The Shenandoah Valley Tapestry is on the Move!

The Shenandoah Valley Tapestry is on the Move!

If you haven’t had a chance to see the Shenandoah Valley Tapestry, currently on display on the first floor of the Handley Library, please visit soon! November 12th is the last day to see the tapestry at the Library before it goes on tour.

The tapestry began with a book, Defend the Valley by Margaretta Bolton Colt, which tells the stories of two Winchester families during the Civil War. Colt later commissioned a primitive art work from artist Page Huff Dillon to visualize the people, places, and landscape of her written work. Inspired by this piece of art, members of Winchester’s Multicultural Collage Club began a project to recreate the picture through embroidery.

The project took over four years to complete and involved partnerships with the Winchester Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America, the Handley Regional Library, the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society and other organizations. The stitchers who made the tapestry come to life included people who had years of experience as embroiderers and some who had none at all.

The Shenandoah Valley Tapestry stands as a fine example of American needlework tapestry and a tribute to the rich heritage of the Winchester-Frederick County, Virginia area.

From November 13th to 20th the tapestry will be exhibited at Stonegates in Wilmington, Delaware where a program with Margaretta Barton Colt will take place on November 16th. The tapestry will also be featured at the Woodlawn Needlework Show in Alexandria, Virginia in the Spring. The tapestry will be returning to Winchester for displays at Orchard Ridge and Shenandaoh University. To keep up to date with the tapestry’s touring schedule please see the Shenandoah Valley Tapestry’s Facebook  page.  

The image shows a detail from the tapestry depicting the Handley Library in downtown Winchester.