Embroidery Show

By: Jill Finger

Apr 16 2018

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On Sunday, I drove with Grace, a friend from my Thursday night quilting group, to an embroidery show in Poughkeepsie. The Poughkeepsie chapter is part of the Embroidery Guild of America, which is nationwide, and these local ladies are talented and prolific.  The bird above (a heron?) was the first thing we saw as we walked through the door and our jaws dropped.The quality and precision of each piece of stitching was amazing. This embroidered Lone Star was one of four, done by different women in different colors. It was only about twelve inches square, so you can see how tiny the stitches have to be.This black and white piece had touches of gold and was a gorgeous way to showcase  many different stitches. The white rectangles on the top are a reflection of the overhead lighting. No matter how I positioned myself, I couldn’t get rid of them.Beautiful birds. Every work was framed to show off the piece to best advantage.The Snowy Owl is listed in the catalog as a beaded tapestry. It contains over 25,000 beads and took over 200 hours to bead from a graph. The water mill was quite a large piece that looked like a painting.

The Embroidery Guild encompasses all types of embroidery from the most common surface embroidery (my favorite) to beadwork, needlepoint, counted threadwork, crewel, raised embroidery (also called stumpwork) and silk and metal thread embroidery. I didn’t know there were so many different ways of expressing yourself in embroidery.

If you want to see any picture a bit larger–click on it. It should show up bigger to see the exquisite stitching.

Tomorrow– the smaller pieces that weren’t hung, but displayed on a table.

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