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Rehoboth Museum documents history through embroidery

Three historic pieces to be discussed April 20
Apr 17, 2013
Source: Submitted Rehoboth Beach Museum Needlework Exhibit judge Beth Maree, left, examines a quilt submitted to the exhibit for judging as exhibit chair Dolores Andrew presents the quilt for examination. Andrew will give a presentation at the museum April 20.

Dolores Andrew, master artist and designer, will present an informative discussion on three of Great Britain’s historical events through the eyes and the artistic expression of embroiderers at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 20. Prior to the discussion, at 1:30 p.m. there will be an interactive event of show and tell.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a meaningful piece of needlework that tells a story or highlights a part of their family history. The lecture will follow immediately after. This event correlates with the museum’s current Needlework Exhibit.

The first piece, the Bayeux Tapestry, is not actually a tapestry, but a series of embroidered panels depicting the 11th century invasion of England by William the Conqueror. Another piece, the Overlord Embroidery, is a series of stitched panels that portray the D-Day invasion of the European continent during World War II by the Allied armies coming from England. The third piece in the lecture is the Hastings Embroidery created in 1966 to commemorate the 900th anniversary of William’s conquest. This piece is also composed of large embroidered panels.

The event is included in the cost of admission to the Needlework Exhibit. The Rehoboth Beach Museum is at 511 Rehoboth Ave. Parking is available, and the museum is handicapped accessible. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until after Memorial Day weekend. For more information, go to www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org. For reservations call 302-227-7310.

 

Detail of the Bayeaux Tapestry depicts what a knight might have worn at the Battle of Hastings. (Source: Submitted)
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