Deeside ‘penguins’ for the Falklands

Lyndsay MacEwan with her penguin tapestries
Lyndsay MacEwan with her penguin tapestries

A Deeside company is exporting penguins to the Falklands.

The birds in question are in tapestry form and represent growing links between Cleopatra’s Needle in Kincardine O’Neil and a gift business in the islands’ capital Stanley.

The tapestry design and manufacture business is exporting its first order of penguin kits to the South Atlantic archipelago.

Cleopatra’s Needle owner Lyndsay MacEwen was contacted by the Harbour View Gift Shop’s owner, Alison Howe, in April and asked to design tapestry kits of the King, Gentoo, Rock Hopper and Magellanic penguins.

The kits contain everything needed to make a spectacle case or mobile phone cover.

Lyndsay said: “We were delighted to be asked to design and manufacture the penguin tapestry kits and have worked closely with Alison over the last five months to make sure we capture the character of the world-famous penguins in the tapestry kits.”

The award-winning Stanley business has won acclaim for its wide range of unqiue penguin gifts.

Alison said: “We have been recognised as the ‘Best Penguin Shop’ in the South Atlantic.

“We like to originate our own designs to sell during the austral summer to the many tourists on visiting cruise ships who come to see the islands and our penguins.

“Having purchased other kits from Cleopatra’s Needle, we chose to work with them to design our penguin tapestry kits. Lyndsay and her team have done a splendid job.”

Cleopatra’s Needle was established in Scotland in 1991 and has more than 150 different tapestry kits to suit all abilities.

Lyndsay took over the Kincardine O’Neil business in April.

One of her next projects is tapestries of the Northern Isles’ famed puffins.

The company supplies trade customers including John Lewis, Liberty of London, The Courtauld Gallery in London, as well as many independent craft shops and online businesses from Japan to Australia and the USA.