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February Update from CCC Sub Committee

Hello Ladies, here’s a round up of all things CCC for February!
Spring has Sprung!



Splash and Stitch

Tuesdays 14th and 28th April 2020 from 10am – 1pm
At WI Centre.
Cost £32


This is your opportunity to learn and develop two different skills with this exciting workshop completed over 2 sessions. In the first session you will be painting a scene on fabric which you will embellish with silks and metallic thread in the second session. The workshop will be lead by Pam Jermy and all your materials are included in the cost.
You do not need to have any prior skills to do the painting on fabric and only basic embroidery stitches will be used when stitching, but these can be learnt at the workshop.
These 2 morning sessions will cost £32 including all the materials you need, so why not book to splash and stitch your own unique piece of artwork?

Advanced Tunisian Crochet with Michelle Turner

Friday 1st May 2020 from 10am – 3pm (Doors open at 9.45 am)
At WI Centre.
Cost £29

For those who have already learned the basics of Tunisian crochet, this is the workshop for you. In this class, under Michelle’s guidance the possibilities of texture in Tunisian crochet will be explored You will also learn to work with double ended hooks, these add exciting pattern variations, and the ability to work in the round.
On this day you will be crocheting a hat in the round and the materials, i.e. wool and double ended crochet hook are included in the price of the workshop of £29.00.
So do come along and let’s get crocheting!

Get Creative with Powertex

Thursday 14th May 2020 from 10am – 3pm (Doors open at 9.45 am)
At WI Centre.
Cost £45
The Cookery and Creative Crafts committee are so pleased to be offering this powertex workshop for the first time at WI Centre.
Powertex is a non-toxic, water-based, environmentally friendly textile hardener which can harden absorbent materials such as textiles, fabric, leather, paper and fibreglass. It can also be used with self-hardening clays, stone, ceramic, wood and sand. Powertex is also used for making sculptures, jewellery, paintings and home decor items.
On the day you will be decorating a bottle and glass using this medium and now is the chance to use all those items saved in case they are needed; i.e. buckles, safety pins, ribbons, lace etc.
Your tutor for the day is Sarah and her website can be viewed at Sarah – Powertex. This workshop is suitable for beginners with no prior experience and for those who have previously tried the craft.
So do come along and release your creativity whilst enjoying the company of fellow WI members. The cost of the day is £45 and includes materials, though do bring along items you want to include in your creation.



Previous Events

The Christmas Dabble Day on Saturday 16th November 2019 was a fantastic success.


There was even time for the ladies who attended to view the craft things made by the
committee in an exhibition.

The Dabble Day was so well received that we are busy planning the next one in the Autumn 2020.

Why not attend workshops by train? Arrange collection from Hatfield Peverel station when you book your workshop ticket on 01245 382233.


Craft Open Door Day at WI Centre
Friday 21st February, 10.30am – 3pm
Also on Friday 20th March and Friday 17th April at 10.30am – 3 pm.
All WI members are welcome, £3 includes tea and coffee. 
Come and see what other members are working on and exchange ideas.


Will you be planning to leave a part of your garden to be ‘wild’ for the insects, birds and bees to enjoy? By planting myrtle you will get cream flowers all summer and lovely berries that the blackbirds adore.


It is time to spring clean your kitchen and declutter your cupboards! We hope that the people who attended the ‘Bag of Flour’ workshop will transfer their skills to Hot Cross Buns.


Paulette and Jo enjoyed making festive flower table arrangements with Shirley Perkins before Christmas.

The Christmas Table Runner workshop on 26th November was a great success. Here is Paulette with her completed one.


Angela had a go at the cake which was







Why not email a photograph of your latest completed project and a brief description of what it is and how you have made it to admin@essexwi.org.uk with CCC in the subject line.

The CCC Committee are currently busy planning the events to bring to the ladies of Essex WIs in 2021. Do email us any feedback on what you would like to see to admin@essexwi.org.uk with the subject line: CCC Ideas

Please check out the MyWI craft page on ww.mywi.thewi.org.uk

There is a list in the WI Centre of all judges. Make sure you book early for events and shows in 2020 and 2021.
We look forward to seeing you at future CCC events!

Best wishes,
Fiona, Julie, Jo, Lesley, Paulette, Hazel, Moyra, Angela and Judith.