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During the Covid-19 lockdown, Dunedin and Otago embroiderers had a great time with UFOs and PhDs.
Otago Embroiderers’ Guild vice-president Sue Lucas said yesterday all that extra time at home had enabled embroiderers to tackle many "Unfinished Objects" (UFOs) and "Projects Half-Done" (PhDs).
And the fruits of those labours, and the chance to complete previously stalled projects could be seen among the 161 entries displayed yesterday at the Otago Embroiderers’ Guild Biennial Exhibition, at the city’s Community Gallery.
"It was a good time to get out PhDs and UFOs and finish some of them off," she said.
Overall entries were up somewhat on the previous show and there was more originality in the latest designs.
Their stitching work gave them a positive alternative to repeated house cleaning.
Embroiderers had also gained other benefits by expressing their creativity through original designs, and the associated planning and problem-solving were mentally stimulating.
"You’ve got something beautiful when you’re finished — it’s a sense of accomplishment as well."
Embroiderers had missed attending their usual monthly meetings together, but had further developed their skills, she said.
Among the embroiderer stars in the show at the Princes St gallery is guest exhibitor Barbara Smith, who began to stitch as a child in England. Coming to New Zealand in 1954, her interest initially waned, but she later joined the Otago guild, she said.