Intricate embroidered pieces that took hundreds of hours to create will be on display at the Lincoln Cultural Center this month.
â€œEmbroidery Todayâ€ features the work of the Golden Needles Chapter of the Emroiderersâ€™ Guild of America. The exhibit gives the group a chance to show off as well as recruit new members.
With pieces that have taken hours of meticulous work to create, however, nothing will be for sale.
â€œWe donâ€™t sell it because we could never get what theyâ€™re worth,â€ said Jinny Baker, a Lincolnton member of the group.
The Golden Needles is based out of Concord. It has 35 members, who hail from Lincoln, Cabbarus, Iredell and Mecklenburg counties.
They meet once a month to share helpful hints, learn new skills and enjoy time with people like themselves.
Marilyn Helms, who is wearing an embroidered necklace she made herself, arranges work for â€œEmbroidery Today.â€ The exhibit will be on display until Feb. 28. Chris Dean / LTN Photo
â€œItâ€™s good to get together with people who share your interest because my husband doesnâ€™t understand it,â€ said Marilyn Helms, a member. â€œHe thinks itâ€™s too tedious.â€
Helmsâ€™ husband isnâ€™t alone in that opinion. Embroidering takes patience, concentration and a meticulous nature. That said, members find it relaxing.
â€œItâ€™s pleasurable,â€ said Baker. â€œItâ€™s a way to unwind.â€
Most of the women in the club learned embroidery â€” whether it was needlepoint, hemstitching, hardanger or silk and metal thread work â€” at â€œtheir grandmotherâ€™s knee.â€
Over the years, they have perfected the craft.
â€œThe quality of work that is taught and exhibited is excellent,â€ said Carolyn Trail, a member.
Members hope, however, that their work is not too intimidating. While the pieces are impressive, theyâ€™re not impossible to do.
Baker says she hopes no one looks at her work and thinks â€œOh, I could never do that.â€
â€œThatâ€™s not true,â€ said Baker. â€œAnyone can do it.â€
Not all members learned to embroider as children. Helms picked it up later in life after seeing an exhibit at a local mall.
She hopes â€œEmbroidery Todayâ€ has the same effect on someone else.
â€œWeâ€™re hoping that weâ€™ll pick up a member,â€ she said.
The show will be the groupâ€™s first in 12 years. It will include work of all kinds including bags, purses, pictures and doilies.
â€œ(The goal is) mainly to show the public that the Embroiderersâ€™ Guild exists because most people donâ€™t know about it,â€ said Laura Smith, president of Golden Needles.
Want to go?
â€œEmbroidery Todayâ€ will be on exhibit at the Lincoln Cultural Center in downtown Lincolnton from Feb. 12 to 28. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is sponsored by Knit One, Stitch Too of Huntersville.
by Sarah Grano