Lizzie has suc­cess all sewn up

The Oban Times - - News -

LIZZIE Camp­bell-Pre­ston started sew­ing ta­pes­tries as a child. By the time she was eight she had com­pleted a num­ber of ta­pes­tries in­clud­ing a salmon, a Dal­ma­tian dog and var­i­ous sheep.

Ta­pes­try work would be done at all hours but she par­tic­u­larly en­joyed do­ing them when trav­el­ling, wait­ing in air­ports and on holiday.

In her mid-twen­ties, she de­cided to make a ca­reer out of her hobby. She started by learn­ing em­broi­dery, tech­niques for paint­ing can­vas, dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als and the use of colours. She moved up to study­ing for a di­ploma and is now part way through achiev­ing this, hav­ing done two years and gained a num­ber of cer­tifi­cates.

Works com­pleted dur­ing her course in­clude a Ja­cobean owl, a scene of Oban har­bour, a gold work Black Watch this­tle and a cruise liner. All these works are on view in the gallery of the shop.

In early 2015, the op­por­tu­nity arose to ful­fil her dream of get­ting a ta­pes­try shop and stu­dio when the old Post Of­fice on Oban’s Es­planade came up for sale. In­spired by hav­ing com­pleted her Oban har­bour scene, every ef­fort was made to ob­tain the premises and this was achieved in Au­gust 2015.

Lizzie said: ‘I sell the El­iz­a­beth Bradley kits and fin­ished ta­pes­tries of Wil­liam Mor­ris, lovely bowls with this­tles on, some scarfs, boxes for but­tons and sew­ing stuff. The gallery and shop have got the most beau­ti­ful view and the Es­planade is very pop­u­lar. There is al­ways some­thing go­ing on in the har­bour and I find it a won­der­ful place to do my ta­pes­try work.’

She has two on­go­ing com­mis­sions – both for lo­cal pa­trons – a cover for a stool and a wool ta­pes­try picture of a lovely boat taken from a pho­to­graph.

Lizzie is plan­ning to set up ta­pes­try work­shops and em­broi­dery classes with the hope of en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to take up ta­pes­try.

Lizzie Camp­bell-Pre­ston.

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