If you are a member of the media or tourism industry, please plan to attend our Media Preview Night, on February 28, for a special tour of the 2017 Needlework Show & Sale. Stay for a provocative panel about the 2017 exhibit of work by needlework and natural artist, Hillary Fayle, poet Jennifer Clements and textile conservator and specialist Newbie Richardson, moderated by National Trust Sites Director of Collections, Carrie Villar. By invitation only. Please contact: Amanda Phillips at APhillips@savingplaces.org for a ticket.
2017 Needlework Show and Sale PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Kathryn Myers, a retired judge with certification from the America Needlepoint Guild (ANG), will be leading small groups every Wednesday afternoon at 2pm during the Needlework Exhibit. Topics discussed will be of a general nature regarding how a judged show is organized, how judging takes place, and the issues that judges look for particularly when judging commercial pieces (the majority of entries in the show). Tour length will be approximately 1 ½ hours.
Ms Myers spent her working life as a Logistics Management Specialist with the Dept of Defense and has been stitching since she was 5. She lives in Fairfax County and belongs to various chapters of ANG, the Embroiderer’s Guild of America, and the Loudoun Sampler Guild) in the Northern Virginia area. She is an active member of Woodlawn’s Nellys Needlers, a service organization that raises money for the house.
Grab your needle and thread! On Wednesdays, from 3 pm to 5 pm, during March we will be opening up our Underwood Room for Stitching Studio. During these studio sessions, we invite you to come and bring whatever projects you may be currently working on. There will be a teacher present to help you with your work, if needed. These teachers will be experts in their field, so if you are working on black work or gold work, make sure to keep an eye out for those sessions! Check back soon to see the dates that our teachers will be in class.
Stitching Studio Days:
Learn about the beautiful art of goldwork from a true expert and member of the Nelly's Needlers, Deborah Merrick-Wilson. In this workshop she will teach about this fine art in an intimate setting. The exact date is to be determined, please check back soon.
On Mondays and Thursday afternoons only, we will be opening up a Woodlawn collections closet for a behind- the -scenes glimpse of some of our most precious needlework that belonged to Eleanor "Nelly" Custis Lewis. There is a $5 minimum donation to Woodlawn in order to see this rare collection of work.
Colorful temari balls are a stunning example of Japanese surface embroidery. This class is taught by the Temari Twins, two ladies who have really honed their temari technique. Learn about the history and cultural significance of temari, how to prepare a ball for stitching and more, so that you go home with a ball of your own. This two day afternoon workshop class will include all supplies. Space is very limited. Please click here to reserve your tickets to this workshop.
Empty your grandmother’s trunk! Our second Annual Needlework Appraisal Day is back by popular demand! Bring your family needlework heirloom to Woodlawn to be appraised by one of two experts. You will be able to reserve a space from 10 am to 12 pm for $20.00. In order to reserve your space, please contact Laura at email@example.com. There will be open call period from 12 pm to 4 pm that does not require an advanced reservation. Please note that the open call period will be first come, first serve.
A remarkable story of the Holocaust told in 36 fabric collages. Through Esther’s own words and images of her artwork, as well as interviews, this award-winning 30-minute documentary explores the capacity of the human heart to heal. Esther’s daughter will speak to the audience before the film. Please purchase your tickets here.
Woodlawn’s first annual “historically hip” pop-up needle arts and crafts fair. Modern takes on a traditional craft by Virginian and other local vendors, making their mark with embroidery, cross stitch, knits and textiles, and selling it all under one cool tent. To rent a booth space, email Shana at SCondill@savingplaces.org.