Did you know that a chef’s hat has 100 pleats round the crown? Or that this is supposed to represent the number of ways to cook an egg! Neither did Wellington WI group, until this month’s speaker, Lisa Burrows, a milliner who has a shop in Taunton, told them.
Lisa was an entertaining speaker, and we were very surprised to learn that pineapples, bananas and coconuts are all vital in her work – not as decoration for her creations, their leaves and fibre contributing the majority of the raw materials for millinery.
Hats have an interesting history – in the 16th century, hairstyles were so elaborate that hats weren’t wearable, so the chapeau bras was invented, to be carried under one’s arm. During the war, hats were considered to be an essential item, and were not rationed.
Lisa brought along a selection of her lovely creations, and members enthusiastically tried these on after her talk.
Apart from the regular monthly meetings, activities coming up include undertaking the 40 Commando ‘trim trail’ at their Norton Fitzwarren camp, a weekend in Ilfracombe, a theatre trip to see ‘Sister Act’, and all the regular interest group meetings.
Our next meeting will take place at the Beambridge Hotel on March 19th, 7.00 for 7.30 pm. The speaker will be Ione Willcock, who is an Exmoor Ranger.
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