This Month’s Virtual Craft Club – Meet Mr Morris!

The original Craft Club program had a session on Embroidery planned for this spring. So in line with this, our Virtual Craft Club this month is all about the British Arts and Crafts Movement, textile design and it’s most famous proponent, William Morris.

Meet the Arts and Crafts Movement

The Arts and Crafts movement developed as a reaction against the perceived decline in the decorative arts in the late 19th century and flourished in Britain around 1880 to 1920. It advocated traditional craftsmanship and folk styles of decoration, but was also active in the causes of social and economic reform. Key proponents were the architects Augustus Pugin and John Ruskin as well as the designer William Morris.

There are a lot of resources online about William Morris and his fellow designers. Here is a selection of links that may lead you to further reading on the subject:

Introducing William Morris

William Morris and the V&A

William Morris and Wallpaper Design

Closer to home, the architect Ernest Gimson was influenced by Morris and the movement. One of his projects was the design of Stoneywell Cottage in Leicestershire.

Ernest Gimson and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Leicester

Stoneywell Cottage

If you’d rather watch some video clips, you could try these to get started:

V&A: William Morris

William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement

embroidery

Learn new Techniques (or old ones as the case may be)

We have picked a few online videos teaching embroidery stitches for you. Try making a sampler of a range of stitches so that we can come back to the subject once we meet again in person!

Embroidery Basics and Supplies

Embroidery Sampler Pattern

More Basic Stitches

Setting up a pattern

Or if you’d rather go all out William Morris, why not try your hand at Fabric Block Printing?

Fabric Printing using Potato

Fabric Printing with Wooden Blocks

We hope this will keep you busy for a while and look forward to seeing some of your work when we meet again!

Enjoy and stay safe!

 

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Meanwhile at the Allotment…

The last meeting of the allotment gang in February was spent happily planning the new planting at 41A Cricket Pitch View and hoping fervently that the temporary roof cover would hold during the expected second wave of winter storms.

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Little did we know then that we would not be able to get onto the plot for the next few months  while our attention would be focused on supermarket queuing, finding seven new ways to wash the curtains and generally getting used to life in lock down.

However, the fantastic weather we are having is bringing the whole allotment community to life again – with social distancing of course and without the general public having access to the site, but it’s all happening again thanks to Anne, who has been clearing the winter blues (and a lot of rubbish!) off the beds, tidying the verges, re-mulching the paths, laying the slabs for the upper terrace and fitting the missing glass into the greenhouse ready for things to come and the rest of us to join in again. Which we finally did this week and yes – you CAN dig and social distance at the same time!

Collage

The first load of runner beans are in the ground and so are the first peas. Winter leeks are sprouting even if the garlic seems to have gone into hiding. A single potato survivor is hanging in there, but the strawberry plants are doing well and the cherry tree has had some promising flowers – fingers crossed.

The allotment spirit is alive and well – and is even bringing the allotment community closer together with plot holders lending helping hands to get everyone going again. The only thing we are missing right now is the afternoon tea break on our benches – but hey, as the sign on the shed says: To plant a garden is to believe in the future and we are certainly doing that.

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Tin Can and Jerusalem

With the lock-down continuing many of us have not only found new ways to spend our time, but probably also reached the point where the back of the store cupboard is coming into view and forgotten treasures are discovered. But what to do with the odd can of pineapple or lentils? So in lieu of the monthly Bake Cub, here are a few links that may tempt you to explore store cupboard cooking further:

The Virtual WI Store Cupboard Recipes

The WI have created a virtual space on the WI website covering a number of subjects and resources – one of which is a range of store cupboard recipes:

https://www.thewi.org.uk/home/coronavirus/my-virtual-wi/food-and-craft/store-cupboard-recipes

Delia Smith Free Online Cookery School

Delia Smith is a longstanding favourite with many home cooks due to the reliability of her recipes. She is currently offering free membership in her online cookery school. Create an account and off you go:

https://www.deliaonline.com/cookery-school

Cookery Websites

Many cookery websites have picked up on the need to cook with what we have got – just google ‘store cupboard recipes’ and see where it takes you…

And finally – if you feel like belting out a bit of Jerusalem to yourself or the family while you are in the kitchen, the lyrics are right here on our site:

https://marketharboroughwi.org.uk/about-us/jerusalem/

Stay safe, enjoy the cooking and have a great weekend!

 

 

Virtual Book Club (and other ideas…)

At this time of the month we usually post a reminder for the Book Angels Meeting.  Due to the continuing lock down this can obviously not now happen in person, so the Book Angels have decided to take the technology route instead and hold their next meeting on Zoom via the internet. The meeting is scheduled for

Monday, 20th April, 7.30 pm

Book: The Secret Garden

Book Angel Members will have received an email with instructions on how to join, but if any other MHWI members would like to take part, please email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com for details.

If you don’t want to join the Book Angels just now, but are looking for reading inspiration to while away those hours at home, then here are a few ideas that may help:

Free Lending Library

https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/libraries

The Leicestershire Library network offers a free on-line lending facility for e-books, audio books and newspapers as well as magazines on a whole range of hobbies and special interests. Use the link above to find the site, then click on ‘Digital Library Services’ and log in with your library card. If you do not have a card you can register on-line for free. The files can be downloaded to most digital devices. Books can usually be borrowed for 3 weeks, any magazine of newspaper publication will remain on your device until you delete it.

Project Gutenberg

https://www.gutenberg.org/

The Gutenberg Project has been digitising books that are out of copyright (currently up to about the mid-1920s) and the library now includes over 60.000 books. These can be downloaded free of charge for a variety of different e-readers or in PDF form.  They also offer books in a range of languages

Free Kindle Books on Amazon

http://www.amazon.co.uk

Yes – there are! Select the Kindle department from the drop down menu on the left of the search box, enter 0.00 and sort the list by ‘price low-high’. You can download these just like any other Kindle book. Alternatively, download the Kindle App onto your computer or tablet and you can read the books through there. Who knows – this may just lead you to discover a new favourite author!

Online Courses

http://freeonlinecourse.org.uk/

https://www.futurelearn.com/

There are a myriad of online courses available at the moment – and many of them are free. Check out these sites for offers and links to other providers.

And as always – if you have any other tips, tricks or good ideas we should post here, please email us at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com

Enjoy and stay safe!

 

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Virtual Craft Club

The first week of the month usually is Craft Club week for our members and so before you all get withdrawal symptoms here is this month’s Virtual Craft Club edition. Everyone can have a go – and we can post pictures of your efforts as we go along.

Craft Club has always been about learning new things, so this month we have compiled a list all around the theme of Knitting – the history of it, exhibits of it and links to videos teaching aspects of it:

The History of Knitting

This Golden Fleece by Esther Rutter (available from Amazon in print or kindle edition)

Esther Rutter has travelled the length and breadth of Britain to trace this country’s relationship with wool – from the manufacture of it to the crafts used in processing it. To illustrate some of the story, her book also includes information about a range of knitting techniques that have fallen out of general use – fascinating for those crafters that like to try out unusual things.

The History of the Knitting Industry in the East Midlands http://www.knittingtogether.org.uk

This website  brings together the different facets of the history of knitting in our area – from hand-knitted caps and stockings to the industrial production of knitwear all the way to ‘the Marks and Spencer’ effect (you didn’t know they would come into it, did you?). The site also includes a virtual museum showing some of the collections that are not usually on view.

Learn new Techniques (or old ones as the case may be)

Some of the techniques discussed in the book and on the website are still being practiced today and enterprising knitters have put together YouTube videos showing how it’s done. Why not follow one of them and try out a new technique? Give it a shot and let us know how you get on – we’d love to post photos on our social media sites. And of course bring your projects to the first real craft club meeting once we are back up and running again.

Dentdale Knitting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c-M37brGx8

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fav78nWjyg4

Nalebinding

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEJywXIluhk

Fair Isle Knitting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNtnTcE7Qjs

Historical Knitting (this is a whole series)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkPSN85kISg

Or if you rather learn some new modern knitting stitches why not have a look at the ‘100 days of knit stitches’ series on YouTube? There has to be something in there you could try to pass the time.

Enjoy and stay safe!

 

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A Day at the Museum

If you have to stay in all day and are running out of things to do, why not spend an hour or so at a museum?

Not as mad as it sounds: Most of the larger institutions offer audio guides and virtual tours on their websites. So do a bit of virtual travelling and have a look!

Here are a few links to get you started:

National Gallery London

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours/google-virtual-tour

J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-j-paul-getty-museum?hl=en

Vatican Museum Rome

http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.1.html

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/rijksmuseum

British Museum London

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-british-museum

On some of the links you have to scroll to the bottom of the page to get to the virtual tours. It is also worth looking at the various lists of content as some also offer audio guides and commentaries on their sites. There are many more available – why not enter ‘virtual museum tours’ into your browser and see where it takes you?

Have you got any tips or ideas to share with the rest of the group? Please email us at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com!

Stay safe wherever you are!

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For all fans of classical music

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra had to close their concert hall due to the corona virus epidemic. So instead of playing to a live audience they have now opened up their digital concert hall for 30 days free of charge.

If you would like to enjoy some of the concerts on offer, please go to:

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/tickets

In order to get access for 30 days register for a free account (no obligation) and then activate the voucher code BERLINPHIL before the 31st March.

There are both pre-recorded and live concerts to choose from.

Enjoy and stay safe!

PS – don’t forget we also now have a WhatsApp group where many of you are already sharing ideas, tips and tricks to avoid getting bored at home. Why not join them? Email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com to get access.

 

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The Ladies Who Can

In the committee group we have put some though into how we can all stay in touch and support each other in the coming weeks with tips, tricks, physical support and fun stuff to keep us going until we can all get back to normality.
We will of course continue to provide information via our website and the usual social media streams, but these tend to be uni-directional broadcasting means. So in addition to this we have also set up a WhatsApp Group called
 
MHWI Ladies Who Can! 
 
Many of you will be familiar with WhatsApp already: It is an app that can be loaded onto most smart phones and allows groups of people to post messages, photos and videos. 
If you would like to join the new WhatsApp Group, please send your name and mobile phone number to marketharboroughwi@gmail.com and we will join you to the group. Message service will start from tomorrow.
And finally you can of course contact us on the WI phone on 07547 890 756 if we can be of any assistance.
 
Your Committee
Bridget, Caroline, Carolyn, Denise, Fiona, Jane, Janet, Tricia, Valerie and Kirsten
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Corona Virus Update

Following this announcement yesterday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eauc67Ba-8k

about the acceleration of the preventative measures the government is putting in place to slow down the spread of the Corona Virus. With this in mind the committee have discussed the options for our published program of monthly meetings and social events. We all agree that the health and well-being of our members is paramount and therefore have decided on a number of measures:

  • The monthly meetings planned for 25th March and 22nd April will be cancelled. We may be able to re-schedule at least one of these during the summer break, but we will look at this once we have a better idea how long the restrictions will remain in place.
  • The same applies to our social events: The Amazon Trip had already been cancelled, but we will also now have to cancel the Film Night on the 20th March.
  • The various Club activities (Craft, Book, Walking, Allotment) will be cancelled until the end of April. Club leaders will keep their members informed as we move through the next couple of months.
  • We are keeping the Bistro Night at Wistow on for the moment and will update you on this in due course.

As this is a somewhat fluent situation we will try and update you all via this website www.marketharboroughwi.org.uk on a regular basis.

Most importantly though we are asking all of you to ensure that you follow the various guidelines and stay safe. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via marketharboroughwi@gmail.com if you need assistance because you are having to stay at home. We will try our level best to help everyone get through this – in the end that is exactly what the WI is all about.

Stay safe and see you again just as soon as this is over

Your Committee

Bridget, Caroline, Carolyn, Denise, Fiona, Jane, Janet, Tricia, Valerie and Kirsten

 

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Film Night 20th March Cancelled!

Due to the recent restrictions on social interactions and non-essential travel put in place by the government yesterday we will unfortunately have to cancel the Film Night planned for 20th March. We will advise all subscribers in due course about any applicable refunds.

 

Enjoy an evening out at the Harborough Theater for our Film Night

The bar will be open to purchase drinks so you can watch Downton Abbey in style!

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