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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
Kids try their hand at sewing

PRIMARY pupils had ‘sew’ much fun creating seasonal stitches with Shambellie quilters.

Pupils from New Abbey, Kirkbean, Colvend and Beeswing Primary Schools have this week been busy learning to sew postcards under the watchful eye of the Quilters of Shambellie.

Each pupil was asked to sew a small patch the size of a postcard with a Christmas tree and then decorate it themselves. At the end they had to iron them flat to create the finished article.

The children were able to use sewing machines from Shambellie House provided with the support of Dumfries and Galloway Council. Headteacher of New Abbey and Kirkbean schools Helen Anderson said: “What a resounding success the visits were. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a great deal.”

The sewing sessions were organised by Ann Hill, one of the Quilters of Shambellie, who said: “We just had so much fun as the children took to sewing like ducks to water. Concentration was high while they learned how to use the sewing machine and the iron.

“Some of the boys thought they were driving racing cars! So, enjoyment yes, but they were also learning skills that will live with them forever.”

All the postcards will be on display at Shambellie House during the Quilt Festival from today until Sunday October 9 open every day from 10 am until 4 pm. The exhibition will also include international quilts alongside those from local quilters in southwest Scotland and Cumbria.

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