Carolyn Wilde reports on Burleydam and District WI's December meeting: "Burleydam WI members arrived at their December meeting spare tights at the ready. What were they to be used for? Did the competition entries "How many uses can you think of for a pair of tights" hold any clues? Bank robbery, perhaps. A spot of gardening to tie up those recalcitrant roses? Did a fanbelt need replacing?
"No, the answer was more artistic. Sarah Lunt, our president, welcomed Margery Monbiot who demonstrated the delights of the art and craft of Temari. Temari, meaning handball in Japanese, is a folk craft born in ancient Japan from the desire to amuse and entertain children with an embroidered toy thread ball. Today temari balls are given as tokens of good luck and their designs can be striking in their complexity.
"We as mere beginners, were able, in the time available, only to prepare the basic ball shape and wrap wool round it ready for the next stage, 200 metres of cotton thread would then be wrapped round the ball and the pattern picked out. The design is then stitched out in coloured thread. Examples of Temari can be found on internet sites devoted to encouraging the craft. The tights, of course, provided the base round which the ball was fashioned.
"The competition for the most uses for tights was won by Liz Gentil, second was new member, Elaine Walton and third was Gladys Burrough.
"Eva Sadler was presented with the trophy for the most points won in the competitions over the year and will also receive a plant to be focal point by her front door.
"Arrangements for the New Year Lunch at the Nag's Head, Haughton Moss on 20th January were discussed and members were reminded that the next meeting would not be until February with an August meeting replacing the January meeting."
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