Arts & Crafts

Jo Downs – Christmas decorations Wednesday 30th October 2019 

The gallery at Ripley have offered to put on a special event in the evening for us to make glass Christmas decorations, along with some mulled wine!!


Workshop at Jo Downs Handmade Glass in Ripley
A group of our ladies attended a ‘Fusing with Frit’ (crushed glass) Workshop at Jo Downs Glass in Ripley. Below are some of the creations that were made.
The small vases / candle holders are fired twice to enable them to be shaped. The coasters will be mounted in a frame.  We can’t wait to see the end results.
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Interested in the SFWI craft competition?  “Decorate a frame” with a closing date for entries 1st March 2019.  We’d love to see your efforts, good luck!

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Any one interested in the 100 Banners Royal Suffragette Workshop taking place in Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 11am – 4pm?

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Making can have a positive impact on our lives. It can create space to socialise, and allow for the learning of new skills and sharing of ideas.  Craft has always been treasured within the WI. The making of a crafted artefact tells and records stories, it can protect our heritage, pass on traditional skills and embrace new and exciting approaches.

Craft brings together communities, generations and cultures.  Put craft together with a coffee, slice of cake and a good laugh.  It can also be the perfect medium to discuss issues that affect women.  Difficult subjects are always easier to talk about when making.  So no matter if you are a beginner or a more experienced maker craft can change lives.

MWI has a strong craft tradition, and were known as the ‘Crafty Ladies’.  Amongst us we have quilt makers, lace makers, glass makers, and knitters.  We ask that any of our members who would like to showcase their work, contact the committee so that we can arrange for photographs and an interview for this page.

Click into the link for a fascinating insight to The Mount Felix Tapestry.

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