CAROLE RINARD. Courtesy photo
Santa Fe Enchantment, the 2012 national seminar of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, will bring more than 600 needlework enthusiasts from across the country to Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque from Oct. 28 through Nov. 2.
Participants will attend classes in all facets of needle arts. Members of the local Pajarito Chapter of EGA are excited to have the opportunity to study with noted teachers without having to travel a long distance.
While registration for the seminar is now closed, the public is invited to come to Buffalo Thunder during that week to view a display of needlework done by masters and award winners in various embroidery techniques.
The national tapestry America the Beautiful will also be shown. EGA stitchers from around the country contributed designs representative of their area.
During the seminar the Needlework Boutique will offer a wide variety of threads, patterns, notions, accessories and gadgets for sale.
Books about all phases of needlework will be available at the Bookstore. The exhibit, bookstore and boutique will be open noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, closing at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Wednesday only, The Trading Post will open 3-8 p.m. offering items from local vendors. The EGA seminar provides a rare opportunity to see the finest in needle arts and shop for hard-to-find stitching accessories.
Carole Rinard, a local needlework master, received the Gold Thread Award on Oct. 28 at the 2012 national seminar of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America being held at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque.
This annual award is given to individuals who have given freely of their time and talents to best exemplify the EGA mission of fostering the highest standards of excellence in the practice of the art of embroidery.
Rinard is being honored at both the regional and national level for her life-long dedication to fiber arts.
Upon moving to Los Alamos in 1981, Rinard immediately became active in the Embroiderers Guild at the local, regional and national levels.
She received the Rocky Mountain Region’s first Clare Award in 1989 for outstanding service to the region. In 2004 she was the chairperson of the EGA 18th National Exhibit, which opened in Los Alamos in April of that year.
As an EGA Master Needlework Judge, she has judged fiber arts at venues throughout the country.
Rinard has exhibited widely and won awards for her needlework in Kansas and New Mexico. In 1995 she was one of 100 EGA needle artists to be selected to stitch an ornament for the White House’s Blue Room Christmas Tree.
The ornament “New Fallen Snow at the Santa Fe Opera” is in the permanent collection of the Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C.
Rinard has volunteered at the Santa Fe Opera Costume Shop since 1989 and has been involved at every level from basic sewing to interpreting the costume designer’s wishes in embroidery and appliqué.
The Pajarito Chapter of EGA has benefited from Rinard’s leadership in all phases of the organization, and many individuals in Los Alamos have been mentored by her in all aspects of needlework.