I love sewing and hand embroidery, but have been surprised that there are very few shops here in the Hudson Valley to supply the sewing enthusiast. I started thinking about how sad it is that sewing and needle arts in general are slowing disappearing. This was especially startling to me because I consider the Hudson Valley with it’s many historical landmarks a place that would value and desire to keep a craft and art form that has so much history alive. The closest sewing guild I could find was in Rhinebeck – further than I’d like to go to attend meetings.
So I set out to start the Needle Arts Guild of Historic Hudson Valley (located in Beacon) – I present workshops and classes on various types of sewing and Needle Art work to see if there is interest here – and if so – to foster it and nurture it into a thriving and living community of needle work enthusiasts (a Guild of our own) to promote, teach, preserve and pass on this unique and creative art form for future generations. It is a wonderful hobby as well as an ongoing tapestry of our living history.
The Nacient Needle
Mary Ann Kronk