Explore Your Passion
Online Studio 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, review and download lessons, discuss with other students, and ask questions directly to the teacher on the discussion forum for each class. Below you will find some FAQs, and two lists of classes. The first list has classes that are open for registration or with registration opening soon, and the second one is a list of classes that are currently running or were previously offered but are no longer open for registration.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Before you register
What’s the online class experience like?
Our online classes usually consist of two to six lessons posted to our website following a two-three month schedule. The length of each class will depend on the number of lessons and the time between each lesson. When a lesson is posted you will receive an email with a link to the lesson page where you can read, download and print the lesson. Once you register, you also receive access to the class discussion group where you can ask questions, receive guidance from your teacher and share your progress with other students.
What will I need to provide for an online class?
Most of our online classes have kit options available. More class specific information can be found in every class page
How do I register for the class?
If a class is open for registration you will see a button that reads Take This Course on that class’ page. If you are an EGA member, make sure you are logged in to the website when you register that way the class registration will be connected to your membership*. If you are not an EGA member yet, a membership will be added to your cart along with your class registration.
*If you logged in and a membership was added to your order anyway, you can update your order by visiting your cart here and removing that additional membership.
Are online courses refundable?
EGA Online Studio courses and kit fees are non-refundable.
Do I need an EGA membership to register and participate on EGA’s online courses?
Yes, an EGA membership is required to register for all our courses. You must keep your membership current to be able to access the class content throughout the class schedule.
After you register
I just registered for an online class, what’s next?
Once your registration for the class has been processed you will receive a welcome email with a letter from your teacher and important information about your class. Please save your welcome email, it will include quick links wto your class and class discussion group.
When will my kit be shipped?
If your class a has a kit and you registered for that option, your kit will be shipped directly from the teacher usually 1-2 weeks before the start of class.
Where can I see my class?
When you are logged in, you can see your class by clicking My Courses under Members Only.
Where can I learn more about using the online class and discussion group?
To help you take the best advantage of our online learning platform we have made available some instructions you can read here.
When do I get access to the lessons?
Lessons for the class will be posted following the schedule on the class page. In the meantime, you will receive access to the class discussion group where you can start getting to know your fellow students.
Where will I see the lessons?
Once lessons are posted, they can be found on the Course Content section at the bottom of your class page.
What’s the best way to reach my teacher?
Your teacher will answer all class questions in the class discussion group.
For how long will my teacher be answering questions about the class?
Teachers monitor, answer questions and interact with students on the discussion group from the day that the first lesson is posted to two weeks after the last lesson is posted.
How do I get to the class discussion group?
There will be a direct link to your class discussion group in your welcome email. A link to the class discussion group is available on the class page and on each of your lesson pages. Login to the website is required.
How long will the discussion group be available for?
The discussion group for your class will be available from the moment your registration is processed to two months after the last lesson for your class is posted.
I can’t access the class discussion group, a lesson or something else on the website?
You will need to be logged in to the website in order to access your class discussion group, class lesson and other class-related, or member-related content. An easy way to know if you are logged in, is that you will see the word Profile on the top right corner of the screen. If you see the word Login, you will need to log in.
I need assistance logging in to the website?
If you have already tried the Forgot Your Password feature on the Login page and are still having trouble logging in, please Contact Us here.
EGA Skill Level Definitions
Basic: No experience with the technique being taught is necessary.
Intermediate: Knowledge of basic stitches, materials, and their use in the technique being taught is required.
Advanced: Ability to execute simple and difficult stitches in the technique is required. The student should also have knowledge of color and design that will allow exploration and creativity.
All levels: Class is suitable for all levels.
Online Studio Instructions for Students and Teachers
Online Studio and Forums – Instructions for Students
Online Studio Central for Teachers
For more information about Online Studio classes, please contact Online Studio chair Solveig Walstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Registration or Coming Soon
These are the classes you can register for right now, along with those that have registration dates opening soon. For the classes coming soon, you have the option to sign up to receive a reminder when registration opens.
Online Class: Blustery Conditions with Terri Bay
Taught by Terri Bay (view bio)
Terri Bay, a teacher and designer from South Carolina, began teaching Ukrainian Whitework at Nordic Needle’s retreat. One class lead to another and now she has taught Ukrainian Whitework, Hardanger, Pulled and Drawn Thread and Blackwork at the EGA National Seminars, ANG Seminars, NAN, Regional Seminars, chapter workshops, and various retreats and other fun events. She was honored to be featured as the Designer Across America in the June 2018 issue of Needle Arts Magazine and will have a design in Needle Pointers in the fall of 2021. Terri is a member of EGA, EAC, ANG, and NETA. www.terribayneedleworkdesigns.com
Online Course, Coming soon
Blustery Conditions 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. Registration: April 5 - May 3, 2023. Class schedule: July 5 - August 16, 2023.
Online Class: Star Spangled Sampler with Dawn Fisher
Taught by Dawn Fisher (view bio)
Dawn has been stitching since 1980, starting, as many of us did, with the little 25¢ owl kit. She took her first sampler class in the mid 80s and was hooked. Becoming intrigued by the history surrounding samplers, she started purchasing antique samplers, then started researching and designing samplers. When the first computer program was offered for designing cross stitch, Dawn ordered it and the rest is history! Shortly thereafter she started her business, Morning Glory Needleworks, designing and selling her reproduction and original samplers at EGA seminars, local shops, and by mail order.
Online Course, Coming soon
This patriotic sampler 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. Registration: May 3, 2023 - June 7, 2023. Class schedule: August 2, 2023 - September 13, 2023.
Online Class: Whale Tale Journal with Catherine Jordan
Taught by Catherine Jordan (view bio)
Catherine Jordan holds Master Craftsman certifications in the counted thread, crewel, color, and design programs of EGA. She is currently chair of the Master Craftsman design program and Master Craftsman Coordinator. Catherine is a certified Zentangle® teacher and former juried member of EGA’s artists’ group, Fiber Forum. Catherine teaches at local needlework chapters and regional, national, and international seminars. www.CatherinesDesigns.net
Online Course, Open Registration
Explore the possibilities of adding color, shading and highlights to simple black work! This 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 dates: Registration: March 1 - April 5, 2023. Class schedule: June 7 - July 19, 2023.
In Progress or Previously Offered
The classes below are either in progress or have been offered in the past and are no longer open for registration.
Online Class: B Sampler with Dawn Donnelly
Taught by Dawn Donnelly (view bio)
Dawn Donnelly is a mixed-media artist who enjoys incorporating other forms of art within needlepoint. She holds a teacher certification in canvas with the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) and teaches nationally and locally for NAN, American Needlepoint Guild (ANG), and Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA). Dawn has been recognized for her excellence of work in numerous exhibits. She spends her time volunteering as membership chair and registrar for NAN, treasurer for NETA and president for ANG’s Magnificent Obsession Chapter. Several of her articles have been published in Needlepoint Now and Needlepointers. www.threadupdd.com
Online Course, Closed Registration, Previously Offered
In our online class B Sampler with Dawn Donnelly you will stitch a sampler of stitches containing the letter B in the title. Registration: September 7 - October 5, 2022. Class schedule: January 4 - February 1, 2023.
Online Class: Box Making: Parisian Patisserie by Sarah de Rousset-Hall
Taught by Sarah de Rousset-Hall (view bio)
Sarah de Rousset-Hall is a professional embroidery artist and teacher based in West Sussex in the United Kingdom.
Sarah graduated from the Royal School of Needlework’s Future Tutor Programme in 2020, where over 3 years studying at Hampton Court Palace she learned a wide variety of embroidery techniques including Goldwork, Blackwork, Whitework, Crewelwork, Silk Shading, Canvaswork, Applique, Stumpwork and Box Making. She also spent time in the RSN’s commercial studio learning conservation and restoration techniques.
Since graduating, Sarah has taught regularly for the Royal School of Needlework and elsewhere, both in person and online as well as working in the RSN Studio and taking on private commissions and art pieces. She also volunteers with the Broderers of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
In February 2022 Sarah exhibited three art pieces at The Worshipful Company of Broderers Exhibition: The Art of Embroidery at the Bankside Gallery in London. Her Blackwork portrait of David Bowie, worked during her training is also currently on display at the exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the RSN at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.
Online Course, Closed Registration
In Box Making: Parisian Patisserie by Sarah de Rousset-Hall you will create a beautiful embroidered box, reminiscent of the beautiful boxes seen in the patisseries of Paris, containing all sorts of delicate treats. Registration: October 5 - November 2, 2022. Class schedule: January 4 - February 1, 2023.
Online Class: Embroidered Sequin Butterfly Card with Connie Chow
Taught by Connie Chow (view bio)
Connie took her first class in goldwork embroidery in 2019 at the SF School of Needlework and Design. Finding herself drawn to the shine and shimmer of the materials and the joy that embroidery brought her as a pastime, she decided to take more classes and started training in tambour beading. Soon she had learned enough techniques to experiment with beads and sequins and started creating designs of her own. A small collection of her first designs came in the form of greeting cards, of which the butterflies design has been adapted to regular needlepoint in an online class with EGA for 2023. Her hope is to train further in tambour beading and to continue to create new art pieces to inspire, open up and to bring to new people who are yet to discover the joy of embroidery.
Online Course, Closed Registration
In Butterfly Greeting Card with Connie Chow you will be making two wonderful large butterfly sequin greeting cards. This is a great course for beginners as basic stitches such as stem stitch and a modified satin stitch will be taught as well as how to apply beads and sequins to fabric. Registration dates: December 7 - January 4, 2023. Class schedule: March 1-8, 2023.
Online Class: Haystacks of Giverny with Katherine Diuguid
Taught by Katherine Diuguid (view bio)
Katherine Diuguid is a studio artist specializing in hand embroidery, dressmaking, and textiles. Her current work investigates color theory and color interactions within stitching, especially goldwork embroidery. She has taught embroidery and textile workshops both nationally and internationally. She held a tenure-track position at North Carolina State University (2012-2017) until deciding to focus fully on her studio embroidery. She has been awarded artist residencies at the North Carolina Museum of Art (Fall 2017) and Penland School of Crafts (Winter 2018 and Winter 2019). Additionally, Katherine has had the opportunity to work on special projects for Durham Cathedral (UK) stitching Panel 10 of the new Open Treasures Cope and for the Art Institute of Chicago stitching a sampler based on their beautiful Burgo de Osma Altarpiece. www.katherinediuguid.com
Online Course, Closed Registration
Taking inspiration from Monet’s haystacks, students will learn a non-traditional approach to quilting and embroidery. Digitally printed images will be layered and stitched to create a composition unique to each student. Registration: February 1 - March 1, 2023. Class schedule: May 3-24, 2023.
Online Class: Starlight Angel with Kurdy Biggs
Taught by Kurdy Biggs (view bio)
Kurdy Biggs is a counted canvas designer, teacher and owner of Threedles Needleart Designs. Kurdy holds a Level II teachers’ certification from NAN. Her geometric designs have won numerous awards from EGA, ANG, NAN, TNNA and Woodlawn. She has been published in Needle Pointers, Needlepoint Now, and Cross Stitch and Needlework. Kurdy has taught for EGA, NAN and ANG national and regional seminars and in retail shops. Visit www.threedles.com for more information.
Online Course, Closed Registration
On this class with teacher Kurdy Biggs we will bring Star Light to life using a stitch library consisting of variations of the Crescent stitch, along with Jessicas, Walnetos, and Mistake stitches. Registration: January 4, 2023 - February 1, 2023. Class schedule: April 5, 2023 - May 17, 2023.