Smisby Village

Smisby WI Crafts


Smisby WI Crafts


This group started in February 2013. Our organiser is Dorothy Ikin, Tel: 01283 217761 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
If you would like to put you name down for any of the sessions, please contact Dorothy in advance because sometimes numbers are limited/ a craft kit has to be prepared for each participant..


Members normally meet in Smisby Village Hall at 10am, normally  on the First Thursday of each month.


Date Craft Leader
 4th January 2018

 Scrabble picture

 Lynne Balnaves and Suzanne
 1st February Decopatch Box Lynne Balnaves
 1st  March Water colour: Brusho Chris Cox
 5th April Origami Flowers Angela Blackmoor
 3rd May Needle felted Animal Ann Devitt
 7th June Tiffany Stained Glass £15 each pluse £2. 10 per session Mel Pope
 12th July Visit to Patchings Art Festival. Oxton Road, Calverton NG14 6NU Outside Visit
 2nd August No meeting  
 6th Sept Cookery: The Harvest Jenny West
 4th October Flower Arrangement, handbag shaped Cynthia Massey
 1st November Poinsettia Sheila Heap
 20th December Christmas Meal  
Scrabble Picture January 2018

Our first craft session of 2018 saw us making a memory picture, eight of our members were each given a box picture frame, and scrabble letters corresponding to the names that were going to be put in the picture. The ladies were given a choice of coloured paper for the  base and the rest was left to their artistic imagination.

Every picture  was different, and told a story,  all enjoyed the session, with most being 

given away to grandchildren or parents. 

A very big thank you to Lynn and Ron who scoured the country for scrabble games,

to Hazel who came with her machine that made butterflies, and all the other bits and pieces she provided. Also thanks to Suzanne for leading the group, and Dorothy for making the tea/coffee and keeping us in order.


Dabble Day December 2017

December's craft meeting was very different to previous years as it was decided to 

have a dabble day. This was a first for the craft section as we were unsure how it would 

be received by our members. We need not of worried as over twenty member's attended.

They were able to make three types of christmas tree decorations, made of material,

beads, or crystals. Several ladies made crystal earrings to give as presents.

The room was buzzing with laughter and chatter, and of course we had a break for mince pies,

a slice of yule log and many other treats all washed down with a glass of Pat's mulled wine. 

 A huge success which I Am sure will be repeated in the future.


Card Stiching October 2017
Jaqui Walker showed us the art  of card stitching.cardstich
Simple embroidery hoop, July 2017

The August craft morning was taken by Lynne Balnves one of our member the theme was "simple embroidery". A great morning was had by the fifteen ladies who attended not forgetting the very tasty cakes and biscuits that were also provided. July17craft


To make the embroidery pictures we were given a sewing hoop, a piece of fabric, a  choice of buttons and some thread. The photo of some of the hoops, shows that that we have some very talented ladies, although the hoops were unfinished, and they have been taken home to complete. 


Icing Butterfly March 2017

Smisby's  March craft  morning was taken by Sheila Heap, one of our many talented members .

As you can see we made these very delicate butterflies (and a cat crept in ) out of very fine mesh

and royal icing.

Every butterfly was decorated beautifully and all different,  some I fear flew into the bin but most

of us made an attempt to come up with something resembling a butterfly.


Kanasi February 2017

Thursday's craft morning at the village hall was a very lively time as some members were finishing off their Victorian Etui boxes, whilst others were learning how to make Kanzasi flower out of material.


We did succeed as you can see from the photograph and everyone was very pleased with the end results.


Everyone enjoyed the good company and the super home made cakes supplied by Lynne, Lorna, and Margaret, with Muriel volunteering for tea duty. Thankyou. Thanks to Lynne  and Anne our tutors  for being very patient with us. 


Taster Print making 


The craft morning taken by Marie was very different, as we had to use our imagination to make these beautiful images by drawing on polystyrene, covering it with paint, and pressing it on to paper.
As you can see we do have some very talented ladies as we all managed to make something to take home. Thanks Marie a great morning enjoyed by all.

Beaded Crystal bauble October 2016

Another very successful craft morning was spent in making Christmas baubles.

Jacqui Walker one of our members showed nineteen ladies how to make these beautiful tree heart shaped decorations. Everyone had a great time and were able to take a lovely item home ready for the Christmas tree. Some members designes are shown below.



As well as providing some super craft classes for Smisby WI, Jacqui runs the Ashby Crafty Beaders, which offers the opportunity for a craft and chat every Thursday and Friday morning. Also there is a monthly craft and prosecco evening on the ;ast Thursday of each month.  


Button Bracelet May 2016



Ater the April 2016 trip to Birmingham to see a button making factory, members enjoyed producing the button bracelets during the May Craft session. This workshop was run by Angela Henney, who provided a wide selection of buttons. Some of the bracelets made by members are shown in the photo. 



 Flower Arrangement Dec 2015


Cynthia Massey's popular and successful flower arrangement workshop  (see photo of 2015 flower arrangments) will be repeated again in 2016, closer to Christmas, as shown in the programme.

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