Heath­hall Ru­ralmeet

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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.

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