November 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Teens Enjoy the Ancient Art of Embroidery While Building Friendships

Demarest, NJ: A new generation is discovering the ancient art of embroidery without leaving their studio at the Academy of the Holy Angels. With direction from art teacher Christine DeGennaro, the Embroidery Club stitches representational and abstract designs that feature color, texture, and pattern.

Club members Allie Pyun of Cresskill, Emily Sapka of North Haledon, Sydni Murado of Union City, Anais Olivier of Ridgewood, Kate Shen of Englewood Cliffs, and Celene He of Fort Lee are developing friendships, coordination, and time-honored skills. The small group crafts quietly and mindfully, relaxing during this break from classrooms and computer screens.

“Embroidery is really experiencing a resurgence among today's artists. Even if you go to the top galleries in New York City in Chelsea, you will see artists and illustrators using embroidery to create art in new ways,” said DeGennaro. “In addition to that, it really is a meditative process to slow down and be absorbed by the handiwork involved with sewing the different stitches. It's good for our mind, but it's also physically good for our hearts and helps with stress.”

Club members are invited to create pictures using the straight stitch, chain stitch, satin stitch, running stitch, French knots, and more. As they master the basics, students are encouraged to make their own patterns and create embroidered embellishments for clothing.

No wonder the student motto for the AHA Embroidery Club is “It’s SEW fun!”

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.

Academy of the Holy Angels

315 Hillside Avenue Contact Us & Driving Directions

Demarest, NJ 07627

Phone: 201.768.7822

Contact Us & Driving Directions

Copyright 2017. Academy of the Holy Angels. Privacy Policy.