On Saturday 24th November we will be officially inaugurated as a WI branch (hurrah!!) and that means we will all be able to join the Women's Institute on the day. The annual membership costs £33, and it will run until the end of 2013, so starting our group at this time of year means that we're all getting some extra free meetings in 2012 - bargain!
We're very excited about our Christmas wreath making workshop that will follow the meeting. A couple of our committee members, Jayne and Tiff, will be sharing their artistic talents and demonstrating some options using greenery, or the more permanent fabric-based type. We'll have lots of materials laid out if you fancy trying out your own ideas as well. We will be supplying the wreath bases, floristry wire and other basic equipment needed, and the workshop will cost £5 (as with all of our workshops, we're trying to keep the charge minimal to cover materials and hall hire).
Anything we're all able to bring along to prettify our wreaths would be a great help. In terms of greenery, we've already got offers to bring in holly, ivy etc... but if you have greenery to spare please bring it in! Any foliage with berries would be spectacular (does anyone have the elusive mistletoe?!), pine cones, anything in your garden that would look good on a wreath basically... use your imagination!
In terms of the fabric wreaths, if you have anything suitable please bring ribbons / pretty fabric strips, felt, baubles (big or small), other Christmas decorations... again, anything that you think will look good.
When you leave your comment below, you can also tell us now if you'd prefer to make a foliage or fabric-based option, if you have a strong preference. We've had to order wreath bases already, so please be aware it will be first come first served (i.e. there will be a limited number of mossed bases available for green wreaths).
(Which reminds me, as blog author - can I bag a green one now please?!)
Finally, we will be having a shared lunch again, between the meeting and the workshop. As a guide, we'd say whatever you decide to bring along to share, it's enough to bring about as much as you'd normally eat yourself, plus a little bit extra.
So, a short final recap:
- Please let us know if you're coming by leaving a comment here.
- If you know what you'd like to do now - foliage or fabric - also let us know here (first come, first served, but don't worry, there will be more wreath bases than people so everyone will be able to do something on the day!)
- Please bring along whatever you can add to our supplies - greenery, ribbons, baubles etc
- If you'll be handling greenery, bring your garden gloves to protect your little mitts!