Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Museum quality needlework tells timeless stories in Needlepoint event at Thistle Hill

Sheilah Oscher is being honored for her impressive body of artwork at the Needlepoint Love Story Champagne reception. Oscher has designed needlepoint since 1970, and her designs are reminiscent of old English tapestries.
Sheilah Oscher is being honored for her impressive body of artwork at the Needlepoint Love Story Champagne reception. Oscher has designed needlepoint since 1970, and her designs are reminiscent of old English tapestries. Courtesy

The fifth installment of a Needlepoint Love Story opens to the public at the beautiful Thistle Hill mansion on Feb. 22. More than 700 amazing pieces created by talented stitchers from across Texas will be on display in every nook and cranny of the historic home, much like they would be displayed in any home.

Devoted fans of this event will definitely want to attend the Champagne Reception on Feb. 21 that kicks off the festivities. As guests sip champagne and nosh on hors d’oeuvres at the opening event, they will mix and mingle with the stitchers whose work is on display as well as meeting Sheilah Oscher who is being honored for her impressive body of artwork. Oscher has designed needlepoint since 1970, and her designs are reminiscent of old English tapestries.

“Sheilah Oscher is a nationally known ecclesiastical artist whose treasures grace over 60 places of worship,” said spokeswoman Suzy Coleman from Historic Fort Worth. “There will be a special area showcasing Sheilah’s items graciously loaned from the various places of worship. The rooms of Thistle Hill are filled with an array of items from the personal collections of our stitchers.”

The idea for the Needlepoint Love Story event was hatched back in 2013 when a group of ladies were enjoying lunch on the grounds of the Thistle and discussing the importance of preserving the mansion for future generations. As they chatted, they discovered that many of them also shared a passion for the art of needlepoint. It was a blend of these two interests that drove the idea for a needlepoint event at Fort Worth’s historic Thistle Hill.

Coleman said from the first year when 500 pieces were on display from 60 artisans, the event has since collectively featured nearly 3,000 pieces created by around 300 stitchers. Co-chairs of A Needlepoint Love Story are Sualice Armstrong and Sally Vaughn.

“A Needlepoint Love Story is a unique exhibit in that pieces are not juried and there is no entry fee. This exhibit showcases the needlepoint talent of stitchers from around the state. Guests will be treated to an array of elaborate needlepoint items for every holiday, occasion and reason and will marvel at the timeless beauty of needlepoint,” Coleman said in an interview for “Needlepoint Now” magazine.”

The proceeds from these events benefit preservation programs at Historic Fort Worth including Fort Worth’s two cattle baron mansions, the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House and Thistle Hill.

Tickets are $75 for the Champagne Reception (5 p.m. on Feb. 21). Tickets for the public exhibit (Feb. 22-Feb. 25) are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Visit or contact to see exhibit hours and ticket outlets.

Patterns of nature is theme of Bob Jones Nature Center annual party

The beauty and wonder of nature’s complex designs was the inspiration for the annual fundraising soiree hosted by the Bob Jones Nature Center. Set for Feb. 24 at The Marq in Southlake, the event will offer a seated dinner, dancing, drinks, auctions and entertainment.

Guests can get in the swing of the theme by wearing anything with a natural pattern such as an animal or foliage print or design. And put on your dancing shoes because the 401 Line Dancing Co. will be there teaching line dancing after dinner for anyone ready to learn. DJ Dan Quinn will spin tunes throughout the night while party-goers enjoy complimentary wine and beer.

“Supporting the nature center through our annual fundraiser allows us to continue providing rich environmental education experiences to the DFW community,” said BJNC executive director Lori Higgins. “This event is the center’s largest and most high profile event with honorary chairperson, State Representative Giovanni Capriglione of District 98 in attendance along with many master gardeners, pollinator experts and all-around nature lovers.”

According to BNJC spokeswoman Sandra McIntosh, notable auction swag includes a VIP trip to Austin and a behind-the-scenes tour of the capitol. The trip includes deluxe hotel accommodations and a scenic sunset cruise to view the bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge.

Bidders could also get serious about winning the bid on a party at the venue of your choice including $1,000 worth of catering. Or there’s a week’s vacation stay in Cabo San Lucas or a weekend on a 1,500-acre ranch with a shooting range and Kawasaki mules. Plus there’s a week’s worth of BJNC summer camp and tickets to Mavericks and Rangers games, too.

Tickets are $100 each or $750 for a table of ten. Learn more at or call 817-491-6333 to make arrangements to attend. Funds raised will enable BJNC to continue operating the nature center and to continue providing a variety of camps, classes, educational programs and special events for the community.

Events at a glance

Daughters of the Republic of Texas (Isaac Low Chapter) will host a recruitment meeting Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Dr. in Euless. It is for potential members to learn more about joining this lineage society. Attendees do not have to be interested in joining to attend this informational meeting. More at or contact

The 45th Beautillion Ball is Saturday Feb. 24 at TCU in the ballroom and is hosted by the Fort Worth Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. Jack & Jill is an organization of mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.

At the event, five outstanding African American young men from the area will be honored for their participation for the past few months in workshops on resume’ writing, public speaking, financial literacy along with etiquette and social graces. To learn more, contact Anita Heiskell, President of Fort Worth Chapter of Jack and Jill of America at

Mardi Gras Casino Night and Gala is Feb. 17 from 6-10 p.m. at the Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive. Hosted by the Bedford Library and Library Foundation, the event offers a reception, dinner, wine, music, costume contest, silent auction and casino games. Tickets are $50 per person, $95 per couple. Purchase tickets online at or at the library.

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