Creative Stitches

Creative Stitches Summer Program – Bethlehem Public Library

Each summer, for over 35 years, the Capital District Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America has offered a free, week-long, embroidery workshop for children 9 years and older at the Bethlehem Public Library.  Registration is handled by the Library’s Youth Services Department, and the program takes place during the first full week of August.

Children participating in the workshop learn the basics of embroidery, from threading a needle to creating their own original masterpieces.  They may choose to explore cross stitch, counted thread, surface embroidery, needlepoint, Swedish weaving, or many other techniques.  There is no fee charged to participate in this workshop, and all materials are provided.  At the end of the week, the children have an opportunity to show what they’ve accomplished to their family and friends.   Each child takes home essential embroidery supplies, completed or in-progress original projects, and a certificate of completion.  Children may register for the program each year if they wish.

All Chapter members who participate in the summer workshop thoroughly enjoy this opportunity to share our knowledge of embroidery with a new generation of stitchers.  The children’s creativity and enthusiasm are always inspiring – and, they help keep us young!