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Needlework display at Allison-Antrim Museum

June 10, 2005

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Part of the collection of antique needleworking tools and accessories amassed over the years by Elizabeth Graff of Hagerstown will be the featured exhibit next week at two open houses at the Allison-Antrim Museum at 365 S. Ridge Ave.

The events will be held Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. A beginners cross-stitch class for children will be held Sunday.

Graff graduated from Smith College with a degree in studio art. She worked as an artist and copy editor for Harper and Row Publishers and was curator of the historic Miller House in Hagerstown for 19 years.

She has exhibited at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and has been a member of the Hagerstown Chapter of the Embroiders' Guild of America since 1982. She taught embroidery classes.

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For centuries, every stitch in every garment that one wore was made by hand, according to a museum press release. The making of clothes seemed to naturally fall into women's hands who, as very little girls, practiced by stitching samplers.

Nature supplied the materials for the first pins and needles. They were made of thorns and fine fish bones. The first metal needle was probably bronze followed by iron and steel.

For more information, call the museum at 717-597-9010 or visit the Web site at www.greencastlemuseum.org. There is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted.

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