Very best of local crafts

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THE very best of Scottish crafts will come under the one roof this weekend when the 32nd Letham Christmas Fair of Scottish Crafts takes place in Letham Village Hall.

The event is organised by well-known local craft-worker Shirley Fergusson and arranged by the Letham & District Branch of the S.N.P.

Shirley always manages to track down talented craft workers who display a wide range of products over two days – and this year is no exception.

She is always on the look-out for aspiring new talent who ensure the standard of items is at its very best.

This year she is delighted to welcome a number of regular stall-holders, along with some new faces.

Exhibiting for the first time is Mena Costledine from Kinneff who graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 1998 in B. Des. Honours in metal work and jewellery.

She studied welding at Dundee College and has exhibited widely over Scotland, winning several prizes and awards.

Look out for her amazing bronze works, as well as the ceramic work of Maralyn Reed-Wood from Inverkeilor.

Now that her children are grown up Maralyn has returned to her studio porcelain, figures and pots.

She has won numerous awards and has exhibited in galleries through Scotland and Ireland.

Sylvia Warner of Brechin, who has gained two fine art diplomas, is also among the exhibitors.

As well as her enthusiasm for the graphic arts, she has developed her dressmaking and craft experience into a wide range of pictorial fabric collage and quilting activities.

The latter has progressed to a series of tutorial courses in Brechin to suit all levels of ability in quilting.

Among the long-term exhibitors making a return visit to Letham this year will be Ann Nicol, who is exhibiting at Letham for the last time.

Ann’s innovative reversible clothes for boys and girls up to nine years have always proved popular, giving two outfits for the price of one!

Shirley said: “We shall be so sorry to see her go for she has become a friend as well as a working colleague.

The fair runs on Saturday, November 26 from 10 am to 4.30 pm and on Sunday, November 27 from 11 am to 4.30 pm.

Refreshments are served all day by the Hamelt Tea Room and entry is by silver collection.