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Deadline to enter Modern Interpretations of Historic Design IV approaches

The deadline for entry in the Modern Interpretations of Historic Design IV –Designs from the Hastings Needle work Company Arts Challenge is quickly approaching – April 30. This arts challenge is open to all artists locally, statewide, nationwide, and internationally. To register visit the website, www.dakotahistory.org or call 651-438-8480.

Hastings Needlework Company was established by Alice and Florence LeDuc in 1888 and continued through the mid-1920s. Their work was so popular in New York City, Chicago and the Twin Cities that they could not keep up with their orders. Fifteen to 20 Hastings women were hired to do embroidery piece work. This enterprise may have been one of the earliest cottage industries in Hastings.

Entrants in the competition may use the media of their choosing, including embroidery, beading, wool felting, rug hooking, wood carving, painting in all styles, photography or mixed media. There are more than 1,200 patterns from Hastings Needlework Company that are currently housed at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul and at the Pioneer Room in Hastings City Hall.

Applicants should note that only a few of these authorized patterns are to be used in the competition, and entries via email or postal service need to be sent to the LeDuc Historic Estate by April 30.

This event is sponsored by the LeDuc Historic Estate and Dakota County Historical Society.

A Needleworking Day will be held June 25 at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St. Visitors will be able to have a guided tour of the estate, view the entries in the competition, vote on their favorite piece, hear lectures from experts who have researched Hastings Needlework Company and see demonstrations of several forms of needleworking.

The LeDuc Historic Estate is owned by the City of Hastings and managed by Dakota County Historical Society. For information on upcoming events, see www.dakotahistory.org and www.leduchistoric estate.org.

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