Celtic Threads: A Journey In Cape Breton Crafts

Eveline MacLeod

Biography

EVELINE (DUNBAR) MACLEOD is a retired school teacher and respected member of the Cape Breton Gaelic and Scottish communities. She has been a focal point in her community for decades and has made a significant impact on Cape Breton culture. She founded the first Junior Girls Pipe Band in North America under the direction of Pipe Major Fraser Holmes (the Band is still in existence). She was involved with Girl Guides, taught Highland Dancing, sewing and weaving, in addition to instructing at the Gaelic College and Cape Breton School of Crafts. MacLeod has also been involved with the Ephraim Scott Presbyterian Church, Centre Bras d’Or for the Performing Arts, was a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Ladies Club, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Gaelic College. She founded the South Haven Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, instituted the Baddeck Handcraft Festival, and wrote three weaving instruction books.