Ruth Black brings something rather different to Yn Chruinnaght from Scotland this year. She is a textile artist specialising in embroidery inspired by Celtic and Pictish art. She works mostly with natural fibres such as silk and wool, and in particular with Scottish fabrics such as Harris Tweed and tartans. She is very interested in Celtic designs, in particular how to interpret them in fabric. In addition to the machine embroidery that makes up most of her work, she undertakes hand embroidery, weaving, spinning, cord making, felt making, silk painting, dyeing and various other textile related crafts. She enjoys applying these techniques in the pieces she makes. Ruth’s mother, Barbara Morrison, began making hats and accessories in Lewis. Ruth and her daughter Mary Wood developed this into a successful business in Inverness, where Ruth had settled with her clergyman husband. The company is called Anna Macneil, the middle and maiden name of her mother, who still produces some items for the business. Ruth will be holding workshops on Saturday19 and Sunday 20 July, and will also have a stall in the craft fair in the Corrin Hall on Saturday.