Most people will say they are ‘not crafty’ or ‘not creative’ but really we all are. It just takes a little know how and time to practice. Crafting and creating is a big part of President Ruth’s life and during her year she has been sharing her knowledge with members and friends at Craft and Crumpet nights. This March, 20 ladies met to learn how to create a rag wreath or garland. These garlands are easy to create, cheap to make and beautiful to keep or even give as a gift.
The venue was a local church hall and perfect for hosting this kind of crafty event. The room was set out with the essentials on one long table down the centre of the room. The idea is that the crafting technique can be learnt, whilst chatting; providing a relaxed and social environment.
At a time when many of us feel overwhelmed by the 24/7 demands of the digital world, craft practices, alongside other activities such as colouring books for grown-ups and the up-surge of interest in cooking from scratch and productive home gardens, are being looked to as something of an antidote to the stresses and pressures of modern living. With what is increasingly referred to today as “mindfulness” being a much-desired quality for many people, it’s not surprising crafts are being sought out for their mental and even physical benefits.
One of the strengths of a craft practice, especially as a contributor to well-being, is precisely that it can be both solitary and collective, and it’s up to the individual to decide. Add the comfort of hot buttered crumpets and a few luxury chocolates, the ladies heads, hearts, minds and tummies are all being catered for by Inner Wheel.
Many people think that to be a member of Inner Wheel you have to be retired and/or wealthy. But just like crafting and being creative you don’t. You just need to have the knowledge and the time. You’ll find that many of our members are just like you. The hardest thing you have to do is get in touch. We’ll help you through the rest.
These pictures will help you understand quickly the technique that we used. And as they say a picture speaks a thousand words which is why we have included a picture of the hot, crispy, butter laiden crumpets wer served at half time.
TO MAKE OUR RAG WREATH, YOU WILL NEED:
_ a Polystyrene Wreath that can be found at craft stores. They come in different sizes but we chose the 20cm as the cost was only £2.80 for the ring
_ fabric scraps cut into strips – we suggest 2.5/3 inches wide and 8 inches long. Medium weight cotton fabric such as quilting fabric works well but this is also a great way to use up old sheets or pillowcases-the amount of fabric that you will need will depend on the size of your wreath form but 1/4 of a yard of each color or
pattern is a good start. Our fabric was donated
_ PVA Glue – we purchased half a large tub which we bought for £3 from a high street store. Any glue not used is recycled back in to the tub for the next event
_ Pointed end of a knitting needle or similar
_ Buttons, bows, little trinkets to decorate, if you want to
Our Inner Wheel evenings are always about getting to know your fellow members, whether you have been in a few days or for many years.
Every lady attending paid £10 for the evening to cover costs (craft items, all refreshments and the hire of the room). Anything left over would go towards our charity pot. It is a great way of having fun, networking, improving our well being and as a by product we raise money for local charities. Not bad when you think about it.
We are sharing the Club Correspondent role asking ladies to write something for publication when they go to an event. Christine, one of our crafty ladies wrote the following about the evening. Thanks for sharing this Christine.
‘On the evening of Wednesday 20th March members and friends gathered at St. Theresa’s Hall, Wasop in eager anticipation. President Ruth had already been busy and on the tables were polystyrene rings, fabric, ribbon, glue, scissors and a knitting needle!!
All was revealed when Ruth gave us instructions and tips on how to make a lovely rag wreath. We looked at Ruth’s wonderful examples and set to work. The concentration in the room was palatable but as we mastered the technique of cutting, glueing, positioning and prodding our squares of fabric into place, everyone relaxed and the chatter and laughter began.
Everyone’s design and colours were fabulous, the time flew by and unbelievably we had created a beautiful hand crafted rag wreath. What a lovely relaxing and creative time we had all enjoyed together with delicious crumpets, tea and coffee (thanks Lynne) and chocolates (thanks Elaine).
Our thanks to Ruth for passing on her knowledge and talents. Well Done another fantastic craft session.’