There are some WI stereotypes that we're very happy to live up to - particularly those about crafting. Our girls love making things, and we even set up a Swallowtail Craft Club mini meeting to cater for our enthusiasm. So, it was wonderful to welcome talented seamstress and crafter Judith Quinton to our April meeting, where she gave us a guide to covering buttons and making beautiful purses.
Judith arrived ladened with lovely fabrics and patterns for us to get crafty with. She told us early on that this would be a very hands-on affair, and she spent the evening busily answering questions and giving us help as we enjoyed making our buttons and purses. Judith's love of crafting is infectious and, like us, she's very committed to the noble art of 'Make Do & Mend'. Better still, the Swallowtails were able to chat happily and share stories as we worked together and we'd even got a few newcomers in our midst, all of whom got a warm welcome and a good idea of what being a Swallowtail involves.
We also found time to get the Swallowtail book club together to discuss dystopian novel The Power by Naomi Alderman. This book has enjoyed huge publicity and the concept women seizing power in the world as they harness the power of electricity was fascinating. However, many of the readers in our book club felt that the concept was stronger than the story and that they wanted more from the plot itself. After such a good discussion, we decided to choose two books for the next book club session - Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.
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