Embroiderer’s Guild

THE MONTROSE Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild enjoyed a rare treat at its monthly meeting last Saturday.

Textile artist Christine Moodie took members through the design process and preparation of the four Dunnichen Banners, originally produced for Dunnichen Church and now hanging in Letham Church. Working to Christine’s meticulous designs and instructions a banner group of up to 20 local embroiderers – all experienced and highly skilled - spent between 12 and 18 months on each banner.

Two members of the banner group were present throughout Christine’s presentation, and their reminiscences added greatly to everyone’s appreciation of this wonderful local example of the art and craft of embroidery. Also on display was the church pulpit fall which Christine had designed, allowing Guild members to examine closely the exquisite stitching and intricate assembly of carefully selected fabrics and threads. Christine’s husband, in his role as projectionist, completed the team of four.

In the morning, branch members got together for the first in a series of informal stitching sessions. Feedback was essential, as it important to have the ‘ear’ of the members in order to develop the activities of the Guild, and the discussion which took place was extremely useful.

The next meeting will take place on Saturday, November 17. In the morning, the stitching session will explore line stitch, beginning with a brief tutorial then continuing with members’ own interpretations and ideas. In the afternoon, Rosemary Campbell, one of Scotland’s foremost textile artists, mentors and exhibitors will talk about Life After Work. 2pm, Columba Hall, Market Street, Montrose. Visitors welcome: entry £2 refunded on becoming a member.