Tuesday, 7 May 2013

The Stitching Mayoress & Guildford Town Tapestry on Display at G-Live, Guildford

Guildford is my nearest shopping town and I love the place. It is a great place to sightsee and shop with its old streets, castle, links to Lewis Carrol - and a museum full of samplers! The town is so good that my favourite eating place in Lewes - Bill's - has opened up in Guildford now - what more could I ask for? This month sees the unveiling of the Guildford Town Tapestry. It stands 49 inches tall, 90 inches wide, takes up an entire room and is a vision of colour. Designed by former mayoress of Guildford Rhoda Nevins, from Pirbright, the embroidery which is emblazoned with the words The Celebration of Guildford Surrey 2012 was four years in the making. The embroidery depicts key buildings and events in Guildford, including Guildford Cathedral, High Street, the farmer’s market, Holy Trinity Church, Surrey University, the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford in Bloom, the mayoral procession, the River Wey raft race and G-Live, where the finished embroidery will be displayed. Rhoda Nevins said she met her 25 helpers every month to collect their small sections of work to cut them out and stitch them into the overall embroidery. She personally embroidered 50 elements of the piece. She also said that she wanted to dedicate the embroidery to her late husband, former Guildford Mayor Mike Nevins, for his support and encouragement. Rhoda Nevins was also a member of the team that embroidered the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress. More stitchers for mayors, please!

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