Personal Skills – Needlework

Welcome to the Durham Fair Needlework Department. We invite you to visit us at the Needlework building near the center of the fairgrounds to view our beautiful exhibits and experience this fantastic fair tradition.

The Durham Fair Needlework Department exhibits knitting, crocheting, quilting, sewing, cross stitch, embroidery & other needlework crafts. With over 900 individual entries, these exhibits make up one of the largest displays of needlework exhibits across country fairs nationally. We are proud of the talented crafters that exhibit their projects with us, and each year we look to expand participation with new and creative exhibitors, and even new categories. In addition to our exhibiting activities, we also hold an annual charity drive to support our community.

New for 2022

This past Spring, we held a Sewing Class Series sponsored by the Durham Fair Foundation and the American Sewing Guild, Wallingford Chapter. There are 4 categories that are specific to the Sewing Class Series and can be entered by anyone. These categories follow a pattern.

Pillow Cases and Toiletry Bags will be donated to Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Community Service project to support the Quilt of Valor. The 2022 Quilt block square is: Floating Churn Dash Quilt Square

2022 Challenge Class

This year’s challenge class theme is “Fall Harvest”. This is an added category which allows our exhibitors to enter an additional item, as long as it ties in with the theme of the year.

2022 Community Service Projects

The Durham Fair Needlework Department has had a long tradition of supporting the community by holding a donation drive each year at the fair. This annual Community Service Project not only helps those in need but has also become a source of pride in having won an AIFE Award of Excellence for this program.

We will be collecting items for cancer patients, veterans, the homeless, and children in crisis. Make sure you check out Art Bra which supports “After the Storm”.

Please consider making an item to enter in this year’s fair, or get together with friends, church groups, or community organizations and donate them. We will be collecting them and displaying them at the fair. Although an exhibitor can enter only one item per category, participants in our drive can donate as many items as they want.

After the Storm
The winning art bra creation will have their entry in the 2023 Art Bra Runway Show where it will be auctioned to raise money for breast cancer survivors. In addition, the winner will receive a Budvase for the Durham Fair Art Bra Award 2022.

Quilt of Valor
The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a national organization founded in 2003 by “Blue Star” mom Catherine Roberts. With a son deployed in Iraq, a ‘Gunner’ sitting atop a Humvee she felt “only 10 seconds away from panic”. She had this vision of a post deployed warrior struggling with his war demons at 2 in the morning. She saw him sitting on the side of his bed wrapped in his quilt. The quilt not only comforted him but warded off the demons. Thus, the QOVF was founded. The Quilts of Valor Foundation’s mission is to cover ALL combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Since its founding, Quilts of Valor has awarded over 295,000 awards completed, we expect to pass the 300,000 mark early in 2022.

  • The Quilt of Valor Quilt Block will be used by QOV State Coordinators to help fill outstanding requests for a Quilt of Valor not covered by local groups and will ease the waiting list of requests.
  • The 2022 Quilt block square is: Floating Churn Dash Quilt Square

Demonstrations/Activities

FRIDAY, September 23, 2022
Fair Hours: 9 AM – 10 PM
10–2   Sewing Demonstrations from American Sewing Guild
10–1   Children’s Craft Activity
11–3   Quilt of Valor Demonstration
SATURDAY, September 24, 2022
Fair Hours: 9 AM – 10 PM
10–2   Sewing Demonstrations from American Sewing Guild
10–1   Children’s Craft Activity
11–3   Quilt of Valor Demonstration
SUNDAY, September 25, 2022
Fair Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM
10–2   Sewing Demonstrations from American Sewing Guild
11–3   Quilt of Valor Demonstration

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Needleworks Exhibits