Exhibition of traditional craft items proves popular

Woodhorn Matters 21st birthday celebrations at The Chantry at Morpeth (left to right-back row) Joan Comb, Hazel Robinson, Doreen Blezard, Dorothy Scott, Vivienne Dalgleish and (centre two) Mayor Nic Best and Sheila Glentworth'REF 1206146024

Woodhorn Matters 21st birthday celebrations at The Chantry at Morpeth (left to right-back row) Joan Comb, Hazel Robinson, Doreen Blezard, Dorothy Scott, Vivienne Dalgleish and (centre two) Mayor Nic Best and Sheila Glentworth'REF 1206146024

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Traditional mat making techniques were on display at a special exhibition in Morpeth.

Members of the public were able see the works of Woodhorn Matters at its 21st birthday event in The Chantry.

Some of the hand-made rugs and wall hangings were made recently and others were put together years ago.

Traditionally, proggy and hooky mats were made by recycling old coats and jumpers, giving them a new lease of life as much-needed floor coverings.

The craft has recently had a revival and keeping the tradition alive not only helps the environment, but now with the use of modern designs and textiles it has become a creative art form.

Coun Nic Best opened the event and commented on how fitting it was that, as Morpeth’s first Green Party Mayor, he had been invited.

Woodhorn Matters member Jill Elphick said: “There were many visitors to the exhibition and everyone was amazed at the range of items on display, the wonderful designs and the beautiful colour blending that the work demonstrated.”

For more information about the craft and joining the group, email woodhornmat ters@yahoo.co.uk