A GROUP of embroiderers are getting set to showcase a new body of work to mark 21 years since its formation.

The Andover branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild will open its ‘Project Twenty-One’ exhibition which opens at the Sheep Shed Gallery and Tearoom at the Fairground Craft Centre in Weyhill on Wednesday, October 16.

Almost 30 pieces will be featured in the main exhibition which all highlight the number 21 and what it means to individual members and the Guild is hoping it will attract visitors from across the area.

Chair of the Andover group, Anne Hellyer said: “It’s wonderful to be celebrating this milestone and sharing some of our work. “

Whether you are a complete beginner or experienced with needle and thread, the Embroiderers’ Guild would love to hear from you. We offer everyone a warm welcome and enjoy varied events through the year.

“These include expert speakers, demonstrations and workshops, some from our own members who have a wealth of knowledge and skill. Our aim is to simply share our passion for textiles and embroidery with as many people as we can.

“Last year visiting speakers even included the lead embroiderer who worked on the epic ‘Game of Thrones’ series who brought with her the most stunning samples.”

This new exhibition comes after the success of the groups extremely popular 2018 Exhibition about Women’s Suffrage.

Members of the group - some of whom have been with the local Guild since its inception - have successfully created a varied exhibition with many types of embroidery on display, but all pieces are 21 centimetres squared and displayed in identical frames. All will be for sale through the gallery.

Some of the pieces that will feature in the exhibition will focus on world events, others events in the lives of members when they turned 21, others contain more personal memories and there are pieces which celebrate science and nature, the changing seasons and perhaps understandably the art of the stitch itself.

Alongside the ‘Project Twenty-One’ exhibits there will be a range of other artwork by members, highlighting hand and machine embroidery, needle felting and mixed media.