Exhibits and Events


Upcountry History Museum, Greenville, SC, 2015

What people are saying about Salley Mavor’s exhibitions:

“Salley Mavor’s artwork was the big highlight of the museum’s summer exhibit, The Art of Cute. Visitors went home raving about her work.”
Leanne Hayden, Collections Manager BRICK STORE MUSEUM, Kennebunk, ME

“We spent an enchanted 1-1/2 hours with our faces just inches from the glass, ooh-ing and ah-ing over all the wonderful little details (my face hurt afterward from smiling so much).”   Lisa Ahbel, Deerfield, MA



Salley Mavor: Bedtime Stitches
Beginning in SEPTEMBER 2020

Premiere Exhibition: Sept. 11 – Dec. 22, 2020 at the Cahoon Museum, Cotuit, MA.
Feb. 28 – April 25, 2021, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon, IL
May 15 – Aug. 15, 2021, Historical and Cultural Center of Clay County, Moorhead, MN
Sept. 14 – Dec. 31, 2021, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA
Jan. 22 – May 8, 2022, Upcountry History Museum, Greenville, SC
Additional locations will be added when they are confirmed.

A touring exhibition of original bas-relief embroidered illustrations by Salley Mavor for her upcoming picture book, MY BED: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep around the World. 

This is a unique opportunity for the public to see Ms. Mavor’s actual hand-stitched artwork, which is photographed for reproduction in the book, to be be released in Sept. 2020 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co.


The collection of artwork will take the viewer on an international journey, showing where children sleep in varying cultures and living environments around the world. Along with the framed embroidered pieces, interpretive boards and a short video will give a background peek at the artist’s process. The exhibition is sure to appeal to families, school groups, quilt and needlework enthusiasts, as well as the general public.


This show is modeled after Salley Mavor’s successful 5 year touring exhibition of original illustrations from her award-winning book POCKETFUL OF POSIES, which was hosted by 20 venues around the United States from 2010 to 2015.

The first year and a half of the Salley Mavor: Bedtime Stitches exhibition is booked and openings are available beginning in June 2022. Inquiries from interested museums are welcome – please contact Salley for information about hosting the exhibit.


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26 thoughts on “Exhibits and Events

  1. My sister and I enjoyed your visit ,talk about your art work, film of your life and your books, @ the congregational church in Falmouth. Thanks, Joan Haggerty Mashpee m.a.

  2. Thank you for sharing your exquisite fabric relief art with the rest of us. A friend and I recently enjoyed your show at the Mahopac Library. Your books are lovely, but seeing the level of detail in your work in person was truly amazing!

  3. My daughter just saw your book in michaels and we bought materials to make the kids projects. I am a contemporary art lover and now a wee fairy lover as well. Very cool and unique style. We will be attending Boston show!

  4. Do you think you would ever make it to Northern California on tour????? I have been a lover and admirer of your works for years since I purchased your book Felt Wee Folk, I couldn’t sleep all night, just looking through it and dreaming on. I make bears out of recycled wool coats and sweaters, have been doing it for years, now it is the vogue with younger women which has been wonderful to see. Also, make dolls and fairies and dream of having an Etsy site one day. I would love it if you were ever around these parts, I live in the Sierra Foothills about an hour north east of Sacramento, CA Thank you for sharing all your beautiful and magical creations, Jeanette Paganetti

    • Jeanette,
      Thank you for your kind words and encouragement to show my work in northern California. Perhaps an invitation will come my way in the future. For now, I am concentrating on creating new pieces and entering them in group shows. So, one of my originals is coming to northern California! I’ve just heard that my piece, “Birds of Beebe Woods” was accepted into INNOVATIONS IN FIBER ART VI, Oct. 24 – Nov. 30, Sebastopol Center for the Arts. I hope that you have a chance to go see the show.

  5. Salley, I volunteer at the New England Quilt Museum and saw your wonderful exhibit there for the first time today. I’d like to write a blog for Piecing Together a Life and then offer it to the Museum to post. I want to be sure it’s ok with you to use pictures of your books and wall-mounted scenes at the Museum in Lowell. Many thanks. Judy Buswick

  6. Hi Salley-I took your banner class at highfield hall and wondered if you had considered teaching another one there? I love your work and enjoyed making my harvest banner.

    • Jennifer,
      The banner workshop was fun and I’m glad that you came! Thank you for asking, but I will probably not be giving more workshops in the future. My work is luring me into the studio more these days and I find that I don’t have the time or energy to teach classes.

  7. Hello Salley,

    I love your work and I will attempt to make a “quilt” for hanging using the picture on the cover of Felt Wee Folk, and adding other panels around the picture for my new baby grandson to be. I’m having trouble finding fleece for the hair in natural colors. I looked on the websites you provided but don’t see the type you used in your dolls.
    Thanks so much,
    Joanna Reinking

    • Your project sounds impressive! With the popularity of needle felting, there are lots of places to buy wool fleece on the web. Search for wool roving, wool fleece or needle felting.

    • Thank you Anne. So far, I haven’t been invited to exhibit in Michigan. I will be entering a juried exhibit in Muskegon, so there’s a chance there will an original there next year. Just keep checking this page for show listings.

  8. Hello Salley, WOW your work is amazing, truly inspiring. Do you think you would ever consider coming to New Zealand?

    • Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and interest in my work. New Zealand is on my bucket list, so perhaps a trip is in the future. I don’t teach, but if you have connections with a group that could host a talk and book signing, please let me know.

  9. Hi- I won’t be able to make your talk on Thursday in SC. Will it be video recorded ? Won’t be the same but would still be something. The title, Once Upon a Thread sounds so wonderful, I’m hating missing it.

  10. Your site is wonderful and beautiful. Please add me to your email lists/updates. I live in Washington state; do you ever come to this part of the country?

  11. I am so disappointed that the Liberty and Justice short is sold out! Will you be showing it anywhere else in the future?

  12. My name is Donna Brooks and I am the lecture/workshop coordinator for The Material Girls Quilt Guild in Leominster, MA
    Do you do lectures and/or workshops?
    Please let me know how to contact you if you do

    Thank you

  13. Sally, I absolutely LOVE your work- it’s AMAZING!
    Will you ever have your artwork on tour in
    Atlanta? I think it would draw quite a large
    crowd of fans! Thank you!

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