The finest threads at Bellochantuy SWI

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A love of embroidery which led to a Glasgow School of Art show was the point of a Scottish Women’s Institute talk.

SWI member Judith Macrae ‘enthralled’ the ladies at Bellochantuy institute’s February meeting.

Mrs Macrae told how her love for embroidery, started as a schoolgirl and has been her great passion throughout the years since.

After marriage and rasing a family it was membership of the Bellochantuy ‘Rural’ which stirred her interest anew.

This finally led to Mrs Macrae joining other like-minded students on courses at the prestigious Royal School of Needlework in Glasgow.

Seven years on, and with certificates of competence, Judith showed the SWI the work she has achieved, ranging from Jacobean embroidery, canvas work, silk-work and gold-work.

The quality of her work was appreciated so much by her tutors that an item in silk-work, the ‘most beautiful’ iris, was chosen for the Royal College of Needlework display at Hampton Court Palace.

It was highly commended by the organisers and subsequently displayed at Glasgow School of Art.

An SWI spokesperson said: ‘Following her most interesting talk Mrs Macrae kindly judged the evening’s competition. The results were: Baking a lemon drizzle cake: Mrs D Roberts and Mrs S Turner – gold, Mrs L Fell, Mrs P Fair, Mrs M McKinnon – Silver. Handicraft: a greeting’s card: Mrs M Campbell and Mrs M McKinnon – gold and Mrs L Fell – red.