Haugh of Urr wel­comes Kerry

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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.

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