The Women's Institute gets crafty

PUBLISHED: 15:31 21 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:53 20 February 2013

The Women's Institute gets crafty

The Women's Institute gets crafty

Saturday April 16, will find The Shire Hall in Hereford displaying the many talents and skills of WI members from throughout the county of Herefordshire

Saturday April 16, will find The Shire Hall in Hereford displaying the many talents and skills of WI members from throughout the county of Herefordshire.

When the Industrial Revolution lured so many people to the towns and manufacture by machine, the village became the last outpost of the old crafts that could only be made to traditional standards by hand, and with the aid of time and skill. In many country districts, skills disappeared completely. The WI provided the necessary meeting place where they could be discussed and revived. Handicrafts quickly became a popular aspect of WI activity. As early as 1917, a small exhibition of work was shown at the National Economy Exhibition in Hyde Park.

The Competitions Day held most years within the Herefordshire Federation is always successful. Each year the standard is raised and the interest generated is remarkable. Each competition is themed Hot and Spicy in 2007 and Harvest in 2008, for example. hese Competition Days showcase the many talents of members of the Herefordshire Federation of Womens Institutes.

The object of the event to be held in the Town Hall is to let the people of Herefordshire know what talent lies within our WIs and to encourage new members. Crafts ranging from basketry, collage, corn dollies and straw-work, lace-making, patchwork, quilling, rag rugs spinning and fly-tying are a few which will be demonstrated. Demonstrators will be available to talk about their crafts and to answer any questions. The event opens to the public from 11am to 3pm. Entry is free and light refreshments will be available throughout the day.

For more information about the WI in Herefordshire visit or contact us at WI House on 01432 272268.

Please note that the venue has now changed to The Shire Hall in Hereford


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