Individual Correspondence Courses: Celebrating completions in Techniques for Canvas, English Smocking and More

Four EGA members recently completed one of our Individual Correspondence Courses. The Individual Correspondence Courses offer stitchers a way to expand their skills, by learning a new technique or refining skills in a technique they already know. Courses can range from three to nine classes. There is frequent interaction with the teacher, as each lesson requires that the student submit a piece for evaluation.

We’d like to congratulate Vicki Morrison of Scottsdale, AZ, and Betsy Neichter of Prospect, KY, who completed the Techniques for Canvas Embroidery class with Diane Herrmann; Charlotte Cain of Huntsville, AL, who took Stumpwork with Celeste Chalasani; and Winta Hay of Fitzwilliam, NH, who completed the English Smocking class with Kim Sanders.

Winta Hays, an EGA member at-large, is the first finisher of 2022 AND the first stitcher to complete the English Smocking class. In her words, “the reason I took this course is because I enjoy smocking but have always done American smocking and was never very happy with the results. I really wanted to make a very fancy party dress for my granddaughter so I saw this course on EGA and decided to give it a go. Kim is wonderful. Very supportive and helpful with all sorts of questions. Where I live heirloom sewing supplies aren’t readily available. She was very helpful in finding suppliers.”

Betsy Neichter, member of our Louisville Chapter, decided to spread her wings and learn a new technique. As she says, “I took Diane Herrmann’s class Techniques for Canvas Embroidery because I was new to this technique. This course offered a number of basic and advanced techniques for working on canvas. The best thing about this course was Diane Herrmann. She is a great teacher; support materials were excellent, she was conscientious and timely in reviewing your work and very encouraging to a beginner.”

Betsy Neichter

Charlotte Cain, member of our Alabama Chapter, was determined that the shutdowns during the pandemic have a silver lining. So she decided “to treat myself to a learning lesson on Stumpwork. A few members of my chapter had done raised embroidery and were delighted to see my progress each week during our zoom meetings. I have been intrigued by the figures of Barbara and Roy Hirst and with Ms. Chalasani’s excellent lessons, made my first figure, of my grandson at the beach.”

You too can expand your embroidery skills, by learning a new technique or refining skills in a technique you already know with one of our Individual Correspondence Courses. Our available ICCs are:

Written by ICC Chair Helene Ossipov


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