Welcome to the 2017 Needlework Show & Sale

The information on this page is for those who are interested in submitting and selling their needlework pieces into the 54th Annual Needlework Show. If you are interested in visiting the show or reserving a seat for lunch in Nelly's Café, please click here.

If you need extra copies of the 2017 brochure, please click here to view and download. 

Exhibiting & Selling 

The Woodlawn Show is judged, but not juried. We look forward to including a variety of pieces at all levels. Each entry must be the work of a living person, stitched with hand-held, threaded needle and appropriately finished. Unfortunately, any item entered previously, as well as crocheted, knitted, macramé, woven and hooked items are NOT eligible. NEW! Any piece submitted to the Show, may be sold by the owner, through Woodlawn, to the general public for pick-up after the event. Please note desire to sell on the entry form located at the bottom of this page.

Each entry will be classified and judged by Division first, Category second, then by Technique.  Entrants should include their classification on their entry form. Woodlawn and its judges reserve the right to reclassify entries, if appropriate. 


Adult: For stitchers, 18 years and over
Junior: Three divisions: 9 and younger, 10 to 13 years, and 14 to 17 years
Senior: For stitchers, 70 years and over
Original: A unique design and composition, which is the product of the stitcher’s originality and which may be produced using a computerized needlework design
application. A typewritten statement of 50 words or less must accompany the piece. 
Adaptation: A design whose source is a medium different from that of the entry, e.g. architecture, designs, painting, photograph, etc. The source can include images scanned through a CAD program, a photo or copy of the source must accompany piece.
Commercial: A work that uses a designer’s pattern for needlework, including a chart, painted canvas, printed graph, kit, class project and alterations.

  • Beadwork
  • Canvaswork: Traditional or Multi-Stitch (4+)
  • Counted Thread, including, by not limited to: Blackwork, Cross-Stitch, Drawn Thread, and Hardanger styles
  • Sampler: Traditional or Multi-Stitch (4+)
  • Embroidery, including, but not limited to Crewel, Goldwork, Japanese, Silk Ribbon, Stumpwork, Surface, White Work
  • Fine Hand Sewing
  • Needle Lace
  • Quilting, size is limited to 144 inches in perimeter only
  • Smocking
  • Miniature: 32-count

Adult entry fee:   $20.00 per item
Sets of multiple pieces:  $10.00 per individual piece. If you are entering a set of items, all components must be included and attached to each other. 
Junior entry fee:  $10.00 per entry
Each entrant receives one free admission per submission, not per entry. No paper tickets will be issued for admission. Please check in at ticketing desk as an entrant.
Insurance:  Insurance coverage is the responsibility of the owner/depositor.

We encourage sales of submitted pieces to the general public, through Woodlawn.  Many show visitors are looking to buy examples of finished needlework! A commission is applied. 

All objects may be examined, measured, photographed or otherwise reproduced for educational OR promotional purposes. By submitting your piece(s) into the Show & Sale, you also agree that it may be included in related articles published by the general media, either in print or online. 

last year's eleanor custis lewis award winner

last year's eleanor custis lewis award winner

Submitting Your Work

Entries to the show may be submitted by mail, through a designated needlework shop or gallery, or in person. Please read these instructions carefully to ensure
the safe delivery and return of your piece!  All entries must remain at Woodlawn for the duration of the show!  Storage fees are applied for any item remaining on the property beyond pick-up dates.

Entries requiring hanging must be wired. No sawtooth or other hanging devices can be accepted due to the historic nature of our house walls. Entries must arrive
no earlier than January 11, 2017 and no later than February 1, no exceptions. In Stitches Needlework Shop will process all mailed in entries. They must be sent in reliable containers, which can be mailed and insured by your carrier of choice. Mail-in entries are to be accompanied by the entry form, entry fees, and a pre-paid return mailing label and any insurance fees. 

Questions about mail–in entries? Contact institches100@aol.com or (703) 360-4600.
Please send all mail-ins to the address below by FedEX or UPS: 

In Stitches
8800 F Pear Tree Court
Alexandria, VA 22309
ONLY entries sent to this address will be accepted. Please do NOT mail to the Woodlawn historic site

Walk-in entries will be accepted at Woodlawn on Sunday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Needlework shops must make special arrangements in advance at woodlawnevents@savingplaces.org for delivery on Wednesday, February 8 through Saturday, February 11. Entrants are encouraged to complete their entry forms prior to arrival. Submitted pieces will be returned only to the depositor, unless Woodlawn is notified in writing to the contrary. 

Walk–in entries can be claimed at Woodlawn on Saturday, April 1, or Sunday, April 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Needlework shops may schedule pick-up entries on April 1-3. All mail-in entries will be returned by April 30, 2017, assuming that the required label was submitted. 

Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House
9000 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309


Below are the 2017 Special Awards for 54th Annual Needlework Show & Sale:

  • Director's Award (2)
  • Eleanor Custis Lewis Award, Best in Show
  • Woodlawn Award, Outstanding Original Design
  • Pope-Leighey Award, Outstanding Miniature
  • Emma Matheson Award, Outstanding Work by a Junior
  • Cathleen R. Durkin Award, Outstanding Entry from Children's Workshop
  • Adelaide Bolte Award, Outstanding Senior Entry
  • Judge's Choice (3)