Creative Activities

Centenary Salver Novice Class WinnerWe provide activities involving visual and creative arts to all members within the Federation.

We also promote all aspects of the arts for your enjoyment, in the form of demonstrations, exhibitions, competitions, and organising trips to exhibitions and Museums.

A Project to Try at Home

Knitted Leaves Craft Project, In Ten Easy Steps

Brought to you by Jay Page, Chairman of the Creative Activities Sub-Committee

  • Bin Bags ... You don’t need quality bags
  • Big Knitting Needles
  • Baking Paper
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Scissors
  • Optional:
  • Stub Wire and Pliers
  1. Cut down sides and open out so you have a long rectangle
  2. Cut about one to one and half inch wide margin and spiral cut round the bag sometimes trimming off any sticking out corners and roll into a ball like wool, so you end up with a ball of bag
  3. Get knitting needles ... big ... about size of thumb
  4. Cast on approx. 20 stitches and knit plain until you finish the ball of plastic bag. It will look bubbly! The fatter the knitting needles the more open the mesh
  5. Take baking paper, lay a piece on ironing board
  6. Put your knitting on top covered with another piece of baking paper
  7. With iron on hot gently press knitting several times till very flat
  8. Leave a minute to cool, peel paper off to reveal your flat sheet of knitting
  9. It’s then ready to cut into any shape you want. If you want another colour, spray paint it
  10. I thread a stub wire through centre of leaf weaving in and out of mesh. At the top of leaf I turn the end tip over and with pliers squeeze to secure it

This is what you can achieve at the end!
Download it here

When We are Out an About

There are opportunities to attend all-day workshops at the Federation Office, or around the County.  These have been as diverse as ribbon embroidery, stained glass and cookery demonstrations.

There is also an annual Craft Day at Bacton, with a variety of courses to choose from, with skilled tutors on hand to assist.Centenary Salver Winners

“The Centenary Salver”, a co-operative competition, is held annually and all WIs within the Federation can take part. The theme of the competition is decided by the Sub-Committee and various crafts are undertaken to interpret the theme.

The year culminates in a large sale known as “Unwanted/Unfinished”, held in Evelyn Suffield House.

We can also arrange for our Pop-up Shop, of donated craft items (such as embroidery silks and knitting wool), to be available for WI meetings.

Some courses are available to certificate level should you wish to take your interest further; for instance, we also organise Food Hygiene Certificates.

The Sub-Committee aims to reflect the requirements of members and therefore suggestions for future activities are always welcomed.

Centenary Salver 2019

This annual event attracts many entries from our members. It is a co-operative competition, where WIs produce a display that must include 5 different crafts.

In the Centenary Year the exhibition was displayed at Bawdeswell Village Hall on 6th and 7th April.

Entry is free, refreshments will be available.

Click HERE to see and download "On with Show" online. (You will need to be able to log on to My WI.

We ensure that we have information available at the Royal Norfolk Show, the Federation Annual meeting and the Autumn Federation meetings and are willing to discuss new ideas.

Follow the links below to find out what happened when BBC Radio Norfolk joined our Norfolk centennial Centenary Salver Show.

Anthony Isaacs has been trying his hand at rag-rugging with the @NorfolkWI at their centenary salver.
How do you think he’s doing?

— BBC Radio Norfolk (@BBCNorfolk) April 7, 2019


Listen to an excerpt as Anthony Isaacs of BBC Radio Norfolk chats with Sheelagh Foulke and Sue Ovenden. They looked at the entries with him and discussed why the WI is as valid today, as when they joined.