Sunday afternoon finds me in Alexandria, VA enjoying the sunshine and the company of Trinity and Krystine. For girls’ afternoon out, we decided to attend the 50th Annual Needlework Exhitibion at nearby Woodlawn Plantation.
Nelly’s Needlers, a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the needle arts, hosts the annual show in March. The group takes its name from Eleanor (“Nelly”) Parke Custis Lewis, an excellent needleworker, the granddaughter of Martha Washington, and mistress of Woodlawn Plantation in the 1800s. You can read more about Woodlawn Plantation here.
Unfortunately, photos inside the building were forbidden so I can’t show you the awesome counted cross-stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, crewel, and punchneedle pieces. We loved the Christmas room with ornaments, nativity sets, winter scenes, Father Christmas, brightly colored stockings, and mantel scarves. We were intrigued by alphabet samplers, some in just one color, some with many colors. Some embroidered pictures were shaded so well, they looked like photographs. Many were embellisehd with beads and crystals. We spoke awhile with Kay who demonstrated a woolly sheep needlepoint on canvas and who invited Krystine to participate in a kids stitchery day camp in August. From traditional to modern, from brightly colored objects to subdued palettes, from abstract to realistic, the show pieces were fantastic!
If your travels take you to Alexandria, VA during the month of March, I highly recommend a visit to the Needlework Exhibition at Woodlawn Plantation.