April WI report

The April meeting was very well attended and the members were blessed with the view of a spectacular sunset from our lovely Village Hall.

After the business our speaker Pam Martin, of “Somerset in Stitch”, gave an illustrated and practical talk with many examples, giving members the opportunity to try for themselves. She describes herself as a Stitchmaker, not exclusively sewing, or embroidery, but all sorts of work with yarns, wools, silks etc. Her passion however is free machine embroidery, which is apparently possible on any sewing machine by using a darning foot and covering or dropping the feed dogs. Severasl members took the opportunity to use the sewing machine ewhich Pam had brought with her. Using water soluble material and brightly coloured machine threads they added stitches to a frame of soluble fabric. Once sufficiently stitched the item is washed and the soluble fabric disappears leaving a gossamer fine circular structure which can be dried over a form to give it a bowl-like shape.

Pam also showed us her collection of postcard sized machine stitched local views, and large photographs which she has copied in stitching, the quality of which was impressive and could easily be mistaken for photographs. Members were enthusiastic and enjoyed this lively talk. Claire Axten thanked Pam for her talk and said that she might have encouraged members to try a new sewing skill.

The competition was for “a stitched item” and this was won by. The Flower of the Month was won by. and attracted many vases of lovely blooms.

Trish Cox has a Craft Club which meets in the hall on the first and second Tuesday of each month at 9.30 to 12.30. The cost is £2 per meeting but is not exclusively for WI members. Why not drop in to the village hall and have a cuppa with the group, bringing your latest craft item or a half forgotten unfinished project. Trish’s Coffee Morning on the 13th is raising money for St Margaret’s.

Several members will be visiting The Houses of Parliament on July 3rd which is sure to be a most interesting day. Also the Executive Producer of “The Night Manager” TV Series, Simon Cornwell, is speaking at the Oake Manor Lodge Golf Club, with clips and out-takes from the show on June 23rd, with a Carvery and Dessert being served as well. Angie Castle will be attending.

We will be “Walking The World” in May, the date to be announced at the next meeting. Also Bucklers Mead WI will be visiting in July.

This village WI has a very friendly group of women who are always happy to welcome visitors and new members on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. We enjoy visits to theatre, gardens, factories exhibitions to name but a few, and we also have a “Ladies Who Lunch” group who meet monthly usually at a local hostelry. You are very welcome to join us at our next meeting on Wednesday May 10th when the speaker will be Michael Malaghan whose talk is entitled “It Shouldn’t Happen To A Writer”. The competition will be a Comical Greeting Card.

The Flower of the Month competition was won by Janet Davies, and the Embroidered Item was won by Claire Axten with a beautiful embroidered picture. Susie Robertson was second and Trish Cox third.

Sally Walker

Compton Dundon WI

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