Where needle art lives!
EGA National Headquarters is located in Louisville, Kentucky. The office is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Guild and implementation of various EGA programs. In addition to staff offices, Headquarters contains EGA’s Permanent Collection, Dorothy Babcock Memorial Library, and a gallery area where items from the collection and other exhibitions are displayed.
Our offices are located at 1205 East Washington Street, Suite 104, Louisville, KY, 40206. You may contact EGA Headquarters by phone at 502.589-6956, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through our Contact Us page.
Headquarters is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM ET ( The offices will be closed the following dates in 2023: Monday, 2 January; Monday, 16 January; Friday, 5 May; Monday, 29 May; Tuesday, 4 July; Monday, 4 September; Thursday and Friday, 23 and 24 November; Monday and Tuesday, 25 and 26 December; Monday, 1 January 2024.
Here’s all you can find at EGA Headquarters
A wealth of needlework history.
EGA's Permanent Collection
Our Permanent Collection lives at our headquarters and contains examples of a large number of embroidery techniques or anything that can be worked with a needle. The goal of the collection is to represent as many techniques, cultures, and historical eras as possible. Pieces from the collection are used for exhibition, reproduction, and study. Techniques represented include: appliqué, canvas, beadwork, counted thread, French hand sewing, lace, machine embroidery, metal thread, patchwork, plain sewing, quilting, surface (including all non-counted thread techniques such as crewel, silkwork, contemporary embroideries, and whitework.
The Collection currently consists of over 1,000 items and continues to grow through many thoughtful donations and purchases.
More than 2,000 books available to members!
The Dorothy Babcock Lending Library
The Dorothy Babcock Memorial Library at Headquarters consists of a lending library of more than 2000 needlework books and a non-circulating reference section of rare and historic materials. Members are welcome to borrow up to four books at a time for a period of six weeks.
We also have a Study Box program, providing members with a special way of learning. The boxes can be used as an introduction to a needlework technique, as an alternative to classroom study, or for advanced study.
Exhibits, art from the collection and more.
We love showcasing needlework throughout headquarters! When our walls are not covered with breathtaking embroidery from our Permanent Collection, we showcase needle art from exhibits. Planning a visit? Please Contact Us to learn what is currently on display.
The Storr House is a three story Georgian-style miniature house on display at headquarters. The gorgeous house is decorated with tiny items stitched by our members. See a Gallery of the Storr Miniature House here.
Art from our National Exhibit Through the Needle’s Eye is also featured at headquarters. To learn more about our upcoming TNE exhibit click here. You can see a gallery from our previous TNE Exhibits here.
Our Asian Fusion exhibition in 2020 featured embroideries from China, Japan, India, Bangladesh, and Vietnam, alongside modern and contemporary works by embroiderers who appreciate and reinterpret or reproduce Asian elements. You can see the gallery online here.
Complex: The Art in Mixed Media in 2016, was the third of the international embroidered art exhibitions sponsored by EGA. You can see items from that exhibit here.
America: The song, the land, and the stitch!
National Tapestry: America the Beautiful
The National Tapestry: America the Beautiful is on display at our Headquarters. Thousands of members of the EGA worked to fill every inch of the five panels with needlework illustrating the incredible diversity of life in America. The tapestry, an impressionistic piece, uses nature’s flora and fauna against the country’s landscape and it was designed and painted by member Judy Jeroy. Take a look!
Our staff is ready to assist you!
To learn more about each of the staff members visit our Meet the Team page.
We'd love to see you at HQ!
Come visit us!
We’d love to show you around! Our offices are located at 1205 East Washington Street, Suite 104, Louisville, KY, 40206, and we are open from Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM ET.
Would you like to learn more about EGA?
Visit our About Us page to learn about EGA's mission, history and more.