Stitchery Showcase

The first Stitchery Showcase was held in 1974, co-chaired by Ann Heslop and Marjory Wheeler. This event generated interest in needlework and was the impetus for beginning the Stan Hywet Needlework Guild. (See the list of Past Chairs.)

The Showcase is held each even numbered year in the Manor House Auditorium and since 2006 has run concurrently with Ohio Mart held each October at Stan Hywet. Our next Stitchery Showcase will be held in 2018 and run from Thursday, October 4 through Sunday, October 7.

The Stan Hywet Needlework Guild encourages stitchers and quilters of all specialities to take part in this extraordinary show. You do not need to be a member of our Guild or Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens to display at the show but your items must be worked with a needle and all quilts must be hand quilted.

Our 2016 Stitchery Showcase featured over 264 pieces of hand stitched needlework; everything from eye-catching quilts to delicate bead embroidered bracelets.

If you would like to be added to our mailing/email list for 2018, please contact the 2018 Showcase Co-chair at .

Stitcher's Fair

In 2017 he Guild will again host a Stitchers' Fair of needlework supplies, kits and finished items. It will be located in the "Well", the curved lower driveway of the Manor House leading to the Auditorium level. Bring your list of materials that you may be on the look out for and browse through our charts, books, canvases, threads and fabric. You never know if you will find that perfect next project. Donations to the Fair can be accepted through August by contacting our Stitcher's Fair Chair at

Children's Tent

Budding stitchers can take part in our Children's Tent activities where they will have the opportunity to learn from the pros with a small needlework project. The Children's Tent is open on Friday and Saturday during Ohio Mart and there is no charge to participate and no preregistration is required.

Entry Categories and Judging

Each entry is placed into one of nine categories – Counted Cross Stitch, Surface, Counted Thread, Canvas, Mixed Media, Multi-technique, Beading, Quilting, Student with the subcategory of Display Only. Every category, except display, is divided into original and non-original sections. Each entry has a registration tag which gives only the information needed by the judge. The names of the entrants are not visible to the judges.

Five judges are used to judge the entries: one for quilting; two for needlework; and two for student entries.

In the process of judging, each judge is assigned a different colored dot. During the independent judging within each category, these dots are awarded to exhibitor's pieces judged worthy of consideration for a ribbon. The dotted pieces are then jointly re-judged by both judges in the category and ribbons awarded. Each judging division with a category is judged separately, which permits like techniques to be judged together. Considered in their choices are color, design and texture, workmanship and techniques, suitability of materials, and finishing and presentation. The judges are asked to judge against a standard of stitching perfection generally accepted by knowledgeable needlework teachers and judges.

Except for the above judging criteria, the Stitchery Showcase Committee does not make any recommendations or suggestions to the judges. The judges are carefully selected and are asked to judge as impartially as possible.

Best of Show for needlework is selected by the judges to be the most outstanding needlework of the entire show.

Best of Show for quilting is selected by the quilting judge(s) to be the most outstanding quilt of the entire show.

Special Awards

Judge's Choice indicates that the judge truly liked the entry. It may or may not be worked perfectly and may or may not have received a ribbon. However, it is a piece that the judge would be pleased to own;

The Seiberling Award, in honor of Mrs. Seiberling's love of flowers, is presented to the quilt or needlework that best represents flowers and gardens;

The Founders' Award is presented to a needlepoint piece and is honoring our founders, Anne Heslop and Marjory Wheeler;

The Harvest Award will be presented to the quilt or needlework that best represents the autumn season;

People's Choice is voted by attendees at the show.

The 2016 Special Awards Winners
Best of Show, Quilting Margaret Cash My Rose Garden
Best of Show, Needlework Jacqueline Ebersol Save the Stitches
Harvest Award Cathy Trejbal Autumn Nocturne
Founders' Award Shirley Mucha Catherine the Great
Seiberling Award Margaret Cash My Rose Garden
People's Choice, Quilt Margaret Cash My Rose Garden
People's Choice, Needlework Phyllis LaPlante Mermaid Scene
Judge's Choice, Ms. Andrew Ginger Mangie A Show of Hands
Judge's Choice, Ms. Luggen Sally Erskine Gingerbread Square
Judge's Choice, Ms. Mathe Althea Keener Autumn Encounter
Winners of our 2016 Fundraiser Prizes
Snowman Months Set Debbie McDonald
Beaded Bag Casyle Wise
"Poppy" Needlework Sewing Set Carla Waggoner


Angelics - a Quliter's Haven
Barnes Sewing Center
Blueberry Hill Stitchery
Craft Gallery
Hazel Tree Interiors
Homestead Needlearts
Hower House
Hudson Fine Art Framing
I of the Needle
Just Stitching, Inc
Little Creek Needleworks
Long Tail Knits
Pins & Needles
Quilter's Fancy
Ron Beahn's Custom Framing
Sew Deja Vu
Summit County Historical Society
Summit Printing & Graphics
Tomorrow's Treasures Picture Framing
Valley Framing
Western Reserve Sampler Guild
Wool & Willow Needlepoint
Youngstown Area Chapter, Embroiderers Guild of America


Marjorie Burkely
Colleen Casey
Sue Fassoles
Rozelle Hirschfelt
Judy & Richard Kotick
Sharon Merklin
Margaret Minns
Elizabeth Muir
Barbara Shearer
Deva Simon
Joan Stapf
Carla Waggoner
With Needle in Hand

Metallic Judy Caiola
Patricia Graber
Molly Ruminski
Joan Schultz

Cotton Virginia Buckley

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