An exhibition by Hillary Waters Fayle and Jennifer Clements, 'Every Stitch Counts' is loosely inspired by the tradition of embroidery samplers to communicate important themes exquisitely in thread. Traditional embroidery and stitch patterning are combined with botanical material to establish and elevate the connection between nature and the human touch. This work speaks to the artist's love for nature and the beauty in subtle detail, but also to her concern about the fragility of the ecosystem and the necessity for intervention. Both tender and ruthless, this intricate work communicates the idea that our relationship with the natural world is both tenuously fragile and infinitely complex. The visual exploration of these themes is accompanied by two poetry sequences which look to embroidery as metaphor for human engagement with history, with nature, and with ourselves.
2017 Needlework Show and Sale PROGRAMS & EVENTS
On Mondays and Thursday afternoons, we will be opening up a 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. Please come to the Woodlawn gift shop between 10 am to 12 pm or 2 pm to 4 pm to make a donation and take a peek at this rare collection.
Kathryn Myers, a retired judge with certification from the America Needlepoint Guild (ANG), will be leading small groups every Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm 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. Tickets will be available at the door.
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. Stitching Studio is not a class but a time to work on your next masterpiece! During these studio sessions, we invite you to come and bring whatever projects you may be currently working on. Debra Kempton, President of the Nelly's Needlers, will be the facilitator for our studio and is available to help you with your work as needed. We ask that you reserve your space ahead, please go to our Eventbrite page to confirm your RSVP.
Stitching Studio Days:
March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
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. The vendors who will be joining us for our first ever pop-up are Shelli Martinez, Scarvelous, Open Eyes Press, and June Bug and Darlin.
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. Our appraisers for this year are Newbie Richardson of Costume and Textile Specialists and Sarah Hill, Curzon Hill Antiques. 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.
Have you ever viewed a piece of precious metal embroidery and wondered "How do they do that?". Join Royal School of Needlework graduate, goldwork expert and Nelly's Needler Deborah Merrick-Wilson for this introductory workshop. Dispel those "I could never do that!" notions and learn just how easy this art form can be to add a bit of sparkle to your needlework projects. $40 provides you with a complete, ready-to-go kit, a comprehensive Directory of Metal Threads and two hours of concentrated instruction in an intimate setting. Please click here to purchase a ticket for the workshop.
Registration period: January 25th to February 17th
Have you ever wished you could consult an expert about how to improve your needlework? Well, now you can! Woodlawn and the judges for the 2017 Needlework Show are offering a limited number of critiques (only one per entrant will be allowed this year) to all stitchers who enter a piece in the show. Once the judging is complete and in return for your purchase of a $25 ticket, a judge will examine your piece carefully in private and prepare a confidential report to be sent to your home address. Please expect a critique to take up to two weeks to be returned to you. Act now to make sure you get a spot on the critique list! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR A CRITIQUE!