Roseville embroiderer sews more wins at state fair

Roseville resident Beverly Stroschein and her Minnesota State Fair award-winning embroidery work. (photo courtesy of Beverly Stroschein)

(photo courtesy of Beverly Stroschein)

(photo courtesy of Beverly Stroschein)

This year’s Minnesota State Fair was a great get-together for Roseville resident Beverly Stroschein, who won accolades there for her embroidery work.

She says a table topper was a sweepstakes winner, while other works won blue and red ribbons.

Perhaps sweetest of all, says the 83-year-old, was a career first, the Embroiderer’s Guild of America Award for best item at the fair, a luncheon cloth.

“I would say this was a better year because I got the big award from the guilders,” Stroschein says. “I’d never gotten that before and to me that was really important. I loved it.”

Stroschein says she got serious about embroidery following her retirement as a secretary for St. Paul Public Schools some 25 years ago. Her grandmother taught her how when she was little and she’d make pillowcases and dish cloths to give away as gifts.

She and her husband, Larry, lived in the Como Park neighborhood for 53 years before relocating to Cherrywood Pointe of Roseville at Lexington two years ago. The two have four children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild, with another on the way next month.

While the Embroiderer’s Guild award was a new achievement, racking up ribbons and sweepstakes awards is something Stroschein’s done before. 

By her count she’s taken 15 sweepstakes and amassed some 115 ribbons.

She’s not just good with a needle — she’s also an accomplished canner with lots of state fair ribbons to prove it for salsa and more, a one-time Gedney Pickle Award winner for bread and butter pickles.

Stroschein says she’s been entering her work into the fair for 23 years, encouraged at first by a neighbor from across the street, Debby Hammer, whose husband., Jerry, is general manager of the Minnesota State Fair.

A frequent fair attendee, Stroschein says she always goes to the creative arts building to see what the state community has made the preceding year.

“I love the woodworkers. Man, they do a wonderful job,” she says.

As summer wanes, it’s still canning season for Stroschein and Larry; a week and change after this year’s fair wrapped they’d made 700 jars. 

“That keeps us busy in the summer and in the winter I do my sewing,” she says. “It makes the time go fast and it’s something I enjoy.”

Despite that division of time and labor Stroschein says she’s already got at least one fair entry in the works.

“Well, I already started a project for next year — I started a Christmas table topper, it’s not as big as a table cloth.”

Stroschein’s next round of work will be available for viewing at the 2020 Minnesota State Fair, which runs Aug. 27 through Sept. 7.

— Mike Munzenrider

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