Bo’ness turns crafty with felt and silversmith workshops

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A range of creative workshops at Bo’ness library last week were a big hit with the over 50s.

Enthusiasts turned out to learn about the art of needle felting and make their own jewellery as part of the library’s Illuminate week.

Lyndsay McFarlane holds a felting workshop creating all sorts of arts and crafts.

Lyndsay McFarlane holds a felting workshop creating all sorts of arts and crafts.

Library worker Marlene Hannon, who is a silversmith in her spare time, gave a demonstration of the art.

She said: “People think being a silversmith is really hard but once you know what to do with the tools involved, it is amazing how easy you can pick it up.

“One man who attended the workshop ended up making earrings which would make good Christmas presents!

“The Illuminate workshops were held to encourage people between the ages of 50 and 70 to take up new and creative hobbies.”

Lyndsay McFarlane, who runs needle felting classes every Tuesday evening in Bo’ness Library, introduced around a dozen keen amateurs to the hobby.

She said: “It was great fun. I think everyone enjoyed themselves. You can make loads of things through needle felting, from brooches to Christmas decorations.”

Upcoming events at the library include a visit next month by award-winning 
author and illustrator Nick Sharratt.

He will be showing off his latest work ‘Just Imagine’ and celebrating the 10th birthday of another of his classics, ‘You Choose’.

As well as his own books, Nick is famous for his work with children’s writer Jacqueline Wilson, Kes Gray’s Daisy series and his books 
with Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson.