SWI keeps tra­di­tional skills alive

The Oban Times - - Districts -

LOCHABER ladies have been learn­ing how to make some­thing new out of some­thing old at the April meet­ing of the women’s in­sti­tute.

Sev­eral mem­bers of the Lochaber Fed­er­a­tion SWI met at the Sal­va­tion Army Hall, Fort Wil­liam, to learn the craft of patch­work.

Led by Bar­bara Collins of Lochailort, an ex­pert quilt-maker, the women were shown two dif­fer­ent ways of making pat­terns.

Al­though most of their ma­te­ri­als were new and specif­i­cally de­signed for patch­work, their grannies and great-grannies would have saved old cloth­ing and cut out the less worn pieces to turn into quilts.

On the first day they worked on the well-known log cabin pat­tern, us­ing strips to make squares which were then sewn to­gether to make larger pieces un­til they reached the re­quired size to make into some­thing such as a cush­ion cover.

On the sec­ond day the ladies sewed a square of ma­te­rial to­gether to make larger squares which were then cut and re-po­si­tioned to make a va­ri­ety of pat­terns.

Mar­tine Young from the SWI said: ‘Bar­bara was an ex­cel­lent tu­tor and her skill and pa­tience were much ap­pre­ci­ated by her pupils.

‘The ladies had a lovely time choos­ing the best fab­rics to make their pat­terns while catch­ing up on the news. It was very sat­is­fy­ing to see the fin­ished squares and what ev­ery­one had achieved.

‘It was a real ex­er­cise in keep­ing tra­di­tional skills alive, an im­por­tant aim of the SWI or­gan­i­sa­tion, and re­cy­cling, just as nec­es­sary now as then, even if for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.’

Some of the ladies with their crafts.

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