Found needlework to go on display at event

The Jerusalem panel
The Jerusalem panel

A piece of needlework, thought to be lost, has been found and will go on display at this month’s Vintage Rothbury event.

Northumberland WI’s archivist Jackie Wylie has been working with Rothbury WI to curate an exhibition of women’s embroidery, quilting, tatting and lace-making stretching back over the 97 years that the county has had a WI presence.

She told the group about a four-panel piece of needlework, depicting the lyrics of the WI song Jerusalem, stitched in Rothbury in the 1980s, that had disappeared.

Current president Kate Holt recognised the name and picture of ex-president Sheila Burns as a neighbour and asked her about the panels.

She still had them and they will now be on display at the Congregational Art Gallery during the Vintage Rothbury event.

Mrs Burns said: “I was very pleased to hear of a WI group starting up again in the village and am delighted that the new, young members like my Jerusalem panels.”

“Much of the countryside depicted is inspired by the view of the Coquet Valley from my house so it is very satisfying to know that the work will remain in the valley.”

Kate said:“The quality of Mrs Burns’ design and execution is utterly breathtaking. Taken as a whole, the panels are nothing short of fine art and we are very proud to take over custodianship of them.”