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Common Threads draws inspiration from Greenham Common

Common Threads, an exhibition by Newbury Creative Stitchers, is now open at Greenham Common Control Tower.

The new independent group was previously Newbury Embroiderers’ Guild. The members of the group were asked to think about Greenham Common and what it meant to them.

Some members have been inspired by the history of the common from the Civil War to remembered times with the air base and the peace women. Others were more inspired by the nature of this heathland and its flora and fauna.

Newbury creative Stitchers Picture: Rob Carpenter
Newbury creative Stitchers Picture: Rob Carpenter

The work exhibits a variety of techniques and materials with hand and machine stitching, collage, appliqué, silk painting, felt and beads. But other work uses newer techniques such as photo, screen and transfer printing, needle felting and dissolvable fabric. There are pieces too that use materials from the common, its leaves and flowers for Eco dyeing and flower pounding.

The work has been completed during lockdown and has provided all the members with a satisfying and creative outlet of expression. This is a group of beginners and experienced embroiderers who continue to learn from and with each other, who want to share their enthusiasm for creative stitching and who welcome new members. If you are interested helping set up the exhibitions, becoming a guide, or helping in its friendly, thriving café, you can find out more by emailing volunteers@greenhamtower.org.uk

The exhibition will run to August 29, on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm

Newbury Creative Stitchers Picture: Rob Carpenter
Newbury Creative Stitchers Picture: Rob Carpenter

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