Stitching Workshop via ZOOM: Saturday, June 19, 2021, 10 AM – 12 PM

Sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Tapestry, Belle Grove Plantation, and  the Washington DC Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA)

Only two spots left!

The workshop registration fee is $35.

Online registration is closed, but  you can still register at Belle Grove Plantation. 

Address: 336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown, VA 22645

Phone: (540)869-2028

This Hoop Art Embroidery Zoom workshop is with the Shenandoah Valley Tapestry  embroiderers Janice McHenry and Hildegard Strydom.

10:00: Welcome, introductions, and tour of the Belle Grove Garden
10:30 – 12 noon:  Stitching Workshop

The workshop will be conducted online using Zoom and the private link will be shared as part of your registration.

Get inspired by the tour of the Belle Grove garden, designed by the Garden Club of Virginia, and then create your own apple tree on fabric. The two-hour session is open to students of all skill levels.

The $35 registration fee includes:

  • Wooden hoop, fabric with design painted in ink, DMC and Valdani cotton threads, beads for the apples, and needles (mailed to you).
  • Information to reference at home post workshop,
  • Virtual/video tour of the Belle Grove herb/flower garden.
  • A chance to meet new and old friends to feed your creative energy.

While all supplies are provided, additional tools you might need are scissors, light, or magnifier.

The registration fee also includes a contribution to Belle Grove, in thanks for their continued support to the Shenandoah Valley Tapestry Project and sponsorship of needlearts workshops.


Janice McHenry is a Virginian born and bred, and she is proud to be part of the Shenandoah Valley Tapestry, which showcases Virginia history in stitches. She specializes in needlepoint and surface embroidery, and she is always excited to learn a new technique, work with a new fiber, and learn from other stitchers’ experiences. Janice is a member of the American Needlepoint Guild and the Embroiders Guild of America (EGA). Janice stitched Wayside Inn using DMC, Needle Necessities, Simply Shaker, Neon Rays threads, Planet Earth Silk Ribbon and variety of stitches: burden, kilim, cashmere, encroaching oblique gobelin, pavilion diamonds, medieval mosaic, etc.

Hildegard Strydom was born and raised in South Africa, where she worked as a schoolteacher and principal for about 20 years. Hildegard’s fascination with embroidery came from her mother, who created wonderful images in needle painting. Needlework was Hildegard’s major at school, later she learned various embroidery techniques from such renowned teachers as Hazel Blomkamp, Colleen Goy (Roseworks) and Elize Stockenstrom. She also studied quilting and found appliqué to be fascinating. Hildegard and her husband moved to the USA in 2015 to live with their immediate family. In the States, Hildegard joined the EGA and Apple Valley Needle Threaders. She became one of the core stitchers and leaders of the Shenandoah Valley Tapestry (SVT) project, finding solutions and mentoring other stitchers. Hildegard embroidered the Red Lion Tavern, appliqued numerous slips, assembled the tapestry panels. She led SVT workshops, encouraging outside-the-box thinking in using different techniques and threads.