Activities, Crafty Creations, International Kitchen, Walks

February was an action packed month

We certainly hit the ground running in February with a great variety of activities and events.

Our first Member’s Meeting took place in February and a very constructive meeting it was. The minutes were uploaded to the IWI Basel Facebook page.

Patchwork Studio

Our craft events got off to a great start with a visit to the Patchwork Studio on Güterstrasse where members were able to view an incredible number of different fabrics for sale (and of course we didn’t just look at the fabrics!) to get ideas for what they would be making at our first craft event – An Introduction to English Pierced Paper Patchwork. Just look at the fabric on offer!  

Having decided on the fabric and what was to be made we all enjoyed a relaxing evening cutting out our ‘hexies’ and sewing the templates at our first craft event of 2017.

Solo Uno

And now for something completely different!! A visit to Solo Uno in Rheinfelden where we had the most relaxing and de-stressing time. Very highly recommended! The salt water pool was incredible! The heated outdoor pool was fabulous and the relaxing morning was followed by a totally relaxing lunch. Can’t wait for the next visit.

Walk & Talk

Next saw the first of our monthly walks, kindly hosted by Clare Wadsworth. A beautiful walk in the woods and hills around Mariestein was following by a delicious coffee which we drank sitting outside on the terrace! A lot of people were out and about walking and enjoying the fantastic weather. An amazing, though hazy view, of the Roche Tower as well as Landskron to say nothing of the quirky planter seen along the way.

Brocki Visit

February also saw the first Brocki visit of 2017. This time the focus was on Güterstrasse where we find 4 Brockis including the Bücher Brocky where you can browse through a collection of 10,000+ books! Everyone found some treasure to buy.

All about Cheese

Finally, there was our first International Kitchen of 2017 and this was a Cheese Making Demonstration followed by a Cheese & Wine Apero at Markthalle. The demonstration was given by the owner of MYLK, a new and unique cheese producer in the heart of Basel. Hess produces his own cheese, yoghurt, and quark as well as selling other cheeses from well-known artisan producers. The cheeses on offer range from fresh soft cheeses through semi-hard and hard cheeses. Following the very interesting explanation of the cheese making process, the IWI sampled a variety of the cheeses on offer and were also able to purchase some to take home.


Can we deliver as varied and exciting programme of events in March as we did in February? We will certainly do our best so please check the Events section in Facebook and for those without Facebook here is a summary of our events for the coming month:

  • 1st March – Member’s Meeting
  • 11th March – The Material Event at Weil am Rhein.
  • 13th March – Monthly Walk Bruderholz
  • 20th March – Introduction to English Pierced Paper Patchwork – Part 2
  • 26th March – Jam & Chutney. A session to make goods to sell at the Bake-Offs and to provide participants with some samples to take home!
Activities, News about IWI Basel

January 2017 – off to a flying start

It is sometimes hard to believe that this is our third year and January saw the IWI Basel very busy with a new Chair and Committee taking over and welcoming back old friends and registering new members. We had two Welcome Events in January and membership stands at 37 at the moment and we are only in the first week of February (Membership runs from the beginning of February for 12 months).


The new Committee has been busy planning events for the coming year and January has already seen our first lunch and cinema visit. We will be organising further cinema visits in the evenings as well so that those working or with children to care for can also participate.

Of course, we wouldn’t be the IWI if we did not have preserves on our mind and when the Seville oranges appeared in the shops we couldn’t let them pass with making some Marmelade. Look out for our Marmelade at the next Basel Bake-Off!

January also saw our first Theatre event and this was quite a special event as not only did the IWI attend a private session with the producer of Vagina Monologues but members participated in the production and supported the production on the door.

February brings more activities – swimming, spa day, walking, visits to Brockis, first craft sessions and a cheese making demonstration as well as Member’s Meetings and Bake-Off planning!