Show us your “outside the box” embroidery work for the 2021 Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award

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Have you stretched yourself…to be creative, to experiment, to go beyond your comfort zone by thinking “outside the box”? Have you taken the traditional and turned it inside out using stitches and materials in an unusual and modern way? If you created an original work of embroidery with artistic merit and that shows your growth as an embroiderer – that you pushed yourself “outside the box” – consider entering one work for the Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award.

The Bobbie Pilling memorial Award was established to honor a treasure of EGA, a longtime supporter and former national president, Barbara (Bobbie) Pilling. Throughout her many years in EGA, Bobbie encouraged stitchers to stretch themselves…to be creative, to experiment, to go beyond their comfort zone by thinking “outside the box.” She wanted embroiderers to take the traditional and turn it inside out using stitches and materials in an unusual and modern way. This award honors Bobbie by stressing both personal growth and artistic merit.

The electronic entry deadline is May 1, 2021.

The works with statement will be judged and then exhibited at the National Seminar: The Magnificent Stitch in Chicago. Any current EGA member may submit one work. Ribbons will be awarded and all entries will be displayed in the Education Department Exhibit at National Seminar. An article featuring the winning entries will be published in Needle Arts magazine.

Further information and the entry form can be found on our Scholarships & Awards or contacting, subject line Pilling Award.


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