Groups affiliated to our national body, the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers were all invited to mark its 50th Anniversary year, 2005, in whatever way was found to be appropriate and appealing.
Here at Durham, two of our enterprising members, Geni Glatt and Jen Campbell, put their heads together and came to a Guild meeting having prepared a set of 36 letters ready to be stitched. Volunteers were called for to embroider the letters in gold thread on a purple cloth ground, and when completed a banner would emerge, resplendent with our name, to identify us more clearly and help publicise our Guild when demonstrating at public events.
The bulk of the work was in the preparation and finishing. Geni and Jen had drafted 36 patterns with stitching instructions, basted canvas to 36 small pieces of purple cloth, and wound off gold thread in lengths long enough to complete each letter.
The finished cross-stitch letters were then returned to Geni, who somehow carefully peeled away the excess canvas from around the embroidery, hemmed each rectangle of cloth and mounted it all on more purple cloth. The banner was put in service almost immediately at a Guild Exhibition in Durham University Botanical Gardens.