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
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.
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
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.
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.
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. All materials included except for small pairs of scissors which we ask you to bring.
Scheduled days: Thursday and Friday, March 9 - 10, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
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.
A remarkable story of the Holocaust told in 36 fabric collages. Through Esther Nisenthal'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 and there will be time for a short q & a. 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.
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!