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.



Awaiting full 2019 programme


3rd January  Weaving a coaster

4th  Feb        TBA

7th March     Glass hanging ornament

28th  March  Glass Fusion at Markfield ( half or full day, limited numbers)

4th April       TBA

12th April      Possible self drive visit to British Quilt & Stitch Village at Uttoxeter Racecourse

3rd may        TBA


Flower Arrangement October 2018
This month's craft morning was taken by Cynthia Massey one of our longest serving members.
Cynthia has been flower arranging for many years and was very willing to pass on some of her knowledge.
As you can see from the photographs, the arrangements that the ladies took home were absolutely beautiful.
Well done Cynthia, who will be back next year with another creation.flow18


Spinning August 2018

Thirteen members enjoyed a talk given by Margaret James on the history and art of spinning.

We were all given a piece of sheep's wool and shown how to pull a few threads that would be 

the start of the process towards using a bobbin or spinning wheel.

Margret showed us many examples of what can be spun, plastic, dog hair, flax, lots of beautiful

different types of lambs wool, even silk from silk worm cocoon. 

Now it was our turn to have a go, it was great fun and a very informative morning


Stained Glass June 2018

A fantastic morning was had by nine members who learnt Stained Glass Work.  Melanie Pope was our tutor for the morning fglass1rom Leicester, see .

Mel began by encouraging us to draw a design on a piece of paper. She showed us some examples and explained that she had some designs we could copy or if we had our own idea we could use that. Each area of glass was outlined with a maker pen and then we chose suitable colours of glass to fill them. After selecting the glass, the tricky bit was cutting it to shape to match our designs. Many cuts later (one or two on our fingers!) our designs were taking shape with each piece of glass laid out ready to flux and solder together with a hot iron. Mel was fantastic, even though she needed to be in two places at once to deal with everyone’s requests for help! Her patience with us was superb and as you can see we all achieved our own work of art in stained glass.



Origami Flowers April  2018

Eighteen members enjoyed this month’s craft morning making KUSUDAMA paper flowers

Angela, our instructor, showed us many examples of what could be achieved once we had learnt how to make the flowers. These flowers can be made out of any paper or card even an old road map book can be used. After a  brief demonstration on the technique of folding a 3 or 4 inch square we were ready to have a go.  Our fingers are not so nimble but with a lot of help from Angela we were able to a least finish a flower and if we can remember the technique, we can always make more at home.oric

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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