Woodlawn Plantation Needlework Exhibition


America’s oldest and largest needlework exposition is currently underway at Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria, Virginia, and I would love to be able to view the exhibit in person!

Since I will not be able to make the journey this year I have contented myself with drooling over images of past entries and winners.

Woodlawn, part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, was the first site operated by the National Trust…

Woodlawn Plantation

Washington gifted the site to his nephew in 1799 whereupon he and his bride, Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis, built the Georgian/Federal house.

The plantation was sold in 1846 to Quaker timber merchants.  They purposely operated it using free labor which made quite the statement in Virginia at the  time.

The property was restored by two owners at the turn of the 20th century and was home to Senator Oscar Underwood from Alabama from 1925 – 1929.  Woodlawn has been operating as a historic house museum since 1949.

The Needlework Exhibition honors Nelly Lewis’ legacy both by displaying her needlework as well as inviting the public to display theirs.  Hundreds of entries are on display in the rooms of the historic mansion.

prepare to be amazed…

Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition

Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition

these floral crewel creations are original designs…

Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition

each one is a 1st or 2nd place winner from a previous exhibit…

Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition

Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition

Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition

Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition

Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition

judging is a serious business…

Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition

Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition

I can’t wait to see what won this year!

they have all the bases covered…

Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition

maybe some of my Virginia friends will have a first hand account…

Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition

Happy Saturday!

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  1. Kandy Sims says:

    Those are so pretty!! Remind me to show you a crewel piece I found at mothers that needs finishing.

  2. Lee Threadgill says:

    Love all these Marsha! Deborah needs to enter this!

  3. All beautiful! One looks like Lizzie!

  4. Debbie Cannon says:

    How could you possibly choose a winner because they are all exquisite!!!!!!

  5. My cousin, Lynn, won a second prize there this year!
    Kathy Gray

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Wow Kathy, that is amazing. So many talented people represented. Congratulations to Lynn!