Who doesn’t like craft in one form or another whether it be knitting, stitching, paper crafts, cookery or art. Most of us do crafty things in our daily lives but tend to gravitate towards one particular subject. I personally like to try all crafts so that one day I might find the one skill that takes over the rest of my life! Hence, the Dabble Days were reincarnated in 2014, which seems a lifetime ago as we have done so much since then.
Many of us buy supplies/tools for a craft that we think we may like only to find that we didn’t enjoy it and have wasted our money. One of the aims of the dabble days is to bring more affordable crafting to those who want to ‘try before you buy’, another is to get like minded people together to work as a group sharing skills along the way and maybe learning something without the need for paying fully qualified tutors. This is all part and parcel of the WI objectives and we are very happy at Middlesex Federation Craft Committee (MFCC) to have the opportunity to be creative, have fun, meet new friends, inspire others and learn something along the way.
So far the MFCC have managed to have a few years of success, albeit run just to cover costs. If you have any suggestions of what you might like to see as a dabble day subject, do let us know and if it is cost effective and easily done within a group, it will be added to the schedule of dates at some point. We also know that individual WIs like to run their own craft groups and it would be brilliant if you could share some of your stories with us as it will inspire others to ‘have a go’.
Equally, if you would like a craft session at one of your WIs, there are some that can be managed reasonably well within a large group – please get in touch to find out more.
Cow Byre Craft Exhibition – 15-20 August 2021
We take Cow Byre Exhibition space on the Manor Farm Complex in Ruislip on an annual basis. A fabulous eclectic display of Middlesex members work and craft demonstrations throughout the week – so many different crafts and styles all in one space. 2020 exhibition was cancelled due to Covid-19 however we are looking forward to exhibiting again in 2021.
Virtual Craft Zoom Sessions
Middlesex Federation host regular virtual craft zoom sessions:
Weekly craft inns are hosted every Monday evening at 7.30 pm and are open to all WI members: information including login details can be obtained from your MFWI Secretary, MFWI FaceBook page, WI Wanderers FaceBook page and the latest Middlesex Newsletter – see info & links page.
Monthly craft pop ins for Middlesex Federation members only take place on 1st Thursday of the month at 1pm: information including login details can be obtained from your MFWI Secretary, MFWI FaceBook page or latest Middlesex Newsletter – see info & links page.
Craft Dabble Days – 2021
Craft Dabble days are suspended until further notice due to Covid-19.
These are held at either :
County Office, Unit 3 7 The Green, West Drayton, UB 7 7PL (Members only & pay on the day)
Cedar Hall, Eastcote Community Associate, Southbourne Gardens HA4 9SQ (Open to all and payable in advance)
Booking is essential! – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mors bags are reusable fabric shopping bags… made by you!
In a quest to get everyone to cut down on using plastic bags, the idea is to make a shopping bag to give away and, by using the Mors label on the bag it advertises the project, thus spreading the word.
A step by step picture guide is available here: Morsbag Step by Step Instructions
Have you tried a soap pocket yet?
- Use your favourite soap
- No need for a wash cloth
- Exfoliates as you wash
- No messy soap residue
- No more plastic show gel bottles
Download the Soap Pocket Pattern – Crochet