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Registration is mandatory for this free workshop.

Embroidery Workshop at the Oakland Library

The Ruth Enlow Library will host an Embroidery Workshop taught by artist and designer Dolores M. Andrew on Thursday, April 26 from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Oakland Library. Registration is mandatory as space is limited to 12 participants. To register for this free workshop, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996 x0117 or bonnie@relib.net.

The course description by Dolores reads: “Like many techniques in the fibre world, crewel has had a long, varied history of popularity. It was a favorite of royalty in Elizabethan England, popped up again in late Victorian times, and added another generation of stitchers in the twentieth century. Now it is popular once again. If you have ever wanted to try a new technique, this is your opportunity. While the workshop is designed around an easy project, it is interesting enough to help an experienced stitcher review and refresh the basic stitches. The project will introduce five embroidery stitches, which are the foundation of crewel, using a variety of colors. There will be two choices of designs: an eagle and a columbine floral. The kits come with everything needed to complete the project. Finishing choices may be as a cell phone case or an eyeglass case.”

“The kits for the workshop are supplied by Dolores and paid for by the library,” said Bonnie Winters, the library’s public relations specialist. “Suggested supplies that are not included in the kit are a thimble if you use one and note-taking material. The kits contain wool yarn. If anyone is allergic to wool, a substitution to DMC colors can be made.”

Andrew creates work in a variety of media in both the fine art and needle art disciplines. She holds a BFA in painting from Syracuse University and an MFA in Art Education from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work is displayed at the local Gallery Shop run by the Garrett County Arts Council, and in several other galleries. Her work also has been accepted in juried shows throughout the United States, with both large works and miniatures. She is a Charter, as well as a Signature Member of the Maryland Pastel Society. A retired Associate Professor of Art from Essex Community College in Baltimore County, Maryland, Andrew spends the summers in Rehoboth Beach, where she has been on the summer faculty of the Rehoboth Art League for over 30 years.

Andrew also received certification as a Master Teacher of embroidery from the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN), is a NAN Certified Master Judge, and received the NAN   Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. She currently serves as the Mentor for Master Judging Certification for NAN. Andrew has written and illustrated three books on textile subjects, all published by Stemmer House Publishers.

Support for this program is provided by the Western Maryland Regional Library, the regional resource center for the public libraries of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties.