PAST EXHIBITION

Exceptional Embroiderer – Olive Braun
​Olive Braun’s outstanding talent as an embroiderer was recognised in the 14,600 prizes, 455 trophies and 78 medals she won at Royal and Agricultural Shows across Australia and New Zealand from 1930 until 1966.
Olive Braun was the daughter of Mr & Mrs Oliver Marshall of 171 Napier Terrace, Westbourne Park, Adelaide. She became interested in needlework in 1929 when she was confined to bed with rheumatic fever for 12 months. A friend of her mother brought her a linen cloth printed with a design of fruit, and the threads necessary to embroider the cloth.
In 1930, Miss Olive I Marshall won First Prize in the Semco Art Needlework Competition in “Section 3 – Coloured Embroidery, Previously Unsucessful and New Competitors” for her first embroidered supper cloth. 97 points were awarded and the prize was 10 pounds. A newspaper article of the time said that Olive won “falling only three points short of the possible hundred.”
The collection of more than 100 pieces of Olive Braun’s work, including this first piece to be exhibited, has been generously donated to the Guild’s Museum by her niece, Fay Oliver. It was a selection of these items which made up this exhibition.
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Supper cloth worked in stranded silk
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Calico apron with a design worked in long and short stitch, French knots and satin stitch
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Cutwork oval mat which is part of a set that includes two small circular mats
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A copy of Sir Hans Heysen’s “Evening Glow” omitting the team of horses, this embroidered picture is worked in single silk thread.