The origins of embroidery are lost in time, but many examples survived from ancient Egypt, Iron Age Northern Europe and Song Dynasty China. Elaborately embroidered clothing, religious objects, and household items have been a mark of wealth and status in many cultures throughout history. Embroidery is the art of decorating fabric other materials with designs stitched in strands of thread or yarn using a needle. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins.
A stitch in differs from a demonstration in that attendees are encouraged to bring their embroidery projects. “This stitch in is a great opportunity for people to dust off old unfinished projects that are in the back of their closets,” explains Pat Castagna. “We (the Guild) want to help teach and educate people on the different techniques of this craft, and there is no better way to do that than to finish a project together.”
This is a good time for those who enjoy embroidery to get answers to any questions they might have about their project. While the goal of the program is to bring people together with their embroidery projects, visitors are also welcome to just drop in and see what the group is all about. Besides stitching together, the Guild members will also be bringing many examples of finished projects to display.
The Tryon Chapter of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization, which meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month to stitch, to improve needlework skills, and to learn new techniques. The Tryon Chapter, located in New Bern, North Carolina received its charter in May of 1989 and to date has 37 members. The Tryon Chapter has dedicated outreach programs to reach out to and share with our communities. They participate in food drives, stitch memorial ornaments for Hospice, love pillows for military members, and dress dolls and bears for the Salvation Army at Christmas time. At least once a year, the chapter brings in a nationally known designer/instructor to present a program and has co-sponsored needlework lectures held at Tryon Palace.
The Guild is always looking for new members and they enjoy educating others on this wonderful technique. Join Mrs. Castagna and other members of the Guild in the Beaufort Historic Site’s Welcome Center on July 20th. For more information on this event or for more information about other programs going on at the Historic Site, stop by the Welcome Center at 130 Turner Street, call the Beaufort Historical Association at (252) 728-5225