Craft Committee


Welcome to the Craft Committee 2017

Diane McHarge    - Chair

Stephanie White    - Secretary

Heather Vickers      Julie Rowlinson

Maggie Bristow       Josie Turner         Penny Watson

Sue Coulton            Jenny Sykes          

Jo Adams                 Chris Revell

The DFWI Craft sub-committee arranges day workshops on a variety of crafts in different locations in the County to help members learn a new craft or improve their current skill level.  These days are informal, relaxed and enjoyable; there's no point in doing something if you're not going to enjoy it.  We also arrange a Dabble Day once a year at which members can come along and 'dabble' at a variety of crafts which are quick and easy to do.

For the link o the NFWI web site Craft page click here

Our committee also receives the entries for craft at the County and Bakewell Shows, and at the Spring Council and Autumn Federation meetings.  

Sashiko Embroidery with Maryl Simpson
Thursday 15 March 2018 - 10.30am to 3.30pm

Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery combining country style with intricate designs – all made with simple running stitch. You will be able to make a small drawstring bag using different Sashiko stitches. The process is said to be meditative and relaxing, so why not join Meryl for a pleasant day sewing?
A £4 kit (fabric, thread, needle) will be available on the day.  An equipment list will be sent with your confirmation.Tea and coffee will be provided during the day but please bring a packed lunch with you.

Venue -  Derbyshire House. Sherwin Street. DE22 1GP
Closing date Wednesday 31st January 2018.
Please send a cheque made payable to DFWI with applications and a SAE. If there are more than two applicants from the same institute please send an envelope 9 x6½ ” (23 x 16cm).
Any queries - please contact Maggie Bristow Tel: 01298 814988 email


Re Centenary Brick:

Please note that the finished measurement of the brick should be 9 inches X 5 and a quarter inches NOT centimetres.  Please note that any enquiries about this email should be made to Diane McHarg   at


Craft Sub-committee are to hold two workshops - On with the Show - Winning Hints and Tips to encourage more members and WIs to enter the County and Bakewell Show competitions.

Both will be half day workshops:
1. Thursday 23 November 2017 to be held at Derbyshire House

2. Wednesday 18 April 2018 to be held at Darley Dale Methodist Hall
Details of times and costs to follow


Review of Workshops held in 2017.

Whitework Embroidery Button - Tutor:Jenny Adin-Christie
Derbyshire House - 3 November 2017     10am – 4pm.

Jenny is a Graduate Apprentice of the Royal School of Needlework and she worked on the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding veil. Jenny has a charming, quiet and gentle manner. After initial explanations she continually payed attention to each lady with encouraging , positive comments interspersed with small group additional demonstrations. Those with less confidence were soon put at ease. The14 ladies attending were quickly absorbed in their sewing and the room had a lovely calm atmosphere.There was the opportunity to choose to make smaller or more complex button with the kit provided on the day at an additional cost. The day was longer than usual on advice from Jenny to allow time for the ladies to mostly complete their button.

Craft Dabble Day October 2017

Held at Wyston village Hall this did prove a very popular event judging by the photo!

Mosaics  Workshop  Monday  8th May 2017 with Tutor Lis Greensmith

Held at the elderly  people's club at Apperknowle this new workshop ran from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm Ten members  enjoyed a well prepared workshop with a variety of objects to cover in mosaics and a wide choice of materials to use.  Most mosaics were completed at the workshop - with only groluting to be done once the glue had dried.


Dabbble Day at Staveley

This event was a great success with members trying Felting, Box Decorations, Gift Bags, Decorated Cards, Cards with Folded Designs and Beadwork.  The Dabble Day ran from 10.30 am to 3.00 pm with Barlborough and Clowne WI providing refreshments throughout the day.


Trustee Linda Singleton manning the Craft table at Bakewell Show August 2015