Help your communities with needlework outreach
Outreach events are EGA-sponsored activities that benefit the communities around our chapters. You can share your outreach project with our National Chairman, Beate Lies, using this form, and you can report outreach activities to either the Region Outreach Chairmen or the Chapter Outreach Chairmen.
Region Outreach Chair
Annually, the thirteen Region Outreach chairs will report outreach activities for their region to the National Outreach chairs no later than mid-January. Region reports will cover activities conducted in their region during the entire prior calendar year. Reporting format may be determined by the Region Outreach chairs but should include all activities for all chapters within the region.
Chapter Outreach Chair
Chapter Outreach chairs should submit Stitch in Public reports to the National Outreach chairs as necessary. Chapter chairs should also report ongoing outreach activities to their Region Outreach chairs according to the Region chairs’ timetable. For Region chairs contact information, consult your region website or Region Director.
National Outreach Project
Stitch in Public Day
EGA celebrates needle arts by hosting a Stitch-In-Public Day in February each year. The primary focus of Stitching-In-Public is to share our passion for needle arts with the public by demonstrating our talents. Many chapters host their own Stitch-In-Public days throughout the year at major book stores, coffee shops, libraries, museums and other locations where EGA members can share our love of needle arts with non-members.
Posters and other local advertising can help your chapter host a successful event.
Report your Stitch In Public events to the National and Regional Outreach chairman using this form (click here).
Teaching Needle Arts
Teaching needle arts is one of the more rewarding Outreach activities a chapter can engage in. Passing along needlework skills to future generations ensures the longevity of our art form.
For potential teaching outreach opportunities, chapters may wish to contact the following:
- Boys and Girls Club of America • Girl and Boy Scouts of America
- Youth Department of local public libraries
- Retirement Communities
- Local museums of art
Use the documents below to assist with your teaching:
Habitat for Humanity
For many years, EGA has been proud to provide personalized, hand stitched needlework samplers to new Habitat for Humanity homeowners across the country. Chapters may create their own samplers for Habitat presentations or use the charts provided below.
Exhibiting needle art in the community is a time for EGA to shine! It gives the general public a glimpse of the art EGA members create, and it gives members an opportunity to inspire and be inspired by the artwork of other embroiderers.
Exhibits may include holiday displays in public areas like bank lobbies and libraries, formal judged shows, and informal exhibits at fairs, festivals, cultural centers and shopping malls.
Kissing pillows for armed forces
If you know the family of a soldier who can be comforted with a kissing pillow, we have free instructions on how to make one.
Supporting other nonprofits
EGA chapters proudly support community non-profit organizations based on current needs and the will of each chapter.
Some examples include providing Make-A-Wish Foundation with personalized medallions for presentation teddy bears; providing local hospitals with cancer caps, colorful pillowcases for pediatric patients, and fundraising items such as fully decorated holiday trees.
For added inspiration, check out:
Bookmarks for literacy
For many consecutive years, EGA chapters have supported school and library youth reading initiatives as well as adult literacy programs by providing stitched bookmarks to help encourage and reward readers’ accomplishments.
Chapters coordinate bookmark donations directly with schools, libraries or independent reading programs in their communities.
Let us know what your chapter is doing!
We would love to know of any outreach activities your chapter or region is taking part in. Please use the forms below to share and report your outreach activities.