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Tipperty SWI president Mrs Isobel Elrick welcomed members and guests for the evening, owner of Willow Cottage Debra Buchanan and fellow crafter and friend Trudy.

Isobel requested the necessary reports which were heard and approve and after the business was taken care of, shel handed over to Debra.

She started by telling members about her shop in Neil Ross Square while she demonstrated the paint she uses to ‘up cycle’ pieces of brown furniture which have become unpopular in recent years.

Autentico chalk paint is available in 164 colours and is so easy to use many people are successfully transforming pieces of furniture which otherwise would have been discarded because they are too ‘brown’ for the modern home.

Debra and Trudy had brought along a lovely colourful selection of items sold in the Neil Ross Square shop, many items made using Harris Tweed and everything sourced from local crafters.

Trudy showed some of the items she had hand crafted, the lovely original designs.

Debra and Trudy were then invited to judge the monthly competitions: Knitted blanket -1st Lorna Strachan; 2nd Joyce Catto. 1lb gingerbread - 1st Isobel Elrick; 2nd Marion Duncan; 3rd Elsie Cruickshank.

A well deserved vote of thanks was given to Debra and Trudy by Mrs Lorna Strachan. She also also thanked the tea hostesses and everyone who brought a raffle.

The next meeting will be held in Tipperty Primary School on April 2 at 7.30pm. Newburgh SWI will entertain. All welcome.