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    Woodlawn Needlework Show & Sale

  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Dates:
    March 1, 2020 - March 30, 2020
  • Time:
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Admission:
    $15 for adults, $6 for students K-12, Free for children 5 and under
  • Location:
  • Address:
    9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309
  • Phone:
    (703) 570-6906

Woodlawn Estate was the first family home of Eleanor “Nelly” Custis, granddaughter of George and Martha Washington, and one of America’s most skilled early needlework makers. Our annual Needlework Show & Sale continues to honor her legacy as an exceptional and American craftswoman while maintaining a long tradition of the needle arts as a popular art form. As a judged, but not juried, show where all entries that fit our few important guidelines are displayed, we seek to celebrate those who have long been fine-tuning their craft and those who are just emerging as participants in the needle arts. The annual Needlework Show & Sale is a critical fundraiser for our non-profit historic site, home to two iconic properties.

The show is held every March, running for the entire month, and showcases needlework from artists all around the world.

Needlework, like most craft, can be just a beautiful art piece, or it can be a pathway that its maker uses to express an opinion. Often, it is both. It can showcase a specific, more common, technique or be employed in something rather unique. Activism within the craft community has become more commonplace in our modern era, but traditional, historical pieces serve also to offer us a glimpse into the basic right of women to choose their path. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted all women the right to vote and to be a participant in our democracy. At this year’s show, we hope that within the numerous and diverse pieces of extraordinary needlework submitted, you will experience works that engage us all in the fullest, broadest story possible of what “making needlework” might mean.

The Show & Sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the entire month of March and is open every day, EXCEPT Tuesdays. Included in this admission are demonstrations, special exhibits, talks by local craft artists and the chance to shop at our needlearts gift shop. *Some additional events and workshops are ticketed and may have a fee associated.