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 for Spring: Embroidered Card

Wendy Adams

Brought to you by Wendy Adams of the Creative Activities Sub-Committee


  • Blank greetings card
  • Piece of spare card
  • Scissors
  • Thread (pink, yellow, purple and green)
  • Needle
  • Sticky tape
  • Double-sided sticky pads
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

1. Cut a piece of the spare card so it is 1cm smaller all round than the front of the greetings card. The   flower is worked on this card.

2. Find something round that fits nicely on to the card to form the head of a flower.

3. On the wrong side of the card draw round the round shape near the top of the card, then mark it the numbers of a clock face (it doesn’t have to be accurate).

4. Draw lines across the shape to join 12-6, 1-7, 2-8etc.

5. Mark point on each line approximately half way from the centre of the circle and the edge.


6. With a needle, prick a hole at the centre point, at each of the numbers round the edge of the circle and each of the points marked in stage 5.

7. Cut a long length of thread (about 1 metre will do) and thread on to a needle. (If you want the thread can be used double to make it more visible).  Secure one end firmly on the back of the card with sticky tape. If more lengths of thread need to be used secure the end of the finished thread on the back of the card with sticky tape before starting with the new thread.


8. With the wrong side of the card facing and yellow thread, take the thread down through the hole at “12” and up through the hole at the middle. Take the thread down through the hole at “1” and up through the middle one. Repeat this at every hole round the circle. Finish of that thread.

9.Using  pink thread take  the thread down through the  hole at 12 then up through the hole at 4, down at 8 up at 12, down at 4, up at 8.

10. Take the thread down at 1, up at 5, down at 9, up at 1, down at 5, up at 9.

11. Take the thread down at 2, up at 6, down at 10, up at 2, down at 6, up at 10.


12. Take the thread down at 3, up at 7, down at 11, up at 3, down at 7, up at 11.Finish off that thread.

13. Repeat steps.9 to 12 but using the holes at the inner ring and purple thread. Finish off that thread.

14. To make the stem and grass on the back of the card draw a long thin rectangle and lines for the grass. Make holes as shown at the top and bottom of the stem and at each blade of grass.


15. Using green thread join the top holes to the bottom ones on the stem. Then go along the holes for the grass.

16. Fix the embroidered card on to the greetings card using sticky pads.

Download Previous Projects Here

Easter 2021 Crafts
Easter Fudge  Download your seasonal recipe here
Wendy's Easy Peasy Fingerless Mitts Download here
Betty’s Little Felt Needle Case Download
"Crafty Ideas for February" Download it here
Knitted Leaves Craft Project, In Ten Easy Steps January 2021 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 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.


Joint Creative Activities & Digital Activities Sub Committees

Finding creative seasonal ideas from odds and ends around the house
Click or tap the picture you want to know more about

Easter Table Decorations 
Seasonal table Arrangements with Jay Page

Jay Page

Knitted Chick 
Knitted Chick
with Jane France
Jane France
Ideas for Blown Eggs
with Mary Dorrell

Mary Dorrell

Flowery Chicks 
Easter Card
with Margaret Collingwood

Margaret Collingwood

Cheap Cheep Card 
Bunny Card 

Bunny Card with Jane France
Jane France
 Jars & Tins

Using whatever is to hand around the house!Pens and Paper

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.