- 19th June - 8:00pm : ‘Curator of Leeds Castle’ - By Annie Kemkaran-Smith.
- 23rd June - 5:00pm : W.I. Mid Summer Picnic in the Meadows.

Friday, 24 February 2012


so when an exhibition was staged at Bluewater covering Knitting, Stitching and Hobbies we thought we would go along. 

Firstly the wonderful costumes from Downton Abbey were on Display -
plenty of creative stitching there 

and did you know that the lovely dress on the left, was a CAT Suit, not a dress?
Many needles must have created this imaginative fisherman's hut, complete with fisherman at the door which was an exhibit from the RNLI - every kind of knitting you can imagine.
A wonderful quilt (I think from the Quilters Guild)
There were fashion shows and demonstration of all kinds of crafts - and you could take part in workshops - card Making, Silk Painting, Watercolour painting , Bead making and lots lots  more.
These events are held up and down the country and the link to the internet for more information is -         2012 events
Moving on to other creative stitching

Each year there are competitions within the WI, and a West Kent Federation competition at the moment is for the 'Silver Salver'   - it is for a home made bag - there are sections for all kinds of bags,  knitted, crochet embroidered etc.  One rule was that it must not be any larger than 9 inches in any direction, with the gusset not more than 2 inches - which made it hard to stitch.  One of our members had made a bag for the ' Miscellaneous' section.Made from recycled materials, except for the clasp and the Zip.

It has an inner zipped pocket
and a credit card holder.
We shall wait to see how it is judged amongst the others from Members of other institutes.
And finally our KNITTER IN CHIEF - 
Eileen Jenkins and her friend Viv Carter answered a call for Hats for Sailors and between them have knitted 48 Hats. Val Williams also made 3 pairs of Mitts, so the other 45 sailors will have to keep their hands in their pockets!   Seriously though, very well done - the only reason they stopped at 48 was because the wool ran out.