Christmas theme in embroidery show
Marion Cameron is not at home the first time I ring – she’s delivering some of her spinning to the Clareville A&P show.
Like many members of the Wairarapa Embroiderers Guild, she has maintained the tradition of handcraft started in childhood – and she doesn’t confine herself to just one type of handwork.
‘‘I grew up with embroidery and my mother was great at sewing. She had five girls so she made all our clothes,’’ said the current President of the Guild.
The group holds biannual exhibitions at Aratoi and a new show opened at the weekend. It features a special display by guest exhibitor Carol Coutts who has been a dedicated committee member, secretary and general organiser for the Guild.
‘‘She’s one of those people who has continually helped us over the years,’’ Cameron said.
‘‘Her work is always finished beautifully and she is known for her handmade dolls and Father Christmases.’’
As always, there is a flavour of Christmas running through this end of year show.
The popular raffle is back and this time the prize is a collection of festive decorations made by members especially for the event.
It is always a challenge mounting an exhibition in the Wesley Wing because many months and often years are involved in making some of the treasures on display.
This year’s offerings are smaller in scale but no less individual than previous years.
As well as being highly skilled at what they do, Guild members are supportive, and get-togethers are both social and creative, Cameron said: ‘‘There is always is plenty of inspiration seeing what other people are doing. You think ‘Maybe I could do that’.’’
She recently spurred herself on to finish an embroidered sampler she started 20 years ago. ‘‘I enjoyed doing it but I just wish I could have rearranged a few things,’’ she said.
In the end, these creations are a labour of love: ‘‘One member has been making embroidered Christmas stockings for years for her nieces and nephews – she’s now onto her great great nieces and nephews,’’ Cameron said.
The Wairarapa Embroiderers Guild’s exhibition runs at Aratoi until 12 November.
The weekly article is supplied by Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History.