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    Woodlawn Needlework Show & Sale

  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Dates:
    March 3, 2022 - March 31, 2022
  • 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) 570-6903
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The 59th Annual Woodlawn Needlework Show’s theme “Common Threads” focuses on the threads in life that connect us as a community and the commonalities that exist among all people, as demonstrated through the pursuit of craft. Passed down through generations of families, heirloom embroidered work crafted by family members holds intangible value because of the craftmanship, the personal intention of the piece, and the deep memories often associated with the work. It is impossible to place a value on work created for another out of pure love and affection. When family or community members take time to pass on their learned skills in needle arts, they inspire a new generation to acquire a skill that is therapeutic, creates greater self esteem and assuredness, and develops an appreciation for the craft’s history, while creating a lasting connection between people and the art. Throughout human existence, personal stories from all over the world are woven into the fabric of each society as a result of the passion, dedication, and skill of artists who share their knowledge and expertise. Join Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House in honoring all those who share their love of the needle arts with others.

Woodlawn programs and activities spotlight all who lived and worked here, while maintaining the long tradition of the needle arts, promoting emerging needlework artists, and raising needed funds to preserve our site today.

Woodlawn has a long history of needlework, starting with the first owner, Eleanor “Nelly” Custis, one of America’s foremost needleworkers and the needleworkers she enslaved. She benefited from significant contributions by weavers, tailors, seamstresses, and quilters whose creations were used by the Lewises. It’s important to remember that just as Nelly passed along her legacy of needlework to subsequent generations, so too did the needle artists she enslaved.