Needle arts education is at the heart of our mission here at EGA. As part of our many educational opportunities, several times a year we offer Extended Study Programs where members get to visit and enjoy beautiful locations around the world as they participate in classes, textile tours and more.
“My first Extended Study Program was in Hershey, PA, with Sherri Serafini. It was a wonderful experience! Of course, I arrived with some anxiety, doubts and concerns. Are my beading skills up to par? Did I bring the right supplies and tools? Will my cabochons work? I hesitate getting kits because of my tendency to change/alter something in the design or color to suit my fancy. But I have found out that many teachers encourage you to do so to make the piece your own. In my stash was a kiln-made crystal I had for at least ten years and never knew what to do with. Too large for the cuff everyone was making but just right for a necklace. Discussing it with Sherry gave me the courage to go for it.
What a learning experience! Yes, in retrospect, I would do some things differently, but that is what learning is all about. The end product, which you can see in full below, I am well pleased with! Wish I could wear it more often. But there is another reward of the experience: the fellowship; exchange of ideas; learning about new products; the sharing, encouragement, support and friendship of your fellow participants. Those are priceless!”