BARBARA Theairs was the demonstrator at the recent meeting of Hainton and District Women’s Institute held at South Willingham Parish Hall and after introducing her topic, leather work and explaining how it is produced she gave a potted history of its use over the years.
She had a varied selection of examples of items that could be made from leather ranging from key rings and book marks to bigger more elaborate pieces all decorated with different designs.
Mrs Theairs also provided an opportunity for a ‘hands on’ session and members were able to choose from the variety of cut out pieces of leather she had prepared and the tools and colouring pens needed to make and decorate a simple item to their own design which could be completed in the time available. They contributed the cost of the materials and members could also make purchases from the range of goods Mrs Theairs had available too after she had been thanked for her interesting demonstration and help. There was a competition for an item in leather and members also took along a single rose in a vase for the flower of the month competition. Arrangements were finalised too for the annual summer lunch which this year was enjoyed at The Cross Roads Inn, East Barkwith.
Nine members enjoyed a happy and relaxed social get-together with an excellent meal of their choice prepared and served by the staff at the local inn.