Betty Burns from the Mennock institute demonstrated stumpwork at the latest meeting of Heathhall and District SWI.
President Mrs Beattie welcomed everyone including new members before introducing the speaker.
Betty explained that stumpwork, which originated many years ago, is raised embroidery in picture form. She gave a very detailed and interesting account of the process. Firstly, small flower petals and leaves are drawn by hand onto a curtain lining base, remembering to number the petals and attach special paper covered wire onto the tail of the leaf with masking tape. Using single strand embroidery thread, working different embroidery stitches until the petals and leaves are filled in giving a raised effect. Cut out with scissors then attach and arrange flowers onto calico before framing or put on cards.
The pictures and cards were admired and Mrs McQueen gave a vote of thank.
Congratulations were given to Mrs McQueen for placing second in the national Evelyn Baxter competition. Panto tickets are ready for collection and arrangements made for the Christmas meeting.
Competition results: Homemade needle case – 1 Mrs H McEwan; 2 Mrs F Hunter. Thimble – 1 Mrs R Chambers; 2 Mrs Kyle.