For immediate release - April 8, 2005
TAVARES — A large contingent of members from Chain Stitchers, a local chapter of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America Inc., turned out this afternoon, April 8, for an opening reception of their first exhibit at the Lake County Historical Museum.
The dozens of intricate embroidery work can be viewed at the museum through the end of the month.
“Thank you so much,” said Dr. Diane Kamp, Director of Lake County Museums, to the group of embroidery artists and museum visitors attending the opening reception. “This is one of the most beautiful exhibits we have ever had.”
Artists from Chain Stitchers, a local embroidery club, admire their work on display at the Lake County Historical Museum.
The embroidery show is the first for the 10-year-old club based out of Mount Dora and The Villages. The display illustrates the multiple techniques of embroidery, including framed pictures, holiday ornaments, stitching cases and wall hangings.
According to Diane Atkins, Chain Stitchers club president, visitors to the museum will be encouraged to vote for their favorite piece of work. Some of the more popular embroidery works will receive a small Embroiderers’ Guild of America charm.
Embroidery is a form of decorative art. A timeless and time-consuming hobby, pioneers of Lake County were stitching all the way back in the 1800s, however, even today creating the art form doesn’t happen overnight. According to Atkins, stitching a square inch of embroidery work can take a skilled craftsman about an hour.
“We want to just show people what can be done in the way of creativity with a needle and thread,” she said.
There is always something new to see and do at the Lake County Historical Museum, 317 W. Main St., Tavares. For more information, call Kamp at (352) 343-9600.
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445