‘Stitches in Time’ at Innerpeffray Library

August 15, 2017 by Perthshire Creates

The Library of Innerpeffray near Crieff, is a very special and unique part of Perthshire’s cultural heritage and a real treasure trove worth discovering, a museum of Scotland’s first lending library with a difference where you can literally touch the past, visitors are offered a hands-on unforgettable experience and an opportunity to explore the books, the people and the story of Innerpeffray.  Visitors are welcomed with a bespoke personal tour detailing the origins of this incredible historic venue, whether its history, culture, books or all three that are of interest, once discovered you’ll want to return as often as you can

A new volunteer led project ‘Stitches in Time’ is underway to tell the story of Innerpeffray’s collections and its history in textiles, and to celebrate the art of the book over the centuries, the content and illustrations which are waiting to be discovered within their pages as well as the history, flora, fauna and people of the Library of Innerpeffray itself.  Another aim of the project is to engage a different wider audience with the Library through the medium of textiles, as well as to create an exhibition which appropriately interprets the richness and diversity of the collection.

Example of woodcut printed letter

Starting with the Innerpeffray Library Alphabet, volunteers of all stitch experience levels have taken the beautiful woodcut letters featured in so many of the collection, as inspiration to interpret in any style they wish.

The letters will be assembled onto a panel and will be displayed within the Library itself. Future panels in the planning will feature a variety of subjects including animals, birds and figures.  There are also ideas a foot of having an ongoing stitch project set up at Innerpeffary which will encourage visitors to get involved even if it’s only a couple of stitches, everyone is welcome to get involved.

Anyone can take part, whatever your experience, if you’re interested in joining in the Stitches of Time project, please contact Lara Haggerty at Library of Innerpeffray on 01764 652 819.

Stitches in Time Project underway at The Library of Innerpeffray

The Library is now housed in the elegant 18th-century building, beside the River Earn in a very beautiful spot in rural Perthshire.  The Founders’ original library consisted of around 400 books, and today the varied collection of books includes subjects such as history, wildlife, law, politics, and gardening. You can see the unique Borrower’s Register, works from Robert Burns, numerous first editions of Scottish books and early books such as Poisson by Pierre Belon from Paris from 1555 and the Henry VIII Great Bible from 1539.

The vellum covered book ‘La nature et diversite des poissons’ by Pierre Belon printed in Paris in 1555

Details on visiting opening hours, location, events, and ways to support the Library of Innerpeffray can all be found on The Library of Innerpeffray website.