Journeys Through Stitch Exhibition, Andover Museum

From 17 May to 21 June 2014, there is an exhibition of our work in the Andover Museum, 6 Church Close, Andover SP10 1DP.

Sir George Young Bt MP opened the exhibition and was very impressed with the variety of work on display. Our other guests included Jan Lovell, Test Valley Mayor, Terry Murphy, CEO Embroiderers' Guild and Anne Walden-Mills, Chairman of South East West Region Embroiderers' Guild.
Eleanor Jakeman (Branch Chairman), Sir George Young, Jan Lovell and Anne Walden-Mills

Most of our members were able to come to the opening and it was great to see such a wide range of different techniques on display, from the traditional forms of embroidery to some very modern aspects of textile art. 

Eleanor Jakeman and Terry Murphy
For some pieces, new fabrics have been created and threads and fibres dyed. In other cases the computer has been used for design work. Soldering irons have been used to burn away layers of fabric and embellishing machines have also been used to create felted designs. However, lots of the pieces use a traditional sewing machine plus the lowly but essential hand needle!

Examples of work created in our workshops

WW1 inspired embroidered postcards

As well as monthly meetings, the branch holds five day workshops a year and examples of what we have done are on display. Tutors have included Margaret Beal, Maggie Grey, Ruth Smith, Carolyn Sinclair, Wendy Dolan, Lisa Bilby and Annette Bolton.

We hope you can visit our exhibition and think about joining us.  Experience is not necessary but enthusiasm is!  If you can't make it to the exhibition, visit our Gallery page and see more of our work.