Today we are bringing you news from two of our chapters, the Winchester Chapter in Virginia and the Louisville Chapter in Kentucky. We encourage you to learn more about them by clicking on their names and contacting them if you’d like to join them!
The Winchester Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America held its first public invitational embroidery exhibition from April 29th to May 13th, 2023, at historical Godfrey Miller Home (Winchester, VA). Over 100 embroidery pieces were on display. Those pieces were submitted not only by members of the Guild but also by residents. The show was seen by many people, both enthusiastic stitchers and people interested in art, who came to Winchester from different parts of the country. The Winchester Chapter plans to have embroidery exhibitions every year.
The main idea of these exhibitions is to tell the story of the tradition of embroidery through contemporary works and treasured heirlooms. Check out a news article about the exhibit from the Winchester Star here.
— Lucy Edmison, Editor, Stash Newsletter, Winchester Chapter
The Louisville Chapter took part in their local library’s annual event, the How-To Fest, on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Six members taught over 100 eager students, adults and youth alike, how to embroider a simple bookmark on felt. The creativity was amazing, and most caught on very quickly. The chapter provided “stitch sheets” with basic embroidery stitches, and helped get the participants started by showing them how to tie a knot and thread a needle. The chapter also provided felt in different colors, and all kinds of threads and button embellishments for each person to customize their bookmark.
— Cynthia Welch, Louisville Chapter