Group Correspondence Courses

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Group Correspondence Courses (GCCs) offer low cost, high quality learning experiences for groups of up to 20 participants plus their group coordinator. GCCs are open to all EGA members.

  • GCC Overview

    Group Correspondence Courses (GCCs) offer low cost, high quality learning experiences for groups of up to 20 participants plus their group coordinator. GCCs are open to all EGA members.

    • Participants work together or individually to learn new techniques. Participants share the course fee.
    • Each participant pays for his/her own text.  Participants provide their own supplies.  Note that on rare occasions, a teacher may include hard-to-find supplies with the text. This exception is noted in the course description.
    • The names and addresses of at least two supply sources are provided with every course.
    • Some students may have difficulty in finding and working with some of the unusual materials featured in GCCs. These materials have been included because they provide a variety of options for a student’s own work.
  • Group Coordinator

    Whether the GCC is offered by a chapter or a region, a group coordinator is appointed by the chapter or region to act as a liaison between the teacher and students. This coordinator orders the texts and arranges to have projects sent to the teacher for evaluation and evaluated projects returned to students.

    For this service, the group coordinator is charged no fee for the course, but does purchase a text and supplies.  EGA members-at-large may also form a group, appoint a group coordinator, and share in a GCC.

    Any individual member may register for a GCC and is responsible for the entire course fee, plus their text fee.

  • Enrollment and Cost

    Read the GCC description and choose carefully. Course fees are not refundable.

    • Up to 20 members plus their group coordinator can register as a group.
    • The group coordinator (or the Region GCC Chairman) downloads the registration form(available in the GCC Documents tab below). To request a paper copy sends a self-addressed, stamped envelope to EGA National Headquarters with a note requesting the form.
    • The group coordinator (or the Region GCC Chairman) sends the following to EGA National Headquarters:
      • The completed registration form
      • A list of participants with membership numbers
      • A check to cover the course and the text fees.  Please note: checks must be drawn from the chapter or region treasury.  Only members-at-large or independent groups may send personal checks.  Please contact EGA National Headquarters to pay by credit card.
    • EGA National Headquarters notifies the teacher of your registration. The teacher then contacts the group coordinator and sends the course texts and introductory materials to the group coordinator.
    • The group coordinator schedules the necessary number of meetings. When deciding on the date for the first meeting, allow time for processing your registration and text delivery. The date for your first meeting should be at least six weeks after EGA National Headquarters receives your completed registration form and check.
    • When all the paperwork is complete and you receive your texts, begin the fun, the learning, and the stitching.
    Cost

    The course, text, and approximate supply costs are listed with each of the course descriptions. The course fee is shared equally by participants, excluding the group coordinator. Each participant, including the group coordinator, purchases a text and supplies.

    If a region sponsors a GCC, the Region GCC Chairman is not required to be a participant, unless that conflicts with that region’s policies.

  • Completing the GCC

    • When your group completes the GCC, the group coordinator must send your projects to the teacher within 30 days of the scheduled deadline, unless other arrangements have been made with the teacher.  If the deadline is not met, the group forfeits the privilege of having its projects evaluated by the teacher.  Specific instruction about shipping GCC pieces to teacher who live outside the USA are included in the text.
    • The group coordinator must enclose return postage and insurance when sending the projects to the teacher for evaluation. If postage is not included, the teacher will contact the group coordinator to resolve the issue.
    • For chapters or regions participating in a GCC, the chapter or region name must appear on all correspondence and on each project sent for evaluation.
    • When the group coordinator receives the evaluated projects from the teacher, the group coordinator and each student complete the appropriate course evaluation forms.  Mail or email one copy to the teacher and one copy to the GCC Chairman.
  • GCC Documents and more information

    GCC Registration Paperwork

    GCC Thread Colors

    Pilot Stitcher Application

    Prospective GCC Teacher Application

    For more information about Group Correspondence Courses, please contact GCC chair Judith Herrick.

  • GCC Lightning Rounds

    GCC Lightning Rounds are three-four rotating courses that are offered quarterly for all EGA members to register for without a group. This is particularly favorable for Members-At-Large and small EGA chapters that have difficulty filling a larger group in order to take a Group Correspondence Course.

    The registration schedule for these quarterly courses is as follows: March to May, June to August, September to November, and December to February. The time to complete your course remains the same – just the window for registration is limited. Learn more and see the current courses on the link below.

  • GCC: Encore

    GCC: Encores  are courses that were first taught at our seminars at least five years ago and have been rewritten for EGA’s Education Department as group correspondence courses. Encores will bridge the gap for members who weren’t able to take these classes at national or region seminars.

    These courses work just like regular GCCs and will be offered as Lightning Rounds in the future.

  • Avondale with Carol Currier
    Taught by Carol Peao Currier (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery

    Our Group Correspondence Course Avondale is an exploration of a summer garden using basic crewel embroidery stitches in interesting combinations.

  • Beginner’s Hardanger with Marion Scoular
    Taught by Marion Scoular (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread

    On our Group Correspondence Course Beginner's Hardanger students will learn the basic techniques of Hardanger with the option of stitching in a solid color or experimenting with Watercolours®.

  • Beginning Teneriffe Lace with Jonalene Gutwein
    Taught by Jonalene (view bio)

    GCC, Lace

    Our Group Correspondence Course Beginning Teneriffe Lace will give you the basics of the beautiful needlelace technique of Teneriffe.

  • Embroidery with Mixed Media with Laura Smith
    Taught by Laura Smith (view bio)

    GCC, Mixed Media and 3D

    Study the amazing possibilities of four cool “new” mixed media materials on our Group Correspondence Course Embroidery with Mixed Media.

  • Enchanted Summer with Linda Wyszynski
    Taught by Linda Wyszynski (view bio)

    GCC, Mixed Media and 3D

    Our Group Correspondence Course Enchanted Summer is a mixed technique embroidery design utilizing a broad spectrum of supplies.

  • English Summer with Cheryl Sharp
    Taught by Cheryl Sharp (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery

    On our Group Correspondence Course English Summer with teacher Cheryl Sharp you will learn how to prepare the fabric, transfer designs, and set up an embroidery on stretcher bars among other things.

  • Fallen Leaves Sampler with Kim Sanders
    Taught by Kim Sanders (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery

    Our Group Correspondence Course Fallen Leaves Sampler teaches laid and filling stitches, continuing a rich tradition of wool embroidery that dates back to the Bayeux Tapestry.

  • Finishing with Flair with Marion Scoular
    Taught by Marion Scoular (view bio)

    GCC, Finishing

    Finishing with Flair is a notebook Group Correspondence Course covering three useful techniques for finishing needlework and instructions for lacing needlework for framing.

  • Frenzy of Fringes with Jeanette Carmichael
    Taught by Jeanette Carmichael (view bio)

    GCC, Beading

    On our Group Correspondence Course Frenzy of Fringes you will create this  unique sampler with 23 distinct beaded fringes.

  • GCC Encore: A Touch of Fall
    Taught by Jane Ellen Balzuweit (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread, GCC Encore

    A Touch of Fall is created using a 17th century white work technique, Dresden Lace, a combination of pulled thread and surface embroidery.

  • GCC Encore: Ancestree with Carolyn Standing Webb
    Taught by Carolyn Standing Webb (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread, GCC Encore

    On our Group Correspondence Course Ancestree with teacher Carolyn Standing Webb you will work on a tree of life design that will feature five generations of your family.

  • GCC Encore: Cosmos with Kim Sanders
    Taught by Kim Sanders (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery, GCC Encore

    Our Group Correspondence Course Cosmos with Kim Sanders introduces students to needle painting, one of the most realistic forms of surface embroidery.

  • GCC Encore: Desert Strands with Becky Autry
    Taught by Becky Autry (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread, GCC Encore

    Our Group Correspondence Course Desert Strands with teacher Becky Autry combines 18 different stitches with blocks of Russian drawn thread.

  • GCC Encore: Fandango with Barbara Kershaw
    Taught by Barbara M. Kershaw (view bio)

    GCC, GCC Encore

    Join teacher Barbara Kershaw in Fandango, a Group Correspondence Course focused on Punto Antico, one of many beautiful styles of Italian whitework embroidery.

  • GCC Encore: Jacobean Fantasy with Kay Stanis
    Taught by Kay Stanis (view bio)

    GCC, GCC Encore, Silk and Metal

    Giving new interpretation to designs of the seventeenth century and blending them with the silk and metal of the twenty-first, on our Group Correspondence Course Jacobean Fantasy, we will create an exquisite floral design on silk fabric with detached sheer fabric.

  • GCC Encore: Mythical Myrtle with Barbara Kershaw
    Taught by Barbara M. Kershaw (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery, Counted Thread, GCC Encore

    Explore the magnificent stitches of Casalguidi embroidery in our Group Correspondence Course Mythical Myrtle with teacher Barbara Kershaw.

  • GCC Encore: The Princess and the Pea with Marion Scoular
    Taught by Marion Scoular (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread, GCC Encore

    Teacher Marion Scoular's interpretation of the beloved fairy tale includes pattern darning, Blackwork, Hardanger (no cutting!) and a small amount of surface stitchery, all explicitly covered in a 26-page, well-illustrated booklet.

  • How Does Your Garden Grow? with Carol Currier
    Taught by Carol Peao Currier (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery

    Our Group Correspondence Course How Does Your Garden Grow? is a study of basic crewel stitches and techniques. The design is worked on crewel linen or linen twill in your choice of color.

  • Keeping in Shape with Gwen Nelson
    Taught by Gwen Nelson (view bio)

    GCC, Beading

    On our Group Correspondence Course Keeping in Shape, the student uses various techniques such as circular and flat peyote to make a necklace with 13 three-dimensional beaded pieces.

  • On our Group Correspondence Course Maharajah’s Elephant you will learn the technique of canvas appliqué and explore tent, rice, eyelet, swirl, mosaic, satin stitches, among others.

  • Mark and Paint on Canvas and Fabric with Laura Smith
    Taught by Laura Smith (view bio)

    GCC, Mixed Media and 3D

    On our Group Correspondence Course Mark and Paint on Canvas and Fabric, you will mark and paint one design onto needlepoint canvas and one onto silk fabric.

  • More Than a Rose with Melinda Sherbring
    Taught by Melinda Sherbring (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery

    Our Group Correspondence Course More Than a Rose is a small piece designed to introduce students to some stitches and raised work techniques used on English sweet bags ca. 1600.

  • My Favorite Bracelet with Jeanette Carmichael
    Taught by Jeanette Carmichael (view bio)

    GCC, Beading

    On our Group Correspondence Course My Favorite Bracelet you will create a classic bracelet with pearl, silver, and crystal beads, at home with both casual and formal wear.

  • Noel with Barbara Kershaw
    Taught by Barbara M. Kershaw (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery

    Noel uses basic surface stitches including coral knots, chain stitch, fishbone stitch, and blanket stitch to continue your exploration of Schwalm Embroidery

  • Papillon is an introductory Group Correspondence Course on filet embroidery. In this 5-lesson course participants will learn briefly about the history of filet work.

  • Perfectly Counted Crosses with Carolyn Standing Webb
    Taught by Carolyn Standing Webb (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread

    On our Group Correspondence Course Perfectly Counted Crosses you will learn how to create a sampler that will dazzle those who see it with perfectly executed crossed stitches.

  • Roses with Carol Algie Higginbotham
    Taught by Carol Algie Higginbotham (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread

    On our Group Correspondence Course Roses you will learn a method of working blackwork using a floral motif similar to historic pieces from a period when blackwork was a dominant technique.

  • In our Group Correspondence Course Shimmering a Dreams with Mona Hill, ever-larger sparkling squares rotate around a shiny central medallion to finish in a star silhouette.

  • Snowflake Ball with Denise Harrington Pratt
    Taught by Denise Harrington Pratt (view bio)

    GCC, Canvas

    The Snowflake Ball with Denise Harrington Pratt is a three-dimensional, beaded needlework ball. You don’t have to understand geometry to stitch this fun piece.

  • Spring Splendor with Kay Stanis
    Taught by Kay Stanis (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery

    On Spring Splendor you will learn couching, filling with purls, blending long and short over padding and how to transfer your patterns and twist flat silk.

  • Star-Spangled Puzzle Ball with Denise Harrington Pratt
    Taught by Denise Harrington Pratt (view bio)

    GCC, Canvas

    Star-Spangled Puzzle Ball offers the opportunity to discover the joy of taking counted thread embroidery into three dimensions by creating a “puzzle ball.”

  • Sweet Bag Sewed of Silver and Gold with Melinda Sherbring
    Taught by Melinda Sherbring (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery

    Stitch an embroidered bag like the ones that were in style in England from the mid-1500s to the mid-1600s on Sweet Bag Sewed of Silver and Gold.

  • Taming the Stash Monster with Laura Smith
    Taught by Laura Smith (view bio)

    GCC, Mixed Media and 3D

    Get your stash under control with our course Taming the Stash Monster: Clearing your stash, purchasing strategies, archival storage, inventory and more.

  • Thank Goodness It’s Finished with Kim Sanders
    Taught by Kim Sanders (view bio)

    GCC, Finishing

    Our Group Correspondence Course Thank Goodness It’s Finished teaches a variety of skills needed to assemble embroideries into their final form.

  • Undulations II with Gail Stafford
    Taught by Gail Stafford (view bio)

    GCC, Canvas

    Our Group Correspondence Course Undulations II is a geometric design that mixes Bargello with diagonal stitches, box stitches, cross stitches and tied stitches.

  • GCC, Surface Embroidery

    White Iris is stitched using white or cream Pearl Cotton on matching 32-count Belfast linen. The mat for behind and around the piece adds a punch of color.

  • White On White Crazy Quilted Wallpiece with J. Marsha Michler
    Taught by J. Marsha Michler (view bio)

    GCC, Mixed Media and 3D, Crazy Quilting

    White On White Crazy Quilted Wallpiece is an introduction to crazy quilting that presents this artful form of quilting with a small project.