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Papers of Kath Whyte, Head of Embroidery at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
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4 embroidered samples on range of fabrics

These items now form part of DC 029/7/17 and are as follows:

  • 1 x plain weave yellow sampler with pink and mustard interlacing stitches in wool (labelled KW/18/F)
  • 1 x grey linen sampler with 2 rows of sequins and metallic thread embroidery (labelled KW/18/G)
  • 1 x long linen sample with 7 plastic triangles and fabric collaged with stitching (labelled KW/18/J)
  • 1 x cream and yellow striped sampler with cotton and rayon embroidery (labelled KW/18/K)
  • Photographed in K.Whyte ''Design in Embroidery''.

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Awards and recognitions

Contains correspondence with private secretary re: conferment of MBE; the Statutes of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 1957; Kath Whyte's MBE medal; MBE certificate signed by Elizabeth II, 1970 [outsize]; and a certificate of thanks from Glasgow Museums & Art Galleries thanking Kath Whyte for her gift of a child's dress and embroidered undewear, 1985.

Whyte, Helen Kathleen R

Collected art works

A collection of various artworks belonging to Kath Whyte.

Includes:

  • A framed black and purple print of a bird, possibly done by Bob Stewart;
  • A framed batik; a design by Bob Stewart [outsize];
  • "Brave Fusilier" an abstract work of art given to Kath Whyte on her retirement by Bob Finnie, lecturer in the Printed Textiles Department [outsize];
  • Charcoal portrait, pencil portrait and two etchings of Kath Whyte signed by W.S. Webster [outsize];
  • Piece of art work (possibly a portrait of Kath?) done by a child [outsize].

The following items are in PCS 18.12:

  • Brave Fusilier, Design by Robert Stewart, Portraits of Kath Whyte by W.S Webster and portrait by a child

Whyte, Helen Kathleen R

Collected ephemera

A collection of catalogues, invitations, programmes and dinner menus collected by Kath Whyte. Many relate to GSA alumni and events and some of the dinner menus have been signed by fellow guests. Other items include a catalogue for Kath Whyte: Embroiderer Retrospective Exhibition and a photograph album presented to Kath by Daimaru for her help with an exhibition.

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Collected image cuttings

Includes a folder entitled "Drawings" containing a collection of newspaper and magazine cuttings and a small number of photographs of various images; including ecclesiastical works of art, floral crewel work, ceramics, historical portraits, architecture, birds, etc. [outsize]

Also includes a collection of black and white images of Rome featuring architecture, sculptures and frescoes; in original envelope which bears a label with the title, "Fotografia Artistica Commerciale: Roma - via condotti, 76".

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Collected newscuttings

A collection of newscuttings relating to embroidery, various exhibitions, GSA staff & students, and artists from Aberdeen & Arbroath.

Also includes a scrapbook of newscuttings containing articles re: Aberdeen Exhibition of Modern Embroidery, Gray's School Former Pupils' Exhibition, etc; as well as costume and architecture images.

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Collected publications

Various publications, embroidery periodicals and sample books collected by Kath Whyte.

The publications include:

  • Bottensomsmodeller: models of drawn threadwork by Sara Lawergren, n.d.;
  • A Short History of Decorative *Textiles and Tapestries by Violetta Thurstan, 1934;
  • The Stockhom City Hall: a guide by Ragnar Ostberg, 1946;
  • altire Chapbook No. 12: Rashie Coat: designed by Joan Hassall, 1951;
  • The First Five Years: The Scottish Craft Centre, 1955;
  • The Sunday Times Magazine "Through the Eye of the Needle"; 22 December 1963
  • The embroidery periodicals include:
  • Anchor Embroidery Book No. 441 "Cross stitch: 22 designs for cross stitch embroidery on table linens and furnishings, with diagrams and instructions", 1959;
  • Anchor Embroidery Book No.508 "Drawn fabric: designs for table linens and furnishings with instructions for a wide range of drawn fabric stitches", 1959;
  • Anchor Embroidery Book No. 518 "Assisi Embroidery: traditional and modern designs for table linens and furnishings, with diagrams and drawings", 1960;
  • Anchor Embroidery Book No. 570 "Cross stitch: European designs", 1960;
  • Anchor Embroidery Book No. 650 "Drawn thread embroidery", 1959 X 2 copies;
  • Anchor Embroidery Book No. 708 "Up to the minute embroidery", 1959;
  • Anchor Embroidery Book No. 755 "Modern Spanish blackwork", n.d.;
  • Anchor Embroidery Book No. 837 "Sunshine cross stitch from the Mediterranean", 1962;
  • Anchor School Leaflet "Embroidery Texture Patterns", 1966;
  • Anchor Transfer No. 978, 1965
  • Bestway No. 153 Second Arts and Crafts Book, n.d.;
  • Coats Sewing Group Book No. 614 "Coloured hardanger motifs", 1962;
  • Coats Sewing Group Book No. 775; "Make your own designs in bold counted thread embroidery", 1961;
  • Coats Sewing Group Book No. 813 "Time for Tatting", 1962;
  • Coats Sewing Group Book No. 821 "Canvas stitch embroidery", 1961 x 2 copies;
  • Coats Sewing Group Book No. 844 "Gingham Crochet", 1962;
  • Coats Sewing Group Book No. 865 "Swedish darning", 1962;
  • Coats Sewing Group Book No. 907 "Lagartera embroidery", 1963;
  • Coats Sewing Group Book No. 956 "Crochet Designs From Gothic Architecture", 1964;
  • Coats Sewing Group Book No.1066 "Hardanger for today", n.d.;
  • J. & P. *Coats Book No. 408 "Learn new crafts in mercer-crochet", n.d.;
  • Craftwork No. 13, 1975;
  • Fancy Needlework Illustrated No. 97, Vol. 9, n.d.;
  • Fancy Needlework Illustrated No. 151, n.d.;
  • Good Needlework Magazine, Feb 1931;
  • Leach's Home Crafts, n.d.;
  • Review "Embroidery in India", 1972/3;
  • Weldon's Series No. 346 "Home crafts", n.d.;
  • Weldon's Sixpenny Series No. 17 "Doll's Clothes in Knitting and Crochet" and *Weldon's Sixpenny Series No.18 "Toyland: simple toys & how to make them" [bound as one];
  • Weldon's Sixpenny Series No. 26 "Home Crafts", n.d.;
  • Weldon's Sixpenny Series No. 158 "Posies of shells, ribbon, glass, leather, wool, etc; etc";
  • Weldon's Practical Needlework 1st Series No. 19, Vol. 2 "Practical Smocking", n.d.;
  • Weldon's Practical Needlework 1st Series No. 52, Vol. 5 "Practical Drawn Thread Work", n.d.;
  • Weldon's Practical Needlework New Series No. 53 "Broderie Anglaise: Scalloping and Hemstitching including Ladder-Work", n.d.;
  • Weldon's Practical Needlework New Series No. 75 "Drawn Thread Work and Needleweaving", n.d.;
  • Weldon's Practical Needlework No. 491, Vol. 41 "Knitted & Crochet Toys", n.d.;

The sample books include:

  • Bilbille & Co Sample Book No. 11 "Piece Dyed Wool Fabrics", 1968;
  • Bilbille & Co Sample Book No. 5 "Knitted Novelties", 1969;
  • Bilbille & Co Sample Book No. 9 "Piece Dyed Wool Fabrics", 1969;
  • Bilbille & Co Sample Book No. 6 "Yarn Dyed Wool Fabrics", 1970;
  • Bute Fabrics sample book, n.d. x 2;
  • Creation-Textile sample book "Wool f. Ladies", Feb 1969;
  • Creation-Textile sample book "Wool f. Ladies", May 1969;
  • Donald Brothers Ltd sample book featuring Old Glamis Fabrics in "Kabul" cloth, n.d.;
  • Donald Brothers Ltd sample book featuring Old Glamis Fabrics in "Kincraig Stripe" cloth, n.d.;
  • Donald Brothers Ltd sample book featuring Old Glamis Fabrics in "Samarkand" cloth, n.d.;
  • Texital Novita-Milano sample book "Lanerie per Signora", 1969/70;
  • Texital Novita-Milano sample book 1968 - 10 "Lanerie per Signora", 1969/70;
  • Textiles-Paris-Echos succ de Textile Argus draperie sample book No. 1, 1954;
  • Textiles-Paris-Echos succ de Textile Argus draperie sample book No. 2, 1954;
  • Textiles-Paris-Echos succ de Textile Argus draperie sample book No. 3, 1954;
  • Textiles-Paris-Echos succ de Textile Argus draperie sample book No. 4, 1954;
  • Textiles-Paris-Echos succ de Textile Argus draperie sample book No. 5, 1954;
  • "Wemyss furnishing fabrics of unique texture & colour" a Wemyss Weavecraft Limited, East Wemyss, Fife, Scotland sample book featuring textured cotton and cotton blend fabrics in a variety of patterns and colours, n.d.

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