Most of us use a needle and thread to fix holes in socks, but some Iowans are using those humble items to create great works of art. Those who practice the craft of embroidery are taking master-classes from one of the world’s top instructors next week in the central Iowa town of Perry. Kathy Lenz is organizing the workshops and says Elizabeth Elvin, the principal of the London, England-based Royal School of Needlework, is teaching the series of classes that focus on areas like: goldwork, intricate beading and other unique embroidery techniques. Lenz says it can take many years to get proficient at this skill.The School of Needlework is responsible for embroidering the coronation robes of Britain’s queens, among other stately tasks. Lenz says the class will draw mostly women and a few men from all across the region. For more information, call 888-424-4268 or surf to “www.hotelpattee.com”.
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