A NEW exhibition featuring work from Winchester embroiders is on display at The Arc.

Entitled Continuing the Thread, the showcase is made up of pieces put together by the recently renamed Winchester Embroidery and Textile Group.

Group member Ann Wheeler said: “It is called Continuing the Thread as we changed our name because the headquarters of the Embroidery Guild no longer encompasses everything. So we had to make it Winchester Embroidery and Textile Group.

Hampshire Chronicle: Some of the art work on displaySome of the art work on display (Image: Chris Atkinson)

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“We’ve had an exhibition here every three years for quite a while, and this is the first time we’ve been at the City Space.

“We meet once a month, and do other things including workshops and talks.”

The display features work by both amateur and professional embroiders, with several pieces for sale. Also on display are sketchbooks put together by members and work from the young embroiders.

Kate Sutton, chairwoman of the embroidery group, said: “It is lovely to have it presented in a space like this. Our work used to be displayed in a room downstairs, so having it be the first thing people see when they come is great.

“It is really nice that The Arc could share all of our different work, especially since it sometimes feels like embroidery is falling to the wayside. We are trying to promote it as an exciting art form because it really is. It’s not just fabric in small frames.

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Hampshire Chronicle: Some of the pieces have been made from unusual materials, including metalSome of the pieces have been made from unusual materials, including metal (Image: Chris Atkinson)

“Our group was a lifeline for many people during Covid. It has been great to meet as a group, and it has been good for people’s mental health and wellbeing. If people would like to join us, we have more information on our website, and we do all sorts.”

Continuing the Thread is on display at the City Space in The Arc until Tuesday, March 5.

A gallery of work from the exhibition can be viewed by clicking the photo at the top of the article.