Monday, 15 June 2015
Lots of stalls , sunshine and lots of french people from our twin - Templeuve, who entertained us with a choir and joined in the food and the boules competition.
As usual our Hook a Duck was what was on offer at our stall this 2015
The Fete theme was the 60's and we had pictures of stars of the 60's and sheet music of the same period, plus some beetles paraphenalia - and of course the Union Jacks.
The prise for the person achieving the highest score in one fishing session of three ducks was a fantastic cake in the shape of a duck. It was enormous and would have fed about 30 people.
Here you see it in action. This fisherman has been a frequent visitor to this pond in the last few years-all in all we had about 170 fisher men and women!
People up and down the country were invited to have their own LIBERTEA, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Maybe not quite the event that the Queen is going through at this moment, but nevertheless worth doing.
We started with Rudyard Kiplings poem What say the Reeds at Runnymede? read by Jim, Penny, Peter, Val and Alan.
Thursday, 11 June 2015
I wasn't reaally sure what I was in for when I signed up for this day class, though I had been told that we were to make a 'CUFF'
We each chose a spool of wire and a bag of beads. Some people had brought their own beads,
as I had - left over from the Bridesmaids dresses made last year.
We then had to randomly slide all the beads on to the wire.
THEN THE KNITTING! Cast on , increase, but thankfully it was only plain knitting.
However - every other row we had to slip one of the beads up to the needle and knit it into the next stitch. We were told to get up and walk around to decrease the tension in our shoulder and necks.
Once we had done a few rows it got easier.
and This was my final knitted cuff, before casting off.
We also had to make our own silver 'findings' this was a home made hook and eye
You can just see them in the photo above. Also the difference in the finished cuffs was amazing. - we each had 10 stitches in a row, but some knitted tightly and some loosely, and the colour of the wire and breads differed. Each was unique and we were very satisfied with our progress at the end of the day.
This was a necklace that the tutor had made earlier.
She had also used the old fashion knitting on a cotton real, making beautiful tubes of wire, some without beads.
and some with beads
Next winter I hope to persuade members of Hollingbourne WI
to make their own Cuffs necklaces or earings.
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Northdowns District of the WI is situated to the east of Maidstone and consists of 9 WI's. Yesterday we visited a historic embroidery which 'lives' in our District, at Hollingbourne Church.
Members from 6 institutes took a morning to have a private viewing and also to quietly investigate the Church itself which has items dating back to the 14th Century.
The Needlework which is the size of an Altar cloth or bedspread, is reputed to have been made by the daughters of Sir John 'Colpeper' during their father's absence abroad for 12 years with King Charles 11 - in the commonwealth period.