Learn from International Needlework Teacher Alison Cole at these Upcoming EGA Classes

Alison Cole will be visiting the United States from August to September of this year to teach at our 2024 National Seminar: Preserving Needle Art in Atlanta, Georgia. She will also be teaching a class to our Turquoise Trail Chapter and a class to our Greater Pacific Region. Here’s more information about Alison and these exciting classes!

Alison Cole is from a rural area just outside of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Alison has studied in the UK, Italy, Spain and the USA, toured Australia as a featured artist and worked as artist in residence. She has judged, consulted and lectured for exhibitions. She has won numerous awards for her embroidery, a gold medal for one of her books and three awards for her business including Best Arts Business.

Alison has written for many magazines both in Australia and abroad, has her work represented in three books and has self-published five books with another in progress. Alison has been an active member of the Embroiderers Guild, Victoria, holding numerous positions at branch and state level and exhibits regularly. A specialist embroidery tutor, her embroidery is renowned worldwide.

Class: Beetle Brooch
National Seminar 2024: Preserving Needle Art in Atlanta, GA
August 19-20, 2024

This iridescent beetle brooch uses actual beetle wings alongside gilt and colored metal threads to create the three-dimensional little beetle. He is embroidered in gold and jewel green tones on silk organza and uses a range of materials including English gilt metal threads, English colored couching threads, Indian sadi threads, Mill Hill beads and beetle wings to give that extra flash of green! Techniques covered include the French method for working detached elements in couture embroidery, along with traditional English Goldwork techniques such as the use of Pearl Purl, S’ing with sadi, chipping and use of twist and couching threads. Learn more about seminar registration here. See all the classes available at seminar here.

Class: Cleo the Butterfly
Turquoise Trail Chapter in Albuquerque, NM
August 9-10, 2024

Turquoise Trail chapter is sponsoring in-person Alison Cole for a class August 9 & 10, 2024, Albuquerque, NM .

There is not an International Teacher tour this year but Alison is only teaching for two chapters and at National Seminar in Atlanta, and Turquoise Trail in Albuquerque is one of the lucky chapters. As of now, we do not have a final cost for this class because her visa hasn’t been approved yet. Until it’s approved, she can’t make flight reservations.

To reserve a spot, contact the coordinator, Kathleen Weston, at love2stitch@nmgypsy.com to make sure there’s a spot available before you send in your deposit. The non-refundable deposit is $25.

Please send the check to Nancy Romero, the Turquoise Trail treasurer and make the check out to Turquoise Trail. The mailing address will be provided when you email Kathleen Weston.

Project: Cleo – the kit fee is $110 AUS.
Where:  This class is an in-person class and will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church, 1801 Montano, NW, Albuquerque.
Dates: Friday and Saturday, 9 and 10 August 2024
Time:  9-4 with an hour lunch. Please be there 15 minutes early to get settled and to meet Alison.
Non-Refundable Deposit: $25. If the class doesn’t go, your $25 will be returned.
Deadline to Register: Saturday, 1 June 2024; and all fees are due by Monday, 1 July 2024. Register with Kathleen Weston at love2stitch@nmgypsy.com. If class is sold out when you learn of it, we may have a wait list.

Class: Butterfly Workshop
Greater Pacific Region – San Francisco Bay Area, San Mateo, CA
September 11-12, 2024

In this workshop, students will have the choice of three different Goldwork Butterflies: Bush Butterfly, Lavender Sparkle, and Butterfly in Blue. All three butterflies feature felt padding, long and short stitch, kid leather, brick stitch and English gilt metal threads alongside coloured Indian sadi threads. While many elements are similar, there are also some techniques specific to each butterfly – Lavender Sparkle has crystals with collars surrounding them, and Lavender Sparkle and Butterfly in Blue both have laid purl abdomens. All three projects are great for beginners to Goldwork embroidery and for those wanting to perfect their couching and long and short stitch.

The class will be held on September 11 & 12, 2024 at Always Quilting in San Mateo. 4230 Olympic Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403. Class will be held from 9 am – 12 pm and 1-4 pm. Doors open 8:30 am. Lunch from 12-1 pm. Bring your own or get from local store with deli. This class is set for in person only at this time. The class is mixed with a focus on Goldwork techniques. You can choose which Butterfly you wish to do. Your total cost will be a mix of expenses for the workshop plus kit cost. You will be billed via Paypal in May 2024. You may order more than 1 kit. Registration is open. Registration is first come first served. We can have 22 students. If we have more than 22 they will be wait listed. If we do not get 22 students we may leave registration open. Click here to see the brochure with more information.


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