The Jaffrey Civic Center will be hosting an educational exhibit of American embroidery features crewel, needlepoint and cross stitch works from Friday, September 14th -Friday, October 12th in the ground floor Display Case Gallery. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, Sept. 21 from 5pm to 7pm. These stitcheries are on loan from the homes of Meredeth and Len Allen of Peterborough, Nancy and Ed Gagnon, Elly Miles and Bill McAuley, and Kay and Don Severance, all of Francestown.

Stitched by various family members over the years, pieces are varied in style, format and complexity. They range from traditional cross stitch samplers to an original raised work design by Nancy’s mother, Irene Johnson Spear, a past president of the Maine Chapter of the American Embroiderer’s Guild. Most are done on various grades of linen or canvas mesh with wool yarn, cotton or silk thread. In addition to framed works, the exhibit includes pillows, a covered doorstop, a Christmas stocking, and a miniature saddle blanket. Stitchers whose needlework is presented are: Meredeth Allen, Nancy Spear Gagnon, Eleanor Norton McAuley, Elly Miles, Madeline Severance, Irene Johnson Spear and Nona Helga Spear.

Elly Miles, the display organizer and a Sharon Arts Center student, works primarily in watercolor and colored pencil, but likes to keep her hand in with the occasional stitchery.

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear. We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at Find our website,, or “Like” us on Facebook