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Art, crafts and WI revival…

February 25th 2014
By: Melanie Hollidge

In the past few years we have seen a revival of the arts and crafts movement in the UK, which was active between 1860 and 1910.
 
As a result of the ‘credit crunch’ we have had less money to spend on nights out and instead have had to find cheaper ways of amusing ourselves by learning new crafts, such as knitting, up-cycling, jewellery making, sewing, cross stitch and other home crafts. Influenced of course by new television shows such as ‘The Great Sewing Bee’ and ‘The Great British Bake off,’ which have sprung up to feed the need for home crafts.
 
Even the WI, (Women's Institute) once associated with the older generation, seems to be attracting the women as young as 20 - out with the common association of retired ladies with blue rinses and in with women wanting to do extreme sports such as white water rafting.
 
Over the past three years membership to the WI has increased by a quarter. And don’t think for a moment that this new younger member isn’t interested in sewing and baking, the WI have said that 52,000 of its new members are interested in learning these types of new skills. If you would like to find out more about WI groups in the Surrey area then please follow this link http://www.thewi.org.uk/become-a-member/structure-of-the-wi/england/surrey/about-us
 
Craft clubs have also sprung up across Surrey, across our high streets, shops and barns, if you would like to find out more about clubs in the Surrey area please follow this link: https://www.ukcraftfairs.com/local-crafts/surrey.