Craft fair to boost hall fabric fund

Arthur Boath Forfar with some of his creations.

Arthur Boath Forfar with some of his creations.

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The annual Christmas craft fair at Letham village hall takes place tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday (Decemeber 1).

This year it is being run by the village hall management committee in aid of the hall fabric fund.

As in previous years, Shirley Fergusson has managed to attract a wide variety of craft workers to the event.

Making a welcome return this year will be Arbroath weaver Carol Storm. Carol was a regular many years ago and the organisers are delighted to welcome her back again this year.

Among the new craft workers to this year’s show will be Arthur Boath from Forfar, who makes beautiful clocks and wood turned objects.

Also exhibiting for the first time will be Brad Kelly from Letham.

He is passionate about textiles, both printed and constructed; he attends many groups in the community where he has learned felting, knitting techniques, drying weaving and spinning. People who have inspired him include Oonaugh De Voy, his lecturer at college, the late Kit Edwards who taught him most of his textile skills, and Mr Millar, his art teacher, at high school.

Also exhibiting at this year’s fair will be Beth Edwards and Adrian Penna, both from Letham.

Beth has been absent from the fair for a few years but is looking forward eagerly to her return. She uses her own hand-printed tissue paper to ‘paint’ unique pictures for pill boxes, brooches and boxes as well as transforming mirrors and photograph frames.

Having taken early retirement from his career in computing, Adrian developed his interest in Roman and Egyptian life. Expanding his interest beyond artefacts, he has sourced Roman and Egyptian beads and amulets from international dealers and has amassed a unique collection which he transforms into stunning necklaces and ear-rings.

Jacquie Bell from Kirriemuir will have Fair Trade goods and Shirley Fergusson herself will have a display of her remaining stock of her painted stones on Saturday only. The crafters have also donated items for a raffle on the weekend.