Sheila Moir couldn't get my lichen inspired wrap apron on quick enough!
This photo of me and Sheila was taken by Carole Whittaker at Mey & District gardening club.
Sheila gave me her own collection of aprons:
21 aprons, pinnies and tabards, all ironed, folded, packed away neatly in storage boxes, and labelled.
When I first became fascinated by wrap aprons and all their variations over time and in different countries, I hadn't anticipated the most comprehensive collection, all worn by one remarkable woman, being quite so close to home. Now in her 80's, Sheila Moir from Scarfskerry, Caithness, just a few miles from me, is well known for her photography, but when she invited me over to see her aprons, I wasn't expecting to see such a fantastic collection of garments unfold before me.
Sheila used to be a clippie (bus conductress) in Caithness, and when she returned home from work, she'd slip an apron on over her uniform.
With a huge thank you to Sheila, I'm now custodian of this collection.
A wrap apron.
This is Sheila, a few years ago, at Castlehill Heritage Centre in Caithness. She's with artist/basketmaker, Tim Johnson. They are both holding heather creels (once used to carry fish). Click here to read more these heather creels.