Published: 27/05/2015 06:00 - Updated: 23/05/2015 18:44

Rosemarkie museum Celtic felt banner art works set for national showcase

Pictured are members of Culbokie Friendship Group with their completed work and members of Avoch Friendship Group learning the technique of needle felting to introduce lettering to their banner.
Pictured are members of Culbokie Friendship Group with their completed work and members of Avoch Friendship Group learning the technique of needle felting to introduce lettering to their banner.

CRAFTY groups on the Black Isle have been getting a real feel for an intricate art form as they create special banners that will be seen on a world stage.

Recent weeks have seen a various groups around the peninsula taking part in a Celtic felt banner-making project organised by Groam House Museum.

Once complete the five banners, each made by a different group, will go on display locally and in Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections Festival 2016.

Textiles artist Ruth Black has guided participants through the design and making process using various felting techniques. Each of the five different hangings has a slightly different theme reflecting the group and interests of those who made it.

The project has been made possible by funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Museums Galleries Scotland and is part of the Museum’s on going outreach programme.

Volunteers at Groam House completed the first of the banners earlier in the year which is currently on show in Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie. Work completed by Resolis Friendship Group and Culbokie Friendship Group, along with the banner currently being created by Avoch Friendship Group, will go on show locally in the summer.

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