A stitch in time

Central Library and WEA Edinburgh (Workers Education Association) are coming together on a new project to create an embroidered banner commemorating Central Library’s 125th anniversary. While exploring different embroidery techniques to be applied to the banner, the class will also research many of the Library’s historic and contemporary facets. A number of these stories will be expressed in the banner’s design. The group first met back in March and had a general discussion about what would be feasible, even if in fact, the library could provide enough inspiration and creativity.

Stitching group at Central Library

Stitching group at Central Library

Everyone very quickly agreed that 125 years of engaging people from all walks of life with the love of reading was well worth celebrating. In June, after an informative tour of the building, close encounters with some fabulous library treasures, discussions of which authors to include, and how to capture the past, present and future of the library, it was over to artist and group tutor, Rebecca Mackay to design the cartoons. By early September the cartoons were transcribed onto fabric and the stitchers were off!

The cartoon for the central panel, which includes some library essentials, including Daisy, the library cat sitting on Andrew Carnegie's shoulder.

The cartoon for the central panel, which includes some library essentials, including Daisy, the library cat sitting on Andrew Carnegie’s shoulder.

Keep up to date with developments at the Progress of a Needle blog which is charting the project from inception to completion.  Or even better, pop down to the Edinburgh and Scottish Collection one Tuesday morning and have a look for yourself!

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