Embroidery project remembers World War One

13:24 11 August 2014

Visitors to Fairlynch Museum admire the embroidered World War One puttee, displayed by volunteers Lyn Cooke and Martyn Brown.

Visitors to Fairlynch Museum admire the embroidered World War One puttee, displayed by volunteers Lyn Cooke and Martyn Brown.

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Volunteers at Budleigh’s Fairlynch Museum have found another creative way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

Taking inspiration from clothing worn by the soldiers, they have produced an embroidered ‘puttee’, and are hoping other members of the community will join them.

Museum friend Lyn Cooke said: “Puttees, from the Indian word for bandages, were the long khaki cloths that soldiers wore around their legs.

“I thought that as an item of uniform they were so much part of the conflict,

and could be displayed as an emotive symbol for soldiers fighting in World War One.

“I proposed that to make them more special we could invite local people to try embroidering them with images, verses from World War One poems, songs and inscriptions.”

The puttee project follows a scheme where local schoolchildren were invited to decorate deckchairs with designs to commemorate the war.

The first embroidered puttee is based on a line from ‘Aftermath’ written in 1919 by the war poet Siegfried Sassoon.

“I’m not an expert embroiderer but I thought I’d have a go myself,” said Fairlynch trustee Martyn Brown.

“It was quite a challenge, but I really enjoyed it. We’d welcome anyone who wants to try their hand, especially if they have a favourite quote about World War One. Or you may like to work on some suggested quotes.”

If you would like to join this Great War Centenary project, funded by The Heritage

Lottery Fund, and embroider a puttee, call Lyn or Martyn on 01395 445171, or email them at lyncooke50@btinternet.com or martynbrown55@yahoo.com.

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