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Stitches from the Garden Online Workshop

Saturday, July 18, 2020, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$15 per person

We will confirm your registration by email. Embroidery kits will be mailed or made available for pick up several weeks before the workshop. Registration is now closed for this workshop. Registration is not refundable, but if you cannot attend, you are welcome to transfer it to another participant.

This Hoop Art Embroidery Zoom workshop with the Shenandoah Valley Tapestry embroiders Janice McHenry and Hildegard Strydom. The workshop dates of June 20 and June 27 have filled, but we are pleased to offer an additional date of Saturday, July 18.

10:00: Welcome, introductions, and tour of the Belle Grove Garden
10:30 – 12 noon:  Stitching Workshop
The workshop will be conducted online using Zoom and the private link will be shared as part of your registration.

Get inspired by the tour of the Belle Grove garden, designed by the Garden Club of Virginia, and then create your own posey bouquet on fabric. The two-hour session is open to students of all skill levels, and no experience is required.

Your $15 registration fee includes all the materials you will need for this project. The workshop will be guided by experienced stitchers who will teach you how to experiment with silk ribbon, play with color and embrace imperfections. Embroidery hoops will serve you as the frame for your creation. The templates are painted in ink. No matter how many stitches you have time to make, by the end of the workshop your hoop art embroidery will be ready to hang on the wall and make a perfect gift!

In just two hours you will learn:
* How to use silk ribbon to create three-dimensional flowers on fabric.
* How to prep your embroidery hoop for DIY magic.
* Confidence to complete your creation by the end of the workshop
* You will receive a Certificate of Achievement by the SVT Artists’ Awards Committee to add to your credentials.

The $15 registration fee will include:
* Wooden hoop, fabric, DMC cotton threads, silk ribbon, needles (mailed to you or available for curbside pick-up, please indicate your preference in the registration form)
* Information to reference at home post workshop
* A chance to meet new and old friends to feed your creative energy. Physical distancing doesn’t mean we can’t be social!

While all supplies are provided, additional tools you might need are scissors, light, or magnifier. 


Janice McHenry is a Virginian born and bred, and she is proud to be part of the Shenandoah Valley Tapestry, which showcases 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 the Embroiders Guild of America (EGA). 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. 

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.