Craft Committee

Welcome to the Craft Committee 2017

Linda Odell    - Chair

Stephanie White    - Secretary

Heather Vickers      Julie Rowlinson

Maggie Bristow       Josie Turner         Penny Watson

Sue Coulton            Jenny Sykes          Diane McHargue  

Jo Adams                 Chris Revell          Viv Rhodes

The DFWI Craft sub-committee arranges day workshops on a variety of crafts in different locations in the County to help members learn a new craft or improve their current skill level.  These days are informal, relaxed and enjoyable; there's no point in doing something if you're not going to enjoy it.  We also arrange a Dabble Day once a year at which members can come along and 'dabble' at a variety of crafts which are quick and easy to do.

For the link o the NFWI web site Craft page click here

Our committee also receives the entries for craft at the County and Bakewell Shows, and at the Spring Council and Autumn Federation meetings.


Review of Workshops held in 2019

DFWI Sewing Bee - 19 October 2019

Another successful event this time at Risley where the facilities were excellent and the teams very competitive.

Shibori Ribon Workshop  - 11 April 2019
These are the unique pieces of shibori ribbon work produced on the  workshop at Derbyshire House.  What beautiful pieces! Thanks to all who attended


Review of Workshops held in 2018

Sewing Bee - Thursday 17 May 2018
Bainbridge Hall. Chapel Road. Bolsover. S44 6JD

Susan Coulton, member of Bolsover WI‚Äč who is also on the Derbyshire Federation Of Women's Institutes craft committee, organised a Sewing Bee for members in Derbyshire. The day was very successful with two teams making items from mostly recycled fabric. One team made a Christmas stocking from an old wool blanket, completely hand sewn.

Sashiko Embroidery  - Tutor Maryl Simpson
Derbyshire House -Thursday 15 March 2018 - 10.30am to 3.30pm

Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery combining country style with intricate designs – all made with simple running stitch. You will be able to make a small drawstring bag using different Sashiko stitches. The process is said to be meditative and relaxing.

'A very enjoyable relaxing day' - was the comment from one of the ladies on this workshop.  See below the beautiful work produced on the day


Review of Workshops held in 2017.

Whitework Embroidery Button - Tutor:Jenny Adin-Christie
Derbyshire House - 3 November 2017     10am – 4pm.

Jenny is a Graduate Apprentice of the Royal School of Needlework and she worked on the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding veil. Jenny has a charming, quiet and gentle manner. After initial explanations she continually payed attention to each lady with encouraging , positive comments interspersed with small group additional demonstrations. Those with less confidence were soon put at ease. The14 ladies attending were quickly absorbed in their sewing and the room had a lovely calm atmosphere.There was the opportunity to choose to make smaller or more complex button with the kit provided on the day at an additional cost. The day was longer than usual on advice from Jenny to allow time for the ladies to mostly complete their button.

Craft Dabble Day October 2017

Held at Wyston village Hall this did prove a very popular event judging by the photo!

Mosaics  Workshop  Monday  8th May 2017 with Tutor Lis Greensmith

Held at the elderly  people's club at Apperknowle this new workshop ran from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm Ten members  enjoyed a well prepared workshop with a variety of objects to cover in mosaics and a wide choice of materials to use.  Most mosaics were completed at the workshop - with only groluting to be done once the glue had dried.


Dabbble Day at Staveley

This event was a great success with members trying Felting, Box Decorations, Gift Bags, Decorated Cards, Cards with Folded Designs and Beadwork.  The Dabble Day ran from 10.30 am to 3.00 pm with Barlborough and Clowne WI providing refreshments throughout the day.


Trustee Linda Singleton manning the Craft table at Bakewell Show August 2015