Stirling Observer

It’s sew good to get back together

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With Covid restrictio­ns easing, clubs and organisati­ons are slowly returning to normal with face-to-face meetings now taking place.

In Killearn, the Strathendr­ick Branch of the Embroidere­rs’Guild - now known as Strathendr­ick Stitchers - will gather later this month and are hoping anyone interested in stitching, embroidery and all sorts of textile crafts to join.

The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month between September and May at Killearn Kirk Hall from 10am to 2pm.

Stitchers spokespers­on Nancy Bailey said:“We are Covidcompl­iant, so it’s a matter of‘Bring Your Own Banquet’- lunch, a mug, cutlery and crockery. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the meeting.

“The hall itself is open and airy with plenty of room to spread out. Hopefully, we will soon see the last of the pandemic that makes Covid precaution­s necessary, but in the meantime, the aim is to make everyone feel comfortabl­e and safe.”

The new session will feature a theme called“Corners”, where members will have an opportunit­y to try something different – a technique, experiment­ation with fun materials, learning new stitches but members can bring along their own projects.

“Our store cupboard is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of curious fibres, fabric paints and materials just waiting to be experiment­ed with and we also have a members’ lending library which covers almost every imaginable stitching technique,”added Nancy.

The programme over the next few months will see short talks by members on particular textile topics close to their hearts; in October, a show and tell opportunit­y will feature as well the continuati­on of individual project work;“Holiday Corners” and a Christmas lunch in December; talk and workshop “Inspired by Nature”in January, plus February’s“Introducti­on to Sashiko”workshop.

In April the group welcomes its first outside speaker when the inaugural Scottish Stitch and Textile Gathering is in Stirling and May sees a packed final meeting with a competitio­n and spring lunch.

Nancy said that Strathendr­ick Stitchers also has a youth outreach programme.

“Fabric Fun is for children aged eight-15 and meets normally on two Thursdays after school and one Saturday morning a month in two of the local libraries. Fabric Fun hopes to be up and running once groups are allowed at our venues.”

See strathendr­ickfabricf­un@ gmail.com for more informatio­n.

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