Needlework map peaks at bulb show

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Words and photographs Hannah O’Hanlon

A cross-stitched map of the Highlands, six months in the making, was the best entry at Largieside, Clachan and Whitehouse SWIs’ joint bulb show.

Margaret Pratt, from Whitehouse, could not be at the Tayinloan Village Hall event last Thursday to collect the MacGregor Smith Trophy for best exhibit in show because of an overnight closure on the A83.

She told the Courier: ‘I do a lot of cross-stitching and craft works during the long winter nights. That particular piece took about six months to complete because it wasn’t pre-drawn on canvas so I had to copy a map.’

The individual entrant who accumulated the most points in the show was Zoe Weir, who also won the Liz Dale Trophy for most points in the arts and handcrafts category.

Glynis Lewin won the Floral Cup and Jane McCallum won the Baking Cup for most points in their respective categories.

The entries were judged in about two hours by Southend ladies Jen Ronald, Jean Ives and Margaret McLean, who said they were very impressed by the standard of entries.

As well as countless classes for the SWI members, there was a mask competition for children from the local primary schools and pre-five units.

After Helen Steel revealed the results, the ladies enjoyed tea, coffee and home-baking.

Results: Floral Cup: 1 Glynis Lewin 26 pts; 2 Agnes Sillars 23 pts. Baking Cup: 1 Jane McCallum 28 pts; 2 Pauline Simson 22 pts. Arts and handcrafts, winning the Liz Dale Trophy: 1 Zoe Weir 32 pts; 2 Pauline Simson 29 pts. MacGregor Smith Trophy for best exhibit in show: Margaret Pratt. Individual winner with most points: Zoe Weir 57 pts.

Total institute points: Clachan: 326. Largieside: 193. Whitehouse: 169.

From left, Jane McCallum won the Baking Cup, Zoe Weir won the Liz Dale Trophy for most points in the arts and handcrafts section, and Glynis Lewin won the Floral Cup. 50_c13bulb01

Best exhibit in show was a cross-stitched map of the Scottish Highlands by Margaret Pratt. 50_c13bulb02

The aroma omitted from the colourful floral entries filled the hall. 50_c13bulb03

There were countless entries to the art section. 50_c13bulb04

The plants made an impressive display. 50_c13bulb05

Some of the primary and pre-five children who made masks for the show. 50_c13bulb06

There was stiff competition in the baking section. 50_c13bulb07