Diverse Threads

The Needlework Development in Scotland Scheme was started in 1934 to promote needlework as an artform. From the very beginning, the Scheme was a collaboration between art and industry, being sponsored by J & P Coats Ltd, suppliers of thread.

The Scheme expanded into the rest of the UK during the 1950s. Pieces from the Scheme's collection were exhibited widely, including at the Festival of Britain in 1951. When the scheme ended in 1961, the collection of over 3,500 items was distributed among universities, colleges and museums.

The RGU Collections hold 112 examples of predominantly European needlework from the collection. However, there are also pieces from places as diverse as Mexico, Paraguay, Tunisia and Zanzibar.

  • Diverse Threads - 16th Century Italian Embroidery
    Diverse Threads - 16th Century Italian Embroidery
  • Diverse Threads - Beatrice Campbell
    Diverse Threads - Beatrice Campbell
  • Diverse Threads - Emmy Zweybruck-Prochaska
    Diverse Threads - Emmy Zweybruck-Prochaska
  • Diverse Threads - Joan Horne
    Diverse Threads - Joan Horne
  • Diverse Threads - Joan Nicholson
    Diverse Threads - Joan Nicholson
  • Diverse Threads - Rebecca Crompton
    Diverse Threads - Rebecca Crompton
  • Diverse Threads - WF Douglas Box
    Diverse Threads - WF Douglas Box
  • Diverse Threads - Yugoslavian Embroidered Bonnet
    Diverse Threads - Yugoslavian Embroidered Bonnet