Through the Needle’s Eye

Starting off the New Year, the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s main gallery will showcase one of the original designated media from its jury process. Once called stitchery, this decorative craft form has merged under the Guild’s fiber medium with the common name, embroidery. Through the Needles Eye is a organized effort with The Embroiderers’ Guild of America, which is touring the nation to exhibit the best in artistic and technical embroidery. This juried show will present works in contemporary embroidery from across the country. It was first displayed in the Spring of 2014 in Palmer Lake, Colorado. Since then the show has traveled to venues across the country and will continue to do so until early 2017. This is the 20th incarnation of the exhibit.

Presenting both traditional and contemporary embroidery techniques, the exhibit includes free motion and digitized machine embroidery, beading, quilting, surface embroidery, fabric manipulation, counted thread, appliqué, canvas work, gold work, and crewel. Works range from clothing, wall-pieces, jewelry, vessels, to sculpture, showing the diversity of embroidery within its medium.

Embroidery is the art of forming textile designs, with a threaded needle, embracing both traditional and contemporary needlework as an art form. It is a tool: it is the education of a young girl, the weapon used to resist dictatorships, the difference between tribal extinction and a higher quality of life. It discriminates: it is that which marks the intellect from the uneducated, the affluent from the miserable, and the strong from those less strong. It unites: it is that which covers the heads of women, and symbolizes a country or regime, so that under such a symbol, all appear as one. In both its purpose and meaning, embroidery is the fabric of every culture.

About The Embroiderers’ Guild of America
EGA is committed to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting historical needlework, contemporary fiber art, ethnic embroidery, and examples of the multitude of embroidery techniques. As an educational institution, EGA promotes and teaches a wide variety of stitching techniques, publishes a magazine, and serves as a resource for needlework scholars and practitioners. Membership is open to anyone, at any skill level, through local chapters, a member-at-large option, and on-line only options (see In the Asheville area, the local chapter is The Laurel Chapter (see

About the Southern Highland Craft Guild
The Folk Art Center is the headquarters of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, open daily from 9am – 5pm. Located at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Guild is an educational non-profit organization founded in 1930. Its mission is “to bring together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation.” For more information visit or call 828-298-7928.

 This exhibition is organized by The Embroiderers’ Guild of America and sponsored by The Laurel Chapter, EGA and Carolinas Region, EGA.


Work Below (L-R): Florance Mellinger, Rachael Watkins, and Kim Beamish.
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