Limited Spaces Available for Online Studio Class Frank the Zebra with Hazel Blomkamp

Registration is now open for our Online Studio class Frank the Zebra with teacher Hazel Blomkamp!

Frank the Zebra with Hazel Blomkamp is a design featured in Blomkamp’s latest book, Crewel Animal Portraits. It is worked with an interesting variety of embroidery, needlelace, needleweaving, and bead embroidery techniques, with the focus of the design being an unconventional method to create the stripes of the hide. Because of publishing contracts, students are required to own a copy of the Crewel Animal Portraits book to access the written instructions. The book is available on Amazon.

Registration closes on August 2, 2023 or when the limit of 100 students is reached. The PDF Lessons and Videos for the class will be posted to the class page weekly starting October 4, 2023 and ending October 24, 2023.

Click here to register for Frank the Zebra

Here’s a quick rundown of how our online studio classes work:  Students get access to the class content based on the class schedule and to a class discussion forum where the teacher will answer students’ questions and where students can post photos of their progress and communicate with each other. Lessons can be downloaded at any time up to two months after the last lesson is posted.  Please check the details for each class to see if the class format will include video instruction.

Virtual Stitch Party

If you are interested in other designs by Hazel Blomkamp, our 2023 Seminar is having a Virtual Stitch Party where she will be teaching her designs Colin the Rooster and Creative Crewel. Learn more here.

Our next Online Studio Class!

Primroses with Merrilyn Heazlewood. Bring the summer joy of primroses into your home all year round. Clusters of French knots complement the needlepoint stitches. Gumnut Yarns’ “Buds” and “Poppies” create a light, airy pattern to the tile. Kreinik® metallic adds sparkle. Primroses is stitched on 18-count canvas with 16 different stitches. Two colorways are offered. Flowers will be created with 7mm silk ribbon. Registration dates: Aug. 2, 2023–Sept. 6, 2023 Class schedule: Nov. 1, 2023–Dec. 13, 2023 Sign up for a reminder!

Lightning Rounds

We have 5 new GCC Lightning Rounds available for registration through August 31, 2023. These are a selection 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. Click the pictures below to learn more about each course.

Virtual Lectures Coming Up

Coming Soon: Linen: The Journey From Seed to Cloth with Ellen Phelps — What do you really know about the linen cloth you stitch on or linen thread that you stitch with? In order to gain an appreciation of the linen thread that we use in our weaving, the Frances Irwin Handweavers Guild set out on a 2-year journey to learn about linen. From preparing the garden and growing, reaping, and preparing flax to be spun into linen thread and woven into cloth, guild members experienced these processes literally from the ground up! Come along with us on this journey as we share our experiences with you so that you, too, can learn more about the linen you hold in your hands. Live Lecture Date: Sunday, August 13, 2023 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: July 21-August 11, 2023 1PM Eastern Get a reminder!

Coming Soon: The Plymouth Tapestry with Donna Curtin – Museum Director Donna Curtin describes how the Plymouth Tapestry project came to be, how the Tapestry is being made, and shares images and film clips of this remarkable masterwork-in-the-making, including the ten six-ft. long embroidered panels completed to date. Live Lecture Date: Sunday, September 10, 2023 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: August 14 – September 8, 2023 1PM Eastern Get a reminder!

Coming Soon: ‘Este dechado’: Mastering Needlework in Mid-19th Century Mexico with Dr. Lynne Anderson and Dr. Mayela Flores Enriquez – Drs. Lynne Anderson and Mayela Flores will introduce the world of Mexican sampler making, showcasing the unique features of Mexican “dechados” and discussing the important role of needlework in Mexican female education, including how this changed over time due to historical, cultural, and religious influences. Live Lecture Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: September 18 – October 12, 2023 1PM Eastern Get a reminder!

Virtual Lecture Recordings Now Available

Recording Now Available: How to Research an Antique Sampler with Cindy Steinhoff — An antique sampler reveals some of its physical characteristics and often some information about the girl who stitched it, but what else can it tell us? Cynthia Shank Steinhoff will discuss how she learns more about the samplers she collects and researches. The result is a full documentation of a sampler’s appearance and history. Many of the characteristics that she identifies for older samplers can be used to provide a full description of a needlework piece made today. Get access to the recording!

Recording Now Available: Making My Bed: Creating imaginative worlds with 3D embroidery with Salley Mavor — Artist Salley Mavor will talk about her 40+ year career creating imaginative worlds with 3-dimensional embroidery. The presentation will cover a wide range of artistic adventures, from illustration to doll-making to stop-motion animation, all done in her signature hand-stitched style. This is an opportunity to take a behind the scenes peek at Ms. Mavor’s innovative process, which incorporates embroidery, fabric, and found objects. Get access to the recording!

Recording Now Available: Elizabethan Embroidery And The Trevelyon Miscellany Of 1608 with Kathy Andrews — Thomas Trevelyon, a London craftsman of whom little is known, created his miscellany in 1608 when he was about 60 years old. Join Kathy Andrews for a brief overview of the concept of a miscellany. We will see a facsimile of the Miscellany and explore the embroidery designs within. Participants will see both period and current examples of embroidered pieces whose designs are inspired/taken from the Miscellan. Get access to the recording!

Recording Now Available: A Journey into Tibet’s Sacred Textile Art with Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo — A California woman traveled to the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile in India to manage an economic development fund. In a twist of fate, she ended up sewing pictures of buddhas instead. She ultimately learned that a path is made by walking it, and some of the best paths are made by walking off course. Get access to the recording!


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