A crafty way to mark cen­te­nary

Knit & Stitch group un­veils hang­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AGROUP of crafters have helped to com­mem­o­rate the 100-year an­niver­sary of the First World War out­break.

The Ruis­lip Knit & Stitch group un­veiled a wall hang­ing based on the John McCrae war poem, In Flan­ders Field, at Manor Farm Li­brary on Tues­day, Septem­ber 9.

Jackie Scurie led the project in re­sponse to a re­quest from the li­brary to add to the bor­ough’s First World War Cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions.

She said: “We were in­vited to cre­ate a piece of tex­tile art and our mem­bers worked to­gether to de­velop ideas. Once the de­sign was agreed, the group swung into ac­tion to re­search suit­able fonts and work out the charts for the cross stitch pan­els, which carry the poem and ti­tle board.”

Once the var­i­ous el­e­ments of the wall hang­ing were com­plete, the ladies worked to piece it to­gether dur­ing their weekly meet­ings at the li­brary in Bury Street, Ruis­lip.

The fin­ished wall hang­ing is a col­lage that makes use of a va­ri­ety of tech­niques, in­clud­ing cross stitch, ap­pliqué, ta­pes­try, bead­ing and cro­chet.

The project be­gan in March and will now be on per­ma­nent dis­play at Manor Farm Li­brary.

Ruis­lip Knit & Stitch meets ev­ery Tues­day at Manor Farm Li­brary, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

The group is open to any­one who en­joys tex­tile crafts, be it knit­ting, cro­chet, ta­pes­try, quilt­ing, em­broi­dery or any other form of tex­tile art.

Bags of ex­pe­ri­ence are not re­quired – be­gin­ners are wel­comed as warmly as ex­perts and mem­bers learn new crafts from one another and share tech­niques, tips and cre­ative projects.

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