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Library features artists from Embroiderers' Guild
Crazy Block by Sherry Shively
Crazy Block by Sherry Shively
Hardanger by Margaret Azpeitia-Taylor
Hardanger by Margaret Azpeitia-Taylor
Cheryl Yeatts
Sedona Public Library in the Village

As part of the ongoing Sedona Public Library in the Village Rotating Artist Series, the Northern Arizona Stitchers Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA) will be displaying their artwork at the library Village location in Tequa Plaza beginning Tuesday, March 12. Some of their arts and crafts will be available for purchase through May 11. An artists' reception will be held at the Village library on Wednesday, March 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Embroiderers in attendance will be happy to share with you their techniques and the inspiration for each piece.

Embroidered samplers from the 1600s in Europe and before the Revolutionary War in the U. S. were used to educate women and to show their accomplishments. EGA member Margaret Azpeitia-Taylor, who attended the Royal School of Needlework, says, "Embroidery keeps me in touch with history. Techniques used in the Elizabethan Era were used to identify households and embellish linens." On display at SPL-V, you may see embroidered quilts, wall hangings, embroidered Christmas tree ornaments, pictures and embroidered apparel. A variety of techniques make each piece unique and memorable.

Focus varies among embroiderers from functional pieces for home use to exotic works of art created to be displayed. Many of the embroiderers are self-taught. Some teach formal classes, workshops, and seminars around the state. At their monthly meetings, embroiderers readily share their knowledge and techniques with each other, enriching their works of art.

Current President, Leigh Shafer, a 60-year embroiderer, began her career with her grandmother. "Being able to sit and stitch is calming, keeps my blood pressure down, and allows me to use my creativity to make gifts for family and friends. I cannot imagine life without a needle in my hand," she said happily.

EGA is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the art of embroidery throughout the world. EGA encourages a high standard of design and technique in embroidery. Membership is open to anyone interested in needlework, from the beginner to the professional. Even if you do not currently embroider, the local group encourages visits to their informal Sit-and-Stitch meetings which are held at the West Sedona Public Library on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Call Leigh Shafer at (928) 284-1474 or email her at leighstitcher@gmail.com for information on the Embroiderers' Guild monthly meetings.

The Sedona Public Library offers a myriad of programs for all ages and interests. For information about this or other programs as well as the wide variety of services the library offers, please contact Cheryl Yeatts, Site Manager at 284-1603 or check out our website at Sedonalibrary.org/.

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