Amish embroidery

Amish embroidery


Chicken Scratch Project Training for Adults (Acra)

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

A workshop for 4-H leaders and other adults who want to teach new topics to youth.  This is a free workshop and attendees will go home with the curriculum and other goodies they will be able to put right to work – as they teach the project to youth. To register, contact Emily at 518-828-3346x100 or

Amish embroidery (known by many names such as snowflake embroidery, depression lace, gingham lace, chicken scratch… just to name a few), is a technique that is believed to have originated in the United States, becoming largely popular between the 1930’s-1950’s – hence the term “depression lace”.It was used as a way of creating a more expensive, lace-like appearance to cheaper gingham fabric that was more readily available to women during this period.

It is characterized by three main types of hand-embroidery stitches: running stitch, cross-stitch and double cross-stitch. We will practice the stitches for a simple pillow that will be easy for your members to complete in just a few hours. Patterns will be shared that would appeal to both boys and girls.

Instructor: Linda Tripp




Agroforestry Resource Center
6055 Route 23
Acra, New York 12405