Betty Snell, president of the Southland Embroiderers Guild, which is hosting this month's exhibition at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery, was announced the winner of the miniatures section, Pearl of the South, at the opening of the show last Friday night.
Another Southland Guild member, Jan Gibb, took first place in the contemporary section, with Looking Out to Sea, another, Julie Barber, won the three- dimensional section and yet another, Elaine Little, took out the Open section with her Circle of Dreams.
The Association of New Zealand Embroidery Guilds stages competitive exhibitions at intervals.
In this, the first such event hosted here since 1989, judging was done by Margaret Erskine, of Otago, and Gay Downing, of Queenstown.
They gave a special award for the perfect Hussif, a medieval fabric container for stitchcraft requisites, to Barbara Smith, of Otago.
The first time entrants award went to Megan Francis, of Central Otago, and the Miss Moran award for traditional stitching, Southern Traditions, went to Shirley Jacquiery, of the Otago guild.
Barbara Smith also took the Ivy Pollard Memorial Award for the stitching of birds endemic to New Zealand.
All the work, winning pieces and other entries, is on show daily at the Southland Museum until Sunday, October 6.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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