Home Economics

Home Economics Report 2019

Our year started with an Easter Fun Day. Thirty members attended this event. In the morning some very intricate Easter cards were made under the leadership of committee member and card maker Pauline Rayner. This was followed by lunch of Jacket Potato with a variety of fillings and fresh fruit for dessert, tea/coffee. Tables all covered, bowls of paste and a selection of various yarns in all colours available, we watched a demonstration by committee member Janet Townsin. The messy fun then began with each member making her own own Yarn Basket. At the end of the day members each had two hand crafted Easter gifts to take away.

Once again our committee was represented at the Inter Federation Meeting this year, hosted by Hunts and Peterborough. We always gain useful information attending these yearly events, hosted by Federations in the group.

Our patchwork for beginner’s course was successful. Tutor Rosemary Green guided and encouraged members through the day, with interesting and excellent Log Cabin cushion covers achieved at the end. This was made possible by members of the advanced group loaning the necessary equipment for this taster day. Thank you all for giving members the chance to have a go at limited expense.

The advanced group enjoyed two sessions during the year, a Nine Patch challenge using different techniques and patterns that has been taught us over many years and Stained Glass Window Patchwork, both challenging and enjoyable with stunning results. Thank you, Rosemary for your time, patience and endless encouragement.

A Pewter Day School proved very popular. Most members were new to this craft. Our Tutor was Hazel Aldridge who belongs to the Norfolk Crafters. Hazel supplied all that was needed for the day. Members had a choice of making a picture frame, top cover or book cover panel - a most interesting and different craft with very effective results.

Try it Day, our last event of the year, was also well attended. Crafts on offer were: a bag charm; marzipan fruits; book folding (Christmas tree) and a flower arrangement in a wine glass. All tutors were WI members, to whom we are so grateful for giving their time so freely, not only on the day but also the preparation beforehand. Tea/coffee and lunch were provided by the committee in very limited space. Thank you all.

All these events take time to organize and food has to prepared and served. As Chairman, I would like to sincerely thank all the committee for their support and help through another successful year.

Margaret Sparrow

Chairman of Home Economics