Gateway to Stitching

Come join us at our
2019 National Seminar

Hosted by the Heartland Region
October 30 to November 3, 2019
Marriott St. Louis Grand in St. Louis, MO


Thank you for your interest in the Gateway to Stitching, EGA’s 2019 National Seminar.

At this time, Early Registration is Closed. We invite members and non-members to return for our Open Registration, which will be available from March 16 through July 31, 2019.

If you would like to receive a reminder when registration opens, please enter your information below.

Early Registration participants will receive their class assignments by December 17, 2018.

New Seminar Policy: Beginning with Seminar 2019 all student electronics, including task lights, used in the classrooms must be battery operated.

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Seminar Classes

Check out all the classes that will be offered at seminar.

  • Early Registration

    All EGA members are eligible for Early Registration for Seminar 2019

    Important information: Please read carefully

    Gateway to Stitching Seminar Early Registration for Seminar 2018 attendees begins in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 and continues through Sunday, October 7, 2018.

    Early registration for all EGA members begins on Sunday, October 7, 2018, and closes on Monday, November 5, 2018. Early registration can be processed either online or by mail.

    Follow the link that will be available on the EGA website to register online or download the early registration form and instructions to register by mail.

    On Sunday, October 7, 2018, Seminar information will be available on this page: Early Registration Form and Instructions, class descriptions and photos, explanation of seminar fees, hotel information and EGA policies on seminar cancellation and on the facilities use fee.

    All early registrations received at Seminar 2018 or processed by mail or online by November 5, 2018, will be considered equal. Early Registration Forms must be emailed or postmarked by November 5, 2018. Early registrations after that date will not be accepted.

    Compilation of early registrations will occur after November 5, 2018. All classes that are over-subscribed during early registration will go to lottery. Acknowledgement of early registration, along with class assignment, and credit card receipt (if applicable) will be emailed or mailed to registrants by December 17, 2018.

    Early registrations will be accepted from EGA members for:

    Five Days ($655*) (Wednesday, 10/30 through Sunday, 11/3/2019) includes one 1-day and one 4-day class OR one 1-day and two 2-day classes, plus Wednesday and Sunday banquets

    Four Days ($580*) (Wednesday, 10/30, Thursday, 10/31, Saturday, 11/2, and Sunday, 11/3/2019) includes one 4-day
    OR two 2-day classes, plus Wednesday and Sunday banquets;

    Three Days ($415*) (Wednesday, 10/30 through Friday, 11/1/2019 OR Friday, 11/1 through Sunday, 11/3/2019) includes one 1-day and one 2-day class, plus one banquet;

    Two Days ($340*) (Wednesday, 10/30 through Thursday, 10/31/2019 OR Saturday, 11/2 through Sunday, 11/3/2019) includes one 2-day class, plus one banquet;

    *Cost includes registration and $100 nonrefundable deposit. Cost does not include kit fees, tours, special events, etc.

    One Day ($75) (Friday, 11/1/2019) includes one 1-day class and NO banquet.

    The Early Registration Form requires basic information: name, address, phone number, EGA membership number, chapter and region, first, second and third class choices. All information must be provided and please print clearly. Sign and date the participant acknowledgment at the bottom of the form. Registrations will not be processed if this section is blank.

    Payment of $100 USD must be included with ALL Early Registrations. For registrations for 2-5 days of class, this deposit will be applied toward the total registration fee as listed above and is nonrefundable in the case of cancellation. For registrations for 1 day of class, this deposit will be applied to the class and kit fees and will be refunded in full in the case of cancellation.

    Payment may be made by check, money order (payable to EGA Seminar 2019) or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover). Submit the Registration Form and payment to the assistant registrar: Email: Or mail to: Vickie L. Patchin, Assistant Registrar, 10916 West 96th Place, Overland Park, KS 66214.

    To maintain early registration status, the Seminar 2019 registrant MUST complete the Seminar 2019 Registration Form online or by mail. The form will be sent to all early registrants by February 1, 2019. It must be completed and received by the assistant registrar by March 1, 2019, together with appropriate registration fees and kit fees. Payment can be made by check, money order or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).

    If the balance of registration fees and kit fees are not paid by March 1, 2019, the registrant forfeits early registration class assignment.

    There will be a $30 fee assessed for each change in class selection after July 31, 2019. Such changes made after that date will forfeit early registration status.

    A one-time facilities use fee of $240 will apply to all persons registered for two or more days of classes or as non-participants who do not stay at the designated hotel(s) at the EGA-contracted rate, unless the National Seminar Director approves alternate arrangements.

    All seminar cancellation policies are in full force and effect and can be viewed on the EGA Cancellation and Facilities Use Fee Policies section below.


    Contact National Seminar Assistant Registrar, Vickie Patchin at or 913-894-1741 (please, no calls after 9 PM CT), or National Seminar Registrar, Debbie Bryza at or 818-642-2489 (please, no calls after 9 PM PT)

    You may download a printable copy of these instructions by clicking here.

  • Hotel Information

    The Marriott St. Louis Grand, located in downtown St. Louis, is the site for Gateway to Stitching, EGA’s 2019 National Seminar.


    The hotel’s address is 800 Washington Ave St Louis, MO 63101. With a stay at Marriott St. Louis Grand, you’ll be centrally located in St. Louis. Located on trendy Washington Avenue with restaurants and entertainment easily accessible, we are also a short 11 minutes walk to Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village. This 4-star hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from City Museum and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from the Gateway Arch and National Park.

    Rooms and Amenities

    Make yourself at home and relax in our redesigned guest rooms with plush platform beds and wall-mounted TVs equipped with live streaming of Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Hulu and Crackle. Our spacious guest rooms offer wireless Internet access (surcharge) to stay connected, and satellite programming available for your entertainment.


    Grab a bite to eat at Zenia Bar & Grille or Starbucks, or stay in and take advantage of the grab and go items in the 8th Street Pantry or Fresh Bites delivered to your room. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at the bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available for a fee.  There are 40 other restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

    Seminar Rate

    The seminar rate is $159.00 plus tax per night. Rooms may have a standard king bed, or two double beds, and can accommodate triple occupancy, and quadruple occupancy.

    Hotel Reservations can be made at the Marriott St. Louis Grand beginning now.

    Online Reservations:  The hotel has opened a secure registration link dedicated to our event. To access this link click EGA Hotel Reservations. Caution: You must use this link to obtain the seminar group rate.

    Phone Reservations:  Call 877-303-0104. Mention the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc. 2019 Seminar to obtain the seminar group rate.

    The deadline for making reservations is 6pm central time Thursday, October 3, 2019.


    The Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel has provided a special self-parking rate for all overnight EGA guests of $22.50 per day. Valet parking is currently $38.00 per day.


    The Marriott St. Louis Grand is located about 14 miles from the St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). Shuttle service is available through GoBest Transportation on your own. One-way taxi service from the airport costs about $40.

  • Ground Transportation

    GoBest Shuttles run from the St. Louis airport to downtown St. Louis every 35 – 40 minutes. They are open 24/7 and will take you to the Marriott St. Louis Grand.

    You can book your shuttle by calling 1-877-STLGOVAN and use the code EGA 2019 or clicking the Book Now link below. The price for the shuttle is $25 one way or $45 round trip.

    You will get a 10% discount when you call and use the code EGA2019 or book through the link below.

  • Seminar Merchandise

    Get your Gateway to Stitching Seminar merchandise today!

  • EGA Cancellation and Facility Use Policies

    Please download and read our policies regarding cancellations.

  • International Teacher Tour 2019

  • 2019 Gateway to Stitching Education Exhibit

    To submit information for exhibit entries, please click here or on the Exhibit Form link below.  After entering your contact information on the form, you may enter information for one or more exhibit entries in succession.

  • Tours: Friday, November 1, 9 AM - 2 PM

    Tour 1 St. Louis Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum and $52

    The Saint Louis Art Museum’s encyclopedic collection holds approximately 3500 textiles from many world cultures dating from Coptic weavings to contemporary fiber art. The strengths of the collection include early Turkish carpets, Greek Island embroideries (17-19th centuries), American quilts and printed textiles, Guatemalan textiles, Navajo weavings, and Plains Indian beadwork. The Missouri Historical Society clothing and textile collection numbers around 18,000+ pieces. This tour will view some of the samplers as well as other kinds of embroidered textiles within the collection.

    Tour 2 Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and the Gateway Arch National Park and $69

    Cahokia Mounds is a World Heritage site and offers an interpretive center with an orientation film. One of the greatest cities of the world, Cahokia was larger than London was in AD 1250. Self-guided tours and trails allow you to explore the largest earthwork in North America. As the nation’s tallest monument, the Gateway Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson’s vision and St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States. Begin your tour interactive exhibits and be transported by tram 630 feet to the top of America’s tallest man-made monument. This tour is NOT handicapped accessible.

    Tour 3 Grant’s Farm and Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site and $49

    At Grant’s Farm you can ride the tram for a tour of the attraction and you can visit the famous Budweiser Clydesdale stables. After lunch the bus will take you to the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. Ulysses S. Grant is known as the victorious Civil War general who saved the Union and the 18th President of the United States. He first met Julia Dent, his future wife, at her family home, named White Haven. The newly married Grants lived at White Haven off and on for several years beginning in 1848. There’s a museum and guided tour of the home.

    Tour 4 Missouri Botanical Garden and Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and $85

    One of the oldest botanical gardens in the U.S., Missouri Botanical Garden is outstanding not only in the excellence of its displays, but also in the richness of its architectural heritage and the importance of its botanical research. Features of the garden include the Climatron and the 14-acre Japanese Garden, one of the largest in North America. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis displays the largest mosaic collection in the world outside Russia. The installation of mosaics was completed in 1988. Collectively the mosaics contain 41.5 million glass tesserae pieces in more than 7,000 colors

  • Volunteers Needed

    Are you registered for National Seminar 2019? Do you want to help it run smoothly? Volunteers are needed before and after classes, especially during lunch! Can you find at least an hour or two to help? There are a variety of tasks and I will help you find a job that will work for you!

    Not yet registered? Not sure that you want to take a class but you’d love to experience National? You can register beginning March 16 th as a Nonparticipant for a fee of just $175. The fee includes both banquets and the Hospitality Package. Nonparticipants must be registered at the Marriott St Louis Grand as part of the EGA -negotiated room block to get the reduced rate. Come stitch with friends, be of service and support Heartland Region!

    To volunteer contact Jan King, Volunteer Coordinator EGA Seminar 2019 at Thanks in advance for your consideration.


For additional information, you are welcome to contact any of the following:

Solveig Walstrom
2019 Seminar Chairman

Sandra Gordon
2019 Seminar Dean of Faculty

Vickie Patchin
2019 Seminar Assistant Registrar


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