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Carole Rinard, a local needlework master, received the Gold Thread Award on Oct. 28 at the 2012 national seminar of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque.
This annual award is given to individuals who have given freely of their time and talents to best exemplify the EGA mission of fostering the highest standards of excellence in the practice of the art of embroidery. Carole is being honored at both the regional and national level for her life-long dedication to fiber arts.
Upon moving to Los Alamos in 1981, Rinard immediately became active in the Embroiderers Guild at the local, regional and national levels.
She received the Rocky Mountain Region’s first Clare Award in 1989 for outstanding service to the region. In 2004, she was the chairperson of the EGA 18th National Exhibit, which opened in Los Alamos in April of that year. As an EGA Master Needlework Judge, she has judged fiber arts at venues throughout the country.
Rinard has exhibited widely and won awards for her needlework in Kansas and New Mexico. In 1995, she was one of 100 EGA needle artists to be selected to stitch an ornament for the White House’s Blue Room Christmas Tree.
The ornament “New Fallen Snow at the Santa Fe Opera” is in the permanent collection of the Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C.
Rinard has volunteered at the Santa Fe Opera Costume Shop since 1989 and has been involved at every level from basic sewing to interpreting the costume designer’s wishes in embroidery and appliqué.