The Gillian Nelson Denman Bursary
The Gillian Nelson Denman Bursary

Do you know we have a Gillian Nelson Denman Bursary? This bursary is a great way to go to Denman, the WI education centre in Oxfordshire. It is open to all Gothic Valley WI members. You can go do a course on almost anything crafty or cookery! The courses at Denman can be pricey and […]

GVWI March 2017 Meeting
GVWI March 2017 Meeting

The March meeting was a very special one this year where we turned five years old! We celebrated with a mad hatter’s tea party. We began the night with a round up from President Lisa and then moved onto a wonderful video presentation put together by hard-working Sarah, a Committee member. It traces the history of […]

GVWI December 2016 meeting
GVWI December 2016 meeting

To get us in the Christmas frame of mind we got all Christmas crafting at our December meeting. Elin brought in salt dough Christmas decorations for us to paint, there were cats and bats that were decorated with paint and glitter, very Christmassy! Catherine came armed with her Christmas fabric stash. We tackled limited sewing including […]

Happy Halloween from GVWI!
Happy Halloween from GVWI!

Last weekend the families of North London visited the Old Fire Station behind Holloway Road for GVWI’s Halloween Party. Children participated in a range of festive activities like apple-bobbing, mask making and had their faces painted all to raise money for the WI. A selection of halloween treats, hand-baked by members, were laid out including […]

The GVWI is two years old
The GVWI is two years old

Gothic Valley WI turned two on the 13th of March! We celebrated in the style we know best, with cakes, crafting and great company. We had three member-run activity stations which were a hit with everyone: gothic origami, arm knitting and fabric flower making. Gothic origami was led by Catherine and included one of our non-traditional […]

A very merry gothmas!
A very merry gothmas!

It’s been a while coming, but since it’s nearing the C-word (that’s Christmas for the uninitiated) and Halloween is pretty much the gothic equivalent these days, why not pause for a little bit of a retrospective of the Halloween party we had in October? All these photos were taken by the wonderful Catherine Currie. It was […]

6 ways to take good photographs
6 ways to take good photographs

The world is full of amateur photographers and instagram abusers. I might even be one of them. So I was quite excited when our resident amazing photographer, Catherine Currie, offered to talk to us about getting the best out of your point-and-shoot. Only owner and iPhone camera (I know, I know), there were a few […]

Interior corsetry
Interior corsetry

Even the most rainy, miserable weekends can be cheered up by drooling over expensive and unattainable objects, right? No, not the pretty thing in the eyeliner to the left — interior decor! Apparently this fantastic baroque corset light is crafted out of metal, and can be found somewhere in Southsea. Lucky Southsea. Not only that, but we […]

God Save the Queen — we mean it man…
God Save the Queen - we mean it man...

To celebrate the most auspicious of occassions, the Diamond Jubilee, I have made a beautiful stencil for all your crafting needs. Simple enough for cake top sugar stenciling even! Inspired by Jaime Reid’s Sex Pistol cover art, I hope that even those uninspired by the traditional bunting-filled street parties can now celebrate in style! If you […]

Siege weaponry
Siege weaponry

Gothic Valley WI was recently asked to judge the first GMI (Gothic Mobile Infantry) siege weapon competition at Whitby Gothic Weekend, a biannual event where Goths of all kinds gather to drink and be merry. Part of the annual festivities involves a highly suspect ‘game’ known as Maffball, where flaming (well, not very flaming, it’s only […]

Life’s a circus! Roll up this Thursday!
Life's a circus! Roll up this Thursday!

This Thursday, the 8th of March will see our first Gothic Valley WI public meeting at The Shaftesbury in North London (see calender for venue & time information). Please come and join us on our first venture, meet fellow Bakers and Crafters, and eat cake! We will be joined by friends from the Middlesex Federation WI […]

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