Christ­mas theme in em­broi­dery show

Wairarapa News - - OUT & ABOUT - ANNE TAY­LOR

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.

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