Welcome to the 2017 Needlework Show & Sale

This page contains information for Show entrants.

If you are interested in visiting our 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. 

Awards

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

  • Director's Award (2)  Awards Given To:  Anita Barondes, Catherine Jordan
  • Eleanor Custis Lewis Award, Best in Show   Caroline Hayes
  • Woodlawn Award, Outstanding Original Design  Susan MacRae
  • Pope-Leighey Award, Outstanding Miniature  Donna LaBranche
  • Emma Matheson Award, Outstanding Work by a Junior  Olivia Matulich
  • Cathleen R. Durkin Award, Outstanding Entry from Children's Workshop  Natalie Schelin
  • Adelaide Bolte Award, Outstanding Senior Entry  Sharon Baber
  • Judge's Choice (3)  Awards Given To: Kate Costello, Caroline Hayes and John Kazemaier

Ribbon award winners: 

1ST Place Ribbons:              

Catherine Jordan

Susan MacRae

Linda Cole

Nancy Collier

Karen Motsinger

Caroline Hayes

Joyce Houck

John Kazmaier

Marian Smith

Charles Stackhouse

Donna LaBranche

Donna LaBranche

Ayles Shehee, Jr.

Melissa McMillan

Kristen Ho

Martha Sykora

Rozelle Hirschfelt

Norma Hiller

Theresa Baird

Kate Costello

Nathalie Schelin

Shirley Crockett

Sharon Baber

Chandra Jonkman

Amy Schindler

Olivia Matulich

2nd Place Ribbons: 

Catherine Hicks

Robin Duroshow

Rebecca Gaydos

Kathryn Stevenson

Candyce Nail

John Kazmaier

Amy Gilley

Stacy Stinson

Carolyn Rapisarda

Barbara Gammeter

Danielle Jones

Sherri Berkman

Coda Berkman

Gay Schroeder

Elizabeth Ellers

J. Lee Halpin

Susan Goldberg

Donna LaBranche

Susan Chadwick

Donna Minner

Kristen Ho

Barbara Levy

Judy Herrick

Rozelle Hirschfelt

Cleo Robbins

Glenna Gregory

Claire Hildebrand

Barbara Harrison

Nathalie Schelin

Jeff Kulick

Nanette Richardson

Dorothy Bull

Poss Tarpley

Shirley Crockett

Janae Miller

Marilyn Court

Claudia Warszawski

Christin Loudon

Eva Greek

Angela Semrov

3rd Place Ribbons: 

Catherine Jordan

Tana Dixon

Kurdy Biggs

Nancy Collier

Kay Burrier

Mary Thompson

Rosemary Miller

Sherri Berkman

Lori Mazza

JoAnne Kassner

Bobby Turnbull

Joy Gerst

Melissa McMillan

Kristen Ho

Barbara Levy

Melanie Dyarman

Sue Wiest

Nathalie Schelin

Julia Barsi

Kathy Furth

Ellen Meyer

Myers Kathryn

Claudia Warszawski

Diane Clark

Anita Barondes

Marlene Lewis

Sandra Lauffer

Kathryn Bird

Rebekah Van Meter

Elaine Matulich

Honorable Mention Ribbons: 

Catherine Jordan

Heather Lynn Gitlin

Carol Meadows

Karen Popovich

Kurdy Biggs

Beth Nelsen

Nissa Westerberg

Karen Motsinger

Nancy Bocskor

John Kazmaier

Karen Kayser

Marian Smith

Gay Schroeder

Donna LaBranche

Bobby Turnbull

Bobby Turnbull

Bobby Turnbull

Joy Gerst

Lucy Wagner

Linda K. Cook

Barbara Levy

Donna Lee Hoover

Beth Eltinge

Barbara Robson

Maureen Connor

Maria Beck

Sharon Fullerton

Virginia Clark-Billups

Ann Slater

Amy Schindler

Deborah Jones

Alison Matulich

Elaine Matulich

Exhibiting & Selling 

IS MY PIECE ELIGIBLE? 
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.

JUDGING
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. 

CLASSIFICATIONS

Divisions
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
Categories
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.
Techniques

  • 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

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER A PIECE? 
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.

SALES OF SUBMITTED WORK
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

HOW DO I SUBMIT A PIECE? 
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 BY MAIL
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

HAND-DELIVERED ENTRIES
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. 

RETURN OF ENTRIES
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


Awards

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)