Flora and Fauna Embroidery Exhibit Opens at Museum

For Immediate Release
May 10, 2012
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Chris Potash
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                                                                FLORA AND FAUNA EMBROIDERY EXHIBIT OPENS AT THE MUSEUM

                                                                              One Lucky Visitor Will Win a Hand-Stitched Coverlet  

Allentown, Pa—The splendor of nature rendered with a precise hand, an artistic eye, and a sharp needle is on display in an ambitious new embroidery show at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley. Running from May 13 through August 26, 2012, Flora and Fauna: Needlework Landscapes is a three-part exhibition that features the renowned America the Beautiful tapestry on loan from the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA). Designed by Judy Jeroy, past president of the EGA, the America the Beautiful tapestry has toured the country, impressing stitchers and nonstitchers alike with its colorful depictions of indigenous plants and wildlife. More than a thousand members from numerous chapters of the EGA contributed to the project, which consists of five panels that illustrate the geographic regions of the United States and demonstrates dozens of embroidery techniques.

To mark the occasion of the tapestry’s visit to the Lehigh Valley, the local chapter of the EGA conceived of a way to complement the exhibit with a work of their own: a reproduction of the Redwork Coverlet, circa 1895, from the Art Museum’s permanent collection. Twenty-four LVEGA members began work in August 2011 to bring this project to fruition, which involved several weeks of research into what materials to use, finding color matches, and preparing patterns. Once the 64 squares were completed, one volunteer stitched the 72-inch-square coverlet together and two others did the double feather stitching around the squares. The finished Redwork Coverlet reproduction was delivered to the Museum on May 7 and is being displayed alongside the original in Goodman Gallery.

After viewing Flora and Fauna: Needlework Landscapes, visitors to the Museum can purchase raffle tickets at the front desk, and at the close of the exhibition the Redwork Coverlet reproduction will be given to the lucky holder of the winning ticket, with all              proceeds benefitting the Museum. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25.Copies of the Redwork patterns also will be on sale in the Museum Store during the run of the show. 

Filling out the Flora and Fauna exhibit along with the tapestry and the coverlets will be a dazzling array of embroidered 18th- and 19th-century textiles that continue the landscape theme. This part of the display will include an ornate and heavily embroidered Kabuki kimono, American woolwork needle arts and notions from the Victorian era, silk and gold-foil embroidered Turkish towels, Grecian bed linens, and exquisite sari fabrics from India, all from the Museum’s permanent collection.  

Flora and Fauna: Needlework Landscapesis being directed by Kayla O’Connor, adjunct textile curator of the Allentown Art Museum, along with Rita Stanton and Matilda Kiesel, Museum volunteers and LVEGA members. Co-chairpersons from the Guild are Eileen Gilliland and Nena Asquith.

Programs and events related to Flora and Fauna: Needlework Landscapes:


Taught by Eileen Gilliland in the Rodale Classroom, 2nd floor

Kids Redwork Embroidery Workshop

Wednesday, June 27, 1–3 p.m.


Adult Embroidery Workshop

Saturday, July 28, 1–3 p.m


Sit ’n’ Stitch! See stitching in action, hosted by the LVEG

Last Sunday of every month from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rodale Room (May through August)

*Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the date for the May session will be May 20



Tapestry Talk with the America the Beautiful creator, Judy Jeroy

Sunday, June 10, 1 p.m., in Museum Auditorium


Noon Talk with Curator Kayla O’Connor and guest members of the LVEGAWednesday, July 11, noon, in Goodman Gallery


Tickets available at the front desk. One ticket $10, three for $25. Coverlet will be raffled off at end of the exhibition.