Craft Group

Work on your own projects, improve your skills and work with us on WI craft projects


All levels of expertise are catered for from the beginner to the experienced crafter. When there is no specific joint project underway, members are invited to bring their own current pieces and to work on them while enjoying a sociable afternoon or evening.

Chris has kindly offered to host our next meeting on Tuesday 26 October when we will finalise our ideas for decorating our tree for the Festival.

Throughout lockdowns and Covid restrictions our Craft group members enjoyed the benefits of meeting by Zoom while sometimes we were able to meet  in gardens or at a local hostelry.  In the cold Spring of 2021 meetings by Zoom kept us all crafting, communicating and together.  By the summer we were delighted to return to  group meets at a member’s house. We made delicate fabric flower brooches, one for every member and delivered them in time for them to be worn at our August Garden Party..

Our face-to-face meeting on Tuesday 20 October was highly enjoyable and productive for all members who attended.  Not only did we continue to make more poppies but also made great headway for our next crafting project for this coming December. 

 Members enjoyed a very good face-to-face meeting on 28 September when, despite torrential rain, we gathered together at Janet M’s house for an evening of poppy making for November.

 For the month of May, we had two Craft group meetings by Zoom, and at 10 May meet, discussion and ideas for creating new joint craft items, was very much to the fore.  Then while we knitted and sewed, we continued our planned progress for the first of these group crafted items, thinking of patterns, yarns and other materials to use, keeping in mind start and completion requirements. Our second Craft meeting in May was all about our new, exciting project.  A new adventure into a different crafting expression and experience and very exciting.  We enjoyed views and discussions of a member’s quilting work and applauded her choice of fabric and pattern for her beautiful work. We even looked further ahead for 2022 craft possibilities, all making the most of this energetic session for lively discussion and hands-on creativity.

We all enjoyed Easter in the month of April, so only one Craft group meeting by Zoom was possible on Monday 12 April, when we all gathered to knit, crochet, chat, keeping our hands busy with work on our own handicrafts.

We enjoyed two craft group sessions by Zoom on 8 and 15 March this month for further crochet tutoring, members’ own craft work and a good deal of friendly discussion.   Some members are getting on very well indeed with their Amigurumi dinosaur, making great strides forward with this newer handicraft sensation. Other members continue with  their own craft work and all members agree our crafting sessions are very worthwhile indeed and great for lively chatter

February Craft meetings by Zoom were held on Monday 8 and Monday 15 February to learn the Japanese art of Amigurumi for making small, stuffed yarn animals,  and we were to make a two-colour Dinosaur.  Good progress for keen crochet practitioners but for beginners, some basic difficulties quickly became apparent.  A separate  tutoring session has been arranged for the same week, when we made progress with our magic circles.  With our second Amigurumi session, our Dinosaur’s feet took shape and with basic work on yarn and hook holding, members and our work became less tense and awkward. A further craft session on Friday 19 February for individual help and development of our dinosaur’s body, pattern interpretation and advanced stitchery.  Altogether, we’ve learnt how to make a magic circle, techniques for increase and decrease of stitches, how to create a  chain stitch opening for our dinosaur’s tail and the pattern’s special decrease technique for decreasing two stitches at one remove.  Members are now looking forward to our two craft group meetings by Zoom for next month on Monday 8 and 15 March for further work on our Amigurumi Dinosaur.

We began our 2021 Craft group meetings by Zoom on 18 January with an excellent get-together and plans are in hand for two meetings in February.  Members expressed a keen passion for learning the art of crochet and hooks, yarn and a pattern are being circulated to needy hands.

With year 2020 and ongoing Covid-19 difficulties and restrictions, Craft meetings have unfortunately been curtailed yet, still keen to continue our crafting activity, we have enjoyed Zoom meetings in May and June and a discussion meeting in July. August is our holiday month for crafting but we met in September for another Zoom meeting. Then before the Rule of Six directive came in we managed an informal craft meeting in October at The Bell, which was much enjoyed by those who attended. A meeting set up for November unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the second Lock Down, in force from November 5th to December 3rd. We look forward to future craft meetings and learning how to crochet with members knowledgeable in this craft.

Projects in 2019 included the following:

Every WI in Oxfordshire was asked to embroider a leaf to be part of the Oxfordshire WI 2019 Centenary wall hanging.  Each leaf had to show the full name and date of inauguration of that WI. We chose a sycamore leaf as one was on the banner of the first WI in Adderbury, and one of our members designed and stitched it.  

We later found out that the original was actually a maple leaf, celebrating the Canadian origin of the WI movement!

Members created items for a group entry for the OFWI craft exhibition at Didcot. and in the Autumn we made small poppy badges, one for for each member to wear at the November meeting.

Group members also helped with making the decorations for our entry in the 2019 Christmas Tree Festival.