What are GCC Lightning Rounds?
Our GCC Lightning Rounds are three-four of our Group Correspondence Courses that have been hand-picked by our Education Department and made available for individual EGA members to register without a group for a limited time.
Lightning Rounds are a great opportunity for Members-At-Large and small EGA chapters that have difficulty filling a larger group in order to take a Group Correspondence Course. It’s also an excellent option for a small group of friends wanting to work on one of our courses or chapter members wanting to explore a new technique.
Ready? Here’s how Lightning Rounds work
Step 1: You select and register for your desired course.
Step 2: We process your registration and notify your teacher.
Step 3: Your teacher will start communicating with you and will send you a welcome letter, texts and any other introductory materials. The teacher will also notify you of the turn-in date for your finished piece.
Step 4: Grab your things, it’s time to stitch!
Step 5: You will mail your finished piece to the teacher, who will review it and return it along with an evaluation form for the course to be completed by you.
Step 6: You send the evaluation form and start looking for your next stitching adventure with EGA!
Current Lightning Rounds
In Beginner’s Hardanger students will learn the basic techniques of Hardanger with the option of stitching in a solid color or experimenting with Watercolours®.
Elegant and lace-like, Hardanger embroidery is easier to stitch than it appears. Worked in the hand, it is great to take on travels. Hardanger’s basic techniques are clearly explained.
Undulations II is a geometric design that mixes Bargello with diagonal stitches, box stitches, cross stitches and tied stitches. In this course you will stitch one of four quadrants of the design; then rotate the canvas a quarter turn to stitch each of the remaining quadrants.
In this course you will stitch this stunning White Iris using white or cream Pearl Cotton on matching 32-count Belfast linen. The mat chosen for behind and around the piece adds the punch of color.
Sweet Bag Sewed of Silver and Gold
In Sweet Bag Sewed of Silver and Gold you will stitch an embroidered bag like the ones that were in style in England from the mid-1500s to the mid-1600s.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the registration schedule for Lightning Rounds?
New Lightning Rounds are announced quarterly and are open for registration only during that quarter. The schedule is: March to May, June to August, September to November, and December to February. The time to complete your course remains the same – just the window for registration is limited.
I just registered for a GCC: Lightning Round on the website, what’s next?
When you register we will process your registration and notify the teacher. The teacher then sends the course texts, a welcome letter, and introductory materials to each student.
How long do I have to send my completed piece?
When you complete the Lightning Round you must send the project to the teacher within 30 days of the scheduled deadline, unless other arrangements have been made with the teacher.
Is there anything I need to include when I mail my piece to the teacher?
Please include your contact information and any other information the teacher has requested. Please also enclose return postage and insurance when sending your project to the teacher for evaluation.
What happens after I mail my piece to the teacher?
Your teacher will review and return your piece directly to you along with an evaluation form for the course.
Who do I send the evaluation form to?
Your completed course evaluation forms must be sent to both your teacher and the GCC Chair.
I live outside the US, can register for a Lightning Round?
Yes! Lightning Rounds are open to all EGA members, inside and outside of the United States.