At the end of June I joined 270 other women in a field for the very first WI camping weekend. The idea of the weekend was to bring like minded women together to camp, have fun and do a bit of crafting. My friend Karen had never been camping before, so I took along all my camping gear and Karen brought the fairy lights and bunting (essential for a weekends camping!)
We had a great weekend, meeting so many lovely ladies and going to lots of different activities. We learnt so many different skills and had so much fun along the way! We did paper flower making, flower crown making, spinning yarn and feltie key rings. I also spent the Friday evening faffing about with headscarves and eyeliner, learning the vintage tricks of the trade!
One of the other things for Friday night was a sewing bee challenge. This was something we knew about before the weekend so we had plenty of time to prepare. The challenge was to transform a plain t-shirt into something completely different, using any style and size of t-shirt. I knew this was a challenge I couldn’t turn down and spent many a happy hour scouring Pinterest looking for ideas. I settled on following a tutorial which used 2 identical t-shirts to make a dress. It was really straightforward but looked really effective
I was delighted to be a runner up in the competition. The lady who won made a fantastic camping inspired tshirt, complete with zips and a window!
Of course it wouldn’t be a WI get together without cake, so of course there was a bake off competition, with lots of different categories to enter (including Victoria sponge!) I decided my old faithfuls of chocolate muffins and fruit loaf would be good contenders. I sadly didn’t win, but we all got to try the cakes that had been entered, so many yummy ones to try!
If all that wasn’t enough, there was also an old fallen tree that got yarn bombed Alice in Wonderland style! So many people had gone to such an effort making gorgeous things to be left on the site. It’s nice to know we left a little mark of our weekend!
I can’t even begin to describe the fab atmosphere of the weekend, no pressures, inspiring talks and activities and the feeling of being able to be who you wanted with no one judging you. The committee who organised it did a fab job and I know everyone can’t wait for next year to do it all again!
Thanks to Kay Brown from Bestwood Village WI for the photos