It’s a new quarter and that means we have a fresh group of EGA educational opportunities for you to participate in!
GCC: Lightning Rounds
Every quarter, our Education Department selects some of our Group Correspondence Courses(GCC) and these are made available for members to register individually without needing a group. This is a great opportunity for members-at-large or chapter members who have been wanting to try one of these group courses and haven’t been able to. Learn more about Lightning Rounds.
From March 1 through May 31, 2023 we have the following GCCs available as Lightning Rounds and open for registration:
Beginning Teneriffe Lace will give you the basics of the beautiful needlelace technique of Teneriffe. Teneriffe lace does not use the typical needlelace buttonhole stitch. Instead, it uses several drawn thread stitches such as needleweaving, spiders, and the knot stitch. Using these three basic techniques, many lovely patterns may be developed. In this course you will learn the basic stitches allowing you create many unique medallions on your own later.
Study the amazing possibilities of four cool “new” mixed media materials on Embroidery with Mixed Media. Learn to work with soluble fabric, DuPont ™Tyvek®, Angelina® fibers and film, and acrylic gel media. These materials have many expressive qualities that extend the possibilities for embroidered designs. Tools covered in the course include an iron, silicone pressing sheet, and three optional tools: the embossing tool, mini iron and steamless iron. Registering for this Lightning Round will give you access to a class forum where you can ask questions, interact with other students and post pictures of your work.
Finishing with Flair with Marion Scoular is a notebook course covering three useful techniques for finishing needlework and instructions for lacing needlework for framing. The three techniques are how to mitre a corner and do simple hemstitching; how to stitch a picot edge; and how to stitch a corded edging. Do the finishing yourself, save money, and know that the work is done well. Little expense is involved as students may use scraps from their collection.
More Than a Rose is a small piece designed to introduce students to some stitches and raised work techniques used on English sweet bags ca. 1600. The student should be familiar with Tent stitch, able to follow a stitch diagram, and willing to make decisions based on a range of presented alternatives typical of that time period. Students may follow the choices made on the model or test their wings with alternatives. This project is worked on a linen ground with your choice of cotton or silk floss and with gold and silver passing threads, providing a taste of goldwork without a large investment in gold materials. Registering for this Lightning Round will give you access to a class forum where you can ask questions, interact with other students and post pictures of your work.
On Spring Splendor you will learn couching, filling with purls, blending long and short over padding, how to transfer your patterns and twist flat silk and more. The foundation for this bouquet is Dupioni silk and the silk fibers used are soft twist silk and silk sewing thread. These threads combine with pearl purl, check purl, Japanese twist, Grecian twist, passing thread, and Japanese golds to create the butterfly, blossoms and leaves. The stitches include vertical, radiating, horizontal, voided, and diagonal satin; long and short over padding and split stitch; normal and pattern couching.
Online Studio Classes
Registration Open through April 5, 2023: Whale Tale Journal with Catherine Jordan
Explore the possibilities of adding color, shading and highlights to simple black work on Whale Tale Journal with Catherine Jordan! his class will begin with outlines of the whale and waves; with easy-to-understand instructions, the whale will come alive and be tossed about on a sea of waves with simply the addition of pH neutral textile paint. The back cover is reserved for the maker’s or receiver’s mark in a nautically themed compass. An easily finished and secure four-sided edging completes this small treasure. A fun class for those ready to take their work to the next level with the addition of color, shading and highlights!
Registration closes on April 5. The PDF Lessons and Videos for the class will be posted to the class page bi-weekly starting June 7 and ending on July 19, 2023.
Blustery Conditions with Terri Bay is the intermediate level in the Snow Hardanger Series. This 7” (17.78cm) square project will lead the stitcher through a review of the basics of Hardanger such as kloster, cable, and blanket stitches, then continue onto more advanced filling stitches and techniques. The basic woven and wrapped bars are embellished with dove’s eye, Greek cross, crossed dove’s eyes, and the lazy daisy. The delicate, lacy edge is tucked into the petite “v” insert on the edges of the design for a finishing touch. Registration: April 5, 2023 – May 3, 2023. Class Schedule: July 12 – August 16, 2023. Learn more and sign up for a reminder!
In Star Spangled Sampler with Dawn Fisher you will stitch a patriotic sampler that was designed as a tribute to the original Star Spangled Banner, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write our National Anthem. During this class, students will learn over 30 unique stitches: two stitches for each of the 15 red, white, and blue stripes, plus two variations of the Star Eyelet. Stitches on the sampler include Mosaic, Star Eyelet, Bound Scotch, Ray, Brighton Square, Smyrna, Covered Cross, Troupe, Modified Rhodes, Rice, Chevron with Eyelets, Foliage, Woven Trellis, Ribbon Cross, Divided Scotch, Cushion, Belgian Cross, Waffle, Wrapped Scotch, and more. Registration: May 3, 2023 – June 7, 2023. Class Schedule: August 2, 2023 – September 13, 2023. Learn more and sign up for a reminder!
Virtual Lectures Coming Up!
Live Lecture Registration Open: 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 Miscellany. Live Lecture Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: February 16 – March 9, 2023 1PM Eastern. Register today!
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!
Coming Soon: 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. Live Lecture Date: Sunday, June 11, 2023 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: May 21 – June 9, 2023 1PM Eastern. Sign up for a reminder!
Coming Soon: 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. Live Lecture Date: Sunday, April 16, 2023 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: March 27 – April 14, 2023 1PM Eastern. Sign up for a reminder!