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Strands at Dumfries Museum

It features artefacts from museum collections in South, East and North Ayrshire as well as Dumfries and Galloway. Visitors can marvel at the skill Isabella Burns Begg needed to knit a pair of socks for her brother Robert Burns and the hours of labour involved to create the yard of Ayrshire needlework embroidered exclusively for Queen Victoria’s household. Thirty five yards of ten inch deep flounce were required to make one royal petticoat, and the maker was paid just a farthing (a tenth of a modern penny) per yard! The exhibition moves into the 20th century with a plastic coat made at the Ardplas factory in Ardrossan and into the 21st with a piece of camouflage netting made by W & J Knox in Kilbirnie for use by the Ministry of Defence in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Other elements to the exhibition include "Detached" an exciting new commission by Emma McClintock. Emma is a Research Associate at the University of Ulster and her commission was inspired by the Ayrshire Needlework tradition. Visitors can also explore the gallery interactive, “From Fibre to Fabric”.

During the course of the exhibition visitors of all ages will have the chance to have a go themselves, perhaps reviving an old skill or discovering a new one.

Tuesday 18 March 2pm – 4pm
Tuesday 25 March 2pm – 4pm
Drop in and meet the Click Talk group. Bring along your knitting or crochet, meet new people, have a chat, a cup of tea or coffee….

Spring School Holiday Activities

Tuesday 1 April 10.30am – 12.30
Tuesday 8 April 10.30am – 12.30
Discover the story of wool, and how it can be transformed from a greasy tangle on a sheep’s back into a colourful jumper. Members of Dumfries and Galloway Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers will be in the gallery to show you the processes involved.

Tuesday 1 April 2pm – 4pm
Tuesday 8 April 2pm – 4pm
Drop in and learn to knit or crochet with the Click Talk group. Materials will be provided.

Thursday 3 April 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm
Thursday 10 April 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm
Family craft activities - come along and design and make your own personalised door-hanger using a colourful variety of fabrics and fibres.

Drop in, no booking required. All children should be accompanied by an adult.

“Strands – the Story of Textiles in South West Scotland” can be seen at Dumfries Museum until 10 May 2008. The museum is open 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm Tuesday - Saturday.