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  • New Lightning Rounds

    Beginner's Hardanger, Undulations II, White Iris and Sweet Bag Sewed of Silver and Gold are available through November 30, 2019.

  • New Group Correspondence Course

    English Summer with Cheryl Sharp is our latest Group Correspondence Course.

  • New Online Class

    Blackwork has met its perfect companion in our online class Basket of Gold with teacher Carolyn Standing Webb.

  • Photos: Fiber Forum 2019

    See the stunning embroidery from this year's Fiber Forum.

  • New Extended Study Program!

    Join us at Uncommon Stitches with teacher Melinda Sherbring, an embroidery adventure exploring stitches rarely used in the modern world.

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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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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Calling for Stitched Holiday 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 to decorate for the holidays this year. We’re open to donations of […]

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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 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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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 117, Louisville KY 40206. (We are moving to Suite 104 at the […]

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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 Christmas!

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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25 days of EGA Christmas

To bring a little Christmas cheer and inspiration to your life we will be posting a photo of a stitched ornament from our headquarters Christmas 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 […]

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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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4 marvelous gifts for the stitcher in your life: Journals, Bookmarks and more

Temperatures are dropping and Christmas is just around the corner! Just in time for the holidays we have released some new products that along with some of our previous offerings will be great gifts for stitchers and non-stitchers alike. Take a look, add a few gifts to your cart and scratched them off your Christmas […]

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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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10 embroidered works of art that showcase the beauty of Spring

It feels like Spring has taken a little longer to take over this year. Winter was cold, snowy and long which makes looking forward to Spring even more thrilling. As we await to see the gorgeous colors of Spring blooming about, we have compiled a selection of embroidered flower pieces from our Permanent Collection,  exhibits […]

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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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