Some of the people who create works like the opulent coronation gowns worn by the Queen of England are in central Iowa this week, teaching a series of classes in embroidery. While it may sound like something that only little old ladies might enjoy, organizers say the series is drawing men and women, ranging from 20-year-olds to people in their 80s. Roberta Green Ahmanson is an embroiderer and is also owner of the Hotel Pattee in Perry, where the course is being taught.The directors of two esteemed British schools of needlework will deliver the lectures starting Monday. They’re from London’s Royal School of Needlework and Britain’s Opus (oh’-pus) School of Textile Arts. Ahmanson says embroidery is -much- more than just stitching someone’s name across a breast pocket.Ahmanson says she’s purchased several museum-quality pieces of embroidery while visiting England.The course is being taught to more than 60 students who came to Perry from 26 states.
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