Panel 97: Masterton Public Library opens in Queen Street, 1982.

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Panel 97: Masterton Public Library opens in Queen Street, 1982..

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Technique: layers of net and chiffon. Perle cotton in long stitches on the roof and concrete buttresses. The doors and downpipes are in Marlett thread. The coat of arms was worked seperately and applied. The garden is free stitchery using mainly stranded and perle cottons. Gwen took about a film of photos of the library before she started, and more at the end when it came to doing the garden in front - and how the trees had grown in the meantime! Working on such a large frame was difficult so she set two outside stools in the middle of her sitting room to support the frame whilst she crouched in the kneeling position, five-year-old grand daughter Aroha doing a few French knots for shrubs in the library garden.

Worked by Gwenne Blackwood (nee Jones). Born in 1924 at Ashburton and educated at Sacred Heart Convent, Ashburton. Mother of two sons and a daughter, Gwenne commenced training as a nurse in Hamilton and taught music for five years before moving into library work. She held positions in Waipukurau, Wellington and then Masterton where she was working when the panel was started in 1981. Gwenne lists among her interests art, music, gardening, cooking and embroidery which she remembers doing as an 8 year old. She particularly enjoys needlework, lace making and tatting.

For further information please refer to Masterton Library Wall Hanging: a social history in threads, compiled by Maureen Bull and Bernard Burgess.

 

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