The 57th Annual Woodlawn Needlework Show & Sale
SUBMISSIONS TO THE SHOW OPEN DECEMBER 14!
2020 Woodlawn Needlework Show & Sale Information
Woodlawn Estate was the first family home of Eleanor “Nelly” Custis, granddaughter of George and Martha Washington, and one of America’s most skilled early needlework makers. Our annual Needlework Show & Sale, continues to honor her legacy as an exceptional and American craftswoman, while maintaining a long tradition of the needle arts as a popular art form. As a judged, but not juried, show where all entries that fit our few important guidelines are displayed, we seek to celebrate those who have long been fine tuning their craft, and those who are just emerging as participants in the needle arts. The annual Needlework Show & Sale is a critical fundraiser for our non-profit historic site, home to two iconic properties.
The show is held every March, running for the entire month, and showcases needlework from artists all around the world, but especially the United States.
Needlework, like most craft, can be just a beautiful art piece, or it can be a pathway that its maker uses to express opinion. Often, it is both. It can showcase a specific, more common, technique or be employed in something rather unique. Activism within the craft community has become more commonplace in our modern era, but traditional, historical pieces serve also to offer us a glimpse into the basic right of women to choose their path. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted all women the right to vote and to be a participant in our democracy. At this year’s show, we hope that within the numerous and diverse pieces of extraordinary needlework submitted, you will experience works that engage us all in the fullest, broadest story possible of what “making needlework” might mean.