On Tuesday we were fortunate enough to have two ladies from The Great Tapestry of Scotland project come and work with us.
One child from Form 3-7 enjoyed a fabulous workshop with Susie and Annette. After looking at some beautiful examples of work and hearing a little bit more about the plans for the final panel that will be a wonderful visualisation of our Border Land, we began to stitch ourselves.
Soon we were creating running stitches and finding a wealth of new stitches that we could create thanks to our talented visitors. Seed Stitch, French Knot and even a Whipped Stitch were carefully demonstrated to us. Our young embroiders began to realise the variety of ways that a little wool and a needle could be used.
We enjoyed making our little sampler rugby balls which we were able to take home. Then we were given the opportunity to add a stitch or two to one of the five panels that have been drawn by the artist Andrew Crummy. The process of adding just one more little stitch is addictive as some of our staff found out!
The time simply flew and our St Mary’s embroiders are keen to be involved in this fabulous community project as it settles in the Borders.
Jules Birdsall, 21/03/2019