Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Second Dates for Japanese Patchwork Blocks!

Due to the first dates being so popular and fully booking within a few weeks we have selected more dates for late 2014.

31st October 2014
28th November 2014
20 January 2015
20th February 2015
20th March 2015
10th April 2015
May TBC
26th June 2015

This course will show you how to make a variety of patchwork blocks using Japanese techniques and styles. The sessions include patchworking, applique, sashiko and more. At the end you can use your blocks however you wish - as indicidual cushions or table mats, or together as a quilt. The first two sessions will cover the Kurume Well Curb and Four Well Curb patchwork blcoks and the WIndmill and Five Pine Bark applique blocks.

The days will run from 10am for 10.30am - 3.30pm at the Federation Office, LS13 1HP. For the full course it is £176(£216 nonmembers) including a deposit of £44.












Kurume Well Curb                                                                                      













Four Well Curbs












Windmill Variation













Five Pine Bark Diamonds












Knot












Lyo Parent & Child












Comma Style Plum Blossom












Three Gingko Leaves












Cloudy Snow












Tasselled Moon Fan












Kimono












Sacred Gate












Noshi












Matsu












Nawaki Grasses












Linked Diamond Tortoiseshell

Book soon to avoid disappointment!

Iris Quilting Class Requirements!

Due to the popularity of the Iris Quilting workshop, we ended up having two workshops this month, but even now some a still disappointed due to there being no more Iris Quilting workshops. So for anyone who did not get a chance to go to the workshops, here are the class requirements so you can have a go yourself.

  • 3 fat quarters for the design - 1 light, 1 medium and 1 dark
  • A small amount of contrast fabric for centres of the piece
  • 1 fat quarter for the border and binding of the piece
  • Stitch and Tear
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rotatry cutter and cutting board
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Machine
  • Grey or green machine thread
  • Basic sewing kit with pins, needles and scissors 



Knitting & Stitching Show - 21st November - 24th November

Come down and see us at the Knitting & Stitching Show in November where we will have many of our members there to took to, forms to join the WI, kits to buy and pieces to view.

This year we have our usual kits for sale, which is the Gingerbread Man and the Cross Stitch Christmas Tree. We also have two new kits this year which are called Sequin Waste Cards and you can buy them in two themes a Christmas Tree or a Snowflake.

Don't forget to come and see us over the weekend, our stand is E9!

Table Top Sale - 9th November

Come on down to the Federation Office on the 9th November between 10am and 12pm to have a great morning at our Table Top Sale.


  • Anne Marston selling beautiful handmade cards.
  • A Rodley WI member selling handmade jewellery.
  • Independent business Love4bags will be selling handbags, clutch bags, purses and accessories.
  • Books stall.
  • Craft table with handmade goods and fat quarters.
  • Cake stall.
  • Bric-a-brac
and much, much more...

Federation Office,
164/166 Town Street,
Rodley,
Leeds,
LS13 1HP

There will also be bacon butties, tea, coffee and biscuits available from 10am. 

November Events!

Event - Dressmaking For Beginners
Date - 1st November
Time - 10am for 10.30am - 3.30pm
Cost - £22 (£27non members)
Venue - Federation Office, LS13 1HP
Tutor - Maureen Hancox

During this workshop you will have new board member and Cookridge Crumpets member Maureen Hancox teaching you how to read a paper pattern and then transform it into a simple skirt.

Event - Table Top Sale
Date - 9th November
Time - 10am - 12pm
Cost - FREE
Venue - Federation Office

We are hosting a Table Top Sale for all the local people and anyone who wants to travel to come and take a look at some fantastic stalls...details to follow soon.

Event - Knitting & Stitching Show
Date - 21st November - 24th November
Time - All Day
Cost - £15 on the door
Venue - Harrogate International Centre

We will be on stand e9 at the Harrogate International Centre. Come down and say hello to some of our Federation officers and buy some of our kits.

Maureen Hancox - NEW Board of Trustees Member

Q: Where were you born?
A: In Grangetown, Sunderland on 22nd May 1957.

Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: Waking up with the sun shining through the curtains and seeing a doll with lovely blonde hair sat on my dressing table in my bedroom. My mum told me it was my 2nd birthday.

Q: When did you get involved with the WI?
A: I joined Cookridge Crumpets WI in September 2012.

Q: What made you join the WI?
A: I retired from teaching at the end of August 2012 and I always said that when I retired I would join the WI. I wanted to be able to pass on my skills from my years in teaching and share my passion for food and textiles. I also wanted to make new friends.

Q: What roles do you hold in the WI?
I put myself forward to be on the Cookridge Crumpets committee at their AGM in April and I was voted in to be Secretary and I am really enjoying being part of the team. I went to the WYFWI Annual Meeting as a helper and heard about the Home Economics and Handicrafts Sub-Committee which really interested me. I am now on the committee and teaching some courses in the near future.

Q: Tell us about your career.
A: I trained as a teacher of home economics at Leeds Polytechnic from 1975-1978 and was successful in getting a job as a secondary school teacher in Rawdon, Leeds. I became Curriculum Leader of Design and Technology until I retired last year. I have taught both textiles and food technology to A Level standard for 34 years which I have thoroughly enjoyed. A number of my students have gone on to university to study fashion and textiles and now work in the fashion industry which I am very proud of.

Q: Tell us about your family.
A: I met my husband Dave at work and we married on 29th July 1983. We have just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and retired together last year!  We have a 23-year-old daughter Sarah in her final year studying medicine at Imperial College, London and a son Jonathan who has just celebrated his 18th birthday and is starting university in Leeds which is very exciting.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I am passionate about food and textiles so I spend a lot of my time trying new recipes and I make my own bread. I also love dressmaking and making home furnishings. We have an allotment so to use all the fruit and vegetables I make lots of preserves and pickles. Since retiring I have joined the gym so workout regularly to keep fit. Dave and I also intend to take more holidays without children.

Iris Quilting Workshops

On the 11th and 18th October, our top tutor Anne Starkey taught 24 pupils how to do Iris Quilting.

After Anne explained what was going to happen through out the day, the students traced diagrams on to Stitch and Tear as well as rotary cutting fabric strips before working on their individual designs. During the class, the students learnt how to do foundation piecing and completed 1 or 2 triangles.

Anne felt that everyone worked well and successfully completed at least 1 triangle so they knew the technique for the rest of the triangles before going home.

The students also really enjoyed the workshop and gave it a 5* rating. They gave great credit to our tutor Anne Starkey who they described as very helpful and enjoyable to work with as she makes the learning of patchwork easy.

As well as the tutor the students found the workshop a great experience too. Many described it as a very informed and enjoyable workshop. As well as thinking that it was well explained with a helpful discussion and many enjoyed the challenge of the workshop but was happy to receive help from such a friendly class.

We hope you all enjoyed it and well done for completing your pieces!













Wednesday, 16 October 2013

NEW WI - Bingley

This week we opened a new WI named Bingley Women's Institute.

Bingley meet on the 2nd Monday of each month from 7.30PM - 9.30PM at Bradford and Bingley Sports Club, Wagon Lane, Bingley, BD16 1LT.

If you are interested in attending please go along to their next meeting on the 11th November or if you would like more information contact Bingley's secretary Gabrielle Murray on 07914861764.


Federation Quiz 2013

Friday 11th October was our Annual Federation Quiz. We had thirty teams at St Chad's Church Hall in Headingley and they all did fantastic throughout the 10 rounds of the night. A big congratulations to Gomersal, Durkar, Morton that were the successors of the evening.

1st - Gomersal WI won with 73 points and were presented with the Clutterbuck Cup and £50.
2nd - Durkar WI came second with 71 points and were presented with £30.
3rd - Morton WI came third with 69 points and were presented with £20.



We had ten questions per round and in each set there was a WI and a Yorkshire question. Lets see if you can answer some!

1. Name the chairman of NFWI.

2. Which Yorkshire city has the telephone code 01482?

3. Name a member of the WYFWI Board of Trustees, other than the chairman.

4. What war of the roses battle was fought on Palm Sunday?

5. What colour is the cover of the 2014 WI Diary?

6. Whose statue stands in Leeds City Square?

7. What is featured on the front cover of September WYN?

8. Which famous composer was born in Bradford?

9. Enter LS13 1HP into a sat nav. and it would take you where?

10. Who signed his furniture with a mouse?

11. How many additions of WI Life are published annually?

12. To which Saint is York Minister dedicated?

13. In which month is the Real Jam Festival held at Denman?

14.  What Yorkshire Dale takes its name from a village rather than a river?

15. On what occasion was the photograph of the WYFWI chairwoman featured in the July edition of WI Life?

16. Where is the World Coal Carrying Championships held?

17. Name one of the three bursaries available at WYFWI.

18. Which famous villain was hanged in York?

19. What was the subject manner of the overall winner of this years federation photographic competition?

20. Which Hull woman made the first solo flight to Australia in 1930?