Knitting map set to head to heritage society

The Buchanhaven Heritage Society will soon host a unique map of Scotland created by some very talented ladies.
The Buchanhaven Heritage Society will soon host a unique map of Scotland created by some very talented ladies.

The Buchanhaven Heritage Society will soon host a unique map of Scotland created by some very talented ladies across the country.

The knitted map was organised by a group of women in North East Fife. It took nine months of planning, delegation and hard work. Knitting, generally thought of as a solitary activity, became a social and political act.

The knitters were a loose network of 36 women volunteers recruited from across the country and beyond.

They hold a range of political perspectives. They weren’t all born in Scotland, they don’t even all live in Scotland now.

They’re from rural areas, towns and cities - central, lowland, highland and island communities.

They’re different ages, from different backgrounds. They’re not experts in politics, some were not even experts in knitting.

What they shared was a desire to make a distinctive contribution to the Referendum debate; a desire to take part in an “inclusive “ project designed to build bridges, rather than barriers across the political divide; and a love of Scotland - its landscapes and seascapes, its antiquity and beauty. That’s the heart of their identity.

They expressed that love of the land: a kaleidoscope of impressions, memories and interpretations through some 36 rectangles (15 of land and 21 of sea, as Orkney and Shetland are in their correct places.)

Each person knitted to their own design - with no more help than a template, technical guidelines and a palette of suggested (but not compulsory) colours.

They worked individually, or occasionally in groups, kept in touch through social media and had access to expert advice if they wanted it.

These very different pieces were eventually assembled by textile artist and knitting designer Elena Costella.

Alex Geddes chair of the heritage society told the Buchanie: “ We were delighted to offer our heritage centre for such a wonderful piece of art and to hear the story behind its creation was very inspiring.

“Full dates and times will follow and we look forward to seeing large crowds turn out to see this fantastic exhibit very soon “