Spaces Available: Join Us at Two Needlework and Textiles Tours in Atlanta

We will be in Atlanta this coming August for our National Seminar 2024: Preserving Needle Art. One of the most exciting parts of visiting a different city each year for our national seminar is that we get to participate in amazing tours showcasing needlework, textiles and more. But, did you know that you don’t have to be registered for seminar to attend these tours. That’s right all you have to do is sign up and meet us in Atlanta!

We currently have spaces available at two of the tours on Friday, August 16: Go In The Archives: Southern Textile Collections & Atlanta History Center and High Museum Exploration & Hands – On Textile Art Workshop. We are including more information for each tour below. Since registration for the seminar is closed, online registration is no longer possible. Interested persons would have to contact Registrar Gaye Smith at or 225-931-1381 directly. The deadline to sign up is: June 15, 2024.

Go In The Archives: Southern Textile Collections & Atlanta History Center
Coverlet, Made by Elisabeth McCall, 1780

Come behind the scenes of the Atlanta History Center Textile Collections with the Collections Manager. After a tour of the storage area, the group will visit AHC’s curatorial space to view a sampling of their collection of samplers, coverlets, and quilts that are hand worked with crewel work, embroidery, and other applications of the needle that date from the late 1700s forward. This tour is in our secure space and will require standing and walking for an hour on cement floors. No food or drink is allowed on the tour, note taking with pencil and photos without flash are allowed.

Visitors will also not be allowed to bring bags, purses, pens, or coats into the storage space, there will be a table just inside the secure space where people can leave these items.

AHC tour participants will also be able to view the museum, its three historic homes, and extensive native gardens. The museum has a Souper Jenny cafe and coffee shop within the building and a well curated book and gift shop. Lunch is NOT included, but may be purchased in the museum café.

Cost per Participant: $70
Capacity: Maximum of 24 guests
Approximate Time Schedule:
Time: Depart Hilton at 10:00am
Return around 1:30/3:30 pm

High Museum Exploration & Hands – On Textile Art Workshop 
Marquetta Johnson, Textile Artist and Teaching Artist at The High Museum of Art

Spend the day at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art and The Woodruff Arts Center while viewing special exhibits, permanent collections, lunching, and making textile art!
This tour features a 2.5hr art making workshop with Atlanta’s own Marquetta Johnson, a quilter and Teaching Artist at the High. Marquetta’s work focuses on textile hand dyeing & printing techniques that allow her to create vibrant quilts that have been exhibited around the United States. She has 30+ years of teaching experience, always working to create an inclusive and inspiring environment.

Participants will also have several hours free to view the High at their leisure and have lunch within the Arts Ctr. or at Colony Square. Cost of lunch is NOT included in the tour price.

Cost Per Participant: $65
Capacity: Maximum of 18 guests
Approximate Time Schedule:
Time Departing From Hilton:11:30 am
Time Returning To Hilton: 4:15 pm


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