Threading the Needle at the Library

Our Most Recent Community Art Exhibit 

Most spaces are enhanced by art. Chances are, all of us have a piece of art hanging on the walls of our homes and offices. Whether they take the form of posters, vinyl albums, or paintings, art helps create cohesive spaces regardless of its medium.  

As part of Old Town Library’s renovation, we added an art exhibit space to our upstairs corner known lovingly by staff as the “Treehouse.” The upstairs section overlooks an arboretum (or tree garden) that boasts rare trees for the Northern Colorado area including a Giant Seqouia tree.  

Now, the Treehouse not only looks over the tree garden but invites remote workers, community members, and students into the space to enjoy local art while they go about their day-to-day tasks.

Most recently, we welcomed the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) to display in the exhibit area. The result is dozens of unique pieces decorating our Treehouse and other areas of the Library for the community to enjoy.  

For hundreds of years, people have enjoyed putting together needles, threads, and fabrics to create beautiful decorations. The EGA in Fort Collins has a mission to celebrate the heritage of embroidery by advancing the highest standards of excellence in its practice through education, exhibition, preservation, and research. It also aims to stimulate appreciation for textile work.  

Old Town Library’s EGA exhibition hosts a multicultural exhibition of needlework including cross-stitch, needlepoint, blackwork, Swedish weaving, hardanger, crazy quilting, and more. It will run from April 1 to May 31. 

One of many classes available on CreativeBug

The library has great resources to support artists or amateurs in needlework. Books specific to the craft will be available for checkout in the area, but there are also materials available through Hoopla, embroidery kits in our Gadgets and Things collection, and specialized embroidery classes available through CreativeBug. 

A meet and greet with members of EGA will be held in the Treehouse at Old Town Library on Tuesday, April 19 from 6-7:30 PM and we encourage members of the community to drop by to meet some of the artists!