America's oldest and largest needlework exhibition opens Saturday and continues through March 29 at Woodlawn Plantation in Mount Vernon, Va. The plantation was a wedding present from George Washington to his foster daughter, Nellie Custis Lewis, who married Washington's nephew, Maj. Lawrence Lewis, in 1799.
The show features some 950 to 1,000 entries from all over the country in both amateur and professional categories. The pieces will be displayed throughout the entire mansion. On weekdays experts will present demonstrations and mini-seminars covering a wide range of needlework topics. Another attraction is the exhibit of needlework from the embassies of several foreign nations. Luncheon will be available in the Woodlawn tearoom daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Show hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Woodlawn is at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and Virginia state Route 235 in Alexandria. Call (703) 780-4000.