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Getting creative ... Children design Christmas bunting during a school holiday programme hosted by the Eastern Southland Embroiderers' Guild last week. PHOTO: AMANDA CARRINGTON

Some early Christmas joy filled the Gore District Library last week as children designed festive bunting as part of a school holiday programme.

The Eastern Southland Embroiderers’ Guild held the programme on Wednesday and Thursday last week.

About 24 children aged from 5 to 12 attended over the two days.

Eastern Southland Embroiderers’ Guild secretary Joan Gerken said the children used beads, ribbon, buttons and patchwork fabric to create the bunting.

“They’re learning stitching and construction and sewing on embellishments,” Mrs Gerken said.

This was the second holiday programme the embroiderers’ guild had held.

During the July school holidays, children created a felt picture, the boys making a tractor and the girls a flower design.

“We hope it’s going to be a yearly programme,” Mrs Gerken said.

Five members from the guild helped out during the two days.

The programme was fully booked on both days.

Webb said the library was keen to have the guild back.

The programme attracted not only girls but also boys keen to have a go.

The programme was a good way for the children to use their creativity, Ms Weston-Webb said.