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Embroidering in Architecture

Jul 27, 2015

threadIn 1908, Mary and David Gamble commissioned architects Charles and Henry Greene to create a summer residence for their family. Initially, the house was home to Mr. and Mrs. Gamble and their youngest son Clarence, but they were soon joined by Mary’s younger sister, Julia.

Aunt Julia, as she was called, had a bedroom with an adjacent sleeping porch and she lived in Gamble House until her death in 1944.

Especially conceived for “Upstairs Downstairs”, participants will embroider a small (and easy-to-stitch) portrait of one of the Gamble House’s most beloved former staff members while gathered on Aunt Julia’s sleeping porch. (GambleHouse.org)

 

Julia's room and sleeping porch; photo by Tim Street-Porter

Julia’s room and sleeping porch; photo by Tim Street-Porter

 

The workshop will be taught by Jenny Hart who’s an artist, author, and embroidery designer.

Jenny Hart originated a series of site-specific workshops called “Embroidering in Architecture” in 2013. Held in locations of architectural beauty and significance, participants learn introductory techniques of hand embroidery while enjoying the rare opportunity to spend time in an inspiring environment.

 

(L to R): Elizabeth Lowe Gamble, Julia S. Huggins, and Mary Huggins Gamble; sourced from Library.Duke.edu, Sydney D. Gamble photographs (1924-27)

(L to R): Elizabeth Lowe Gamble, Julia S. Huggins, and Mary Huggins Gamble; sourced from Library.Duke.edu, Sydney D. Gamble photographs (1924-27)

 

All materials provided for each participant to use and keep—Hart’s original design on fabric, an embroidery hoop, needles, floss, scissors, how-to instructions, and additional patterns. No experience in embroidery is necessary; Hart will teach the basics.

“Embroidery in the United States is unexpectedly in revival due in large part to the efforts of Jenny Hart.” ~ Nicolas R. Bell, Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum

 

Jenny_Hart_embroidery_portrait

 

Embroidering in Architecture with Jenny Hart
Saturday, August 8th, 9-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $120, purchase ticket here
Seating limited to 20 participants
For more info, visit GambleHouse.org/events

 

Jenny Hart

 

 




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