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George Watson’s Ladies' College - 'The First Stitch'

Principal, Melvyn Roffe and three pupils watch on as Watsonian President, Gillian Sandlands makes the first stitch

The Threads That Bind Us Together

To mark 150 years since the founding of the George Watson’s Ladies’ College, a special tapestry has been designed by Scottish Artist Andrew Crummy, designer of the Great Tapestry of Scotland. 

Over the next few years, a band of local and international Watsonian stitchers will add their creative flair to the crewelwork embroidery design; stitching 3 metre square linen panels that have been sketched to outline the changes seen in the education of women over the years. It’s a monumental task of needlework that will go down in Watsonian history.

On Monday 16 May, Watsonian Club President, Gillian Sandilands (Class of 1978) and Principal, Melvyn Roffe gathered at the Assembly Hall entrance along with current pupils Cara, Emilia and Mandy (S5) to commemorate the official ‘first stitch’ which was carefully sewn into the new tapestry by Gillian and Melvyn on behalf of the GWLC community.

The artwork was placed in front of the original Ladies’ College ‘banner’ which was designed by Gertrude Mitchell (Form IV) and stitched by GWLC staff and pupils over many years to mark the school’s 50th anniversary in 1921. Fast forward to 2022 and ‘the threads that bind us together’ are in motion one more time, 100 years later.

Watson’s are delighted that the landmark project is funded using a legacy gift which the school kindly received from a former pupil.

If you would like to get involved in putting your mark in GWLC history, please contact the Development Office on development@gwc.org.uk who would be delighted to hear from you.

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Close up of stitching
Melvyn Roffe, Principal, makes a stitch
Watsonian President, Gillian Sandilands makes the first stitch
Pupil making a stitch
Making the first stitch