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Woodlawn 59th Annual Needlework Show – 2022

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March turned out to be an even busier month than I expected so this blog has been languishing in the “Draft” folder for a few weeks. Since today is the last day of the Woodlawn Needlework Show, it seemed appropriate to post it today.

Once again, Mr. M and I traveled down I-95 to Alexandria to visit the 59th Annual Needlework Show at Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope -Leighey House. We had a glorious day – a perfect Spring preview – for our travels. What a change from our trip in February during which I had to drive through torrential rains and cold!

Our new favorite place to stop for lunch is Matthew’s 1600 in Catonsville, MD. It is an easy drive off the highway and located near several needlework shops. I did not indulge this trip as my project backlog is staggering and I will be attending several Seminars and Workshops this year, which will add to the inventory.

The weather in Alexandria was definitely a harbinger of Spring with temperatures in the mid-50s. We stayed in Old Town Alexandria and were able to comfortably walk down King Street to The Warehouse for dinner, following up with dessert from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams on our walk back to the hotel.

Our tickets for the Woodlawn Show were for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. I was so happy I decided to reserve in the morning because Mother Nature sure had a nasty surprise waiting for us that day. Temperatures dropped more than 20 degrees overnight and a winter weather advisory was posted for the area. Yes, it actually snowed!

Fortunately, we were still able to view the Show although Woodlawn did close at Noon that day due to the icy conditions. With the timed tickets and the weather, there were only a few of us walking around and admiring the needlework, so it made for a very pleasant experience.

There are approximately 300 pieces on display this year as well as four special exhibits – From the Woodlawn Collections: Needlepoint of Martha Washington and Nelly Custis Lewis, Historic Samplers from Around the World and at Home, Needlework Connections, and Winchester Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America 10th Anniversary Exhibit. There were also four Virtual Programs and two In-Person Programs throughout the month.

NJNA members contributed 25 pieces to the Show – I am thrilled that we were able to support Woodlawn again this year despite only recently starting to meet again in person. I am also happy to report that our members received 13 ribbons – four First Place, two Second Place, three Third Place, and four Honorable Mention. One of our members, Barbara L., received Best in Show for her beautiful execution of Gay Ann Rogers’ Eleanor of Aquitaine and Ellen B.’s monogrammed pillow received a First Place in the Embroidery category, not a category we usually enter. All of the pieces are spectacular so I’m sure the judges had a difficult time deciding on the ribbons.

Woodlawn will be presenting a Virtual Show in April for those who were not able to attend in person. Since we will have a Chapter Meeting to showcase our members’ pieces (either July or August), I’m including photos of just a few pieces to whet your appetite!

Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Show! We hope to have even more pieces for next year’s 60th Show.

SOTM – November 2021

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I’m a bit late writing about progress made in November on the SOTM projects. My excuse is that I was at the Christmas in Williamsburg retreat for the past week. Stitching and classes/lectures took priority over blogging! The retreat was wonderful and our weather couldn’t have been better so a good time was had by all. I even won the first door prize at the Friday night Banquet!

This is the beautiful tree outside the main building of the Kingsmill Resort, the retreat venue.

SOTM projects are winding down and just about everyone expects to finish in December. The Thanksgiving holiday took precedence over stitching time as this has been the first time in two years that many of us have been able to spend time with our family and friends. But no one is complaining.

Brenda is almost finished her Stratigraphy piece that will be placed in her newly-renovated guest bath. The colors are just gorgeous!

Barbara has finished Petite Arabesque and it is now at the framer. Another beautiful piece! Maybe the December blog will have a picture of it framed.

We’re all looking forward to the rest of the pieces in December!

Happy Stitching!

Linda

Festival of Trees 2021

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After a one-year hiatus due to COVID, the Somerset County Parks Commission is once again hosting the Festival of Trees at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge. This event is an indoor exhibit of trees decorated by various community organizations as well as individuals.

NJNA is participating in this event for the first time this year. Our tree, entitled Stitching In The Holidays, is decorated with more than 50 needlework ornaments by our Chapter members. Thank you to those members who lent ornaments to the NJNA tree – Sylvia, Ellen, Nancy B, Diane, Sue C, Jacqui, Cathryn, Melita, Linda M, Janet, Linda P, Meredith, and Nancy W.

Nancy B, Cathryn, Janet, and Linda M all had fun decorating the tree!

Get in the holiday spirit and visit the Festival of Trees at the Environmental Education Center starting Friday, December 3, through Wednesday, December 29!

Happy Stitching and Happy Holidays!

Linda

SOTM – October 2021

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We’re closing in on the final months of this year’s project – and progress is being made! I find it hard to believe that we are three-quarters of the way through 2021.

Our members who are stitching the ANG Stitch-of-the-Month project, Stratigraphy, have completed 26 layers using nine different stitches. A little birdie tells me that in October they will be stitching another seven layers of the project! We’re all looking forward to seeing the complete picture.

Brenda – coordinating with her newly remodeled guest bath
Diane – original colorway
Robin – mimicking the Grand Canyon
Rosie – USGS colors

And a couple of us are finally completing our 2015 SOTM Ruby Razzle Dazzle.

Nancy – working on the fourth ribbon!
Linda – FINISHED!!!!

Until next time…

Happy Stitching!

Linda

SOTM – July 2021

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July is now history and our group continues with our projects. We are now officially in the second half of the year! We are still meeting on Zoom but hope to begin in-person meetings soon.

Stratigraphy by Jennifer Riefenberg (ANG’s Stitch of the Month project)

Brenda is matching the color scheme in her guest bathroom.

Diane is using Jennifer’s suggested colors.

Rosie is using a USGS Stratigraphic Column.

Sue is picking colors as she stitches.

Other SOTM Projects

Tina is working on Feuilles d’Ananas by Susan Hoekstra, which was ANG’s and NJNA’s 2016 SOTM.

Melita completed her 8-Pointed Star by Kathy Rees, ANG’s and NJNA’s 2020 SOTM, in her own colorway.

Nancy is working on Ruby Razzle Dazzle, NJNA’s 2015 SOTM, in the sage green and purple colorway.

Linda is also working on Ruby Razzle Dazzle in the terra cotta and blue colorway.

Happy Stitching!

Linda

SOTM – June 2021

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We are now halfway through this year’s stitching projects. While we are still meeting on Zoom, we are hoping that we can resume in-person sessions this Fall.

Those who are working on the ANG Stitch-of-the-Month – Stratigraphy – have now stitched 14 layers of strata using six different stitches. Their projects are really taking shape!

Brenda

Diane

Robin has chosen to start a new series of strata using several of the layers previously stitched.

Robin

Rosie

Sue

Holly has completed her project – Kathy Rees’ Star – and is thinking of making it into a pillow.

Melita is nearing completion and has used a striking background color.

Although she finished her Star last year, Janice did send in a picture of her framed piece. I just love the framing!

Nancy and Linda are making considerable progress on Ruby Razzle Dazzle, which was our 2015 SOTM project. Could there be a couple of finishes this year?

Nancy

Linda

Happy Stitching!

Linda

SOTM – May 2021

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We are at the end of May – the unofficial start of Summer. The weather over the past few weeks has been quite variable with 90-degree days followed by 50-degree days. Climate change or just Springtime in New Jersey?

Our NJNA SOTM group is still meeting virtually although many of the COVID-era restrictions are now being lifted. We hope to get back to seeing each other in person someday soon. In the meantime, Zoom check-ins are sustaining us.

Progress is being made on the ANG SOTM Stratigraphy and we’re starting to see some color changes on the stitch layers.

Brenda
Diane
Robin
Rosie

Barbara continues to make progress on Petite Arabesque when she’s not visiting the grandchildren!

Barbara

And Jacqui is busy with Asymmetrical Copper.

Jacqui

Linda and Nancy are both working on Ruby Razzle Dazzle, although in very different colorways.

Linda
Nancy

We’re looking forward to the halfway point in June!

Happy Stitching!

Linda

SOTM – April 2021

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It’s the end of another month and time to check in with progress on our Stitch-of-the-Month projects.

There are several members working on the ANG Stitch-of-the-Month project – Stratigraphy by Jennifer Reifenberg.

Brenda
Diane
Robin
Rosie

Jacqui is continuing her work on Asymetrical Copper by Jeff Kulick, which she is squaring off.

Jacqui

Melita is stitching the ANG 2020 Stitch-of-the-Month, Star by Kathy Rees.

Melita

I am continuing to work my way through Ruby Razzle Dazzle by Ann Strite-Kurz, which was our SOTM project in 2015.

Linda

Stay well and happy stitching!

Linda

Woodlawn 2021 – Drop-off

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The Annual Needlework Show in support of the Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, VA has become a tradition for New Jersey Needle Artists members. While several members exhibited at – and visited – the Show in the past, NJNA has been submitting needlework pieces as a group since 2015.

NJNA members rose to the occasion again this year despite the restrictions due to COVID and submitted 25 pieces to the 58th Annual Needlework Show. Since we haven’t been able to meet in-person this year, we had to come up with an alternative to our usual practice of collecting the pieces at our January meeting. Fortunately, our members are flexible and we gathered 23 framed pieces, one Christmas stocking, and a pillow before heading down the NJ Turnpike/I-95 on Friday. In years past this trip was made in February so weather was always unpredictable. Although we still traveled under gray skies and cooler temperatures than I would have liked, the trip down was smooth sailing.

While we usually look forward to this trip each year as a chance to get away, this year it was even more anticipated as we haven’t been able to do much traveling. Mr. M and I stopped for lunch in Catonsville, MD at our new “favorite” spot, Matthews 1600. We found this restaurant last year when our previous “go to” eatery in Ellicott City closed down. Matthews 1600 is located in a historic building (circa 1862) that started as the Terminal Hotel and was a station at the end of the line for the Frederick Road horse car line. The building was renovated in the early 2000s and reopened as Matthews 1600 in 2004. It has an extensive food menu and the appropriate beverage menu to appeal to Mr. M.

On Saturday, we headed to Woodlawn to begin the process of check-in. As a result of COVID, everyone who submitted pieces to the Show had to pre-register on-line and pay their entry fee directly. This really streamlined the process as I didn’t have to deal with individual checks/cash for the pieces. We were able to unwrap all of our pieces and place them on tables in the check-in room. The QR code on each Submission Form was scanned and an email was generated almost immediately indicating that the piece had been registered. The volunteers checking in our pieces also assigned each piece its own Show Number.

The volunteers who check in the Show pieces have developed a really efficient system; we were done and on our way in under an hour. In years past we would then head into DC or Old Town Alexandria to visit a museum. COVID restricted our ability to plan for a museum visit so we headed over to Mount Vernon and had lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.

The Needlework Show will be open from Sunday, May 2 through Monday, May 31 (except Tuesdays). Timed tickets are required and are available on the Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House website. I encourage you to visit – the needlework is exquisite and it’s an easy trip to make. With the show held in May instead of March, the weather should be great. And I just learned that the Smithsonian Museums and the National Gallery of Art will be re-opening in mid-May, so I’m hoping I can book some tickets for the weekend we’re there.

Stay well and happy stitching!

Linda

SOTM – March 2021

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Once again it is time to show off our Stitch-of-the-Month projects. Our group is still meeting on Zoom, which provides us with some interaction while we stitch, but we are all missing the in-person experience. We continue to hope that we will be able to gather together soon.

Those in the group who are working on Stratigraphy have incorporated a third stitch into the design.

Diane
Rosie
Robin
Brenda

Barbara is moving ahead with Petite Arabesque.

Barbara

Linda added the center petals to Ruby Razzle Dazzle and Noelle has started her version. Nancy is making progress but is too shy to share a picture yet!

Noelle
Linda

Our newest NJNA member, Melita, has joined our SOTM group and is working on ANG’s 2020 Stitch-of-the-Month project – Star by Kathy Rees. Her colors are delicious!

Melita
Melita’s Thread Selection

We are looking forward to our April gathering to see more progress on everyone’s projects!

Happy Stitching!

Linda