Haugh of Urr welcomes Kerry
Haugh of Urr SWRI president Liz Green welcomed members, visitors and the speaker Kerry Thomas.
Kerry is a local girl who now lives near Lockerbie.
She became interested in dry felting a few years ago and has now set up her own business, Fulraw Fibrecrafts, creating felt pictures and wall-hangings. As she became interested in the process she also became interested in the various kinds of wool fleece and the different breeds of sheep.
She gave a detailed history of how sheep had become domesticated and how the different breeds had evolved over thousands of years, explaining why some are softer than others, why some have a natural curl, why some take dye better than others and why some are more easily worked than others.
She then introduced members to other fibres that she incorporates into her work – silk, soya, banana and dog for example. She did a demonstration creating a beautiful landscape in a few minutes. Although she invited members to have a go, no one was brave enough. However, she had made up little packs with everything needed to make a small picture. Several people bought them – being happier to try it out in the privacy of their own kitchen! Annette Craig gave the vote of thanks.
After the usual tasty supper, there was the business meeting.
Next month there will be fundraising sales table and the speaker will be Sara McMinn, on the topic “There is more to life than food”.
The competition winners were as follows:
Carved Halloween pumpkin: 1 Elizabeth Davidson, 2 Susan Smith, 3 Myrna Robertson.
Tablet: 1 Susan Smith, 2 Elizabeth Davidson, 3 Alison Barrett.
Flower of the month: 1 Mina Riddick, 2 Elizabeth Davidson, 3 Myrna Robertson.