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 four years of success, albeit run just to cover costs, we have raised money to be able to give bursaries for a Denman Course, long may that continue to be the case. 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.
Craft Dabble Days
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
- Thursday 15 November – Candle Decorating £5 10.30 – 16.00 – County Office
- Thursday 6 December – Christmas Craft £5 10.30 -16.00 – County Office
Looking for lace fit for a Queen – National Craft Project
The National Federation Craft Committee is looking for a WI member to make an item of lace which will be mounted onto a card and sent to Buckingham Palace in celebration of the Queen’s 93rd birthday in April 2019. See guidelines giving further details of the requirements for the card. Royal greetings cards – Guidelines
Any members who are interested in undertaking this exciting project are asked to send their design ideas and physical examples of their previous work to Kirstie Phipps at the NFWI Unit at Denman by Wednesday 31 October. A maker will then be chosen and will be informed by 16 November 2018. If the lace maker would like to attach the piece of lace to her own card, this may be possible and should be explained when sending her design ideas.