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If you’re looking for a professional in the embroidery field, you’re in the right spot. The EGA Certified label indicates high-level embroidery experts who have met our rigorous certification standards. Included on this list are also teachers who teach current EGA courses.

  • Ann Barker-Griffith

    Certified Needlework Judge

    Jamesville, NY

    Ann Barker-Griffith is an EGA Certified Needlework Judge.

  • Barbara Kershaw

    Counted Thread, Surface Embroidery, EGA Course Teacher

    Courtice, Ontario

    Barbara M. Kershaw has a passion for learning and sharing her knowledge of the many varied and wonderful forms of embroidery generally called whitework. She has taken many courses and classes from the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada (EAC), Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA), and the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG). Barbara is certified as an EGA Master Craftsman in counted thread. She also studied in Germany at the Museum de Schwalm in 2005 and 2011. She has been teaching for over 20 years at various EAC national seminars, EGA national and regional seminars, guilds in Canada, America and Bermuda as well as two International Teaching Tours of the USA. Barbara is the author of two EGA Group Correspondence Courses – Noel and Italian Drawn Thread – Isabella and an Individual Correspondence Course Basic Study of Schwalm Embroidery. Her book Exquisite Schwalm focuses on Schwalm filling stitches.

    More about Barbara Kershaw

    Group Correspondence Course: Italian Drawn Thread – Isabella

    Group Correspondence Course: Noel

    Individual Correspondence Course: Basic Study of Schwalm Embroidery

  • Beth Carlson

    Certified Needlework Judge

    Chico, CA

    Beth, who is a member of our Camellia Chapter in Sacramento, CA, 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 has taken advantage of opportunities to study design and techniques with EGA, ANG, the Royal School of Needlework and various quilt guilds and local shops; she has been an EGA Certified Judge since 1993. In October of 2018, Beth had 2 original quilts juried into the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, California. In 2019 she became the chair of our Master Craftsman: Quilting program.

  • BettyLou Pendleton

    Master Needlework Judge

    Visalia, CA

    BettyLou Pendleton is an EGA Certified Master Needlework Judge.

  • Carol Algie Higginbotham

    Certified Teacher, Counted Thread, EGA Course Teacher

    Blue Jay, CA

    A member of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America since 1971, Carol is an Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc. certified teacher in Blackwork and a Japanese Embroidery Center approved teacher of Traditional Japanese Embroidery. A past president of our Southern California Chapter, she has served on the Counted Thread Master Craftsman committee for EGA, the EGA Biennial committee, the Teacher Certification committee for EGA, Dean of Faculty for EGA National Seminar ’89 and was national EGA librarian. She has taught locally and at regional and national seminars for EGA, National Standards Council of American Embroiderers’, American Needlepoint Guild, and for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her other stitching interests include: crewel, whitework (especially Dresden and Ayrshire), metal thread and Japanese embroidery.

    More about Carol Algie Higginbotham

    Group Correspondence Course: Roses with Carol Algie Higginbotham

  • Carol Korman

    Master Needlework Judge

    Kerrville, TX

    Carol Korman is an EGA Certified Master Needlework Judge.

  • Carol Lynn Stratton

    Master Needlework Judge

    Uniontown, OH

    Carol Lynn Stratton is the chairman of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) Master Craftsman counted thread program, has been a juried member of the EGA Fiber Forum since 2001, is a certified Master Needlework Judge, and is a member of the EGA Judges Certification Committee. She was awarded the Gold Thread Award for the Great Lakes Region in 2006 and her work has won two Bobby Pilling Awards and has been accepted into three EGA National Exhibits. She judged the 2017 National Exhibit. Two of her pieces are in the EGA permanent collection.

    More about Carol Lynn Stratton

    Photos: See some of Carol Lynn’s pieces for Fiber Forum 2018

    Master Craftsman: Counted Thread

  • Carol Peao Currier

    Surface Embroidery, EGA Course Teacher

    Pinehurst, NC

    Carol Currier is certified by the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) as a surface embroidery teacher. She served on the national board of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) for eight years including as national President from 2007-2009. Carol is currently the EGA Chair of the Master Craftsman program in crewel embroidery. She was honored in the September 2018 Needle Arts as Designer Across America. Carol holds memberships in EGA, NAN, American Needlepoint Guild (ANG), and National Association of Needlework Teachers (NETA). She is a partner in a needlework shop in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

    More about Carol Peao Currier

    Group Correspondence Course: Avondale

    Master Craftsman: Crewel Embroidery

  • Certified Teacher, Canvas

    Austin, TX

    Carole Lake, from Austin, Texas, is an EGA-certified teacher who specializes in manipulating common and uncommon threads and stitches to create textured effects, with a special interest in the effect and symbolism of color. Her award-winning work has been displayed in exhibits throughout the southwest. She has been actively teaching and designing since the 1980s. A native Texan and graduate of Rice University, her enthusiasm for the needle arts has translated into a strong desire to exchange ideas, explore techniques, and share the love of stitching. Now retired from teaching in person, Carole is fond of mentoring upcoming teachers and passing along all the tips and tricks she learned over the years.

    More about Carol Lake

    Individual Correspondence Course: The Art of Teaching Embroidery with Kay Stanis and Carole Lake

  • Carole Rinard

    Master Needlework Judge, EGA Course Teacher

    Los Alamos, NM

    Carole Rinard has studied color since she was in high school and has incorporated color theory in the clothing and textile classes she taught at the university level. She is an EGA Master Needlework Judge and a Color Master Craftsman. She has been active in all levels of EGA and has served on the national board. Since 1989, she has volunteered at the Santa Fe Opera costume shop where she has heard numerous designers and directors discuss color in costumes, sets, and lighting. She lives in Los Alamos, New Mexico with her husband.

    More about Carole Rinard

    Individual Correspondence Course: Rainbows Bend: A Course on Color Theory with Carole Rinard

  • Carolyn Standing Webb

    Counted Thread, EGA Course Teacher

    Salt Lake City, UT

    Carolyn Standing Webb of Salt Lake City, Utah, has a degree in education but finds needlework much more rewarding to teach. She grew up in a home where art was a part of everyday life and creativity was encouraged. An EGA member of our Wasatch, Salt Lake City Chapter, she has been a needlework designer and teacher for over twenty years, teaching on the local, regional and national levels. She has a line of patterns available in retail stores. Several pieces of her work have been published in books and magazines and she has won a number of prizes for her needlework. She has her Master Craftsman in Counted Thread. Her goal is to share with her students her love of needlework and to help them relax and enjoy it.

    More about Carolyn Standing Webb

    Group Correspondence Course: Perfectly Counted Crosses with Carolyn Standing Webb

  • Catherine Jordan

    Design, EGA Course Teacher

    Powhatan, VA

    Catherine Jordan holds numerous Master Craftsman certifications with the EGA: Counted Thread, Crewel, Color, and Design. She is both the current and a past president of the Gentle Pursuits of Richmond Chapter. In addition, Catherine was named the winner of the EGA Gold Thread Mid-Atlantic Region Award as well as being a juried member of EGA’s artist group Fiber Forum. Catherine is also very active outside of the EGA. She is a 5-time recipient of Woodlawn’s Frank Lloyd Wright award for best design and was awarded Best in Show in 2008 for an original fabric painted design. She is a certified Zentangle teacher and her work in this medium has won awards with the American Needlepoint Guild in 2013 including: first place for original/professionals, Judge’s Award, Delegates Award and Best of Show. You can find Catherine teaching at local needlework chapters as well as at regional, national and international seminars.

    More about Catherine Jordan

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

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

  • Cathy Trostmann

    Master Needlework Judge

    Houston, TX

    Cathy Trostmann is an EGA Certified Master Needlework Judge.

  • Surface Embroidery, EGA Course Teacher

    McKinleyville, CA

    Celeste Chalasani is a graduate of the National Academy of Needlearts Teachers’ Certification program specializing in Stumpwork. She was invited to accession her piece “Tidal Treasures” into the NAN Permanent Collection at the Gregg School of Art & Design at North Carolina State University. Celeste teaches for the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) at chapter workshops, regional and national seminars; online for Bluprint (formerly known as Craftsy); and also teaches an EGA Individual Correspondence Course on Stumpwork. She has been published in Needle Arts, Piecework Magazine, and GPR Designers 2012. Celeste designed and donated her “Poppy Remembrance Pin” in 2019 to EGA’s National Outreach Project supporting America’s wounded service members.

    “Teaching Stumpwork is a labor of love for me. I am passionate about sharing what I know. I approach teaching from the understanding that different people learn in different ways. I strive to provide clear written instructions with step by step color photos, orally explain the technique with color coded visual aids, demonstrate stitches and techniques, and work one on one with each student as they practice their techniques.”

    More about Celeste Chalasani

    Read Celeste’s Needle Arts Profile

    Individual Correspondence Course: A Journey into the World of Raised Embroidery: Stumpwork Techniques with Celeste Chalasani

  • Charline A Wells

    Master Needlework Judge

    Albuquerque, NM

    Charline Wells has been a member of EGA for over 25 years. She received her Master Judges Certification with Distinction in 1996. During her association with EGA she has judged numerous needlework exhibits/shows on both a national and local level. She maintains not only her EGA National membership, but also her local chapter membership in the Sandia Mountains Chapter.

    Charline holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textiles & Clothing and a Masters Degree in Instructional Design. During her early years she was selected as “outstanding Home Economics student” and won the Colorado State “Make-It-Yourself-With-Wool” competition. She has not only taught sewing classes for small business sewing schools, but also taught classes for needlework shops in counted thread, Hardanger, needlepoint, and pulled thread. Charline has taught in the business sector and in private institutions. She taught kindergarten, senior high, and adult student programs in public schools. As a management professional in business, she was the Senior Program Manager for Corporate Education at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM. She is currently a Docent at The Albuquerque Art & History Museum with responsibilities for coordinating the Docent Program which consists of over 125 volunteers. Her love of sewing and needlework continues as she regularly enjoys garment sewing and counted thread embroidery.

  • Charlotte Froman

    Certified Needlework Judge, Counted Thread, Canvas, Design

    Willingboro, NJ

    Charlotte Froman is an EGA Certified Needlework Judge.

  • Cheryl Christian

    Certified Appraiser, Master Needlework Judge

    Hutto, TX

    Dr. Cheryl Christian is the editor of Needle Arts and Inside EGA. She has been editorial coordinator for ANG’s Needle Pointers, contributing editor for Fine Lines, and a frequent contributor to Antique Review and Cotton & Quail. She is an EGA-certified master judge and EGA-certified appraiser. She is Director of Judges’ Certification for the National Academy of Needlearts and co-chairs EGA’s Appraiser Certification Program. Christian completed the full three-year rotation of the Summer Institute at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She publishes and lectures on material culture, textiles, judging, appraising, and history, and, in particular, the contextualization samplers. Christian practices many kinds of needlework, conducts research on textiles and history, and continues to learn as many different forms of needle art as possible.

  • Cindy Lee Gershin

    Certified Needlework Judge

    Stevenson Ranch, CA

    Cindy is Certified as a Master Needleart Appraiser by The American Needlepoint Guild (ANG), is a member of the National Association of Appraisers, and is USPAP compliant.  She has served as the Chairman of ANG’s NeedleArts Appraisal Program.  Cindy is also Certified as a Needlework Judge by the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc. (EGA), and is an EGA Master Craftsman in Counted Thread. Cindy has extensive training and personal expertise in numerous handmade needlework techniques.  Training for these programs ensures that you will be working with someone who has an experienced eye and who performs thorough research to provide you with a complete and accurate personalized assessment of your handmade needlework.

  • EGA Course Teacher

    White Haven, PA

    Deborah is an avid needle artist, designer, instructor and author. She has studied appliqué with national and international teachers and continues to study historical appliqué quilts and coverlets. Her area of specialization is the creation of a sculptural look to felted wool appliqué by using needle tilting techniques and the layering and stuffing of wool pieces. Deborah’s designs feature matching and over-dyed wool threads, and embroidery embellishments which enhance and define the clarity of her subjects. She is an active member of the EGA, EAC, NETA, PA quilters and Loundon Sampler Guild and enjoys teaching. Her first book, Gorgeous Wool Appliqué: A visual guide on adding dimension and unique embroidery was released in October 2015 and her second book Dimensional Wool Appliqué Baltimore Style which translates traditional Baltimore Album blocks into her own felted wool style was released in December 2016. Her third book, Celebrate Wool Appliqué was just released in March of 2019.

    More about Deborah Tirico

    Online Class: Fingertip Gloves with Deborah Tirico

  • Denise Harrington Pratt

    Canvas, EGA Course Teacher

    Raymond, ME

    Denise Harrington Pratt is an artist and needlework designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a passion for counted thread embroidery on linen. Denise has been teaching needlework since 1995. She has taught at Spirit of Cross Stitch Festivals, National and Regional Seminars for the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc., and EGA chapters.  Denise is an active member of our Southern Maine Chapter.

    More about Denise Harrington Pratt

    Group Correspondence Course: Snowflake Ball with Denise Harrington Pratt

    Group Correspondence Course: Star-Spangled Puzzle Ball with Denise Harrington Pratt

  • Diana Snyder

    Certified Teacher, Counted Thread, Mixed Media and 3D

    South Burlington, VT

    Diana Snyder has been instructing embroidery classes since 1980 when she became an EGA member. She has taught and exhibited on the local, regional, and national levels. Diana has EGA teaching Certification and a Master Craftsman in Counted Thread, but she teaches other classes including surface stitchery and ethnic embroideries with a specialty in whitework. She was a recipient of The Educator of Excellence Award for the New England Region, and has served as EGA Director of Education and New England Region Director.

  • Dolores Andrew

    EGA Course Teacher

    Baltimore, MD

    Dolores Andrew works in a variety of media, including pen and ink, watercolor, pastel, charcoal and scratchboard. She is represented in public and private collections throughout the United States. She is basically a realist, with a crisp, understated representational style. Her work, while detailed and accurate, has an air of preciseness and cool briskness which avoids being stilted or rigid. Her more loosely drawn line work in pen and ink shows her interest in the character and mood created by economy of line. When her subjects are buildings or landscapes, they range from the famous landmarks to the mundane. Her still life paintings are usually flowers.  Dolores has taught fine arts and needlework at the college level and privately, as well as workshops for local, regional and national groups. She actively judges and lectures in the fine arts and needle arts fields.

  • Eileen Gibbs

    Certified Needlework Judge

    Mission Viejo, CA

    Eileen Gibbs joined EGA in 1974, with Orange County Chapter. The first workshop attended was with Diana Springall, from Embroiderers’ Guild. What a privilege! Next in 1976, the first seminar with (now disbanded) National Standards Council, as class Angel to the fabulous Jaqueline Enthoven. The riches continued with seminar participation and wonderful teachers in a wide range of techniques. The first judged competition entered was back in the day when N.A.N. still met at Greenbrier, (1995) and the Honorable Mention was a thrilling surprise, to say the least. Having entered many times since, at Golden Thimble in Los Angeles, (Second place, needle point), Stitchers Faire, Ventura 2007, First Place Crewel, ANG Shoreline Stitchers’ Showcase, 2012, Best of Category (Needlepoint). Many other entries, and critiques have followed, sparking a keen interest in the techniques and standards of our organizations.

    A Life Member, Eileen has served EGA as chapter President of Orange County Chapter (1991-1992), Mountain View Chapter (2004), and Region Director for PSR 1994-1996. Other national service has included National Chairman, Membership/Outreach 1995-96, Study Box Chairman, 1996-98, Education Exhibit Chairman Newport Beach Seminar, 2001, Orlando Seminar 2000, National Fundraising Chairman, 2002-2003, and committee positions on many seminars. A highlight of years served was the National Gold Thread Award, in Atlanta in 2005. She is also a MAL with ANG. The Judge Certification program has been completed, on an ongoing journey to finding joy and inspiration in an ever-expanding education in needlework.

  • Eleanor Ames

    Certified Needlework Judge, Master Needlework Judge

    Albuquerque, NM

    Eleanor Ames is an EGA Certified Master Needlework Judge.

  • Certified Teacher Graduate, Canvas, Mixed Media and 3D, Design

    Rochester Hills, MI

    Gail Sirna is certified in both teaching and judging by the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN). She is also an Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) certified Graduate Teacher. She was Region Director for the EGA Great Lakes Region, and one of the very early completers of Master Craftsman. Gail is the retired Director of Education for NAN, as well as its former treasurer and seminar coordinator. In 2004, she received NAN’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of In Praise of the Needlewoman, which received the Literary Award by American Needlepoint Guild. Gail has taught extensively throughout North America for over 40 years and has won many ribbons in exhibits throughout the nation.

  • Canvas, EGA Course Teacher

    Rocky Mount, NC

    Gail Stafford teaches mathematics at a small college in eastern North Carolina.  She has always enjoyed art in many forms.  For many years, she enjoyed stitching canvas embroidery projects and in more recent years she has been creating original needlework designs.  Though she continues to enjoy Bargello, her current focus is on translating scenic images into canvas embroidery designs.  She holds EGA Master Craftsman certifications in Canvas EmbroideryColor for Needlework, and Design for Needlework.  She has been on the faculty of American Needlepoint Guild National seminars and has presented numerous programs for EGA and ANG chapters.  Her work has been published in Needle PointersNeedle Arts, and Needlepoint Now.

    More about Gail Stafford

    Group Correspondence Course: Undulations II with Gail Stafford

  • Georgann Lane

    Master Needlework Judge

    Boulder Creek, CA

    Georgann Lane has been a member of the Greater Pacific Region and Stitchers by the Sea Chapter since its foundation in 1982. She has served as chapter president, program chair, and workshop chair. Within the region she has been secretary, exhibition chair, and seminar chair, twice. Lane has worked on four national seminar committees and was the education exhibit liaison for the EGA seminar 2018. She is the EGA national education exhibit chair. Lane volunteers currently as a docent for the San Lorenzo Valley Museum and formerly at the Evergreen Cemetery, a local pioneer historical site. She is an avid scrapbooker and graduate of Kurenai Kai traditional Japanese embroidery.

  • Gwen Nelson

    Beading, EGA Course Teacher

    Louisville, KY

    Gwen T. Nelson joined The Embroiderers’ Guild of America in 1997.  She is a member of the Louisville Chapter and a member of National Embroidery Teachers’ Association. She has served as the Tennessee Valley Region Director for four years, has chaired two region seminars and has served as the EGA national president. Gwen has been designing and teaching beaded pieces since 2000. She has taught both at the EGA chapter and region levels and at other venues outside of EGA. Gwen designed the pieces that were beaded by the thirteen region directors for the live auctions at the 2009, 2010, and 2011 EGA national seminars and the pieces that were donated by the EGA executive committee for the auction at the 2013 and 2014 national seminars. She also designed the 2013 national seminar logo beaded pin.

    More about Gwen Nelson

    Group Correspondence Courses: Keeping in Shape

    Master Craftsman: Beading

  • India Hayford

    Certified Teacher

    Casper, WY

    An EGA member since 1987, India holds teacher certification in contemporary embroidery. She was the recipient of two EGA Legacy Scholarships and one EGA Research Fellowship Grant, all used to study Yemenite Jewish and Israeli Yemenite embroidery. The resulting ethnic embroidery courses combine extensively illustrated lectures with richly embroidered projects. She also offers classes in contemporary design, mixed media, and fiber manipulation. Teaching experience includes regional and national seminars, local chapters, ethnic festivals, and community college programs.

  • J. Marsha Michler

    Quilting, EGA Course Teacher

    Limerick, ME

    J. Marsha Michler is a nonfiction author of 13 printed books, and 8 self-published eBooks on the topics of crazy quilting, embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, wire jewelry, and knitting. Her quilts have won awards at quilting shows, and her work has been featured in national magazines and other publications including our Needle Arts magazine. Holding a degree in Business Marketing, and three-quarters of a degree in fine arts, summa cum laude and dean’s list, she has taught classes on crazy quilting, embroidery, and wire jewelry. She actively pursues crazy quilting, embroidery, fiber spinning, knitting, fiction and poetry writing, ballroom dancing, stone wall building, and resides with her husband and dog in the beautiful and inspiring foothills of Southern Maine.

    More about J. Marsha Michler

    Individual Correspondence Course: Crazy Quilting with J. Marsha Michler

    Group Correspondence Courses: White On White Crazy Quilted Wallpiece with J. Marsha Michler

  • Jane Ellen Balzuweit

    Certified Teacher, Counted Thread, Surface Embroidery, Mixed Media and 3D, Design

    Vandalia, OH

    Jane Ellen Balzuweit holds teacher certifications in pulled thread and counted thread with the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA). She has taught at various EGA national and regional seminars, Embroidery Association of Canada (EAC) seminars and for The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA). She authored correspondence courses for EGA and American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) and designed a petite project for EGA. Jane Ellen has taught cyber classes for ANG and the Shining Needle Society, designed for Rainbow Gallery and owned and operated a needlework store for 35 years.

  • Janet Salerno

    Certified Teacher, Counted Thread

    Mechanicsburg, PA

    Janet Salerno is an EGA Certified Teacher.

  • Jeanette Carmichael

    Beading, EGA Course Teacher

    Granbury, TX

    Jeanette is an award-winning artist in the needle arts. She designed and made the King’s Collar for the Korean production of “The Promise.” Her embroidered and beaded picture Autumn Mystique won first prize for original design in EGA’s Competing Needles competition, “Needles That Sing.” Her unique needle renderings have been displayed in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Korea. Affectionately known as “The Bead Lady,” Jeanette is a sought-after instructor. She has taught beading for more than 20 years in the United Kingdom, throughout the United States, at Tarleton State University, Texas Christian University, San Antonio Bead and Ornament Society, Texas Appliqué Society, Silver Threads, Wild West Bead Society, Bluebonnet Studios, EGA workshops and various women’s clubs, bead societies and retail stores. Jeanette is the founder of Beaders’ Guild of Granbury in her hometown of Granbury, Texas. As a member of our Fort Worth Chapter, Jeanette has held the positions of president and other offices. She has served on EGA’s South Central Region Board as Parliamentarian, and as a member of EGA’s Bylaws Committee. She has also served as a contributing author for Apprize, EGA’s teacher newsletter, and is presently the editor of the Fort Worth Chapter newsletter.

    More about Jeanette Carmichael

    Group Correspondence Course: Frenzy of Fringes with Jeanette Carmichael

    Group Correspondence Course: My Favorite Bracelet with Jeanette Carmichael

  • Jonalene Gutwein

    Certified Teacher, Counted Thread, EGA Course Teacher

    Melbourne, FL

    Jonalene is EGA certified in Counted Thread. She is a member of our Indian River Chapter in Florida and has been teaching various forms of needlework since 1982 at EGA chapters, and events at the regional and national level. She has over sixty needlework publications under the name of Friends in Needlework and three retired EGA Group Correspondence Courses.

    More about Jonalene Gutwein

    Group Correspondence Course: Beginning Teneriffe Lace with Jonalene Gutwein

  • Judith Gulick

    Certified Teacher, Canvas, Design

    Painted Post, NY

    Judith Gulick is an EGA Certified Teacher.

  • Judy Jeroy

    Certified Needlework Judge, Canvas, Surface Embroidery

    Virginia Beach, VA

    Judy is an EGA-certified teacher of crewel embroidery and canvas embroidery as well as a Certified Teacher Graduate and a Certified Judge.  She is credentialed to teach Traditional Japanese Embroidery by Mr. Shuji Tamura.  She has her Master Craftsman in Crewel and in Canvas and has served on the faculty of numerous national and regional seminars.  Judy is the author of Creative Crewel Embroidery, published by Lark Books in 1998.  She has held numerous administrative positions in the Mid-Atlantic Region and at the national level.

    More about Judy Jeroy

    Individual Correspondence Course: Jacobean Crewel Embroidery with Judy Jeroy

  • Kate Festo

    Certified Teacher, Silk & Metal Threads

    New Canaan, CT

    Kate Festo is an EGA Certified Teacher.

  • Certified Needlework Judge

    Fruitland, ID

    Kay Haley is an EGA Certified Needlework Judge.

  • Certified Teacher Graduate, Counted Thread, Canvas, Surface Embroidery, Silk & Metal Threads, EGA Course Teacher

    Appleton, WI

    Kay Stanis is an internationally known fiber artist, designer, Master Craftsman, and Certified and Graduate Certified Teacher of EGA and Kurenai Kai Traditional Japanese Embroidery.  She has been on the faculties of American Needlepoint Guild national seminars, Callaway School of Needlearts, Embroiderers Association of Canada, EGA national and regional seminars, Koala Conventions, South Australia Embroidery Conference, Embroidery 2000 (New Zealand), and many independent groups.

    More about Kay Stanis

    Individual Correspondence Course: Introduction to Metal Thread Embroidery with Kay Stanis

    Individual Correspondence Course: Silk and Metal Thread Embroidery with Kay Stanis

    Group Correspondence Course: Spring Splendor with Kay Stanis

    Individual Correspondence Course: The Art of Teaching Embroidery with Kay Stanis and Carole Lake

  • Kim Sanders

    Certified Teacher, Counted Thread, Surface Embroidery, Smocking, EGA Course Teacher

    Flat Rock, NC

    Kim Sanders is an EGA-certified teacher in Crewel and Surface Embroidery and a Master Craftsman in Surface Embroidery and Smocking. She has taught at national and regional seminars, guilds, and shops as well as ICC and GCC. Her designs have been published in Australian Smocking & Embroidery, Needle Arts, and Inspirations.

    More about Kim Sanders

    Individual Correspondence Course: English Smocking with Kim Sanders

    Group Correspondence Course: Fallen Leaves Sampler with Kim Sanders

    Group Correspondence Course: Thank Goodness It’s Finished with Kim Sanders

  • Mixed Media and 3D, EGA Course Teacher

    Charlotte, NC

    Laura Smith is an embroidery innovator, nationally known designer, and process style teacher. She is consultant for EGA Challenge 2016 and past Chairman of Fiber Forum (2011-2015), a juried group of original designers within EGA. She holds the EGA Master Craftsman in Color and has served as chair for the Master Craftsman in Color Program since 2006. As a former director of an arts center, her education includes an MBA and undergraduate degree in chemistry.

    More about Laura Smith

    Group Correspondence Course: Embroidery with Mixed Media with Laura Smith

    Group Correspondence Course: Mark and Paint on Canvas and Fabric with Laura Smith

    Group Correspondence Course: Taming the Stash Monster

    Master Craftsman: Color for Needlework

  • Lee M. McLeron

    Certified Needlework Judge

    Silverdale, WA

    Lee M. McLeron is an EGA Certified Needlework Judge.

  • Certified Teacher, Quilting, Mixed Media and 3D, Design

    Boscobel, WI

    Linda Halpin is an EGA Certified Teacher.

  • Mixed Media and 3D, Beading, EGA Course Teacher

    Mount Pleasant, SC

    Linda Wyszynski lives with her husband, Dennis, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and is the owner of Hearthside Creations, LLC. She is a professional needle arts designer who has over thirty years of experience as an artist creating freelance needlework projects for publication. She began her designing career by painting custom needlepoint canvases for local needlepoint shops in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is an author of needlework textbooks, magazine articles, twenty multi-author books, and The Complete Photo Guide to Needlework (Creative Publishing 2012). Linda has always been active in the art and needlework community, including the following: CHA Designer Section Council, Board of Directors Society of Craft Designers, and Outreach After School Project program for St. Paul Needleworkers EGA Chapter, needlework teacher for EGA regions and local EGA chapters, Board of Directors Needlework Guild of Minnesota, Twin Cities Metropolitan Art Council Board, and Polk County North Carolina Community Arts Council Committee. She is passionate about needlework and continues to be active in national organizations. She is currently a member of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) and The National Needlework Association (TNNA).

    More about Linda Wyszynski

    Group Correspondence Course: Enchanted Summer

  • Master Needlework Judge

    Coplay, PA

    Lisa Geosits is an EGA Certified Master Needlework Judge.

  • Certified Teacher, Counted Thread, Mixed Media and 3D, Design

    Sunbury, OH

    Lisa Smith is an EGA Certified Teacher.

  • Margaret Azpeitia-Taylor

    Certified Appraiser

    Sedona, AZ

    Margaret Azpeitia-Taylor is an EGA-certified appraiser for personal property and holds an International Certificate with Distinction from the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), Hampton Court Palace, UK, in hand embroidery and design. She is also a Life Member of EGA, since joining in 1991 and a juried member of EGA Fiber Forum. She lectures and publishes on appraising and history of needlearts, textiles and quilts – Traditional and Contemporary. Margaret continues to teach many types of needlework for national and international students. Her original pieces are in private collections internationally and at the EGA National collection in Kentucky; America the Beautiful Tapestry Project – “Salmon Slip”, upper left on panel five. Academic education: Bachelor Degree, Business, University of Phoenix, 40+ years of computer and photography experience, and international private research; specializing in American historical needlework samplers, textiles and quilts.

  • Margaret Kinsey

    Certified Teacher, Silk & Metal Threads

    Deltona, FL

    Margaret Kinsey is an Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) certified teacher in silk and metal thread embroidery. She is certified to teach Japanese traditional embroidery. She is the designated US teacher for the Kunimitsu Rozashi Studio and studies with Fumiko Ozaki. Margaret is the 2010 recipient of the national EGA Gold Thread Award. She teaches at all levels of EGA. She teaches at national seminars and chapters of the American Needlepoint Guild and the Embroidery Association of Canada. She was the 2012 keynote speaker and taught at the New Zealand Embroidery Guild Conference in Christchurch, NZ, and toured, taught, and lectured additional venues in New Zealand. Margaret chaired the 5th, 6th and 7th EGA International Embroidery Conferences (IEC).

  • Counted Thread, EGA Course Teacher

    Duluth, GA

    Marion is a 3-year, Mark Excellent graduate of The Royal School of Needlework and a City and Guild’s Silver medallist. She has taught dressmaking in English High Schools, owned The Robin Hood Wool Shop for 13 years; taught Adult Education for Clemson University and has judged, lectured and taught in 49 states, Canada, Mexico and Australia. She is the author of many booklets and articles on Embroidery techniques.

    More about Marion Scoular

    Group Correspondence Course: Beginner’s Hardanger with Marion Scoular

    Group Correspondence Course: Finishing with Flair with Marion Scoular

  • Marylyn Doyle

    Certified Teacher, Counted Thread, Silk & Metal Threads, Design

    Dayton, OH

    Marylyn Doyle, an Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) certified teacher in silk and metal threads on fabric, has explored a variety of needlework to understand the history and unique techniques of each. She has taught in local, regional and national settings. She is the author of several magazine articles on embroidery and church liturgy. Her embroideries have been displayed in regional, national, and liturgical exhibits. Marylyn, from Dayton, Ohio, has been the recipient of the EGA Great Lakes Region Teacher of the Year award and was the author of an EGA Petite Project. Her passion?  Sharing needlework with others.

  • Melinda Sherbring

    Surface Embroidery, EGA Course Teacher

    Manhattan Beach, CA

    Melinda was a software engineer in Southern California’s aerospace industry from 1975-2013. Through her historical re-enactment hobby, she researched and published booklets on Pictish art, heraldry, and manuscripts. She found EGA in 1992, expanding her horizons to historical embroidery and studying surviving works at museums worldwide. Her first EGA Group Correspondence Course, More Than a Rose, appeared in 2016. Melinda now teaches, writes, and publishes as Threads of History.

    More about Melinda Sherbring

    Group Correspondence Course: More Than a Rose with Melinda Sherbring

    Group Correspondence Course: Sweet Bag Sewed of Silver and Gold with Melinda Sherbring

  • EGA Course Teacher

    Kingston, Tasmania

    Merrilyn is an internationally renowned hand embroiderer, designer, author and teacher. Merrilyn opened her 1st needlework shop in 1978. With an artistic heritage and a passion for hand work this was the starting point for a long creative and rewarding journey with needle, threads and fabrics. Merrilyn has published books on her original designs worked with silk ribbon and wool embroidery and needlepoint. Magazine articles of Merrilyn’s work are regularly featured in publications in USA, Australia, and New Zealand.

  • Master Needlework Judge

    Odessa, TX

    Nell Denman Smith is an American Quilter’s Society Certified Quilt Appraiser, a National Quilting Association Certified Judge, and an Embroiderers’ Guild of America Certified Master Needlework Judge.

  • Pat Rozendal

    Master Needlework Judge

    Tomball, TX

    Pat Rozendal is an EGA Certified Master Needlework Judge.

  • Patricia Goaley

    Certified Needlework Judge, Master Needlework Judge, Surface Embroidery

    Waco, TX

    Retired from the U.S. Navy and an active Surgical Oncology Physician Assistant, Pat has a passion for embroidery, especially all forms of surface embroidery. With a Certificate and Diploma with Distinction from the Royal School of Needlework, EGA Master Craftsman in Surface and Crewel Work, and a juried member of Fiber Forum, she has the background to create at will elegant forms of needlework. She has been able to study many forms and techniques abroad and brings those skills to her designs. Pat is an EGA Certified Judge and has taught at the seminar and chapter levels.

  • Scottie Erikstrup

    Certified Needlework Judge

    Gresham, OR

    Scottie Erikstrup is an EGA Certified Needlework Judge.

  • Sharon Shimohara

    Certified Needlework Judge

    Simi Valley, CA

    Sharon Shimohara is an EGA Certified Needlework Judge.

  • Terri Brown

    Master Needlework Judge

    Bargersville, IN

    Terri Brown is an EGA Certified Master Needlework Judge.

  • Wendy Johnstone

    Master Needlework Judge

    New Plymouth

    Wendy Johnstone is an EGA Certified Master Needlework Judge.