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A Stitch in Time 2016

Celebrating 20 years of the Thornhill Wallhanging. 

The Thornhill textile wall hanging that was created by local people at the end of the last century celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016.  And to celebrate, mid-Nithsdale based artist Denise Zygadlo curated a special exhibition Stitch in Time 2016 and associated events at Thomas Tosh. 

Denise originally organised the creation of the hanging as part of the ‘Stitch in Time’ project, backed by the then Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association (DGAA) in 1995.

 Many Thornhill people, old and young alike, came together and using techniques of appliqué, embroidery and quilting produced the hanging.

 Denise formed the basic design from historical records and photographs. Volunteers then started work on individual sections of the community project. The names of many of the contributors are sewn around the edge of the wall hanging.

 Denise explains: 

“This wall hanging incorporates a fantastic collection of local memories and is both a snapshot of life in Thornhill at the end of the 1990s and a record of the village’s deeper history. Already in the space of two decades, there have been many changes in Thornhill that mean the wall hanging continues to be a valuable record of village’s past. But there’s also lots of continuity too.”

You can watch the slide show from the exhibition below. 


Small World Exhibition | until Saturday 31st October 2015

Thomas Tosh’s autumn 2015 exhibition in Thornhill was small and perfectly formed. Small World featured loans from the miniatures collections held by Jane Murray-Flutter, Dorothy Gault and Dorothy Hill, respectively.

Everything from classic furniture to cutlery, chandeliers to Charlie Chaplin have been reduced in scale by talented miniaturists whose work has been acquired by the three Nithsdale-based collectors. Visitors marvelled at the perfect precision on show from kitchen scenes to French high court glamour.

The exhibition also featured tiny letters received by Jane Murray-Flutter’s late mother, the famous writer Rumer Godden, from Tasha Tudor, who illustrated Rumer’s classic book:  The Doll’s House. Tasha created an imaginary correspondence between the characters in Rumer’s story and her own collection of dolls.


Previous Exhibitions


Glencairn Quilters Exhibition | Ended run 10th October. Handcrafted quilts made here in Nithsdale by the Glencairn Quilters. The Group made a special quilt thas raffled for charity. That quilt is on show too.


Thornhill Arts Summer Competition 2015: Ended run 26th June. Over 40 entrants showed their enthusiasm and talent in this year's show. Local artist Victor Henderson judged the winners. And they were: Category A (aged 6-11:years): Lucy Robson. Category B (aged 12-16) Katelynn Sneddon. Category C (adults): Margaret S Milligan. Congratulations.


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