2020 National Seminar is being rescheduled to September 1-5, 2023. See below for information about 2020 refunds.
Boston Stitch Party
September 1-5, 2023
See below for a message regarding refunds for the 2020 seminar and more.
2020 National Seminar is being rescheduled
As president, I have been closely watching the events affected by the COVID-19 virus and I regret to inform you that the 2020 National Seminar is being rescheduled for a future year. I know at some point this virus will be under control, but as of today no one can predict when. The EGA Executive Committee, the National Seminar Committee, and the 2020 National Seminar Committee arrived at this difficult decision after many conversations and much research. The date for the seminar and other details are still to be decided. You will be informed at the earliest possible opportunity.
I ask for your understanding and patience as we work out the details. In the meantime, please be safe! The safety of our members is always utmost in any decision that is made by those of us who serve in leadership positions.
Open Registration Instructions and Form
All registrations are on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. Registration is open to all EGA members. Non-EGA participants are welcome for an additional fee of $60. If you wish to join EGA, contact headquarters at (502) 589-6956 or click here. Your membership must be on file or in process by May 31, 2020.
Registration can be completed either online or by mail. A downloadable registration form is below and link to register online will be available starting March 14 at 12 PM ET. Registration must be postmarked or completed online between March 14 and June 15, 2020.
All requests for changes must be submitted to the assistant registrar in writing, with receipt of same confirmed by the assistant registrar. Changes to class registration requested after May 15, 2020, will incur a $30 administrative fee for EACH request. No administrative fee will be assessed for adding classes, banquet tickets, or other events. All changes are subject to availability.
Banquet sign-ups and cancellations must be received and confirmed by the assistant seminar registrar by July 31, 2020, for the seminar opening and closing banquets.
If you require a special meal, check the box on the registration form. Special meals must be requested by July 31, 2020.
To invite a guest to attend one or both banquets, please mark the appropriate banquet(s) on the registration form. Each banquet is listed separately. Include the charge(s) in your total registration cost. Note that a guest will receive a banquet favor as part of the ticket price.
Note: If you are unable to attend a banquet, we ask that you inform us ahead of time. Although refunds are not possible, favors can be picked up while at seminar. Watch for details to come in communications from seminar beginning summer of 2020.
Payment of Fees
Payment of class fees, as well as fees for special events and optional items, is due with registration. Kit fees and adjustments for mail-in registrations will be billed as received. Money orders or personal checks in U.S. funds should be made payable to “EGA Seminar 2020.” Visa, MasterCard, or Discover is accepted. Any remaining billed fees will be due and payable no later than June 30, 2020.
A nonrefundable deposit ($100) is required for ALL attendees who register for two or more days of class. This deposit does not apply to nonparticipants or to early registrants who have already paid the deposit. Please note that this deposit has been included in the fees listed below, as applicable.
Class Registration Fees
The following fees include the nonrefundable deposit and the Hospitality Package, but DO NOT include kit, tour, special event, or optional item fees. (The Hospitality Package includes the seminar pin and handbook.)
Five Days of Class/Friday and Monday Banquets ($775) includes your choice of one Friday class and four days of classes (either one four-day class or two two-day classes), and both banquets.
Four Days of Class/Friday and Monday Banquets ($690) includes your choice of four days of classes (either one four-day class or two two-day classes) and both banquets.
Three Days of Class and One Banquet ($480) includes your choice of one Friday-Sunday three-day class with either banquet, one Saturday/Sunday class and one Friday class with either banquet, OR one Monday/Tuesday class and one Friday class with either banquet.
Two Days of Class and One Banquet ($395) includes your choice of one Saturday/Sunday class with either banquet, OR one Monday/Tuesday class with either banquet.
One-Day Class ($85) includes a Friday class and no banquet.
Other Registration Fees
Nonmember Fee ($60) applies to those registering for classes who are not members of EGA.
Nonparticipant Fee ($260) for those not taking classes at seminar. Must be registered at one of the designated seminar hotels as part of the EGA-negotiated room block. The fee includes two banquets and the Hospitality Package.
Facilities Use Fee ($425) applies to those not staying at the designated hotel(s) at the EGA-negotiated rate. See policy on the tabs below.
Reminder: All student electronics, including task lights, used in the classrooms must be battery-operated.
Refer to the EGA website for updates pertaining to the COVID-19 situation.
2020 Seminar Classes
We will have over 60 exciting classes at our 2020 seminar! Click the link below to see the classes, including some region-sponsored mini classes.
Class Selection and Proficiency Levels
We have made every effort to describe each class accurately. Please rely on the class description as your primary guide in choosing your class(es), paying particular attention to the techniques used, materials, and level of difficulty. If a student registers for a class that is beyond the student’s proficiency level, we are not responsible for the student’s success in the class.
To help you select a class, please be familiar with the following EGA proficiency-level definitions:
Basic: No experience with the technique being taught is necessary.
Intermediate: Knowledge of basic stitches, materials, and their use in the technique being taught is required.
Advanced: Ability to execute simple and difficult stitches in the technique is required. The student should also have knowledge of color and design that will allow exploration and creativity.
All levels: Class is suitable for all levels.
Reminder: All student electronics, including task lights, used in the classrooms must be battery-operated.
Registration will be open to everyone. All registrations postmarked or completed online between March 14, 2020 and June 15, 2020 will be treated on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. All registrations must be accompanied with payment for the total amounts.
All fees are due upon registration.
Requests for Class Changes
All requests for class changes must be submitted to the assistant seminar registrar in writing, with receipt of same confirmed by the assistant seminar registrar. Changes to class registration requested after May 15, 2020, will incur a $30 administrative fee for EACH request. No administrative fee will be assessed for adding classes, banquet tickets, or other events.
Open Registration Final Date
Registration closes on June 15, 2020. Payment for all fees is expected when registration is confirmed either online, via e-mail, or by mail.
Hotel Room Reservations Deadline
To receive the EGA Seminar 2020 room rate, you must complete your hotel room reservation before 6:00 PM EDT, July 31, 2020. After that date, the block of rooms held for seminar will be released to the general public.
All Outstanding Remittances Due
Any remaining billed fees will be due and payable no later than June 30, 2020.
The Sheraton Boston Hotel, located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood of downtown Boston, is the site for Boston Stitch Party, our 2020 National Seminar.
Located 4 miles from Logan International Airport, all of the elements blend perfectly at the 4-star Sheraton Boston Hotel, greeting you with upscale accommodations, outstanding service and an incredible location in downtown Boston. Nestled in the historic Back Bay neighborhood and directly connected to the Prudential Center, we provide a modern backdrop for work and play. Experience iconic Boston attractions like Fenway Park or stroll along Newbury Street, home to premier shopping and dining all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Designed with the modern traveler in mind, our hotel accommodations offer space and style. Find the comforts of home in our rooms featuring inviting details like Sheraton Sleep Experience Beds, Starbucks coffee, 55-inch TVs with Netflix, complimentary wireless internet access, mini-refrigerators, and complimentary bottled water.
One of Boston’s premier luxury spas, Green Tangerine is our full-service salon and spa offering a range of beauty and wellness services, including comprehensive spa packages.
New England’s largest indoor/outdoor hotel pool features lap lanes, an outdoor patio, and a retractable glass ceiling which allows guests to soak up the sun during warm weather. Surrounding the 18-meter pool are a redwood sauna and the state-of-the-art Sheraton Fitness center— equipped with the latest technology, including top-of-the-line Life Fitness strength machines, an individual LCD television on each cardiovascular piece, and a separate free weight and functional training area.
One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is rich with history and offers many sightseeing opportunities. There’s the Freedom Trail with its 16 significant sites including the Paul Revere House circa 1680 and the U.S.S. Constitution aka Old Ironsides which is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat, Boston Public Garden, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, museums, New England Aquarium, theatres, Fenway Park (the Boston Red Sox will be playing some home games), whale watches, cruises, trolley tours and much more.
Hotel dining options include breakfast at Apropos from early morning until 11:00 am. Or find a modern take on the restaurant experience at MARKET, which offers a selection of freshly made, grab-and-go items inspired by our New England surroundings. Or you can unwind at Sidebar & Grille, our casual restaurant and hotel lounge. Or there are an additional 160 plus restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.
The seminar rate is $199.00 plus tax per night. Rooms may have a king bed, a queen bed or two double beds, and can accommodate triple occupancy or quadruple occupancy.
Reminder: Facilities Use
A one-time facilities use fee of $425 will apply to all persons registered for two or more days of classes or as nonparticipants who do not stay at Sheraton Boston Hotel or other designated hotel(s) or to anyone staying at the Sheraton Boston Hotel or other designated hotel(s) with a room rate other than the EGA-negotiated rate, unless the seminar chair approves alternate arrangements. This one-time fee applies because their stay will not be considered part of the seminar room block which contributes toward payment of the event and classroom space.
The hotel has opened a secure registration link dedicated to our event. This link is: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1564758862012&key=GRP&app=resvlink
Caution: You must use the link on this page or the link available when registering online to obtain the seminar group rate. The hotel will not honor the group rate for reservations made through the Sheraton reservation system online.
Call 1-888-236-2427. Mention the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc., 2020 Seminar to obtain the seminar group rate.
The deadline for making reservations is 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, Friday, July 31, 2020.
The Sheraton Boston Hotel currently charges $42.00 per day for parking. Valet parking is currently $58.00 per day. These rates are subject to change.
The Sheraton Boston Hotel is located about 4 miles from Logan International Airport (BOS). One-way taxi service from the airport to the hotel costs about $30.00. Other options can be found here.
Sheraton Boston Hotel | 39 Dalton Street | Boston, MA 01299 | Phone: 617-236-2000
Schedule of Events
Click the link below to see a PDF with the Seminar 2020 Schedule of Events. All times are subject to change.
Education events: Lectures, Exhibits, 2021 Preview and more
Winning Ways – Lecturers Coming Soon
Friday, September 4, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Winning Ways are a series of four lectures given on the first day of the seminar. Sponsored by the EGA Certified Needlework Judging Program, the lectures cover various subjects within the realm of color, design, technique, and general information. The lectures are geared to textile judges, teachers and all members of EGA interested in color, design, improving skills, or increasing their knowledge about current trends in needlework and textiles.
Lecturers for 2020
Jennifer Riefenberg Known for her landscapes and superb use of color, Jennifer will be speaking to us on the use of color.
Adria Arch Speaking of Abstraction: An Illustrated Talk to Demystify Abstract Art An illustrated talk to demystify abstract art by a local artist. The lecture will explore the history of the art form to understand how abstraction can be a compelling and expressive language.
Chris Berry Chris will be discussing her interest in Venice, Italy and how the architecture influences her design process.
Tricia Nguyen A review of appropriate materials, color and design for historical needlework.
Sponsored by the EGA Certified Needlework Judges Program and the Education Department
Take time during the week to visit EGA’s Education Exhibit in the Exhibit Hall (Constitution Ballroom 2nd floor) — open everyday starting at noon on Friday, September 4th and closes on Tuesday, September 8th at 1:30.
This year the Education Exhibit features the 2020 entries in the Bobbie Pilling competition and Golden Needle Awards (including the ribbon winners), Fiber Forum entries, Master Craftsman entries (including some of the Master Craftsman programs with all six steps), Extended Study Program tours, group, individual and online correspondence courses! There are several new courses plus some of the familiar ones stitched by our members! We will also have a viewer’s choice award for the Golden Needles Awards – vote for your favorite!
In addition, the special exhibit this year is the “New England Region (NER) Member Tea Cozy Exhibit”. Boston is the perfect city to celebrate all things tea! NER members are pleased to share their Tea Cozies in this special exhibit for Boston Stitch Party 2020. The New England Region Member Tea Cozy Exhibit will be located in the exhibit hall and open the same hours as the Education Exhibit.
The hours for the Education Exhibit are Friday, September 4: noon -6:00 PM, Saturday, September 5 – Monday, September 7: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM and on the final day, Tuesday, September 8: 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM.
Seminar 2021 Preview and Early Registration
The class pieces for Seminar 2021, The Magnificent Stitch, will be on display throughout seminar. Check the daily schedule of events for hours and location. Don’t miss this opportunity to view the pieces up close and select your classes for the next year’s seminar on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Hosted by Great Lakes Region, EGA.
Meet the Faculty
Friday, September 4, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Meet the talented teachers of Seminar 2020. See the amazing pieces that they are teaching here at Boston Stitch Party. Visit and talk with your teacher(s) and preview your class selection(s).
EGA Annual Meeting
Saturday, September 5, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
All seminar attendees are welcome to attend the EGA annual meeting! Just bring your lunch, find a chair and listen to what is happening within our organization. You’ll also be able to put a face to a name and see the people who represent you and your chapter in making decisions at the national level. We would love to see you there!
Sunday, September 6, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
VENDOR COST: $75/table, $50/half-table, $100/table with electricity
After a day of stitching, shopping, or touring the historic Boston neighborhood, stop by the 2020 Merchandise Night to browse and purchase designs, kits, materials, beads, tools, trinkets, and accessories plus handmade items and more—all relating to needlework. You won’t want to miss it! If you are feeling a bit entrepreneurial and have a needlework-related idea you’d like to share with others, contact our Merchandise Night Chairman, Kathleen Weston. Email: email@example.com.
Sunday, September 6, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
You be the Judge…What was the judge thinking? Have you exhibited embroidery and been frustrated by comments written on your scorecard, or receive no feedback at all? During Seminar on Sunday, September 6th come to the Judging Forum and meet with EGA Certified Judges and eliminate the mystery of judging.
You will view a few of the pieces in the exhibition and fill out judging forms so you can see what a judge looks for when evaluating an entry. See if you agree with the judges. Meet us in the Grand Ballroom for this informal discussion. This is a come-and-go type of event. No food allowed, so grab a bite before you come or after.
Saturday, September 5, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
COST: $38/table, $25/half-table
All are invited to the Teachers’ Showcase. Here you can learn about projects and classes offered by many talented and creative teachers. This event may entice your chapter or region to try something new! Teachers, this is a venue for you to meet prospective students and discuss your new classes and your old favorites! You do not need to be teaching at Seminar 2020 to participate in the Teachers’ Showcase.
ICC/GCC/Online Studio Teacher Meeting
Tuesday, September 8, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
All teachers are encouraged to attend this meeting to discuss topics for Group and Individual Correspondence Courses and the online studio. Come to learn, offer your comments, and ask questions.
Get your Boston Stitch Party 2020 Merchandise! We are offering a great selection of items including Boston Stitch Party Name Tags you can stitch ahead and be ready for 2020!
Click the link below to see all the available merchandise including bags, needle minders and more.
Entries for the Education Exhibit and Golden Needle Awards
If you have questions, please contact Ellie Ames at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EGA Cancellation and Facility Use Policies
Please download and read our policies regarding cancellations.