Clan stitches together

Seamstress Pauline Boyd stitches family connections together with her newly created Boyd clan banner.

Seamstress Pauline Boyd stitches family connections together with her newly created Boyd clan banner.

THE district’s Boyd clan will be immortalised stitch by stitch, thanks to the efforts of Camperdown local Pauline Boyd.

First establishing in the Pomborneit district in 1867, the Boyd name is synonymous with Weerite, Koallah, Stonyford and Camperdown and clan members now number more than 1000.

The clan is proud of its historical roots, stages regular gatherings and has its own dedicated history group.

It seems only fitting that it now boasts is own Boyd clan banner.

A former patchwork instructor, Mrs Boyd spent the last five months hand stitching all the elements of the banner together including the clan’s coat of arms, its red, green and gold cord and the accompanying red tassels.

“When I taught patchwork I used to get everyone in the class to put a stitch in each other’s work for luck,” she said.

“It was a really nice tradition, so I decided to incorporate it into the Boyd banner and it’s been lovely.”

Consequently, Mrs Boyd is leaving one edge of the newly worked banner undone with one long red thread attached.

“I’ve been asking each member of the clan to place one stitch in the banner, we’ve already got the oldest member and the youngest and there are quite a few men who have already contributed as well,” she said.

“There are odd sized stitches all along the edge, but that doesn’t matter because having so many people from the one family connected by a single thread is very symbolic.”

The banner will be displayed at every Boyd gathering with family members all encouraged to place their own stitch.

“There will always be a loose thread, so that people down the generations can continue the tradition and place their stitches,” Mrs Boyd said.

“I’ve also made a cover for the banner and intend to work all the names of the stitch contributors into it.

“The clan’s history group has done a lot of work documenting the family and its history; I guess this is just my way of contributing.”

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