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Needle Punch Embroidery Class at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum 2017

The first session will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 29, when participants will learn the punching technique and practice on a small swatch of fabric.

The second session will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 5, when participants will begin creating their mini masterpiece.

Class size is limited to 6 participants, ages 15 and up. Cost is $10. All supplies will be provided, but participants may bring their own sewing scissors and a bottle of inexpensive clear nail polish.

During the Victorian Era, women created many beautiful items for their homes using a variety of needlecraft techniques. One of these was needle punch embroidery, a fun and easy-to-learn craft. Needle punch embroidery has been used to decorate clothing and for decoration since the ancient Egyptians, and was used extensively by the Russians in the 17th century. It regained popularity during the Victorian Era when home decorating trends leaned towards embellishing everything.

Try your hand at this fascinating craft and take home a creation suitable for framing. Once you’ve learned the technique, you will be able to create many items for your home, from bookmarks, to throw pillows, to wall hangings.

Students must register in person at the Museum of Nature and Science, 411 North Main St., by Saturday, March 25.

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit the website museums.las-cruces.org or call 575-647-4480.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.