Needlework restored

Pictured is a photo of the needlework which has been restored and is on display at Inchbare Hall.
Pictured is a photo of the needlework which has been restored and is on display at Inchbare Hall.

The ladies of Stracathro SWRI have recently taken part in a pilot scheme in Angus to record all textiles belonging to local institutes.

The National Needlework Archive and the SWRI are hoping to create, over the next three years, a full and detailed record of all artefacts and their history held by institutes and federations throughout Scotland.

The resulting archive will highlight the contribution made by the SWRI to the skill and design history of Scotlands’ textile art.

The members were asked to delve into dark lofts ,under beds, etc., for old photographs and memorabilia.

The history of a wall-hanging which has been displayed in Inchbare Hall for several years, was researched by perusing minutes from last century and found to have been created in 1954 by members of Stracathro rural and entered into the Angus Federation Show in 1955.

The wall-hanging is made of linen and features stitching of many types and the subject matter is a representation of a map of the area.

It features churches, rivers, roads and even the Montrose-Brechin-Edzell railway amongst many other interesting landmarks.

The wall-hanging has been recorded and hopefully the pilot project will be successful in order that the scheme can be introduced to all federations in Scotland.

Following this research it was felt that the textile was in need of a little TLC and so money was raised by means of a quiz to have the wall-hanging mounted and framed.

The refurbished textile now has pride of place in Inchbare Hall for all to see with an explanatory leaflet.

The Stracathro WRI meets on the first Thursday of the month in Inchbare Hall at 7.30 pm.

The first meeting of the new session is September 1 and the invited speaker for the evening is Kartina Hunter and the subject is Marie Curie nursing.

The competitions for the evening are:- a favourite cup and saucer; two shortbread fingers.

All members, current and new, are warmly invited to attend.