazy patchwork hanging, which we’d never heard of before. The paper mashe was also a completely new skill…. we wonder what new skills they will think of for next year!! The theme this year was ‘Gilbert and Sullivan’ and our entry was based on The Mikado.