Stitch-In & Pine Needle Basket Living History!

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July 20th & July 22nd we have two very interactive and exciting living history programs going on at the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center!


Embroidery Stitch-In

Thursday, July 20th from 1:30 to 4:00 pm there will be a Embroidery Stitch-In hosted by Mrs. Pat Castagna, and other members of the Tryon Chapter of The Embroiderer’s Guild of America, Inc.

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 program is free but limited to 20 people and reservations are encouraged. Additionally, participants are asked to bring your own stitching or needlepoint or cross stitch. 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


Pine Needle Basket Workshop

Friday, July 21st from 10 am to 2:00 pm Sandi Malone will conduct a workshop on the centuries-old folk art of pine needle basket making. Participants will learn all aspects of the craft, from how to collect the necessary materials to actually making a pine needle basket of their own.

The art of pine needle basketry can be traced back to east coast Native American tribes, who coiled and stitched pine needles to create feed baskets and vessels to transport water. The practice achieved decorative art status during the Civil War when women began using pine needles to make hats. Today, pine needle basket makers still use the original coiling and stitching technique as the Native Americans.

Space is limited to 10 participants for this popular workshop so registration is required.  A materials fee of $45 must be paid at the time of registration and a bag-lunch break is scheduled. For information on this and other Living History Programs, stop by the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center at 130 Turner Street, call 252-728-5225 or visit