The meeting started with a rendition of 'Jerusalem' with Jean Moralee performing an excellent accompaniment on the piano.
President Nita Eubank opened the meeting and welcomed five new visitors. Secretary Sheila Martin read the minutes, which were duly accepted. Nita concluded with the County Newsletter before introducing the visiting speaker, Lynne Herdman.
Lynne's talents are related to crochet. She was able to demonstrate the technique by the use of wool and a hooked needle. She has produced some lovely colourful items, including a beautiful cardigan, which she was wearing.
The history of crochet is recorded by Arabs in 5AD. Crochet began turning up in Europe in the early 1800's. Irish crochet was a virtual life-saver for the people of Ireland during the potato famine lasting from 1845 to 1850. During this harsh time women crocheted various pieces, which were then sold, giving enough money for emigration.
Nita gave Lynne a vote of thanks for a very informative and practical account of the craft.
The competition was won by Martha Robinson, who also won
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