AT THE Annual Meeting in March the committee were very sad to loose Jula Turner, Pam Pegg and Vera Haskey.
The members have each been on the committee for over 20 years.
The three members together have served nearly 100 years, they received a gift and a card. They were thanked for all their hard work and support over the years, but we are glad that they will continue to attend the meetings. Thank you ladies.
The meeting was opened by our new president Doreen Hughes.
Doreen introduced herself and informed us that Sheila Quipp is the new treasurer and Mal Smith is the Secretary. We then sang a very lovely Jerusalem.
Apologies were read for all those who were absent. There were no birthdays this month. Mal Smith thanked Kate Turner for standing in last month. Mal read the minutes of the last meeting and the correspondence from Head Office.
Mal informed us of the lovely visit some of the members had enjoyed at JCB, Doreen thanked Sheila for organizing the event. Doreen then introduced the speaker Sue Robinson on "Encaustic Art" and the competition was a scenic photo/card.
Sue explained that it was due to the WI that she was able to do the Encaustic Art, because she had been lucky enough to have the chance to go to Denman College. There she learnt sugar craft where she went on to teach at night school and then went to learn how to do Encaustic art which she now demonstrates. Sue gave a brief informative talk on where the art originated from and explained that it means burning wax into materials. Sue explained that she was going to demonstrate how to paint wax onto card.
She melted coloured wax onto an iron (the iron - like a small travel iron, was held upside down so the plate was facing upwards) when she had the required amount of wax or blobs of colour on the plate she swiped the iron across gloss card.
She explained that you have three areas, start with the background, sky, then the middle, say mountains, then the foreground, bushes etc. Once dry she rubbed it with a tissue to make it shiny. To add detail she used a stylos which is like an old fashioned fountain pen.
Sue had various cards and pictures that she passed around for the members to see. She also showed us how to make a stencil to use on material to embroider from one of the cards that she had made. She also showed us how to do different effects and how to use stamps.
We then played a very interesting game, 12 boxes that we had to guess what was inside each one, from a clue on a tag. The members then had the chance to have a go at making a card using the melted wax.. Doreen thanked Sue very a very enjoyable evening.
Competition winner was Mal Smith. Raffle winners - Sheila Hickton, Linda Wheawall, Mal Smith and Joules Roache.
Doreen closed the meeting and reminded everyone that next month's meeting is our evening outing to Tissington Hall.