New Galloway Scottish Women’s Institute April meeting held at the New Galloway Lower Town Hall on 15th April.
President Joan Berkley introduced the speaker Mrs Annikki Lindsay talking on the art of patchwork. Mrs Lindsay was inspired to take up patchwork after seeing a photograph in a magazine of a beautiful wall hanging, and from there went on to do a three year course on Art and Design. Eight members were instructed on the basic idea of stitching small pieces of fabrics together to make a larger pattern. This is then used to decorate traditional bedspreads, cushions, bags, and wall hangings. We were instructed on the best styles of fabrics to create a grand masterpiece by matching up pieces to a pre-designed pattern. The mysteries of ‘fat quarters’, ‘jam rolls’ and ‘log cabins’ were unravelled for members. Samples of her beautiful quilting and patchwork with appliqué and embroidery were passed around for inspection. Members were invited to visit Mrs Lindsay’s home at Arndarroch near Dalry to view more of her work, and enjoy her lovely garden later in the summer, when she is having an open day on 12th July in aid of her chosen charities.
There is no more news on the longer-term future of New Galloway Town Hall so for the time being, the next meeting will be at 2pm in the Lower Town Hall on 20th May with a talk by PC Jim Drysdale on security.