9000 Richmond Hwy
Alexandria, VA 22309
Every Stitch Counts: the 54th Woodlawn Needlework Show & Sale opens March 1 with expanded programming and behind-the-scenes opportunities!
Feb 2, Alexandria, VA. Woodlawn, the first site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is excited to present the 54th rendition of its prestigious annual Needlework Show & Sale beginning on March 1. Look forward to an expanded event, themed “Every Stitch Counts”, that includes both traditional and contemporary works to be awarded ribbons by three expert judges and exhibited by needlework crafters of all ages and stages of experience, from all over the country. For this year’s Show, we have added a fantastic slate of programming that will include:
• A rare, behind-the-scenes, collections closet tour of some of the original needlework of Eleanor “Nelly” Custis, who was the first owner of Woodlawn and counted needlework as one of her many talents.
• A unique exhibition by artist Hillary Waters Fayle and poet Jennifer Clements, loosely inspired by the tradition of embroidery samplers to communicate important themes exquisitely in thread.
• Community Stitching Studios each week for Show visitors.
• Judges tours for visitors and critique opportunities for entrants.
• Film screening of Through The Needle’s Eye: The Art of Esther Nisenthal, a story of the holocaust told in fabric collage with Q & A by Esther’s daughter.
• Creative and fun workshop opportunities in Japanese temari ball-making, goldwork and others.
• Appraisal Day and the pop-up Needle & Thread shopping experience.
Entrants into the show may also choose to sell their work with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the historic site. The show is supported annually by the work of the Nelly’s Needlers, whose efforts are critical to the Show’s success each year. The Woodlawn gift shop will be chock full of surprises and their Nelly’s Café lunch room will include some new menu items, including soup from Rouge Fine Catering, the site’s exclusive caterer.