Guardian of the Wemyss School of Needlework in Fife, Scotland, Fiona combines her roles of preserving, conserving and cataloguing the School’s historic textile collection with tutoring Canvaswork and developing a centre for needlework and budding creatives. The School dates from 1877 when it was started by Dora Wemyss in nearby Wemyss Castle, ancestral home of the Wemyss family (as it has been for over 700 years) and where much of the collection originated. Fiona’s background in interior design specialising in historic interiors and her early training in paper conservation have been the perfect preparation for her work.
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Originally offered as part of the May 2021 Festival.
Create your very own purse/clutch bag in a genuine Scottish motif, working both sides in a thistle design from the Wemyss School of Needlework archive. The stitches are a combination of straight stitches over 2-4 threads of canvas, couched long stitches and long-armed cross stitch. This class is especially suitable for novice needlepointers.
Students will learn how to mark up the canvas to provide a framework in which to work the design; frame the marked canvas to ensure accurate stitching and minimal distortion; work all the stitches used in the design; join the sides using a decorative stitch; insert the provided inner bag to finish their piece.