Plush Stencil Embroidery Workshop offered October 15 – theportonline

HARLEYSVILLE — Learn to embroider plush patterns this fall at the Mennonite Heritage Center with a workshop taught by Ann Hermes, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 15.

“Plush pattern embroidery is a traditional method used to create plush patterns by stitching with woolen thread onto a pattern,” a statement read.

Registration is $75 ($70 for MHC members). Information and registration at

“Plush pattern embroidery (also called stump work and tufted wool embroidery) is done by stitching with woolen thread on a pattern. The yarn is strategically cut to release the pattern, then cut, brushed and sculpted into stars, hearts, flowers and other whimsical designs,” the release reads. “This embroidery technique was performed by women in southeastern Pennsylvania and other parts of the United States and Europe from about 1890 to 1950 to make decorated bed and lap blankets, pillowcases and pincushions.”

Originally from Illinois, Ann Hermes moved to southeastern Pennsylvania where her obsession with antique quilts and textiles began. She has been collecting and quilting for over 20 years and specializes in making small quilts from antique and vintage fabrics selected from her collection.

More recently, she has turned to working with hand-dyed woolens and yarns, designing both appliqué projects and sewing cushions and plush embroidery fancies, using techniques from the Germans of 19th Century Pennsylvania. Ann is a member of the American Quilt Study Group and the author of the book “Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures, 1820-1920”.

The Mennonite Heritage Center is located at 565 Yoder Road in Harleysville.

Anne Hermes will lead a plush pattern embroidery workshop on October 15 at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville. (photo sent)