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Stitch a Historic House Zoom Workshop

Sunday, November 1, 2020, 1-5 p.m. Due to health concerns, this workshop will now be hosted via Zoom.

$30 per person (includes virtual tour, instruction, stitching kit). The class is currently sold out but email us if you would like to be put on the mailing list.

1:00: Log-in (Zoom invitation will be sent by email)
1:05-1:30 An Architectural Overview of the Belle Grove Manor House
1:30 - 5:00: Stitching Workshop

Join us for an exciting afternoon retreat and embroidery workshop inspired by the Shenandoah Valley Tapestry with the project's top stitchers Janice McHenry and Hildegard Strydom.  Inspired by the architectural features of Belle Grove you will have a chance to become a needlework architect and stitch one of the most famous historic buildings in Winchester, Virginia-- the Old Court House. Students of all skill levels are welcome to our Stitching Retreats, even complete beginners, and no experience is required.

In just a few hours you will learn…

  • How to use various embroidery techniques for reproducing architectural elements in needlework
  • How to prep and transfer a historic house picture to a fabric ground
  • How to build and paint your historic house with thread, using your own choice of color and floss for the walls, columns, steps, door, roof, and window!

You will receive a Certificate of Achievement by the SVT Artists’ Awards Committee to add to your credentials. After the Retreat, we will be happy to promote your work and share photos on the SVT facebook page and at Belle Grove.

Your registration fee will include:

  • Wooden hoops, fabric, DMC cotton threads, needles
  • Information to reference at home post workshop
  • Tea treats!

All supplies are provided, but have your own tools handy (e.g., scissors, needles, light if needed, magnifier if needed). 



Hildegard Strydom was born and raised in South Africa, where she worked as a schoolteacher and principal for about 20 years. Hildegard’s fascination with embroidery came from her mother, who created wonderful images in needle painting. Needlework was Hildegard’s major at school, later she learned various embroidery techniques from such renowned teachers as Hazel Blomkamp, Colleen Goy (Roseworks) and Elize Stockenstrom. She also studied quilting and found appliqué to be fascinating. Hildegard and her husband moved to the USA in 2015 to live with their immediate family. In the States, Hildegard joined the EGA and Apple Valley Needle Threaders. She became one of the core stitchers and leaders of the Shenandoah Valley Tapestry (SVT) project, finding solutions and mentoring other stitchers. Hildegard embroidered the Red Lion Tavern, appliqued numerous slips, assembled the tapestry panels. She led SVT workshops, encouraging outside-the-box thinking in using different techniques and threads

Janice McHenry is a Virginian born and bred, and she is proud to be part of this work showcasing Virginia history in stitches. She specializes in needlepoint and surface embroidery, and she is always excited to learn a new technique, work with a new fiber, and learn from other stitchers’ experiences. Janice is a member of the American Needlepoint Guild and its NOVA and Potomac Chapters. Janice stitched Wayside Inn using DMC, Needle Necessities, Simply Shaker, Neon Rays threads, Planet Earth Silk Ribbon and variety of stitches: burden, kilim, cashmere, encroaching oblique gobelin, pavilion diamonds, medieval mosaic, etc.