Traditional skills on show

Rorie Rutherford and Alison Barr explain the process of spinning and weaving to interested visitors.

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Traditional skills and crafts were on display at the annual craft day held at the Arran Heritage Museum last Sunday.

Spread out under a marquee on the expansive lawn, visitors were treated to a host of skills and crafts, many of which have been superseded by modern machinery and which are seldom seen in modern day life.

Working with wool, Alison Barr and Rorie Rutherford demonstrated spinning fleece into wool and weaving, using an old fashioned spinning wheel and a loom. Also on display were intricate embroidery works and fine quilted duvet covers, pillow cases and throws.


Causing a fair bit of excitement for the children – who were allowed a hands-on demonstration – was the butter churching of Phyllis Picken which was then used on scones and homebaking which the adults and children then sampled.

Other traditional games for the children included a horseshoe toss and a throwing challenge using bean bags.

For the adults and children alike the allure of the tombola table proved a popular one as did the delicious food and snacks provided by Cafe Rosaburn which were enjoyed in the shade in a seating area in the garden.

In addition to the ambient music provided by Alastair and Mungo Paul on guitar and violin, visitors at the event enjoyed a spirited performance by the Arran Pipe Band.