Woven into the fabric of time

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Elizabeth Bruce, Cathy Simpson, Joan Turnbull, Hazel Woodsell and Val Horsburgh from Broomlands and Maxwellheugh Women’s Rurals, along with Kathleen Binnie and Val Van der Reijden, two Kelso-based embroiderers, have completed a panel for the Great Tapestry of Scotland.

The panel, entitled ‘David I Fosters the Wool Trade in Scotland’ depicts the King’s involvement in fostering the wool trade in Scotland and in building abbeys, including Kelso Abbey.

The Borders involvement in this project was launched at the 2012 Borders Book Festival when the Kelso-based group were issued with a panel and given one year to complete it.

All seven of the ladies have enjoyed the challenging experience and are very pleased with the outcome. Norman Dodds, a local photographer, recently took a picture of six of the members with the panel in the grounds of Kelso Abbey.

Pictured from left to right, Kathleen Binnie, Hazel Woodsell, Cathie Simpson, Elizabeth Bruce, Val Horsburgh and Joan Turnbull