Helen Lell, a new Heath Village resident, recently presented her collection of
counted-cross stitch artwork at the Gallery at the Village.
After her husband passed away in 1984, Helen began doing counted-cross stitch to occupy her time.
It takes a tremendous amount of patience and talent to create these works of art. Each piece can take
up to a year to complete. Lell has a special interest in Native American Indians and featured this
culture in its own room in her former Toms River home. However, one of her most prized
pieces is that of her dog, “Lady Lell,” which was done using a custom made pattern.
Helen has been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for many years. She donated one of her
counted-cross stitch pieces, an 11×14 piece featuring hot-air balloons, to the Order which raffled it off
for more than $1,700; the proceeds of which were donated to a charitable cause. Her current project is
again for the Order. Each year, the officers of The Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star make a gift to
the Grand Matron and Grand Patron. The gift this year is a counted-cross stitch quilt. All of the Grand
Officers make two squares.
Heath Village is a full-service retirement community located at 430 Schooley’s Mountain Road in
Washington Township. For further information, call 908-852-4801 or visit www.heathvillage.com.