The SWI’s four Kintyre corners craft day

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Crafty demonstrators from villages at the four corners of the region shared their skills with Kintyre SWI Group.

A quartet of demonstrators, from Carradale to Gigha and Clachan to Southend, attended the four corners day in Tayinloan Hall.

Starting at 10.30am , with only a short break for lunch and finishing at 3.30pm, the day produced a wonderful array of crafts and baking.

Enid Williams led the ribbon embroidery class where a variety of creative stitches were used along with different coloured ribbons made of Japanese silk.

The ribbons were carefully embroidered onto a silk background to produce stunning effects.

Christine Jardine demonstrated how articulate paper could be.

She used colourful paper strips, cut from an old magazine to make paper beads that looked amazing.

These beads could be made to compliment any outfit she explained.

Necklaces and bracelets ranging from very delicate to chunky modern designs were soon on display and much admired.

Linda Bryce taught the art of Dorset Button making.

This craft dates back to the 17th century and was the mainstay of many families across the country until the first button making machine was invented in 1851.

There are many different traditional button patterns and starting with heaven crochet thread on a large ring, ladies learned the popular cross wheel pattern before progressing with confidence to a finer sized ring using fine crochet thread.

Beautiful, unique buttons were made that could give a special finishing touch to any hand made garment.

Tan Black and her assistant gave a wonderful baking demonstration showing how to make tray bakes, tea loaves and biscuits.

The hall was filled with the mouthwatering aroma of home baking.

Delicious individual salted caramel cheesecakes were also made and everyone got one to taste.

The verdict was unanimous, a great day had been had by all.

A group spokesperson said: ‘Many thanks must go to all the demonstrators who gave up their time to share their skills’

The vote of thanks was given by Kintyre SWI Group chairperson, Patricia Fair.

Dorset buttons. NO_c07KintyreSWI01_Dorset_Buttons

Christine Jardine along with the youngest member, Megan Lines, Pauline Simpson and Patricia Johnston concentrate at the paper bead class. NO_c07KintyreSWI02

Carradale ladies, tutor Enid Williams and group secretary Elaine Hemmings at the ribbon embroidery class. NO_c07KintyreSWI03

Jane McCallum and Tan Black making traybakes. NO_c07KintyreSWI04