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December 2021 Stitch-a-long: Ribbonere Scissors Case by Margaret Bendig

For our December stitch-a-long on Facebook we are working on a beautiful scissors case by designer Margaret Bendig, member of our Inland Empire Chapter in California. Would you like to help us with the stitch-a-long? We are looking for admins that can help us moderate the EGA Stitch-along group on Facebook and projects that can be […]

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2021 Holiday Countdown: 31 Days of Stitched Ornaments

To bring some holiday cheer and stitching inspiration to your life we will be posting a photo of a stitched ornament every day this month! The photos will be posted here and also on our Facebook and Instagram. Make sure to follow us there! These beautiful ornaments have all been sent by EGA members. While […]

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Just Announced: 2022 International Teacher Tour with Jane Nicholas and Hazel Blomkamp

EGA National Seminar 2022, Broadway Bound, is excited to announce our 2022 International Teacher Tour starring international teachers Hazel Blomkamp from South Africa and Jane Nicholas from Australia! Their engagement on Broadway in New York City is limited and they are excited to perform across the United States! EGA Chapters and Regions can request for […]

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We’re looking for Embroidery Teachers for our Online Studio Classes

The EGA Online Studio is looking for teachers who would like to teach an online class to our members. If you have an exciting class that you know our members will love, we want to hear from you! Proposals can be submitted in a variety of techniques and for all stitching levels, beginner, intermediate and […]

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Learn to Create Patterns from Digital Images in our upcoming online class, now open for registration!

Registration for our upcoming class Creating a Pattern for Embroidery from Digital Images with Julie Carmen is now open. On this class you will learn how to make your own unique patterns with the freedom of using the multitude of digital images available online. Registration is open through December 1st! Get ready for a class […]

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EGA is looking for an Editor for Needle Arts, our quarterly needlework magazine!

Cheryl Christian, EGA’s Needle Arts editor, has announced her retirement from the position. Over the past 14 years, Cheryl has improved both the content and appearance of the publication, and her knowledgeable and detail-oriented approach will be missed. She will close out her tenure with the December 2021 issue, and is looking forward to continuing […]

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Sign up for our Virtual Lecture: Dr. Jessica Grimm and her quest for the origins of or nué, a medieval goldwork technique

On Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 1PM Eastern, Dr. Jessica Grimm will be joining us for a virtual lecture on the medieval goldwork technique of or núe. As or nué is often considered the pinnacle of medieval goldwork techniques, you might be forgiven for thinking that it has been studied extensively. This is not the […]

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8+ Gift Ideas for Embroiderers

The holiday season is a wonderful time for crafters. Not only do we rejoice in the season by giving our friends and family thoughtful, handmade gifts, but it’s also a time when loved ones give us items that help us celebrate our craft. Embroiderers are some of the easiest people to shop for—anything that helps […]

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Join our Metropolitan Region for their Online Class: Posies by Margaret Bendig

The Metropolitan Region is offering an online class with Margaret Bendig who will teach her design, Posies. Class will begin on February 7, 2022 when the first lesson is emailed; three more lessons will be provided every two weeks. Margaret will also provide Zoom sessions, on an as-needed basis. Posies is a composition of a […]

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Learn the Art of Petite Point on Silk Gauze in our upcoming online class, now open for registration!

Registration for our upcoming class Art of Petit Point on Silk Gauze with Natalia Frank is now open. This class is intended to show basic methods and introduce the techniques of stitching on silk gauze and show its versatility. It is designed to help to learn about Petit Point, its stitches, techniques of stitching on […]

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November 2021 Stitch-a-long: Freebie charts for Fall and Winter stitching

For our November stitch-a-long on Facebook we’re stocking you up for the future with a selection of freebie charts for fall and winter stitching.  Here’s more about this month’s stitch-a-long and some updates regarding the future of our Stitch-a-long group admin Kate Gaunt: November is a time to be thankful and Leslie and I would […]

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Free Project: Waves of Ribbon by Merrilyn Heazlewood

Considered one of the earliest textile art forms, ribbons have existed since the dawn of crafting. Often made of superior quality threads, ribbons were used as a stylish embellishment to elevate plain fabric. EJW Barber, upon studying ancient textiles along the Silk Road, discovered decorated bands dating back to 110 BC! Merrilyn Heazlewood turned to […]

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Explore Schwalm Embroidery in our new Group Correspondence Course: Daydreams with Barbara Kershaw

Our Education Department has added a new GCC Encore course to our selection of Group Correspondence Courses. Daydreams with Barbara Kershaw focuses on Schwalm embroidery, a beautiful form of German whitework embroidery traditionally worked on an off white evenweave linen with white thread. The design was created as a pillow but it can be adapted […]

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New Slideshow for Members: A look at Color Theory in Embroidery with Carol Lynn Stratton

Have you checked out our Slideshows & Presentations page? If you are an EGA member, you will be able to access a growing list of slideshows showcasing amazing embroidery on that page. If you’re not a member yet, you can browse a selection of video series also available on that page. Get instant access to […]

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Sign up for our Virtual Lecture: Embroidered Beasts, Relics in Situ with Erin Harvey Moody and Christy Gordon Baty

On November 14, 2021, at 1PM Eastern, Erin Harvey Moody and Christy Gordon Baty will be joining us for a virtual lecture on Embroidered Beasts, Relics in Situ! Animals were a favorite motif in Elizabethan and Jacobean needlework — from leopards and lions, to bears, bunnies and monkeys, to unicorns, camels and elephants. We will […]

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EGA Member Rozelle Hirschfelt takes home 3 top prizes at Stan Hywet Needlework Guild’s 47th Stitchery Showcase

Stan Hywet Needlework Guild held the 47th Stitchery Showcase at the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens on October 7 to 10th 2021. Rozelle Hirschfelt, one of our members from our Town and Country Chapter and Canton Chapter in Ohio had quite the showing! Rozelle’s Tudor Rose Sampler was the Best of Show Winner for 2021 […]

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New Online Classes: Stitch a stunning Geometric design, Create Patterns from Digital Images, Learn the Art of Petit Point

We are excited to announce some exciting additions to our schedule of upcoming classes! First, registration is currently open for our upcoming online class Maple Leaves with Susan Hoekstra. On this class you will work with a variety of composite and specialty stitches to create a stunning geometric design. The kit for the class includes […]

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Stitch with us at the Textile Society of America October Stitch-In with Guest Rachel Meginnes

EGA is delighted to be sponsoring the speakers for The Textile Society of America virtual Stitch-ins. The TSA is hosting virtual lecture/discussion/stitch-in sessions on a variety of subjects which will interest many EGA members. The next Textile Society of America Stitch-In will be on October 21 at 7pm Eastern and will feature guest Rachel Meginnes. […]

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Pacific Southwestern Region Fundraiser: Chottie Alderson’s Historic I Sampler

Our Pacific Southwestern Region (PSR) is offering a very special revival of Chottie Alderson’s Historic I Sampler. By ordering this beautiful sampler, you support PSR. Here is more information about the design and how to order it. A detailed description of the sampler follows the pictures. The entire document consists of 55 pages of history, […]

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October 2021 Stitch-a-long: Brite Eyes, a Spooky Halloween Scene

For our October stitch-a-long on Facebook we are stitching a spooky Halloween scene by designer Margaret Bendig, member of our Inland Empire Chapter in California. This month’s project is a stash piece which allows you to be creative in your color selection, but the instructions also list the threads used in the original. Here’s a […]

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‘Hanging by a Thread Chapter’ in California participates in global art project ’25 Million Stitches: One Stitch, One Refugee’

Our Hanging By a Thread Chapter in Placerville, California recently participated in a global art project called 25 Million Stitches: One Stitch, One Refugee. Read more about the project and their participation from chapter member Billie Hoover: A Little History and an AMAZING visit. In 2019 our EGA chapter, Hanging By A Thread in Placerville […]

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Berry Bramble Stumpwork Embroidery Virtual Class with Celeste Chalasani and our Corning Chapter

Berry Bramble teaches traditional and contemporary stumpwork techniques while employing modern motifs of berries and blossoms found in the Pacific Northwest; Pacific dogwood, salmonberry flowers, raspberries, blueberries, wild strawberries, blackberries and trailing snowberries. Students will explore essential stumpwork techniques; padding, padded slips, wired slips and needle lace. Berry Bramble is a two day class with […]

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Videos: Fiber Talk takes over our 2021 National Seminar

If you’ve ever wondered what participating at our National Seminar is like, you are in luck! Our friends at Fiber Talk spent some time with us at our 2021 National Seminar in Chicago and they were busy, busy, busy! Fiber Talk is a podcast for fiber-art hobbyists which features interviews with fiber artists from all […]

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Video: 2021 Highlights including Golden Needle Awards, Installation of New Officers, Gold Thread Awards and more

Welcome to the continuation to our 2021 Annual Meeting Video. In this video you will be able to enjoy some of the events that took place at our 2021 National Seminar: The Magnificent Stitch in Chicago, including the installation of new officers and the Gold Thread Awards for 2020 and 2021. You will also see […]

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Needlework Courses Available Now: Stitch a Leaves Sampler, Organize your Stash, Learn Hungarian Embroidery 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 correspondence courses and these are made available for individual members to register. We usually have 3-4 courses but starting this quarter […]

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Calling All Teachers to our 2023 National Seminar: Boston Stitch Party

The New England Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will be hosting the 2023 EGA National Seminar – Boston Stitch Party at the Sheraton Boston Hotel from Friday, September 1 to Tuesday, September 5, 2023. We would be delighted to have you propose one, two, and/or four day classes for a total of five teaching […]

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Join us in New York City for our 2022 National Seminar: Broadway Bound | Early Registration Now Open!

The Metropolitan Region invites you to join us in New York City from August 24 – 28, 2022 for the 2022 EGA National Seminar, Broadway Bound. We have sixty-eight classes to select from in a variety of embroidery techniques. Thirty-two talented teachers from the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa will be joining us. Our […]

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September 2021 Stitch-a-long: Finishing the Aztec Scissors Case

For our September stitch-a-long on Facebook we are finishing the Aztec Scissors Case we started in April. Don’t miss parts 1 and 2 of the project which are also linked below.  Here’s more about this month’s stitch-a-long from admin Kate Gaunt: There are lots of ways to finish small stitched items and I tried to […]

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Video: See the 2021 EGA Annual Meeting featuring updates on Education, Marketing and more

The first part of our 2021 Annual Meeting took place on Tuesday, August 31st 2021. The meeting featured updates from EGA leadership on the EGA’s Education, Marketing and more, and you can watch it on the video below. A second video will be posted soon and it will include clips from the 2021 Seminar, awards […]

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Last Chance: 18 Embroidery Projects Supporting Wounded Service Members

As part of EGA’s National Outreach Project, every EGA president appoints a charity to support. At the beginning of her term, President Janet Noble selected America’s wounded service members as her designated National Outreach Project. Six sets of gorgeous embroidery projects in a wide variety of techniques have been released throughout her term which comes […]

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Sign up for our Virtual Lecture with Dr. Sharbreon Plummer on Centering Black Women’s Experiences in Fiber Art Narratives

On September 11, 2021, at 1PM Eastern, Dr. Sharbreon Plummer will be joining us for an exciting conversation about her doctoral research project, Haptic Memory: Centering Black Women’s Experiences in Fiber Art Narratives. Haptic Memory examines the inequities faced by Black women in artistic interpretation, and how their creative production through fiber intersects with labor, […]

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Exciting Changes to your EGA Member Profile: Embroidery Resources at the tip of your fingers

An EGA Membership grants you access to many resources to aid you in your needlework journey. As part of your membership, you get online access to a collection of Petite Projects, Publications and other needlework material that you can find right here on our website. Your Profile is the place where you can find all […]

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Learn to add depth and character to your embroidery in our online class Designing with Texture

Registration for our upcoming class Designing with Texture with teacher Raven Fagelson is now open. This class will teach you how to see and add texture into your work by designing a monochrome crewelwork based on 17th century examples. You will learn step by step, using stitches you already know. You will discover how to […]

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August 2021 Stitch-a-long: Herringbone & Holes by Jane Ellen Balzuweit

For our August stitch-a-long on Facebook we are working on Herringbone & Holes with Jane Ellen Balzuweit. Here’s more about this month’s stitch-a-long from admin Kate Gaunt: Where has the summer gone? It’s already August and school in Texas starts in less than two weeks. Yikes! Our August SAL comes to us courtesy of EGA member […]

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Stitch with us at the Textile Society of America August Stitch-In with Guest Ruth Miller

EGA is delighted to be sponsoring the speakers for The Textile Society of America virtual Stitch-ins. The TSA is hosting six virtual lecture/discussion/stitch-in sessions on a variety of subjects which will interest many EGA members. The next Textile Society of America Stitch-In will be on August 12 at 1pm Eastern and will feature guest Ruth […]

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New Merch: ‘Where Needle Art Lives’ Tote Bag and Needlework Sticker Sheets

We recently released two exciting new products that will help you show your love for stitching everywhere you go! These two items are part of our new Welcome to EGA membership kit sent to all EGA members when they join. Not a member yet? Join us here! Our Where Needle Art Lives Tote Bag features […]

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The Most Common Embroidery Mistakes (And How To Fix Them)

Needleworkers sometimes find themselves frustrated with stitchwork that frays, canvases that pucker, or gaping holes in their work. It’s very difficult to fix or prevent embroidery mistakes without a proper understanding of how and why these issues occur. No matter how long you have been embroidering, it’s important to keep certain rules in mind to […]

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Join the Tennessee Valley Region in Kingsport, TN for ‘Stitching Friends Forever’ 2022

The Tennessee Valley Region wants to see YOU in Kingsport, TN on June 24-26, 2022. Enjoy seeing old friends and making new ones at the TVR Share-A-Stitch XLII: Stitching Friends Forever. We will have two days of great classes, a banquet, merchandise night, opportunity baskets, boutique, used bookstore and more. Registration will open on October […]

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A Sampling of Tunisian Embroidery at the Starlight Stitchers and Desert Threaders Chapters in Arizona

This year, with the miracle of zoom, members of EGA have been able to learn about the embroideries of various different ethnic groups. In Arizona, the members of Starlight Stitchers and of Desert Threaders in were fortunate enough to learn about Tunisian Embroidery during the French Protectorate from the mother of one of their own. […]

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Sign up for an Encore Virtual Lecture with Sarah Pedlow on European Folk Embroidery

On Sunday August 15, 2021, at 1PM Eastern, we will be having an encore virtual lecture with artist and instructor Sarah Pedlow. Back in April, Sarah shared with us about The Culture of Folk Embroidery in 3 European Countries. For this new date, Sarah will be covering the same topic to give an opportunity to […]

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Congratulations to our 2021 Gold Thread Award Winners

Our Gold Thread Award is a way for EGA chapters and regions to recognize outstanding individuals who have given freely of their time and talents, and best exemplify EGA’s purpose. We would like to congratulate the winners of our 2021 Gold Thread Award, these are members who make our chapters thrive. They inspire stitchers to stretch […]

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We want to see your Stitched Ornament on our Holiday Tree

It’s that time again! This year, we are again asking for your donated stitched ornaments for the EGA Headquarters holiday tree. I would love to have enough ornaments donated that we need an extra tree this year. We are welcoming any stitched ornament that you would like to give us, for any of the winter […]

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Join the Heartland Region in Minnesota for ‘A Stitch for All Seasons’ Region Seminar 2022

The St. Paul Needleworkers Chapter in Minnesota, invites you to the 2022 Heartland Region Seminar “A Stitch for All Seasons.” The seminar will be on June 16 through 19, 2022 at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel in Minnetonka, MN. We will have three days with 19 exciting classes on Needlepoint, Surface Embroidery, Kumihimo Beading, Felt […]

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Sign up for our Virtual Lecture with Wafa Ghnaim on The Thobe, a bedrock of Palestinian textile artistry

On August 14, 2021, at 1PM Eastern, Author and teaching artist Wafa Ghnaim will be speaking to us about the Thobe, a traditional embroidered dress and bedrock of Palestinian textile artistry. In the lecture, Wafa will detail regional variations of traditional Palestinian costume in old Palestine; political events that had direct artistic implications on embroidery; […]

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July 2021 Stitch-a-long: Biscornu Pincushion from Giuliana Ricama

For our July stitch-a-long on Facebook we are working on a biscornu pincushion courtesy of embroidery magazine Giuliana Ricama. Here’s more about this month’s stitch-a-long from admin Kate Gaunt: We have a great new project for July — courtesy of the embroidery magazine, Giuliana Ricama. Giuliana Ricama is an Italian publication that recently launched an English-language […]

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Stitch a whimsical Surface Embroidery Design in our new online class Lazy Summer Day

Registration for our upcoming online class Lazy Summer Day with Judy Borreson Caruso is now open! On this beginner-level surface embroidery design you will stitch a tree, flowers, a rabbit, a butterfly and a bird. Some of the stitches used for the design include stem, lazy daisy, outline, French knot, fly, feather, stacked outline, back […]

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Come join us as we explore the techniques of Contemporary Geometric Beading forms with Sam Norgard

Come join us as we explore the techniques of Contemporary Geometric Beading forms Sam Norgard. This Extended Study Program will take place in Williamsburg, Virginia on November 7-12, 2021. The registration deadline is September 15! In exploring forms students will look at simple triangles and learn how to use them as a tool to detonate […]

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Faculty just announced for Stitching in the Rogue, our Greater Pacific Region Seminar 2022

The Greater Pacific Region is thrilled to announce the faculty selected for our 2022 seminar, Stitching in the Rogue to be held in Ashland, Oregon.  Faculty photos and biographies can be found at our seminar website here. Seminar dates are July 8-13, 2022 with class offerings from contemporary designs to historical techniques, and counted thread […]

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See America the Beautiful: EGA’s Breathtaking Needlework Tapestry

Are you in for a visual treat today? In the early 2000s, EGA member Judy Jeroy designed and painted what came to be our National Tapestry: America the Beautiful. For around five years, thousands of members filled every inch of the tapestry’s five panels with stitches. Using numerous embroidery techniques and stitches, the panels were […]

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Learn the history and techniques of the Japanese art form of Sahiko Embroidery

Registration for our upcoming online class Sashiko Sampler with Jacqui Clarkson ends on July 7, 2021. On this three-lesson course you will learn about the history of this Sashiko embroidery as well as the techniques of this Japanese art form. The first lesson will be posted on September 1, 2021. The following lessons will be […]

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Watch EGA member Gary Sligh’s TED Talk on The Legacy of Handmade Objects

EGA member Gary Sligh recently delivered a TED Talk on The Legacy of Handmade Objects that we’re sure you will enjoy. Gary is a member of  our Suwanee Stitchers Chapter in Florida and is also the treasurer for our Sun Region. He’s been stitching for over 50 years and discovered and joined EGA once he […]

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Sign up for our next Virtual Lecture: The Story of Seedbeads with Naomi Smith

On July 10, 2021, at 1PM Eastern, Naomi Smith will be telling us the Story of the Seed Bead. Naomi is an Indigenous Artist and Educator. She is actively involved in sharing traditional teachings with others. She focuses on the ways of the Indigenous people of the Woodlands and Northeastern region from a historical and […]

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EGA’s Laurel Chapter in North Carolina donates 150 Stitched Bookmarks

Our Laurel Chapter in North Carolina creates handmade, stitched bookmarks each year for the Henderson County Library’s Youth Coordinator and for the Blue Ridge Literacy Council. This month the chapter members donated 150 bookmarks. As this is an annual outreach, our total bookmark donation over the past six years has been over 750 items! The […]

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Registration for The Magnificent Stitch closes June 15: See the Stunning Classes and Register Today

We are very excited for the many stitchers from all over the country who will be coming to stitch with us at our National Seminar in Chicago! Our National Seminar 2021, The Magnificent Stitch, will take place on September 1 through 5, 2021 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown in Chicago, Illinois. Open registration ends on […]

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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 […]

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5 Ways to Design Your Own Embroidery Patterns

Sometimes the exact embroidery project you want to make simply doesn’t exist. Designing your own embroidery pattern may seem daunting, but there are several avenues available for bringing the gorgeous idea out of your head and onto the canvas. Draw it Yourself If you’re naturally artistically inclined, one of the best ways to design your […]

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June 2021 Stitch-a-long: Aztec Scissors Case – Side 2

For our June stitch-a-long on Facebook we are working on Side 2 of the Aztec Scissors Case we started stitching in April! Here’s more about this month’s stitch-a-long from admin Kate Gaunt: Our June SAL project is Side 2 of the Aztec Scissors Case we began in April. The file link shows the instructions for […]

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See you in Chicago for our National Seminar 2021: The Magnificent Stitch

As EGA president, I promised that a decision would be made by May 31 whether the 2021 EGA national seminar, “The Magnificent Stitch,” would be an in-person seminar or a virtual seminar. The EGA executive committee, the seminar committee and the national seminar committee have reviewed advice of national and local authorities on the status […]

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Photos: See the Amazing Needle Art from our 2021 Fiber Forum

We have some amazing needle art to share as part of this year’s Fiber Forum. The purpose of Fiber Forum is to promote and advance embroidery as an art form through the exhibition of original works. Every year, new members are juried into Fiber Forum by academics and professional artists who are active in their […]

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5 Embroidery Trends You Need To Try

Embroidery is enjoying something of a renaissance, with several trends rising to the peaks of popularity over the last pandemic year. Time at home has provided ample space and opportunity to indulge in our favorite crafts, and both novice and experienced stitchers are exploring new ways to add embroidered elements into their everyday lives. From […]

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The Cliff Walk Carry Strap Online Class sponsored by the Metropolitan Region

The Metropolitan Region’s next educational online class is with Pat Olski who has designed The Cliff Walk Carry Strap. Registration is now open and will close June 30, 2021. The cost for this class is $40 which includes the teaching fee and instructions. All three lessons will be provided via email on Monday, September 13, […]

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Calling all Needlework teachers: Submit your proposal for EGA’s South Central Region Seminar 2023

The South Central Region of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America is pleased to announce Seminar 2023, “Sugar Land Express,” hosted by the Houston Embroiderers’ Guild (HEG) on June 6-10, 2023, at the Marriott Town Square in Sugar Land, Texas (Greater Houston area). A selection of 1-day, 2-day, and 3-day classes will be offered in several […]

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Registration is open for our Virtual Lecture on the work of Maya textile artists with Diane Herrmann

On the next lecture in our Virtual Lecture Series, Diane Herrmann will be talking about the work of Maya Textile artists. The virtual lecture will take place online on June 12, 2021 at 1PM Eastern. Sign up is open to all EGA members through May 17, 2021 at 1PM Eastern. Attendance is limited to 100 […]

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New Seminar 2021 Event: ‘Meet the Classes’ coming to The Magnificent Stitch

With registration currently open for The Magnificent Stitch 2021, we invite you to a NEW event called “Meet the Classes!” Meet the Classes will be a virtual event held via Zoom using Breakout rooms over three different dates and times of which you can select any or all to attend, your choice. Our 25 teachers have […]

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Register today for Red Clover, an online class with teacher Katherine Diuguid

Registration for our upcoming online class Red Clover with Katherine Diuguid is now open and ends on June 2, 2021. This 4-lesson online class, takes inspiration from Victorian botanical illustrations with a design celebrates the beauty of the lowly Red Clover. Incorporating variegated threads and stretched gilt wires with traditional embroidery and padding techniques gives […]

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May 2021 Stitch-a-long: EGA Needlecase

For our May stitch-a-long on Facebook we are stitching a beautiful needlecase! Here’s more about this month’s stitch-a-long from admin Kate Gaunt: A special treat!For our May 2021 project, we have a darling needlecase designed by EGA member Barbara Jackson of Tristan Brooks Designs. This project features the new EGA logo and continues our creativity […]

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May is Membership Renewal Month: Keep Stitching with EGA!

May is here and that means it’s membership renewal time at EGA! We are thankful to the chapter members renewing through their chapters, and to every member at-large who has already renewed their membership! Your EGA membership not only gives you access to some great tools for your stitching journey, it also helps support our […]

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Listen while you stitch: Cyberstitchers’ Jo Ann Jackson visits Fiber Talk Podcast

Jo Ann Jackson, President of our CyberStitchers Chapter recently participated in a great episode of Fiber Talk sponsored by EGA. CyberStitchers is one of our three online chapters, providing those interested in chapter affiliation with the opportunity to be a chapter member from virtually anywhere in the world. Fiber Talk is a twice-weekly podcast for fiber-art […]

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New Member Resources: A Guide to Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery and a Dorset Buttons Petite Project

It is a pleasure to announce two new Education Publications for EGA members! Technique Basics and Petite Projects are two series of publications available as a benefit to EGA members. If you are an EGA Member, logging in will give you access to the links below. If you are not an EGA Member yet, joining […]

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Reticello Needle Book: A New Personalized Group Correspondence Course from EGA

We have a new Group Correspondence Course(GCC) with teacher Jonalene Gutwein that focuses on the technique of reticello, incorporating the pulled 4-sided stitch, the cutting of threads in both directions, satin stitched edges, and needle weaving. Reticello Needle Book is the next step for the experienced drawn thread enthusiasts who wish to begin learning the […]

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Threaded Needle Chapter in California hosts Kathy Andrews for Sampler Collections: The Makers & Their Samplers

Our Threaded Needle Chapter in Escondido, California recently hosted member Kathy Andrews, who will also be teaching at our upcoming National Seminar: The Magnificent Stitch. Read more from the chapter below: In March, we offered a special program presented by Kathy Andrews: Sampler Collections: The Makers & Their Samplers.  Kathy is a member of the […]

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Fun Summer Ahead! Royal School of Needlework’s Online Summer School 2021

Royal School of Needlework | Online International Summer School 2021 | Sunday July 11 to Friday July 23 Join the international stitch party! Whether you’re inspired to pick up a needle and thread by seeing embroidery on Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’ or reading about George Clooney sewing his children’s clothes, there is no doubt that stitch is enjoying […]

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Become a Certified Needlework Teacher with EGA’s Teacher Certification Program

Do you want to be an EGA Certified Needlework Teacher? Do you have teaching experience and a thorough knowledge of one or more needlework techniques? If so, consider signing up for EGA’s newly revised Teacher Certification Program. This three-year path to certification includes: 1. Individual Correspondence Courses in The Art of Teaching and Design for […]

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Stitching for a Cause: Set 6 of Embroidery Projects supporting Wounded Service Members

I have been thrilled beyond words with the response I received from our designers when I asked for projects to sell as a fundraiser for my National Outreach Project. When I became president 2½ years ago, I selected America’s wounded service members. The creativity of the projects has amazed me as they range from focusing […]

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April 2021 Stitch-a-long: Aztec Scissors Case

For our April stitch-a-long on Facebook we are stitching an Aztec Scissors Case! Here’s more about this month’s stitch-a-long from admin Kate Gaunt: In January, we began our creativity challenge. The idea is to experiment and try new things. EGA provides a lot of great educational opportunities and I have certainly participated in a lot […]

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Celebrating member Bette Crowell from our Starlight Stitchers Chapter for her 101st Birthday

We join our Starlight Stitchers Chapter in Arizona in celebrating member Bette Crowell for her upcoming 101st birthday! Bette was born April 13, 1920 in Tombstone, Arizona and moved to California in 1929. Bette was married twice and had four children. Her mother taught her to embroider, needlepoint, knit, and crochet. She also likes to […]

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What is Through the Needle’s Eye? A Showcase of the Best in Original Needlework

What is Through the Needle’s Eye? You have heard the initials. Maybe you have seen the gallery, but what does it mean? Did you know that EGA has sponsored a national exhibit of needlework since 1962. In 1995 the name was changed from The National Exhibit to Through the Needle’s Eye (TNE). The purpose of […]

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Textile Society of America April Stitch-In: Guest Hillary Waters Fayle and Hand Yoga with Heidi Park

EGA is delighted to be sponsoring the speakers for The Textile Society of America virtual Stitch-ins. The TSA is hosting six virtual lecture/discussion/stitch-in sessions on a variety of subjects which will interest many EGA members. The second Textile Society of America Stitch-In will be on Thursday, April 22 from 6-8pm Eastern and will feature guest […]

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Find a Needlework Shop with EGA’s New Needlework Shop Affiliate Program

We recently launched an exciting new program that will be of great benefit to EGA members and stitchers everywhere. Our Needlework Shop Affiliate Program gives Needlework Shops a place to be featured on our website, where stitchers looking for supplies will be able to easily find them. Not only will EGA Affiliated Needlework Shops receive […]

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Show us your “outside the box” embroidery work for the 2021 Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award

Have you stretched yourself…to be creative, to experiment, to go beyond your comfort zone by thinking “outside the box”? Have you taken the traditional and turned it inside out using stitches and materials in an unusual and modern way? If you created an original work of embroidery with artistic merit and that shows your growth […]

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Free Project: Whimsical Metal Thread Embroidery with Kay Stanis | Part 2

Welcome back to part two in this series! Whether you’re new to the world of metal thread embroidery or are looking to perfect your skills, these instructions will show you how to stitch this whimsical snail project from start to finish. The instructions are written for the beginning to intermediate metal thread student; you can  […]

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New Slideshow for Members: Needlepoint in English Churches

Have you checked out our Slideshows & Presentations page? If you are an EGA member, you will be able to access a growing list of historic slideshows showcasing amazing embroidery on that page. If you’re not a member yet, you can browse a selection of video series also available on that page. Get instant access […]

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ICYMI: Registration for The Magnificent Stitch is now Open!

Open Registration for our National Seminar 2021: The Magnificent Stitch has started and will be available through June 15, 2021. Seminar 2021 Central has been updated with new registration information, class updates and more. We are including some pictures of the exciting classes below, but you can see all the available classes in our 2021 […]

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Changes to our Virtual Lecture Sign-up Procedure

Starting with our April Virtual Lecture with Sarah Pedlow, the Virtual Lecture Team, with Rand’s assistance, is implementing a new sign-up procedure for the lectures. The current method requires interested members to be at their computer on a specific day and time and the lectures are full in about 2 hours. That isn’t fair. We […]

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New Petite Project: Floral Needle Nanny/Finder #3 by Lorna Bateman

With spring around the corner it is a pleasure to introduce the newest Petite Project for members. Floral Needle Nanny/Finder #3 by designer Lorna Bateman, one of our members-at-large from England. The small, 1.5 inches in size, floral allows embroiderers to select their favorite flower colors and also the stitches to be used. Lorna’s instructions […]

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Try Something New this Quarter: Courses on Mixed Media, Surface Embroidery, Schwalm 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 From March 1st through June 1st we have the following GCCs available as Lightning Rounds. Lightning Rounds are 3-4 of our group correspondence courses made available for individuals to register without […]

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March 2021 Stitch-a-long: Doodling A-Round, Continuing our Creativity Challenge for 2021

For our March stitch-a-long on Facebook we are having a Doodle A-Round! Here’s more about this month’s stitch-a-long from from admin Kate Gaunt: Welcome to our March Stitch-a-Long! Leslie and I have greatly enjoyed all your explorations and creative results for our 2021 challenge. Kay Jarrell came up with a super idea to use doodle […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposal for EGA’s New England Region Seminar 2022

Our New England Region Seminar 2022, The Stitches That Bind Us, sponsored by the Pioneer Valley and Connecticut River Valley Chapters, will be held April 30 – May 1, 2022, at the Sheraton Hartford South, Rocky Hill, CT. We encourage you to submit proposals for 1- and 2-day classes. We are hoping to offer classes […]

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Join us Saturday, March 6: Semi-Annual Meeting 2021

Our Semi-Annual Meeting will be taking place on Saturday, March 6 from 6:00-7:30 PM EST. The meeting is happening virtually, which means all EGA members will be able to see the meeting as it happens through a YouTube Live Stream. While you will not be able to communicate with the board during the meeting, questions […]

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Free Project: Whimsical Metal Thread Embroidery with Kay Stanis | Part 1

Whether you’re new to the world of metal thread embroidery or are looking to perfect your skills, these instructions will show you how to stitch this whimsical snail project from start to finish. The instructions are written for the beginning to intermediate metal thread student, and we will be sharing them as part of a […]

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Photos: See EGA members’ contributions to the World’s Longest Band Sampler Project

We recently shared that members of our Metropolitan Region were participating in the World’s Longest Band Sampler project sponsored by the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD). We are happy to now share that many members and chapters joined in and stitched some beautiful additions to the sampler. Enjoy a selection of some […]

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Textile Society of America Stitch-In: Linda Eaton on Erica Wilson’s Life and Legacy

  EGA is delighted to sponsor the speakers for a new series you will be able to enjoy online. The Textile Society of America will host six virtual lecture/discussion/stitch-in sessions on a variety of subjects which will interest many EGA members. The first Textile Society of America Stitch-In will be on Thursday, February 25 from […]

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Good News: We are going to have our 2021 EGA National Seminar

If all goes as we plan, our 2021 EGA National Seminar: The Magnificent Stitch will be in person in Chicago September 1, 2021-September 5, 2021. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation. If we cannot meet in person then, we are still planning on having the seminar. The seminar committee is working hard on all […]

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Submit your questions for our Virtual Semi-Annual Meeting 2021

Our virtual Semi-Annual Meeting with the full membership will be on Saturday, March 6 from 6:00-7:30 PM EST. You will hear an update, questions answered, and issues addressed as we did last September. You will be able to see and hear this meeting via a YouTube Live stream on our new Annual Meetings page. You will not be […]

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Stitch-in-Public Day with our Hagerstown Chapter in Maryland

Members of the Hagerstown Chapter In Maryland were anxious to get out of their homes and take advantage of the lull between winter storms to celebrate Stitch in Public Day. Beth Kraenbring and Darlene Leboeuf spent the morning at the Myersville Indoor Farmers’ Market. They had a display of various needlework techniques in both “finished” […]

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EGA Headquarters Closed February 15-16 due to Weather

Update for Tuesday, February 16 2021: EGA headquarters will be closed Monday, February 15 starting at 2:00 PM and Tuesday February 16, due to winter weather in the Louisville area. Although we are not able to take your phone calls, we will be working from home. Please email us individually, email egahq@egausa.org or through our […]

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New date for our exciting Contemporary Geometric Beadwork ESP with Sam Norgard

Are you feeling BLUE? Tired of looking at your own four walls? Want the company of someone other than family? How about an exciting learning experience in a historical setting with a group of like-minded individuals?Join us for this Extended Study Program on November 7-12, 2021! Come to an Extended Study Program with Professor Sam […]

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Small Embroidery Projects to Launch a New Year of Stitching

2021 is officially underway and that same old feeling is creeping in. What should we work on? Is it time to cast a gimlet eye on our current stash and strategize how to turn it into something fresh and new? Should we focus on strengthening and learning new techniques? Last year brought an influx of […]

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February 2021 Stitch-a-long: Hearts, Creativity and Flexibility

Hearts, creativity and flexibility are the ingredients for this February’s stitch-a-long explorations. Here’s more about this month’s stitch-a-long from from admin Kate Gaunt: Happy February! February always makes me think of hearts. Hearts, creativity and flexibility are the ingredients for this month’s stitch-a-long (SAL) explorations. Leslie and I know that many of you are still […]

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Constellation Chapter’s busy 2020: Star Wars and Disney Princess Quilts and Bookmarks

Not a group to be slowed down, the Constellation Chapter was busy creating projects all during the shutdown of 2020. 12 members worked on a the Disney Princess quilt below that was delivered to Love Quilts International in the spring. 12 more members worked on a Star Wars quilt that was delivered to Chesapeake Children’s […]

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Start working on your needlework for our 22nd Through the Needle’s Eye National Exhibit

We are all dealing with the current health crises in our own way. It may be helpful to have something to look forward to by designing a piece of needlework for the 22nd Through the Needle’s Eye National Exhibit. The virtual exhibit will be held in conjunction with the 2023 National Seminar in Boston. TNE […]

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Guest Post: Free Elizabethan Strawberry Embroidery Project by Margaret Kinsey

Explore Elizabethan embroidery techniques with this beginner-friendly project designed by Margaret Kinsey: A Strawberry for Elizabeth I! This style of embroidery is done in silk, metals, precious stones, particularly pearls and other beautiful sparkly things. The stitches are varied from simple couching to braided stitches using gold metals. Elizabeth’s Strawberry is a beginning piece. Some […]

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Subscribe to the EGA Blog for the latest in embroidery classes, events, projects and more

If you enjoy keeping up with the EGA Blog you will enjoy this new website feature! Readers of the blog may now subscribe to receive an email when a new post goes up! You can sign up using the form below or on the left hand sidebar on every blog post. We can’t wait to […]

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Online Classes coming soon: Winter Lights with Jennifer Riefenberg and Some Accumulation with Terri Bay

Our Education Department is pleased to announce two exciting online classes coming soon! In Some Accumulation with Terri Bay you will work on this snowy white Hardanger Embroidery piece. Some Accumulation begins with the basics of Hardanger; Klosters, ship stitches, double cable, and blanket stitch, then progresses to steps that take just a bit more […]

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New Group Correspondence Course: Bargello and Design with Gail Stafford

The Education Department is pleased to announce the addition of our latest Group Correspondence Course Bargello and Design with Gail Stafford. Our GCCs are correspondence courses available for groups of up to 20 EGA members. Visit our Group Correspondence Courses to learn more about how GCCs work and to see the list of available courses. […]

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Let your creativity run wild in our January 2021 Stitch-a-long

For our first Stitch-a-long of 2021 on Facebook we are getting creative and using up our stash! Here’s more about this month’s project from Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: With a new year comes lots of hope and a desire to start fresh. There are many monthly stitch-a-longs starting up all over the internet and I’m […]

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February Virtual Lecture: The Art of the Japanese Internment Camps with Toni Gerdes

The next installment in our Virtual Lecture Series will be The Art of the Japanese Internment Camps with Toni Gerdes and it will take place on February 13, 2021 at 1PM Eastern. Registration is required and starts on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 1PM Eastern. Attendance to our virtual lectures is limited to 100 participants […]

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2020 Holiday Countdown: 31 Days of Stitched Ornaments

To bring some holiday cheer and stitching inspiration to your life we will be posting a photo of a stitched ornament every day this month! The photos will be posted here and also on our Facebook and Instagram. Make sure to follow us there! These beautiful ornaments have all been sent by EGA members. While […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposals for EGA’s Tennessee Valley Region Seminar 2022

The Tennessee Valley Region of EGA will hold its 2022 Seminar from June 23 to June 26, 2022 at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center near Kingsport, Tennessee. Teachers are invited to submit proposals for 2-day classes. Classes will begin on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 1:30 pm and conclude on Sunday, June 26, […]

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New: Virtual Lecture Series discussing the history, symbolism, purpose, and practicality of embroidery

EGA’s Education Department is pleased to announce a Virtual Lecture Series that will be available to members over Zoom. On the second Saturday of every month at 1PM Eastern, a guest lecturer will speak to us about culturally diverse embroidery techniques and textile traditions. Attendance to each lecture is limited to 100 participants on a […]

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Get ready for 2021 with our Magnificent Stitch Seminar Merchandise

Get ready for our 2021 National Seminar: The Magnificent Stitch in Chicago with some great merchandise items! Here are some of the items you can purchase: Beaded Nametag Pattern and Kit Bead a custom nametag for 2021! The full kit includes the pattern (with instructions for name customization!) and all beads to complete the project. Needles and […]

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Updated: Tools for staying connected and using Zoom

This post was updated with two new documents on December 9, 2020. As we continue following CDC guidelines and the proper precautions, more and more of us are turning to technology that allows us to meet fellow stitchers at a distance. We recently wrote about some tools for staying connected, and some tips on setting […]

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Gifts and stocking stuffers for the stitcher in your life: Journals, Bookmarks and more

This holiday season we bring you beautiful and functional gifts! To help you cross some gifts off your list here are some gifts that will be great presents and stocking stuffers for stitchers and non-stitchers alike. Take a look, add a few gifts to your cart and scratch them off your Christmas list! Post Cards: […]

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Updated: Contacting EGA Headquarters and COVID-19

Updated December 9, 2020: Due to ongoing dangerous levels of covid19, EGA will continue to operate indefinitely with one person in the office at a time, with no visitors permitted. Headquarters hours will continue to be Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM ET. We welcome your calls during that time, or email us […]

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Stay in and stitch: Free projects, embroidery resources and more to do at home

Because of the current pandemic we are all spending more time in our homes. If you are not used to spending all your time at home, you may be starting to get antsy or a little restless. But aren’t we lucky to pursue an art that we get to work on from the comfort of […]

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Guest Post: Free Heart Canvas Work Pin Project by Catherine Jordan

I am hoping to inspire everyone to Take Heart with this lovely contemporary canvas work pin project! If you take heart from something, you are encouraged and feel optimistic – so cheer up and perk up while exploring the possibilities of opening your canvas. Traditional open work uses weaving and wrapping so that the remaining […]

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Educational Opportunities for You: Courses on Dresden Lace, Blackwork, Russian Drawn Thread and More

It’s a new quarter and that means we have a fresh group of EGA educational opportunities for you to participate in! From December 1st through March 1st we have the following GCCs available as Lightning Rounds. Lightning Rounds are 3-4 group correspondence courses made available for individuals to register without the need for a group.  […]

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Kim Sanders and Sheryl Borden discuss Stumpwork embroidery on Creative Living

On this clip from Creative Living with Sheryl Borden(KENW), designer Kim Sanders talks about the raised and padded embroidery technique called stumpwork.  Stumpwork is a marvelously versatile technique since whichever thread, fabric or found object that best suits the designer’s vision, can be incorporated into a stumpwork embroidery. Samples of motifs using different kinds of padding and wire […]

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Stitch a gorgeous wool felt project in our December 2020 Stitch-a-long

For our December Stitch-a-long on Facebook we are stitching a gorgeous wool felt project by EGA member Katie Tomlinson! Here’s more about this month’s project from Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: This design comes to us from Katie Tomlinson of the Corning Chapter (Corning, New York) in the Mid-Eastern Region of EGA. Katie was the winner […]

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Colcha Embroidery resources available from our Sandia Mountains Chapter in New Mexico

Our Sandia Mountains Chapter in Albuquerque NM, has compiled an in-depth historical review and worked examples of the colcha embroidery stitch, which is specific to northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The materials are extensive, consisting of six binders, as well as Chapter publications and photographs of a collection of embroidered Christmas ornaments which have […]

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Amadeus & Friends: Download now available from our Mid-Eastern Region

Our Mid-Eastern Region is offering Amadeus & Friends, designed and taught by Connie Ann Root in 1994 for the Corning EGA chapter. The pattern is available as a PDF download for $15 and all proceeds go to the region. Here’s more about the pattern, the designer and a link to the order form: The 27-page pattern […]

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2021 Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award: For stitchers who take risks and play outside their comfort level

Imagine playing in your studio with an idea you have for a piece of needlework. Working out the details and laughing as it evolves! Perhaps that idea does not quite work, and you have to find an alternative solution. There is a great deal of pleasure in the process of creating. This award, dedicated to […]

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Pacific Southwestern Region Fundraiser: Garden of Delight

Our Pacific Southwestern Region is offering a very special design by Carol Algie Higginbotham.  By ordering this beautiful sampler, you get to support our Pacific Southwestern Region. Here’s more information about the design and how to order it. This sampler design will let the stitcher explore several different techniques. The piece is mostly canvas stitches […]

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November Stitch-a-long: Peppermint Candy Stocking

For our November Stitch-a-long on Facebook we are stitching a delightful Peppermint Candy Stocking design by EGA member and former South Central Region director Shawn Miller. Here’s more about this month’s project from Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: It’s time for our November Stitch-a-Long project! Thank you to Shawn Miller for her adorable Peppermint Candy Stocking […]

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Retiring soon: A Journey into the World of Raised Embroidery: Stumpwork Techniques

Don’t miss your chance to register for A Journey into the World of Raised Embroidery: Stumpwork Techniques with Celeste Chalasani! Celeste will be retiring her Individual Correspondence Course on December 1, 2020. She will be accepting new students until that date and the course will be discontinued after December 2nd, 2020. A Journey into the […]

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Support EGA while you shop on Amazon

Did you know that you can support EGA while shopping on Amazon? Amazon Smile provides a way for you to support EGA at no additional cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to your favorite charitable organization with no fees and no extra cost. To easily set […]

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Free Embroidery Projects to Celebrate Fall & Winter Holidays

If you’ve got the urge to stay home and stitch this fall, let us inspire you with these free embroidery projects! Get into the holiday spirit while practicing your embroidery skills – as an added bonus, the finished project makes a great gift! Each of these projects can be downloaded for free when you opt […]

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Original designs offered by our Metropolitan Region: Cherries Just for Fun and Inch by Inch: Violet Ruler Case

The Metropolitan Region is offering digital patterns of original designs created by two of our members — Kate Festo, Nutmeg Stitchers Chapter and Barbara Kelly, Skylands Stitchers Chapter. Kate designed Cherries Just for Fun and Barbara’s design is Inch by Inch: Violet Ruler Case. Each design will cost $5. Members will pay for the designs […]

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October Stitch-a-long: Once in a Blue Moon and Halloween Tree

For our October Stitch-a-long on Facebook we are stitching two projects from our September 2020 issue of Needle Arts. The talented designers behind this month’s projects are EGA members Heather Gitlin and Mary Waldsmith. Here’s more about this month’s project from Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: This month we are focusing on the benefits of being […]

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Early Registration Extended: 2021 National Seminar ‘The Magnificent Stitch’

Because we currently have members that may be impacted by the fires on the western coast, the severe storms that took place in the mid-west area, or the tropical storms on the southern coast, early registration is being extended for the 2021 national seminar. The last day for early registration will now be Saturday, October […]

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Magnolia Chapter stitches prizes for video game charity event ‘Games Done Quick’

This year the Magnolia Chapter decided to have a little fun and created some donation pieces to be raffled off during a video game charity event. Two wonderful pieces were donated to Summer Games Done Quick 2020, which was held entirely online this year. Members chose their designs from a pool of options at the end […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposals for EGA’s South Central Region Seminar 2022

The South Central Region EGA Seminar 2022 Krewe of Needle and Thread, sponsored by Shreveport Rose Stitchery Guild, will be held June 14-18, 2022 in Shreveport, Louisiana. This is your invitation to submit proposals and join in the fun! A variety of 1, 2, and 3-day classes will be offered in several techniques and proficiency […]

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Annual Meeting 2020: See it now!

Did you miss the Annual Meeting 2020? You can watch the video of the meeting below. Our Annual Meeting was on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET. In case you missed it, this year our meetings are happening virtually, which means all EGA members will be able to see the  Annual meeting as it happens […]

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Educational Opportunities for You: Courses on Blackwork, Canvas Painting, Crewel and More

It’s a new quarter and that means we have a fresh group of EGA educational opportunities for you to participate in! From September 1st through December 1st we have the following GCCs available as Lightning Rounds. Lightning Rounds are 3-4 group correspondence courses made available for individuals to register without the need for a group.  […]

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2020 Fiber Forum: Embroidery as Fine Art

This year’s Fiber Forum is filled with exquisite works of art submitted by our members! We hope these pieces inspire you to set a new challenge or embark on that “dream” project you’ve always wanted to stitch. If you’re new to the Fiber Forum, here’s how it works: New members are juried in each March […]

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Join the Carolinas Region for a “Mix and Mingle” Virtual Retreat

Join the Carolinas Region for a “Mix and Mingle” Fall Retreat on Saturday, October 3, 2020, from 1 PM to 4 PM. This virtual retreat will take place via ZOOM and will offer a few options: Take a Ukranian ornament class with Terri Bay and/or join in a series of “mix and mingle” sessions to get […]

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Petite Projects: Revised Landscape Series available now

The Education Department is pleased to announce the release of the revised Petite Project landscape series by Karen Wojahn. Spring Landscape, Summer Landscape, Autumn Landscape and Winter Landscape had been released in the late 90s and early 2000s. Since their release a number of threads have become unavailable so the revision was to give generic […]

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Stitch with EGA: Exciting online embroidery classes coming up, open registration and more

Our Education Department has been hard at work to provide you with great options you can take advantage of from the comfort of your home.  Check out some upcoming online embroidery classes, as well as some that have registration ending soon. Don’t miss your chance to learn from some great embroidery teachers! Registration  Open August […]

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New: Introductory Guide on Blackwork and a Counted Thread Petite Project

The Education Department is pleased to announce the release of another segment in the Technique Basics series and a new Petite Project. Member login is required to access these documents. Not a member yet? Join us here. Technique Basics: An Introduction to Blackwork Embroidery by Carolyn Standing Webb of the Wasatch Chapter in Utah, was […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposals for EGA’s Greater Pacific Region Seminar 2022

The EGA Greater Pacific Region 2022 Seminar will be held July 8 through July 13, 2022 in Ashland Oregon at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites. Located in the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon, Ashland is a vibrant little city and home for the annual internationally acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We are seeking proposals totaling […]

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Kim Sanders and Sheryl Borden discuss Silk Ribbon Embroidery on Creative Living

On this clip from Creative Living with Sheryl Borden(KENW), designer Kim Sanders discusses the beautiful technique of silk ribbon embroidery. Kim demonstrates the steps used to create a spiderweb rose and the leaf stitch.  Examples of various silk ribbon embroideries show how those stitches can be incorporated into larger embroideries. Kim’s silk ribbon project Spring’s Glory featured on […]

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Learn about Sam Norgard’s global beading project ahead of her Extended Study Program with EGA

Our newest Extended Study Program is Contemporary Geometric Beadwork – Demythicized with Sam Norgard and it will take place in Williamsburg, VA in April of 2021. Sam is a professor at Savannah School of Art and Design and possibly teaches one of the only curriculums that include beading classes for credit. How amazing is that! […]

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New: Set 5 of Embroidery Projects supporting Wounded Service Members

We have a new set of projects supporting America’s wounded service members. When a new EGA president is appointed, the incoming president has the privilege of appointing a charity to support. President Janet Noble has selected America’s wounded service members as her designated National Outreach Project. As part of this effort, we have made several […]

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Listen while you stitch: EGA’s Beth Lindsay on Fiber Talk podcast

Beth Lindsay, our Director of Membership and Marketing, recently participated in a great episode of Fiber Talk. For those not yet familiar, Fiber Talk is a twice-weekly podcast for fiber-art hobbyists. Listen to the episode below and  learn more about Beth’s needlework journey, her favorite styles and techniques, her work with EGA and more. Check […]

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Handy Instructions, Techniques and Translations for Opposite-Handed Stitchers

Our magazine Needle Arts recently featured the series Left, Right, Up, Down, and Around by Marjorie Mann focusing on opposite-handedness in stitching. All three articles are available for download on the link below and they include techniques for opposite-handed students, translation techniques for left-handed needleworkers and more. We know these will be a great tool […]

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The New England Region Tea Cozy Exhibit returns to Boston Stitch Party 2023

Members of the New England Region have been very, very busy creating Tea Cozies to share wtih all of you when the National Seminar returns to Boston in 2023. Our special exhibit was originally planned for you in 2020 but we promise you will love it just as much in 2023! Our exhibit will include […]

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July Stitch-a-long: Outreach Project with Hearts for Hospice

For our July Stitch-a-long on Facebook we will be stitching an outreach project for Hearts for Hospice. Here’s more about Hearts of Hospice and this month’s stitch-a-long from from admin Kate Gaunt: Outreach projects have a long history with EGA. It’s a great way to show “what we do” and show caring for others. EGA supports […]

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Needle Arts: Floral Splendor Supplies Update

Here’s more information regarding the materials needed for Floral Splendor by Joan Thomasson as seen in the June 2020 issue of Needle Arts. The Thread Gatherer’s Silken Ribbon, 2mm Aegean Twilight (SR2 051), is available through special order from Stitchin’ Stuff. Please allow time for manufacture and delivery. For those in immediate need of ribbon, […]

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New Petite Project: Golden Shamrock

The Education Department is pleased to present the latest in the Petite Project series: Golden Shamrock by Helene Ossipov from our Starlights Stitchers Chapter in Arizona. This petite project is an introduction to goldwork embroidery: specifically, working with Japan threads and learning to couch them. Petite Projects is a collection of over 60 beautiful projects in a […]

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EGA on Diversity and Inclusion

In the stressful times we all find ourselves in, many organizations are looking internally to see how they can improve diversity and become more inclusive. We are no different and are doing the same internal review. As history has shown us, it can take generations for the culture of an organization to evolve. We, in […]

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Listen while you stitch: The Very Serious Crafts Podcast and Fiber Talk

You know what goes well with stitching? Listening to podcasts about stitching! We have been partnering with some great podcasts that are all about the things we love and you can listen to some of their latest episodes below. You can also search by their names on your phone/tablet’s podcast app and follow them there. […]

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Stitching in the Carolinas: Fun projects and activities from our Carolinas Region’s chapters

Despite the “stay at home” orders and cancellations of face-to-face meetings, the Carolinas Region members have found ways to cope. We have held virtual stitch-ins, communicated through Facebook and texts, shared photos of our work, and found many other ways to support each other and to find comfort in our stitching. FLORENCE (Florence, SC) The […]

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Congratulations to our 2020 Gold Thread Award Winners

Our Gold Thread Award is a way for chapters and regions to recognize outstanding individuals who have given freely of their time and talents, and best exemplify EGA’s purpose. We would like to congratulate the winners of our 2020 Gold Thread Award, these are members who make our chapters thrive. They inspire stitchers to stretch their talents, […]

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Mid-Eastern Region Merchandise: Picnic blanket and Travel mug

You can support the Mid-Eastern region of EGA by ordering one of the items below. Download a handy order form here and learn more at the Mid-Eastern Region website. Travel Mug Imagine a travel mug designed to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours! Made of double wall stainless steel, this vacuum-insulated […]

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Stitch the Rainbow: Arc En Ciel, a rainbow ruler pocket

There are rainbows everywhere this month as the LGBT community celebrates national pride month. And if all these colors have you itching to stitch a beautiful rainbow, we have you covered! Arc en Ciel is a rainbow ruler pocket by Terry Belanger and it is part of a selection of Petite Projects available to all our […]

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Educational Opportunities for You: Courses on Finishing, Beading Whitework and more

It’s a new quarter and that means we have a fresh group of EGA educational opportunities for you to participate in! From June 1st through August 31 we have the following GCCs available as Lightning Rounds. Lightning Rounds are 3-4 group correspondence courses made available for individuals to register without the need for a group.  […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposals for EGA’s Mid-Atlantic Region Seminar 2022

Mid-Atlantic Region Seminar 2022 is extending the deadline to submit teaching proposals until July 1, 2020. Our Mid-Atlantic Region Seminar 2022, Waves of Stitches, sponsored by the Tidewater Virginia Chapter, will be held June 15-19, 2022, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA. We encourage you to submit your most enticing […]

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Vintage Garden Sampler Online Class with the Metropolitan Region

The next Metropolitan Region online class will be with Vicky Witterschein teaching her design, Victorian Garden Sampler. This class is available to all EGA members. The cost is $95 which includes the teaching fee, full kit and shipping of the kit. Registration is now open thru June 30; class will begin on September 14 with […]

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Turquoise Trail Chapter makes masks for the Navajo Nation

Hotspot – According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a place of more than usual interest, activity, or popularity. Recently, a hotspot would be considered a trendy club or a place where you can connect to the internet. Unfortunately, in 2020 the word hotspot is synonymous with an area of intense viral outbreaks. I understand hotspots in […]

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Boston Stitch Party: New Date and Refund Information

The 2020 National Seminar, Boston Stitch Party, has been rescheduled to September 1-5, 2023 at the same hotel. We are now starting the process of refunding all registrants 100% of the money already received for registration, classes, kit fees, etc. Because EGA made the decision to reschedule, we are also refunding the normally ‘non-refundable’ deposit […]

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NY Capital District Chapter’s stitches serve as background for NY Governor’s Press Conferences

The lovely goldwork on green and burgundy draperies that can be seen in the background when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gives his press conferences from NYS Capitol, Executive Chamber, was stitched by the NY Capital District Chapter of the EGA. What began as a 10 month project evolved into a 4 year charge and […]

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Stitch a beautiful lavender sachet on our May Stitch-a-long

For our May stitch-a-long project on Facebook we will be stitching Nanny’s Lavender Sachet by our President Janet Noble. Here’s more about this month’s project from Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: It seems that April showers *do* bring May flowers! For our May Stitch-a-Long we have a special treat. Nanny’s Lavender Sachet is an original design contributed […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposals for EGA’s Heartland Region Seminar 2022

Greetings to all Embroidery Teachers! The EGA Heartland Region Seminar 2022 sponsored by the St. Paul Needleworkers Chapter will be held June 17 through 19, 2022 in Minneapolis, MN. The theme for the seminar is “A Stitch for All Seasons”. We are seeking proposals for one-, two-, or three-day classes. Teaching proposals must be your original designs […]

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Stitching for the World’s Longest Band Sampler by the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

Members of our Metropolitan Region have been participating in the World’s Longest Band Sampler sponsored by the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD). SNAD is inviting stitchers to create a band and add to the sampler. We have sent 20+ and some of our other regions have sent bands in as well. I […]

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10 embroidered works of art that showcase the beauty of Spring

We have compiled a selection of embroidered flower pieces from our Permanent Collection,  exhibits and more that are all about the beauty and colors of Spring. Take a look at the pieces and statements by the artists, be inspired and share this post with other lovers of embroidery. A Winner, depicting a horse head painted […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Embroidery at Home: Resources for New & Returning Stitchers

Spending more time at home to flatten the curve? Perhaps you find yourself with more free time on your hands and are looking for a satisfying hobby that can also relieve stress! If so, you’re in luck – today’s blog post has everything you need to learn embroidery in the comfort of your own home. […]

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Stitching together: How to set up an easy Virtual Stitch-in

Looking for ways to stay connected and stitch with others during this time? Our Keystone Chapter in Pennsylvania had a successful virtual stitch-in using Facebook Messenger. Read below to learn how your chapter can take advantage of this tool.  Click here for more tools to stay connected. Keystone Chapter (Mid-Eastern Region) has discovered a way […]

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Something to look forward to: Through the Needle’s Eye 2022

We are all dealing with the current health crisis in our own way. It is a situation we have never experienced before. It is not easy but we need to have something in the future we can plan and look forward to. Our our 22nd Through the Needle’s Eye will debut in 2023 in conjunction […]

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Nominate an Outstanding EGA member for a Gold Thread Award

Just because we’re stuck at home stitching doesn’t mean we forget about our fellow stitchers who inspire and unite us. Don’t forget to nominate an EGA stitcher you know for the Gold Thread Award. These annual awards recognize outstanding individuals who have given freely of their time and talents, and best exemplify EGA’s purpose. There […]

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Staying Protected: How to make face masks for yourself and others

Knitting balaclavas and socks during World War I. Planting Victory Gardens during World War II. During times of war, people took up these activities to feel they were doing something to contribute to the war effort. With what’s happening with COVID-19, it feels like we are in a world war right now and may want […]

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2020 National Seminar Boston Stitch Party is being rescheduled

As president, I have been closely watching the events affected by the COVID-19 virus and I regret to inform you that the 2020 National Seminar is being rescheduled for a future year. I know at some point this virus will be under control, but as of today no one can predict when. The EGA Executive […]

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Kim Sanders and Sheryl Borden discuss smocking on Creative Living

On this clip from Creative Living with Sheryl Borden(KENW), designer Kim Sanders shows examples of English and lattice smocking.  Kim mentions the historical beginning of smocking on men’s agricultural garments.  Examples of smocking as traditionally used on different types children’s clothing are shown.  Other samples demonstrate how smocking can be used for household items and adult clothing. Take […]

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Member Renewal Deadline May 31st

With EGA Chapters not meeting in person, questions have been raised about whether this year’s EGA membership renewal date will remain May 31, 2020. EGA depends on the income from membership dues to keep our headquarters operating and to continue publishing Needle Arts magazine. At this time, the membership renewal date remains May 31. Chapter […]

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Tools for Staying Connected with Your EGA Chapter

Because of the current events and the inability to have in-person meetings, many chapters are looking for ways to keep in touch with their members. Please read the information below so you can decide the best way for your chapter to communicate. EGA Website Groups Groups are the place on our website where members can […]

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EGA Event dates impacted by COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic several of our regional and chapter events have been rescheduled. We will keep the list below updated with the latest event changes. To know more about EGA events and for more information on the events below, please visit our Events page. Read our statement regarding EGA events and COVID-19. Rescheduled […]

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Stitch something new and exciting with our latest embroidery courses

It’s always a great time to learn a new embroidery technique or brush up on your already existing skills. EGA has a wide variety of classes where you can learn with a group, on your own at home, or online with other stitchers around the world. Take a look at our latest embroidery courses below […]

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Statement regarding EGA events and COVID-19

2020 National Seminar: Boston Stitch Party is being rescheduled. Click here to learn more. The health and safety of our membership is of paramount importance to EGA. We urge all members to use their best judgement when it comes to travel and attending events with large groups. Concerning our upcoming National Seminar in Boston in […]

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Photos: Asian Fusion Exhibition 2020 Opening Night

On Thursday, March 5, we celebrated the opening of our new exhibition Asian Fusion at our headquarters in Louisville. Our board of directors was in town for their spring meeting and they joined us and our guests in admiring the stunning needlework on display. Asian Fusion: EGA Exhibition 2020 will be on display through September […]

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Seminar 2020 Open Registration starts March 14: See the Classes

Open Registration for our National Seminar 2020: Boston Stitch Party will start Saturday, March 14 at 12:00 PM ET. At that time, the Seminar 2020 Central will be updated with new registration information and the link for registration will go live. Boston Stitch Party will be held at the Sheraton, Back Bay Boston, MA on […]

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The Laurel Chapter in North Carolina celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) celebrated its 30th anniversary on March 5 in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The two-day anniversary celebration began with a needlework workshop on Ukrainian embroidery presented by Ms.Terri Bay on Wednesday, March 4. The following day Ms Bay presented a special lecture on whitework embroidery to the […]

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Back Stitch: A linear stitch that provides a well-defined border our outline

The back stitch is truly the most basic of stitches. This linear stitch can provide a well-defined border or outline.  Done correctly with small, evenly spaced stitches, it most resembles a drawn line.  Each stitch comes up through the fabric beyond where the preceding stitch goes down into the fabric.  This makes the stitch appear […]

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Stitch an Over-dyed Sampler Name Tag in our March Stitch-a-long

For our March Stitch-a-long on Facebook we will be stitching an over-dyed sampler name tag. The talented designer behind this month’s project is Catherine Jordan from our Gentle Pursuits of Richmond chapter in Virginia. Here’s a little more about this month’s project from Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: We had so much fun experimenting with stitches […]

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Don’t miss New England Region’s Mini Classes this coming September

Our 2020 National Seminar Boston Stitch Party is just about 6 months away. The New England Region would like to extend an invitation to you to participate in one of our four mini classes on the evening of Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 6-9 pm at the Sheraton Back Bay. If you are looking from […]

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Introduction to Visible Mending: Highlighting imperfections in a creative, eye-catching way

With the increased interest in upcycling, visible mending has become a popular way to avoid sending worn or torn items to a landfill. There are many ways to incorporate visible mending into your own life, and just as many crafting techniques can be used to fix snags, holes, and even cover up stains in virtually […]

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The Golden Needle Awards — EGA’s newest judged exhibit!

The Golden Needle Awards have been postponed. More information will be posted as it becomes available. The Golden Needle Awards is our new judged and themed exhibit – this year’s theme is Boston Stitch Party! When you think of Boston, New England and its surrounding areas, what do you think of? We all have ideas […]

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Kim Sanders and Sheryl Borden discuss Pulled and Drawn Thread embroidery on Creative Living

On this clip from Creative Living with Sheryl Borden(KENW), designer Kim Sanders discusses the elegant whitework techniques of pulled and drawn thread which transform evenweave linen into fabric lace. The differences between the two are illustrated with embroideries. A sampler shows the process of withdrawing thread and securing the area with embroidery stitches. The Peace pattern shown on […]

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Stitching for a Cause: New Embroidery Projects supporting Wounded Service Members

We have a new set of projects supporting America’s wounded service members. When a new EGA president is appointed, the incoming president has the privilege of appointing a charity to support. President Janet Noble has selected America’s wounded service members as her designated National Outreach Project. As part of this effort, we have made several […]

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Boston Stitch Party Merchandise: See scarfs, bags, name tags and much more!

In preparation for our National Seminar 2020 we have released a set of merchandise, advertising for Boston Stitch Party! We have great items to use and keep in the coming years as a reminder of your visit to New England. All items are of high quality and made in the USA. You will enjoy using […]

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Stitch a beautiful sampler on our January and February Stitch-a-longs

For our January and February Stitch-a-long projects on Facebook, we are stitching a sampler. Here’s a little more about this month’s project from Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: Happy 2020 to everyone! Remember when everyone was worried about Y2K? It’s hard to believe that was 20 years ago — and it’s still amazing that all those […]

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Stitching in the Carolinas: Exciting stitching activities from our Carolinas Region chapters

The chapters in our Carolinas Region have been busy the last few months. Take a look below at the projects, events and activities you too can be a part of when you join an EGA chapter. Aiken Stitchin’ Belles (Aiken, South Carolina) The Aiken Chapter, in conjunction with the local ANG chapter, held a needle […]

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2019 Holiday Countdown: 31 Days of Stitched Ornaments

To bring you some holiday cheer and inspiration to your life we will be posting a photo of a stitched ornament from our headquarters tree every day this month! The photos will be posted here and also on our Facebook and Instagram. Make sure to follow us there! These beautiful ornaments have all been stitched […]

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Constellation Chapter showcases their work at Beyond Needlework Exhibit in Maryland’s Montpelier Mansion

In November 2019 our Constellation Chapter in the Mid Atlantic region, participated for the first time in the Beyond Needlework Exhibit at Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, Maryland. The show included works done in a wide variety of techniques including embroidery, rug hooking, quilting, felting, fabric painting, weaving, beading, needlepoint, crocheting, knitting. We had more than […]

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New from our Education Department: Introduction to Crewel and Surface Embroidery, and Evaluating Embroidery

The Education Department is pleased to announce the release of Introduction to Crewel and Surface Embroidery Technique Basic by Judy Jeroy with illustrations by Joanne Ingersen. All EGA members can download these on the links below or by visiting Document Downloads. Not a member yet? Learn more about the Benefits of Joining EGA here. Introduction to […]

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Guest Post: Free Ornament Project from Namaste Embroidery

This month, we welcome Jessica from Namaste Embroidery, who has created a delightful ornament project just for our readers! In this tutorial, you’ll learn how transfer any embroidery design to your fabric as well as how to turn the finished embroidery work into holiday ornaments. Jessica’s sweet hedgehogs are perfect for year-round decor, but you […]

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On our December Stitch-a-long we are stitching projects from Needle Arts

For our December Stitch-a-long on Facebook, we will be stitching two beautiful projects from our quarterly magazine Needle Arts. Needle Arts is a benefit of being a member of EGA, if you are not a member yet, you can join us here and start receiving your Needle Arts magazines among other great benefits for stitchers […]

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Our Laurel Chapter in North Carolina stitches Gary Clarke’s Tasmanian Screech Owl

Our Laurel Chapter in western North Carolina hosted Gary Clarke, a teacher on the International Teacher Tour. The two-day workshop, entitled Tasmanian Screech Owl, was held on November 16 and 17 in Hendersonville. The event drew 28 participants from Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, and North Carolina. The embroidery project emphasized simplification of form […]

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Constellation Chapter stitches and quilts Love Quilt for a child in need

Our Constellation Chapter in the Mid Atlantic region stitched and quilted a Love Quilt from start to finish. Here’s more about this effort from the Chapter’s Outreach Chair Susie Jordan: It has been sent off and we look forward to the love and joy it will give. By the time you read this it will […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Five Types of Embroidery

If you’re new to needlework, you may come across a lot of terms you don’t understand at first. Today, on this Beginner’s Guide to Five Types of Embroidery we’ll cover 5 main categories you’re likely to encounter in your exploration of needlework: blackwork, whitework, stumpwork, cross stitch and crewel embroidery. You’ll learn what these terms […]

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Herringbone Stitch: A versatile stitch used for a border or for filling an area within border lines

Worked from left to right, the Herringbone stitch is a versatile stitch used for a border or as a filling stitch (filling an area within border lines).  Varying the texture of the thread can make this stitch heavier or lighter in appearance.  Patterns can emerge by varying the position of each row of stitches.  The […]

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Guest Post: Free Pumpkin Embroidery Project from Stitch Floral

We’ve teamed up with the talented Amina from the Stitch Floral Blog to bring you a new free pumpkin embroidery project for fall. Pumpkin Season uses several embroidery stitches to create a pretty design to celebrate autumn. Materials and instruments: • Pumpkin Season Pattern (Click here to get the chart) (If you are a member […]

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New Technique Basics: Intro guides to Assisi and to Counted Cross Stitch on Linen

Two segments of our Technique Basics series have been recently revised by our Education Department and are available for EGA members to download. Not a member yet? Learn more about the Benefits of Joining EGA here. An Introduction to Assisi Embroidery by Diane Snyder, member of our Green Mountain Chapter in Vermont, is a notebook lesson […]

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Wrapped Chain Stitch: Taking the chain stitch to the next level

The wrapped chain stitch builds on the basic chain stitch. After stitching the chain stitch, the needle goes through the fabric only at each end. The wrapping of the chain stitch is all on the surface – the needle slides under the chain stitch already on top of the fabric without piercing the fabric itself. […]

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New from our Education Department: Guideline Series on Leadership

The Education Department is pleased to announce the release of two leadership documents in the Guideline Series that are great tools for our chapters and members. What Good Leaders Do and How They Do It: A Leadership Training Manual is a retyped of Penny Berman’s 1991 document which was on dot matrix. This document contains advice […]

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Stitch an Oak Leaf Needlebook and an Acorn Fob on our October and November Stitch-a-longs

For our October and November Stitch-a-long projects on Facebook, we will be stitching two fun fall-themed projects: An Oak Leaf Needlebook and an Acorn Fob! Here’s a little more about this month’s project from Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: Our October and November projects come to us courtesy of Denise Pratt and Suzanne Bruno from our […]

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Calling for Stitched Holiday Ornaments

2019 Holiday Countdown: 31 Days of Stitched Ornaments | See The Ornaments Would you like to see your stitched ornament on the EGA headquarters holiday tree? So would we! We are looking for finished, stitched ornaments to display on our tree at headquarters during December. Now that we’re in our new space, we can’t wait […]

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Introducing GCC: Encores, a new and exciting educational offering

GCC: Encore is a new and exciting way to provide more educational offerings for our members! 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 […]

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Abbie in Stitches, a book for chapters working with Young Stitchers, available while supplies last

We have received a gift of 100 copies of the book, Abbie in Stitches, from author, Cynthia Cotten. Cynthia is the daughter of the late Mary Lou Storrs, National President of EGA from 1999 to 2001. A few years back, Mary Lou donated the Storr Miniature House, which is currently on display at our headquarters. […]

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Chain Stitch: A basic embroidery stitch with infinite variations

The chain stitch is one of the most basic embroidery stitches, with infinite variations. Each link of the chain in the attached line can be straight, curved, stitched in lines next to each other to fill an area, used as an outline for another shape, or as a single stem of a flower. The needle […]

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Registration is now open for Create a Vision 2020, our South Central Regional Seminar

Registration is now open for South Central Regional Seminar 2020 CREATE A VISION Hosted by San Antonio Needlework Guild June 10 – 13, 2020 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center San Marcos, Texas. In addition to several wonderful Region Day activities SCR Seminar 2020 is offering mini classes, a boutique, merchandise night and […]

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Open House Photos: Check out our new Headquarters Office

On September 13 we celebrated the move to our new space with an Open House. While we didn’t move far, there was plenty to celebrate. Our new space has lots of wall space to exhibit pieces from our Permanent Collection, ample space for our Lending Library, easier access and more. During the Open House, guests […]

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NY Capital District Chapter works on Historic Preservation at the Mills Mansion in Staatsburg

This summer several of our members from the NY Capital District Chapter volunteered at Peebles Island to work on reproducing the dining room curtains from the Mills Mansion at the Staatsburgh Historic Site. Members went every Tuesday during July and August and stitched under the direction of Sarah Stevens, the conservator in charge of the […]

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Member Carol Sylvester stitches award winning piece, fresh out of our Online Class

We love seeing and featuring the amazing work stitched by our members. Today we are featuring a piece stitched by Carol Sylvester, Life Member and chair of our Master Craftsman: Surface Embroidery program. Earlier this summer, Carol was a student of our online class The Flax Sampler with Eileen Bennett. Once she was done stitching […]

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Photos and more: EGA Extended Study Program in the United Kingdom 2019

Some of our members are currently in the United Kingdom through September 20 participating in one of our Extended Study Programs. Kathleen Weston, EGA member from our Turquoise Trail Chapter in New Mexico, has been sharing reports of the groups’ experience so far and some great photos. We will continue to update this post with […]

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Satin Stitch: A great stitch for flowers, bricks and other areas needing dense filling

Satin stitches are made of straight, parallel side-by-side stitches that solidly fill in an area.  It it often used for flowers (both petals and leaves), bricks in a house, and other small areas that need dense filling.  The stitches should be worked close to each other, and not be too long or they will not […]

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Teaching Children to Stitch with our NY Capital District Chapter

Our NY Capital District Chapter had a great turn out at their Creative Stitches program this year. Read more about it below from their Education Committee Chair, Kathy Kuhrt. August 5 through 9th marked the 39th year of our Creative Stitches program for nine year olds and up. This year, fifteen students worked intently to […]

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Stitching in the Carolinas: Check out the creative work done by our Carolinas Region’s chapters

Our Carolinas Region has had fun working on a variety of projects in the past few months. Here are the reports from some of the Carolinas Region chapters: Our Aiken (SC) Stitchin’ Belles worked on yarn ort baskets this spring. We experimented with different sizes and styles, including the addition of handles and accessorizing with buttons. […]

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September Stitch-a-long: Stitched Bookmark Contest

For this month’s Stitch-a-long we will be continuing our work on stitched bookmarks with a contest! Here’s more information on the contest from EGA Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt. Submitted patterns will be available in our new Stitch-along page here. For the contest, there are two main areas: One for Design/Pattern for EGA and one for […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposals for EGA’s Heartland Region Seminar 2021

Our Heartland Region‘s 2021 Seminar will take place from June 4, to June 6,2021 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. This Region Seminar is hosted by the Lincoln Needleworker’s Guild, and will include 3 full days of classes or tours. We are seeking teaching proposals for one-day, two-day and three-day classes. We […]

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Photos: Through the Needle’s Eye embroidery exhibit in New Mexico

Through the Needle’s Eye is our national traveling exhibit showcasing a representative selection of the best in artistic and technical works of embroidery. You will be amazed by the incredible work from stitchers represented in the exhibit. Enjoy the exhibit in person at the Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, New Mexico now through […]

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EGA Member Jeanette Darmanin stitches marvelous picture of St. Cecilia

EGA Member Jeanette Darmanin from our Sand Hill Crane Chapter in Florida cross stitched a stunning picture of St. Cecilia and she shared with us the purpose of this work, some of her process and photos of the piece. Read more from Jeanette below: I stitched this picture of St. Cecilia at the request of […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposals for EGA’s Pacific Southwestern Region Seminar 2021

Our Pacific Southwestern Region will be hosting their 2021 Seminar “Viva Las Stitchers” April 28 – May 2, 2021 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel. A variety of 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-day classes will be offered in several techniques and proficiency levels. Teachers are encouraged to submit a variety of proposals of multiple lengths […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Take Laura Smith’s Class on Exhibiting Embroidery

Registration for our upcoming online course Strut Your Stuff with Laura Smith closes on September 11. And just in case you’ve been on the fence about registering for this exciting class, we bring you the top 10 reasons why you should join us! 1. Learn to write the dreaded artist’s statement. 2. Save money on […]

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Constellation Chapter teaches peyote beading and counted cross stitch at Summer Camp

Our Constellation Chapter  in Maryland had a great time at camp this summer. Here’s more about their fun experience from the chapter’s Outreach Chair Susie Jordan: Louise Grady and I worked with 9 children and 4 young adults teaching peyote beading and counted cross stitch. During the morning session we were asked to teach three […]

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Catherine Jordan and Sheryl Borden discuss stitched bookmarks and EGA’s educational opportunities

On this clip from Creative Living with Sheryl Borden (KENW), designer Catherine Jordan shows examples of hand stitched bookmarks which are given to participants of literacy programs. Catherine explains the process of painting on felt and stitching a variety of techniques and designs, including both counted and surface embroidery. They discuss adult and youth literacy […]

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Fishbone Stitch: A stitch that can be angled in any direction and is great for leaves

The Fishbone Stitch provides a close filling for small stitches. It is ideal for leaves, and can be angled in any direction. It is worked from the outside of area to be stitched to the inside. Open fishbone can be used when complete coverage is not ideal, and raised fishbone can be used to fill […]

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Announcing Judy Jeroy’s retirement from teaching the ICC: Jacobean Crewel Embroidery

After years of teaching one of our most popular Individual Correspondence Courses, Jacobean Crewelwork, Judy Jeroy will be retiring in June, 2020. She has been a valued member of our teaching community! This is your last chance to take Judy’s course. She is accepting ICC: Jacobean Crewel Embroidery students until October 1, 2019. Starting October […]

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New Petite Project: Spring’s Glory by Kim Sanders

The Education Department is pleased to present the latest in the Petite Project series: Spring’s Glory by Kim Sanders chapter member from The Laurel Chapter in North Carolina. This silk ribbon  project is small and will bring a breath of spring whenever you work it but especially on a cold winter day. Petite Projects is a […]

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Redwood Stitchers in California to celebrate 10th annual Open House with Free Beginning Cross Stitch Class

Our Redwood Stitchers chapter in Santa Rosa California is hosting their tenth annual open house on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the chapter will exhibit a wide variety of members’ needlework, including cross stitch, needlepoint, huck embroidery, Bargello, surface embroidery, crewel, applique and quilting. Visitors can also view the club’s […]

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Calling all Teachers: Now booking teachers for our 2020 Online Classes

EGA’s Online Studio is now booking classes for 2020. These classes are a convenient way for students to take their embroidery to the next level. Studio classes take place on EGA’s website and in an environment where the student can read and review lessons, discuss with other students, and ask questions directly to the teacher. […]

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Our Laurel Chapter in North Carolina showcases stitched art in The ArtScape Banner Project

As part of our Outreach Program, The Laurel Chapter was selected as a sponsor in the 2019 ArtScape Banner Project in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The ArtScape Banner Project began in 2017 to celebrate the arts community and to add color to the historic downtown district. It provides a showcase for talented artists in Henderson County […]

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Neapolitan Chapter in Florida celebrates World Embroidery Day at the Library

Our Neapolitan Chapter in Florida spent the day at the Central Library in Naples to support World Embroidery Day, celebrated on July 30 of each year. They had 2 shifts of members come and sit together to have a stitch-in and talk to patrons that happened to stop by and ask questions or look at […]

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Sneak peek: A quick look at our new offices and a cool surprise visit during Street Rod Nationals

Louisville is currently hosting the 50th anniversary of the Annual Street Rod Nationals this weekend and this time of year we start seeing beautiful cars all around the city.  This morning we had a delightful surprise from a member from our Rocky Mountain Region and her sister in law, who is the owner of  this […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Embroidery Floss

Most aspiring needle artists come to embroidery after seeing an amazing project that inspires them. But before you dive into that dream project, let’s take a few moments to cover some of the basic knowledge you’ll need for successful stitching from start to finish! On this Beginner’s Guide to Embroidery Floss, we’ll cover some of […]

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French Knot Stitch: A great stitch for flowers, curly hair and animal coats

The French Knot stitch is often used for flowers, curly hair or beards, and animal coats. It can be packed densely in a space for maximum effect, or used as an airy border or stem. Traditional technique wraps the thread only once around the needle – for a larger French knot, a thicker fiber is […]

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Catherine Jordan and Sheryl Borden discuss Filigree Ornaments on Creative Living

On this clip from Creative Living with Sheryl Borden(KENW), designer Catherine Jordan show examples of work stitched using a paper design transfer technique. Catherine explains the process of printing the design on tissue paper and then stitching through the paper and removing it. The process is demonstrated with examples of transferring a design for ornaments, […]

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Blanket stitch: A decorative stitch that’s great for finishing edges and attaching appliqués

The Blanket stitch, also known as Buttonhole stitch, is most often used with hemstitching, pulled thread on linen or canvas, and on wool applique pieces. It creates a tidy, even border that completes the look of traditional needlework. It can also be used as a lacy-looking filling stitch. The Blanket Stitch is featured in: • […]

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Congratulations to our 2019 Gold Thread Award Winners

Our Gold Thread Award is a way for chapters and regions to recognize outstanding individuals who have given freely of their time and talents, and best exemplify EGA’s purpose. We would like to congratulate the winners of our 2019 Gold Thread Award, these are members who make our chapters thrive. They inspire stitchers to stretch their talents, […]

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Big news: EGA Headquarters is moving, but not too far

Our Headquarters office is moving, but we’re not moving far! On 23 July, EGA headquarters will move down the hall to Suite 104. All other information in our address, as well as phone number and emails, remains the same. The new office is larger, has space to display more of the EGA collection pieces, has […]

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Photos: Marvelous classes and Kreinik Factory tour at TVR Seminar 2019

Our Tennessee Valley Region celebrated Country Rhodes, its 39th Share-a-Stitch seminar, in Charleston, WV, on June 27-30, 2019. Members participated in six classes, studio time, tours and more. The weekend kicked off with a talk on Thursday night by Doug Kreinik, of Kreinik Manufacturing. Well-known for their metallic and silk threads, Doug gave an interesting […]

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July Stitch-a-long: Stitching for Wounded Service Members

For our July Stitch-a-long on Facebook we are doing something a little different with plenty of choices to stitch! Here’s more about it from our Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: It’s July 1 and we’re just days away from the fabulous red, white and blue celebration known as July 4th in the U.S. With patriotica clearly […]

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Inland Empire Chapter offers Florentine Sampler pattern for purchase

Our Inland Empire Chapter in California is offering Carol Algie Higginbotham’s Florentine Sampler for purchase, read more about it below We are happy to offer a very special sampler, designed by Carol Algie Higginbotham, as a memorial to several of our recently deceased chapter members. All profits from the sale of this pattern will fund […]

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Catherine Jordan and Sheryl Borden discuss Reversible Cross stitch on Creative Living

On the third clip from this series of Creative Living with Sheryl Borden(KENW), designer Catherine Jordan shows examples of reversible cross stitch embroidery. Catherine demonstrates how to work a straight line which is reversible with the double running stitch and work a reversible cross stitch. There are examples on linen, linen banding, and stiffened felt; a […]

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Don’t miss Fiber Forum’s Japanese Boro pieces at National Seminar 2019

At our 2019 Fiber Forum Retreat we explored “The Influences of Japanese Boro in Contemporary Fabric Art,” and you will get to see the work fromthe participants at our upcoming National Seminar: Gateway to Stitching! The 2019 retreat was lead by Dr. Mary Ruth Smith, a professor at Baylor University and a fiber artist. Boro […]

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Stitch a Scotch stitch Holiday ornament in our June Stitch-a-long

For our June Stitch-a-long project on Facebook, we will be stitching a beautiful Scotch stitch ornament! The talented designer behind this month’s project is our very own President, Janet Noble, who is a member of our Millwood Chapter in South Carolina. Here’s a little more about this month’s project from Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: Can […]

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Catherine Jordan and Sheryl Borden discuss Painting on Fabric on Creative Living

On the third clip from this series of Creative Living with Sheryl Borden(KENW), designer and EGA member Catherine Jordan talk about painting on fabric. Jordan shows examples of embroidery which has had the background painted and also demonstrates how to mix the paints and add them to the fabric. There are many examples of painted […]

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Louisville Chapter teaches cross stitch bookmark at How-To Festival 2019

Our Louisville Chapter participated in their local library’s How-To Festival in May, 2019. Chapter members started over 60 people – women, men, and children – on the road to embroidery by teaching them to stitch a cross stitch bookmark that said “I ❤ to Read.” The chapter supplied the fabric, threads, needle, and instructions. Members […]

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Now at Headquarters: Fresh Selections from our Permanent Collection on Display

If you were planning a trip to Louisville, or find yourself in the area, you are in luck!  We are currently showcasing a fresh selection of pieces from our collection at our headquarters in Louisville. Our address is 1205 East Washington St Suite 104, Louisville KY 40206. (We moved Suite 104 at the end of […]

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Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award: Submit your “outside of the box” original embroidery work

Have you considered going “outside the box” with your embroidery? If you have created an original work of embroidery with artistic merit and that shows your growth as an embroiderer – that you pushed yourself “outside the box”, beyond your comfort zone – consider entering one work for the Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award. Former EGA […]

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Metropolitan Region’s Online Class: The Wave with Joni Stevenson

Our Metropolitan Region will be hosting an online class with Joni Stevenson teaching her design, The Wave. This online class will begin September 17, 2019 with a total of six lessons, each two weeks apart. Registration is now open to all EGA members and will close July 15, 2019. The registration fee is $135 which […]

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Photos and more: EGA Extended Study Program in San Francisco 2019

Some of our members are currently in San Francisco participating in one of our Extended Study Programs. Kathleen Weston, EGA member from our Turquoise Trail Chapter in New Mexico, has been sharing reports of the group’s experience so far and some great photos. We will continue to update this post with more photos and news as they […]

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Stitch the cutest May Flowers Pincushion in our May Stitch-a-Long

For our May Stitch-a-long project on Facebook, we will be stitching a beautiful May Flowers Pincushion!  The talented designer behind this month’s project is our very own Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt, who is a member from our Greater Dallas Chapter in Texas. Here’s a little more about the project from Kate: Our May Flowers Pincushion […]

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New Petite Project: Blackwork Bookmark

The Education Department is pleased to announce the release of a new Petite Project: Blackwork Bookmark by Janet Salerno from our Susquehanna Chapter in Pennsylvania. Petite Projects is a collection of over 60 beautiful projects in a wide-range of techniques made available as a benefit to EGA members. If you are an EGA Member you can find […]

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Catherine Theron Workshop: ‘Morning Has Broken Sampler’ at our Corning Chapter in NY

Mark your calendars! Catherine Theron is coming to Corning, NY to share her “Morning Has Broken” sampler on October 19 and 20, 2019. Morning Has Broken is a fanciful, garden-inspired sampler worked on 32 count sandstone linen with a collection of silk & cotton threads in a palette of greens, golds, rusts, Williamsburg blues & […]

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Catherine Jordan and Sheryl Borden discuss Contemporary Open Embroidery on Creative Living

On this clip from Creative Living with Sheryl Borden(KENW), designer Catherine Jordan discusses what contemporary open embroidery is and how the open effect is achieved. Examples include showing how you can look right through the opening to the other side for a maximum dimensional effect and includes open forests and landscape features showing the many […]

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Submissions due soon: Gold Thread Award and Penny Evans Memorial Scholarship

Two of our Scholarships & Awards have due dates coming soon. Please visit our Scholarships & Awards page for entry forms and more information. Penny Evans Memorial Scholarship: For EGA members for an embroidery related class, study project, or similar education offering by EGA, The Royal School of Needlework, the San Francisco School of Needlework […]

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Top 10 reasons why you should go to EGA’s National Seminar 2019

Our 2019 National Seminar Gateway to Stitching will be taking place in St. Louis, Missouri on October 30 through November 3 and we can’t wait to be there! Registration is currently open and some of the classes are filling up, but don’t worry, there are plenty of gorgeous classes to choose from! If that wasn’t […]

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New at EGA: Continuing Studies Online Courses

We are excited to announce a new way to experience online education with EGA. In addition to our current Short-term Timed Online Classes we are launching our Continuing Studies online classes? Our Continuing Studies Online Classes are on-going classes that are available to our members for one year. Students may register at any time during […]

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April Stitch-a-long: Stitching for Wounded Service Members

For our April Stitch-a-long on Facebook we are doing something a little different with plenty of choices to stitch! Here’s more about it from our Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: This month’s Stitch-a-Long has a very special purpose: participation benefits America’s Wounded Service Members. Every three years when a new EGA president is appointed, the incoming […]

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Beth Carlson is the new chairman of our Master Craftsman: Quilting Program

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Carlson, from Chico, California as the new chairman of our Master Craftsman Quilting program. Beth has been interested in textiles, fiber arts and needlework since the age of 5, when her grandmother, who owned a yarn shop, taught her to knit. Beth is a member of our […]

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Vendors, Showcase and Sell your Embroidery Merchandise at our National Seminar in St. Louis

The Embroiderers’ Guild of America will host its National Seminar: Gateway to Stitching on October 30th – Nov 3rd, 2019 in St. Louis, MO. Talented stitchers from around the country and the globe will assemble in St. Louis to learn, grow and enjoy the company of those who love the artistry of needlework. We hope […]

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Catherine Jordan and Sheryl Borden discuss Needlework Maps on Creative Living

On this clip from Creative Living with Sheryl Borden(KENW), designer Catherine Jordan discusses how she creates needlework maps, showing many needlework maps of historically important commemoratives. Jamestowne commemorating the first permanent English settlement in North America in 1607. California Missions Map showing the 21 missions in southern CA; Florida Needlework Map commemorating the 500 year […]

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EGA’s Board of Directors visits Louisville for their annual meeting

Our Board of Directors just visited Louisville for their annual  board meeting. Our full board is on the image above. From Left to Right: Front row: Janet Noble (President), Kathy Weigl (MAR), Scottie Erikstrup (GPR), Sue Polumbo (NER), Trudy Pohawpatchoko (RMR), Beth Lindsay (Dir Mem & Mar), Georgann Lane (Dir Bylaws), Marge Kelly (MET), Maria Hall (Sec). […]

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Needle Arts Guild of Toledo celebrates their members by showcasing their beautiful stitching

Our mission at EGA is to inspire passion for the needle arts through education and the celebration of its heritage. As part of that mission, our Needle Arts Guild of Toledo chapter in Ohio, established their Annual Needle Arts show in which they celebrate the beautiful needle work of their members. Here’s what Marianne Mussett, the Needle […]

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EGA Member Natalie Dupuis discusses Goldwork embroidery and more on Stitchery Stories podcast

Natalie Dupuis, embroidery designer and EGA member from Canada, was recently featured on Susan Weeks podcast Stitchery Stories. Natalie is a recipient of our Research Fellowship Grant Award, awarded for in-depth research in all areas of embroidery and allied textile arts, and to create a basis for dialogue between EGA and other grant and research institutions. You […]

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Creating in the Carolinas: Lots of beautiful stitching at our Carolinas Region chapters

Our Carolinas Region has had fun working on a variety of projects in the past few months. Here are the reports from some of our chapters: Our Aiken Stitchin’ Belles Chapter in South Carolina(SC) are finishing up our frame weights, a project we announced last fall. We were thrilled that a number of other chapters around the country […]

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It’s Here: Get the chart to stitch our new logo

Note: The correct blue color is DMC 3842, an earlier version of the charts had an error and this has been corrected. It’s finally here! You’ve been asking for it, and now you can stitch the EGA logo yourself.  Many thanks to Catherine Jordan for the charted designs. We’re presenting two versions. The larger one […]

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Photos: Through the Needle’s Eye embroidery exhibit in Minnesota

Our 21st National Exhibit Through the Needle’s Eye is a representative selection of the best in artistic and technical works. It is through the needle’s eye that EGA embraces both traditional and contemporary needlework while expanding the perception of embroidery as an art form. You can see the exhibit in person at the Stevens History Museum […]

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Photos and more: EGA members took embroidery everywhere on Stitch-in-Public Day 2019

We celebrate needle arts by hosting a Stitch-in Public Day in February each year. Our latest Stitch-in-Public day was this past Saturday. We have already started hearing from chapters and members who stitched in a wide variety of public places including coffee shops, libraries, laundromats, restaurants and even at the Capitol. Check out where some […]

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Photos: Extended Study Program exploring the textiles and traditions of Mexico

Some of our members are currently in Mexico through February 10 participating in one of our Extended Study Programs. Kathleen Weston, EGA member from our Turquoise Trail Chapter in New Mexico, has been sharing reports of the groups’ experience so far and some great photos. We will continue to update this post with more photos […]

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Stitch a Romanian Point Lace Heart in our February Stitch-a-long

For our February Stitch-a-long project on Facebook, we will be stitching a beautiful Romanian Point Lace Heart! The talented designer behind this month’s project is Tamara Yohannes, one of our members from the Louisville Chapter in Kentucky. Here’s a little more about the project from our Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: Tamara Yohannes of our Louisville Chapter […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposals for EGA’s Carolinas Region Seminar 2020

Our Carolinas’ Region will hold its 2020 Seminar – “Crossing the Carolinas” from May 22-24, 2020. The 2020 Seminar will be held at the Village Inn, Clemmons, NC. The event center is minutes from Winston/Salem, NC.This location is very conducive to stitching and interacting with others and has many restaurants and shops nearby. The classrooms […]

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EGA Member Kathy Mountain creates “unfinished” needlework for upcoming short film

EGA member Kathy Mountain from our Cardinal Chapter in North Carolina recently had the opportunity to create a piece of needlework that will be used in an upcoming short film. Read more about her experience below: I was asked by the North Carolina Museum of History, where I am a Volunteer Docent, to create an […]

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EGA member Gabriela Wolfson sculpts dolls to display her love for needle arts

As part of our mission to inspire passion for the needle arts through education and the celebration of its heritage, today we are featuring the work of EGA member, Gabriela Wolfson. Gabriela is a member-at-large from Nicholasville, Kentucky. Here’s what Gabriela has to say about her love for needle arts and how she incorporates it […]

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An Opportunity to Help us Preserve our Permanent Collection

Did you know that our permanent collection includes items from a few centuries back to modern day? We all love our collection and as part of our mission we work hard to treasure it and preserve it. Most EGA members have at least one favorite piece from the collection (If you don’t have a favorite […]

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Fiber Forum Jurying deadline is approaching: Submit your original work

Fiber Forum works within the membership of EGA to: • Advance embroidery as an art form • Provide education and support to active and emerging fiber artists • Participate in EGA’s annual Education Exhibit held at seminar If you are currently an EGA member and enjoy designing your own work, consider becoming a member of […]

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Changes to our Beading Master Craftsman Program

The steps to become a Master Craftsman in Beading have been rearranged! We have decided that the new arrangement may give the beader more of a stepping stone approach than the previous arrangement. For example, many beaders consider the square stitch an easier technique than the other required techniques, and some beaders include peyote in […]

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Nittany Valley Chapter Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary with 40 years of projects

Our Nittany Valley Chapter in Pennsylvania recently celebrated their 40th Anniversary, read the report see photos from their celebration below. Adorned in shades of red to symbolize our ruby anniversary the members of the Nittany Valley EGA enjoyed a festive luncheon as we celebrated 40 years of stitching and friendship. A special show of projects […]

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Join our Curious Needlebook Stitch-a-long!

Starting January 1st we will be stitching this gorgeous project on our EGA Stitch-a-long group on Facebook. Instructions for Curious Needlebook by Heather Lynn Gitlin, EGA Member from our Bucks County Chapter in Pennsylvania, can be found on the September 2018(Part 1 of 2) and December 2018(Part 2 of 2) issues of Needle Arts Magazine.  Needle […]

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Antique samplers, classes and more at Wheeling West Virginia’s Oglebay Resort in May 2019

Wild and Wonderful Little Stitches will take place at Oglebay Lodge and Resort, Wheeling, WV, May 17-18, 2019. Four teachers have prepared classes in surface embroidery, Hardanger embroidery, felt appliqué and beading. Classes will be formally taught in the morning while a tour of Oglebay’s Mansion Museum and viewing of their special display of samplers […]

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Our miniature house is all dressed up for the Holidays!

The Storr House was donated to EGA in 1998 by Mary Lou Storrs and became a national project, with eleven EGA regions participating in the customization and furnishing of the house. Part of these furnishing included holiday decorations. You can see the house in person at our headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. But just in case […]

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2018 Holiday Countdown: 31 Days of Stitched Ornaments

To bring a little holiday cheer and inspiration to your life we will be posting a photo of a stitched ornament from our headquarters tree every day through Christmas morning. The photos will be posted here and also on our Facebook and Instagram. Make sure to follow us there! These beautiful ornaments are from a […]

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Stitch a Crewel Wreath Ornament in our December Stitch-a-long

For our December Stitch-a-long project on Facebook, we will be stitching a beautiful Crewel Wreath Ornament! The talented designer behind this month’s project is Lucy Edmison, one of our members from the Winchester Chapter in Virginia. Here’s a little more about the project from our Stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: “It’s a busy time of year […]

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6 stitched vintage Christmas Cards that will make your jaw drop

Take a look at these beautiful pieces that were created in 1969 for a Christmas card competition sponsored by EGA and are now part of our permanent collection. Above, you can see the Flowers and Fruits of Christmas by Marian J. Metsopoulos shows the vibrant colors of Christmas with poinsettias and pine cones. The Magi […]

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Photos: Extended Study Program with Jackie du Plessis in Charleston South Carolina

Some of our members are currently at the Francis Marion Hotel in Downtown Charleston, South Carolina participating in one of our Extended Study Programs with Jackie du Plessis, renowned for her exquisite sampler-inspired projects. The focus for our A Schoolgirl Exemplar Workbox Extended Study Program  is on textiles and Southern schoolgirl samplers. The program’s main project is a lovely […]

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Aiken Stitchin’ Belles Chapter in South Carolina starts working on Stitcher’s Parking Lot

Members of our Aiken Stitchin’ Belles chapter in South Carolina are excited to start a new project: the Stitcher’s Parking Lot, designed by EGA member-at-large BJ Finch. The project is a cute frame weight with spots for scissors, laying tools, needles, and other important tools. The chapter used their CAR Chapter Grant to purchase the kits […]

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Cyberstitchers Class: Creating Needlework Maps with Catherine Jordan

Our CyberStitcher’s Chapter invites you to participate in their upcoming online class, Creating Needlework Maps with Catherine Jordan. You can visit her website to see the style of map you will design, but the subject matter will be up to you. Registration begins on December 1st and runs for the whole month of December, the […]

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Stitch a Wessex Embroidery Needle Book in our November Stitch-a-long

For our November Stitch-a-long project on Facebook, we will be stitching a beautiful Wessex Embroidery Needle Book! The talented designer behind this month’s project is Kathi Green, one of our members from the Foothills Chapter in Colorado. Here’s a little more about Kathi from our stitch-a-long admin Kate Gaunt: Kathi has designed a needle book […]

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Jenny Adin-Christie’s tips for whitework, raised work and metal thread technique

Jenny Adin-Christie is a trained apprentice from the Royal School of Needlework (RSN). Adin-Christie currently works freelance, traveling internationally to teach, tutoring private students in the United Kingdom, and working private, royal, and ecclesiastical commissions from small pieces to large works that include appliqué and machine embroidery. She was a member of the RSN team who […]

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Linger at the Lake with the Rocky Mountain Region at their 2019 retreat in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The Rocky Mountain Region Board invites you to attend RMR Retreat 2019 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho! Why a Retreat? A Retreat provides time to stitch with as little or as much guidance as you desire. The committee has selected 3 great region mentors in three different specialties to offer help and guidance. Bring your unfinished […]

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New Petite Projects: Nan’s Sampler Needle case and Beaded Edge Technique

The Education Department is pleased to announce the release of two new Petite Projects. Petite Projects is a collection of over 60 beautiful projects in a wide-range of techniques made available as a benefit to EGA members. If you are an EGA Member you can find your Petite Projects on the left sidebar of your profile […]

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Stitch a Halloween Biscornu in our October Stitch-a-long

For our October Stitch-a-long project on Facebook, we will be stitching a beautiful Halloween Biscornu! The talented designer behind this month’s project is Kim Beamish, one of our members-at-large from Canada. Here’s a little more about the project from stitch-a-long Admin Kate Gaunt: “This project uses an orange linen. Kim used 28 count cashel linen […]

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‘Embroidery: The Thread of History’ exhibit in Delaware to explore the use of embroidery as historical documents

From a rare sampler worked by a young African American girl made about 1820 to an intricately embroidered sweet bag and knife sheath that are said to have belonged to a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I, nearly 30 works from 1660 to the present are on view in Embroidery: The Thread of History at Winterthur […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposals for EGA’s Greater Pacific Region Seminar 2020

The Greater Pacific Region will hold its 2020 Seminar from July 17-22, once again at the Red Lion Hotel on the River, in Portland, Oregon. This beautiful, modern hotel is directly on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers with stunning views. Portland is known for its mild year-round climate, fabulous restaurants, shopping, and parks… all in […]

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Our Louisville Chapter has demonstrated needlework at the Kentucky State Fair for at least 20 years

This summer, our Louisville Chapter participated at the Kentucky State Fair where they have been demonstrating needlework for at least 20 years. The chapter has a designated day every year and members take two-hour shifts throughout the day working on projects they currently have in progress. At times, when the chapter has had a class […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposals for EGA’s Mid-Eastern Region Seminar 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Mid-Eastern Region of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America will be conducting a three-day Seminar on May 15-17, 2020 in Corning, NY. This is a beautiful time of year to visit Corning. We will be at the Radisson, just steps away from our lovely Market St. Plan an extra […]

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Constellation Chapter launches new program Summer Stitchin Camp

Our Constellation Chapter in Maryland launched a new and exciting program this summer. The new program is a camp for school age children called Summer Stitchin’ and it’s one of many offered by the local Arts Council. Boys and girls from grades 3 to 7 learned how to do simple cross stitch and peyote beading. […]

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Stitch a stunning stumpwork butterfly in our August Stitch-a-long

For our August Stitch-a-long project on Facebook, we will be stitching a  beautiful stumpwork butterfly! Our project this month was designed and contributed exclusively for members of our Stitch-a-long by Judy Jeroy, member of our Tidewater Virginia Chapter. Here’s a little more about Judy Jeroy from our Stitch-a-long Admin Kate Gaunt: “If Judy’s name is […]

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See the amazing art created in our ‘Mark and Paint on Canvas and Fabric’ course

Mark and Paint on Canvas and Fabric is one of our Group Correspondence Courses taught by Laura Smith. While this delightful class is usually only available for groups, you can enroll as an individual through August 31, 2018 as part of our GCC Lightning Rounds. Lightning Rounds are four rotating courses that are offered quarterly for […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposals for EGA’s Great Lakes Region Seminar 2020

Our Great Lakes Region will hold its 2020 Seminar, Vision of Stitches, from April 22-26, 2020 at the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, WI. Some of you may be familiar with this setting, as we have been the host to GLR in 1992 and 2004, and we know how to throw a party. […]

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EGA’s Constellation Chapter in Maryland celebrates 45th Anniversary

Our Constellation Chapter in Maryland, founded on March 23, 1973, celebrated its 45th anniversary on June 4, 2018 with an emphasis on showing our pride in the chapter‘s history. The celebration included a member showcase featuring both current and past pieces by members, a history exhibit drawn from our archive of memorabilia and photos, a […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposals for EGA’s Rocky Mountain Region Seminar 2020

Our Rocky Mountain Region will be celebrating their 2020 Seminar “Rocky Mountain Roundup” hosted by the Colorado Chapter and the Centennial State Chapter. Rocky Mountain Roundup will take place in Denver, Colorado on August 14-15, 2020. Teachers are invited to submit 2 day class proposals before the March 30, 2019 deadline. Proposals have to include […]

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South Central Region Exclusive: Stitch a wonderful beaded lighthouse with Cindy Hambrick

This class is sponsored by our South Central Region and available only to South Central Region members. Our South Central Region is pleased to announce a new region sponsored online class: Natalie’s Nautical Lighthouse. Natalie’s Nautical Lighthouse is a brand-new beading project designed by Austin Stitchery Guild member Cindy Hambrick specifically for South Central Region. […]

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Stitch with our Carolinas Region at their 2018 Workshop and Fall Retreat

The Carolinas Region (CAR) invites you to attend its Workshop and Fall Retreat 2018 in Rock Hill, SC, in October 2018. The registration deadline is August 1, 2018. The event will start with a two-day workshop on October 25 – 26. Kurdy Biggs will teach her beautiful canvas piece called Crème de la Crème. There […]

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Join our July Stitch-a-long and stitch a Patriotic Scissors Fob

For our July Stitch-a-long project on Facebook, we have a project fit to celebrate Independence Day. Our project this month is Patriotic Scissors Fob, designed and contributed by Sherri Hagar, a member of our Fort Worth Chapter. You can download the pattern for this project on our Free Projects page, and while you are there […]

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10 embroidered works of art that showcase the beauty of the ocean

Come with us as we take a deep dive into a world of embroidered beauty above and below the sea. We have compiled a selection of pieces that showcase many aspects of ocean life in a wide variety of techniques. The pieces below have been stitched by EGA members, displayed at some of our exhibits […]

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Congratulations to our 2018 Gold Thread Award Winners

Our Gold Thread Award is a way for chapters and regions to recognize outstanding individuals who have given freely of their time and talents, and best exemplify EGA’s purpose. We would like to congratulate the winners of our 2018 Gold Thread Award, these are the ladies who make our chapters thrive. They inspire stitchers to stretch […]

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Gateway to Stitching: EGA National Seminar 2019 Faculty Announced

Every year, EGA members from across the United States and beyond come to our seminars for a time of fellowship with other stitchers, to learn new techniques from inspiring teachers and for much more. Our 2019 seminar Gateway to Stitching will take place in St. Louis, Missouri on October 30 through November 3, 2019 and […]

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Starlight Stitchers Chapter hosts ‘Through the Needle’s Eye’ exhibit in Arizona

Our Starlight Stitchers Chapter in Arizona recently hosted our 21st National Exhibit Through the Needle’s Eye in Arizona. Read a full report of their experience below. We are a small but mighty chapter in Arizona. A couple of years ago, one of our members saw a notice on the EGA website about the 21st National […]

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Learn to stitch Betsy Morgan’s Virgin Queen’s Wallet in Albuquerque

Our Turquoise Trail Chapter in Albuquerque, New Mexico will  have 2 classes this upcoming August-September with teacher Betsy Morgan. Betsy is retiring soon, so you might want to take advantage of this opportunity to take classes with her, make new friends and spend some time in The Land of Enchantment. Betsy will be teaching her […]

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EGA Member Kathy Mountain replicates 1826 sampler for North Carolina Museum of History

Earlier this year, Kathy Mountain, an EGA member from our Cardinal Chapter in North Carolina, had the opportunity to work on replicating a small vintage sampler originally created in 1826. Read more about her exciting experience below: I have been a Volunteer Docent at the North Carolina Museum of History(NCMOH) for 8 years and in […]

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Come stitch with us in Mexico: Museums full of embroidery, classes with local experts and more

Have you been thinking about the opportunity to get away? Especially once the snow starts flying again? Somewhere close, no oceans to cross. Come join us in our Extended Study Program to Mexico! One of my favorite countries to travel in. Our first ESP to Mexico was last year and it was a marvelous trip. We […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposals for EGA’s South Central Region Seminar 2020

Our South Central Region will be celebrating their 2020 Seminar “Create a Vision,” hosted by the San Antonio Needlework Guild, on June 10-13, 2020 at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos, TX. A variety of 1-, 2- and 3-day classes will be offered in several techniques and proficiency levels. Teachers are encouraged to submit a […]

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Learn to stitch Delphiniums with Merrilyn Heazlewood and EGA’s Metropolitan Region

Our Metropolitan Region will be having the online class Delphiniums with Merrilyn Heazlewood as their next Region educational event. This online class will begin January 2, 2019 with a total of three lessons, each two weeks apart. About the Class Delphiniums is an intermediate counted canvas design with silk ribbon embroidery, 5 ½” square. Silk ribbon […]

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The San Antonio Needlework Guild’s latest exhibit shows the delights of Spring

Once a month, our San Antonio chapter, the San Antonio Needlework Guild, meets to stitch at Forest Hills Library in San Antonio, where they also do exhibits to display their work. In the past, they have done many themed exhibits to be enjoyed by the library’s guests. Some of their past exhibits have been a […]

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EGA’s Extended Study Programs offer fellowship, exchange of ideas and learning

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. A while back, Mary Wyman, […]

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Six of EGA’s Metropolitan Region chapters celebrate 40+ years

On Saturday April 21, 2018, EGA’s Metropolitan Region held their Region Meeting at the Masonic Hall in NYC.  The region celebrated some BIG chapter anniversaries. All chapters celebrating 0 and 5 year anniversaries were recognized, including one chapter that did not have either a 0 or 5 but the region celebrated them anyway as it […]

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Calling all teachers: Submit your proposals for EGA’s Mid-Atlantic Region Seminar 2020

The Mid-Atlantic Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will hold its 2020 Seminar, Get Stitching Gettysburg, from April 29-May 3, 2020 at the Eisenhower Complex in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Teachers are invited to submit proposals with a variety of proficiency levels for 1-, 2- and 3 day classes. Classes will begin on Friday, May 1, […]

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Skyllkill Chapter’s Art of the Needle 2018 Show was an embroidery-filled success

Skyllkill Chapter‘s Art of the Needle 2018 Show was held April 13-15, 2018 at Locust Grove Estate, Poughkeepsie, NY. Some 60 members of the chapter offered 263 pieces of needle art for display, covering a multitude of techniques. This was the chapter’s 22nd show, and the second one in the new Locust Grove location; it […]

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Learning new stitches with Marcia DeCoster and EGA in New Orleans

Several times a year, as part of EGA’s Extended Study Program, members get to visit and enjoy beautiful locations around the world as they participate in classes, textile tours and more. This past weekend, many of our members headed to New Orleans to take part in our “Comfort Zone Cubic Right Angle with Marcia DeCoster” […]

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New Petite Projects: Bead Embroidery Sampler and a Romanian Point Lace Ornament

The Education Department is pleased to announce the release of two new Petite Projects. Petite Projects is a collection of over 60 beautiful projects in a wide-range of techniques made available as a benefit to EGA members. If you are an EGA Member you can find your Petite Projects on the left sidebar of your profile […]

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Neapolitan Chapter announces winners of the 2018 exhibit The Art of Needlework

Members of the Neapolitan Chapter of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America announced the winners of the Guild’s 2018 Biennial Exhibit The Art of Needlework. The first-place winner was Luan Callery for her entry, Jade Dragon, a project she spent a year completing. “I saw the image and it really appealed to me,” said Callery, who […]

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EGA Scholarship Committee announces new Scholarship winners and more

The EGA Scholarship Committee is proud to announce that Margaret Welch has been awarded the Legacy Scholarship for her Kosovar Needlework Research. Working with the Kosovo Ethnological Museum, she will study the techniques of needlework used in Kosovo, with an ultimate goal of teaching at the museum and creating a book and blog about the […]

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Stitch a brand new surface embroidery design in our April stitch-a-long

It’s finally starting to look like spring, so can summer be far behind? For our April Stitch-a-Long project we have a wonderful new design from the talented Kim Sanders: Summer’s Glory. Kim was kind enough to design this project specifically for our stitch-a-long. Our president, Leslie Gagliardi, told Kim of our wish for a small […]

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EGA’s Board of Directors visits Louisville for an eventful annual meeting

Our Board of Directors just visited Louisville for their annual  board meeting. Among the many important topics covered, the board celebrated the completion of two multi-year goals: launching our new logo and going live with our new website. Our Director of Membership and Marketing Karen Hamilton and our Administrative Assistant Courtney Matthews presented the board with exciting […]

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Available now: GeoAutumn, a counted canvas project book by EGA’s Greater Pacific Region

Our Greater Pacific Region has published its first e-book! Designer and teacher Linda Reinmiller gave GPR copyrights to a design, and they have worked hard on getting it published and available for all lovers of embroidery. GeoAutumn is 46 pages of full color diagrams and photos with clear, step-by-step instructions. All images and text are […]

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Learn about the art and history of embroidery at our 7th International Embroidery Conference in Chicago

Our 7th International Embroidery Conference is happening in Chicago on April 26-28 of 2018. That’s coming very soon and we wanted to give you a glimpse of some of the lectures that will be taking place at the conference. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn about the art and history of embroidery! You can register […]

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Come stitch a beautiful laced floral ornament on our monthly Stitch-a-long

For our March Stitch-a-Long project on Facebook, we have Laced Floral Ornament from the March 2018 issue of EGA’s member magazine, Needle Arts. This project appears on pages 28-35 and includes lots of detailed pictures. The ornament makes a great introduction (or refresher) to Hardanger embroidery and it would make a great chapter program. Laced […]

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Five EGA chapters to showcase their work at Pennsylvania exhibit

Pennsylvania embroiderers will display their work in a major needlework exhibit opening May 6 at the historic Fort Hunter Mansion in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Five EGA chapters and one chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild will display an array of members’ work May 6 through June 17, 2018, at the historic mansion overlooking the Susquehanna River. […]

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These 17th century Jacobean crewel bed hangings show A bounty of flora and fauna

This item from the EGA Permanent Collection consists of four crewel-embroidered bed hangings. Acquired by EGA in 1987, these panels were created in 17th century England. Each is about 87 inches tall and 40 inches wide and feature a variety of flora and fauna stitched in wool on twill fabric. Even after a few centuries, […]

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A stunningly embroidered homage to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

In her work “Homage to Vivaldi” artist Jackie Gibson, an EGA Member from the Great Lakes Region brings the beauty of the four seasons to life. The techniques used in these beautiful pieces are Needlepoint on painted canvas, surface embroidery, needle felting, appliqué, enameling. You can see Jackie’s “Homage to Vivaldi” in our 21st National […]

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Join our Ambrosia Honey Stitch-a-long

Starting November 2017 we are stitching this gorgeous project on our EGA Stitch-a-long group. Ambrosia Honey is currently being published in EGA’s magazine, Needle Arts, in the June 2017, September 2017, December 2017 and March 2018 issues. If you are NOT a current member of EGA, you’ll need to join EGA to receive the Needle […]

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Embroidery and media came together beautifully in Complex: The Art in Mixed Media

Complex: The Art in Mixed Media was the third of the international embroidered art exhibitions sponsored by EGA. This exhibition widened the focus to include not only embroidery techniques, but other art media in the same work as well. The exhibition took place at EGA’s headquarters in Louisville, KY from February 3 to July 15, […]

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A look at The Midnight Fantasy Tree, a crewel masterpiece

Don’t you love it when art takes your breath away? Today we take a look at Midnight Fantasy Tree by Tana Dixon, an EGA Member at Large from Texas. Here’s what Tana had to say about the piece: “The Midnight Fantasy Tree was completed as a modern interpretation of the quintessential crewel motif, the Tree […]

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Incredible vintage embroidery stitched with the mouth

A relatively recent addition to EGA’s collection, this embroidery on paper was created around 1840 by artist and performer Martha Ann Honeywell. Honeywell was born in 1787 with no hands or forearms and only three toes on one foot. She made a career for herself touring the US and Europe cutting silhouettes, embroidering flowers as […]

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Whimsical needlecases show a glimpse of needlework’s history

Needlecases can be very utilitarian, or, as illustrated by these examples from EGA’s Collection, highly whimsical. These are just a few items from the needlework tool collection of Shirley Fischer, which she generously donated to EGA over ten years ago. The Nanny Pin, or Nanny Brooch, was a type of Victorian bar pin that held […]

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