Sir George formally opened the Embroiderers Exhibition at the Andover Museum, which will run for a month from May 16th.
The exhibition was put on by the Andover Branch of the Embroiderers Guild which was formed in 1998 and is now a group of some 30 people who meet monthly to hear interesting talks, exchange ideas and occasionally have a go at making something new.
The Exhibition is entitled "Journeys Through Stitch" and showcases the various journeys members have made, using a variety of textiles, and illustrating the various skills and talents the members have.
"I was really uplifted when I looked at the exhibits, and I commend the Andover Branch for keeping this important tradition alive and flourishing, but also adapting it by using modern fabrics, techniques and consepts." With Sir George in the picture is Eleanor Jakeman, Chairman of the Andover branch, Anne Walden-Mills, Regional Chairman of the Embroiderers Guild, and the newly elected Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Jan Lovell. The exhibition runs till June 21st. It is a stunning showcase of skills with textiles and stitch which encompasses both traditional and contemporary design.