Exciting Needlework Courses Available this Quarter: Bargello, Surface Embroidery, Finishing and More

It’s a new quarter and that means we have a fresh group of EGA educational opportunities for you to participate in!

GCC: Lightning Rounds

Every quarter, our Education Department selects some of our group courses and these are made available for individual members to register. We usually have 3-4 courses but starting this quarter we are offering 5 GCC Lightning Rounds! This is a great opportunity for members-at-large or chapter members to who have been wanting to try one of these group courses and haven’t been able to. Learn more about Lightning Rounds.

From June 1st through September 1st we have the following GCCs available as Lightning Rounds:

Designers Across America

We also have a new Designers Across America pattern this quarter: Outer Banks Sunrise by Gail Stafford. In this peaceful canvas seascape, stitch the beauty of a vibrant sunrise over the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Click here to order it!

Outer Banks Sunrise by Gail Stafford


Online Classes

Don’t miss our upcoming online class Sashiko Sampler with Jacqui Clarkson, open for registration through July 7! Sashiko is a Japanese art form using needle and thread. It came to be out of necessity but now the quiet, contemplative techniques are for enjoyment as well as stitch diagrams. It is an art form that encourages a Zen-like state as you learn and create your piece or pieces. Registration includes a full kit with indigo fabric, a white marking pencil, graph and tracing paper, Sashiko thread and needles and a Japanese thimble!  Learn more about Sashiko Sampler.

Our upcoming online class Lazy Summer Day with Judy Borreson Caruso is a beginner-level surface embroidery design that will tempt you to smell the flowers and enjoy nature. Registration opens on July 7 but just so you don’t miss it you can sign up for a reminder and get an email letting you know once you can register. Learn more about Lazy Summer Day.

Lazy Summer Day: Teacher Judy Borreson Caruso


Virtual Lectures

We have some exciting  virtual lectures coming up as part of our Virtual Lecture Series. Registration for each lecture is open for a 1-week period and participants for each lecture will be randomly selected in the interest of fairness for all members. You can learn more about the process and see all our upcoming virtual lectures here. We also recently added a form to each of the lectures, so you can be notified when registration starts.

The Story of Seedbeads with Naomi Smith in July is an exploration of Indigenous beadwork from a historical and contemporary perspective. Registration will be open from June 14-21, 2021 1PM Eastern. Sign up for a reminder.

On The Thobe, our August lecture, Wafa Ghnaim will discuss the evolution of the thobe, a traditional embroidered Palestinian dress, from the nineteenth century through the contemporary period. Registration will be open from July 12-19, 2021 1PM Eastern. Sign up for a reminder.

Haptic Memory with Dr. Sharbreon Plummer in September, examines the inequities faced by Black women in artistic interpretation, and how their creative production through fiber intersects with labor, maternal relationships and ancestral memory.  Registration will be open August 16-23, 2021 1PM Eastern. Sign up for a reminder.

These classes and projects were also featured in our June 2021 issue of Needle Arts.


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