Just Announced: Preserving Needle Art 2024 Atlanta Tours

One of the most fun things to do at National Seminar is to find the hidden gems in the city you’re visiting. One of the best ways to do that is to take a tour, where you get to participate in some unique activities. This year, Seminar 2024 – Preserving Needle Art – Atlanta has found three such gems.

All three tours will be on Friday, August 16th. Be sure to check each tour for its starting time. Note that the tour times overlap, so you will only be able to go on one tour. Each tour has limited space available, and seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis. There is not a wait list available for the tours in CVENT, but you can email Gaye Smith at the email address below to be added to a waitlist. We do expect the tours to fill quickly, so if you are interested, be sure to add it to your registration right away.

To add a tour, use your confirmation email and your confirmation number. In your confirmation email, there is a “View or Modify” link at the bottom of the email. Click that. Scroll through your registration until you reach the “Optional Items” page. The tours are located on that page.

We also need an angel for each tour who makes sure that all participants have their ticket, are present at the departure and on the bus for the return. If you are interested in being the tour angel, please contact Gaye Smith, Registrar, at Registrar2024@egausa.org.

Go In The Archives: Southern Textile Collections & Atlanta History Center
Coverlet, Made by Elisabeth McCall, 1780

Come behind the scenes of the Atlanta History Center Textile Collections with the Collections Manager. After a tour of the storage area, the group will visit AHC’s curatorial space to view a sampling of their collection of samplers, coverlets, and quilts that are hand worked with crewel work, embroidery, and other applications of the needle that date from the late 1700s forward. This tour is in our secure space and will require standing and walking for an hour on cement floors. No food or drink is allowed on the tour, note taking with pencil and photos without flash are allowed.

Visitors will also not be allowed to bring bags, purses, pens, or coats into the storage space, there will be a table just inside the secure space where people can leave these items.
AHC tour participants will also be able to view the museum, its three historic homes, and extensive native gardens. The museum has a Souper Jenny cafe and coffee shop within the building and a well curated book and gift shop. Lunch is NOT included, but may be purchased in the museum café.

Cost per Participant: $70
Capacity: Maximum of 24 guests
Approximate Time Schedule:
Time: Depart Hilton at 10:00am
Return around 1:30/3:30 pm

Experience Japanese Embroidery in the Japanese Embroidery Center

Kazumi Fujisawa will welcome participants into the Japanese Embroidery Center for a morning of learning and exploration within the history and practice of this beautiful cultural embroidery technique. In addition to viewing the JEC’s collection of work, tour participants will be introduced to the levels of study within Japanese Embroidery, and take part in hands-on technique demonstrations.

JEC is set within a beautiful home and learning studio environment situated amongst tall trees and mature foliage. As with Japanese custom, the JEC asks that all participants remove their shoes upon entry and wear slippers or place provided shoe coverings over their footwear. Chairs will be provided for shoe removal. Tea and light refreshments will be served.

Cost per Participant: $65
Capacity: Maximum of 25 guests
Approximate Time Schedule:
Departing From Hilton: 10:30 am
Returning To Hilton: 1:30pm

High Museum Exploration & Hands – On Textile Art Workshop 
Marquetta Johnson, Textile Artist and Teaching Artist at The High Museum of Art

Spend the day at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art and The Woodruff Arts Center while viewing special exhibits, permanent collections, lunching, and making textile art!
This tour features a 2.5hr art making workshop with Atlanta’s own Marquetta Johnson, a quilter and Teaching Artist at the High. Marquetta’s work focuses on textile hand dyeing & printing techniques that allow her to create vibrant quilts that have been exhibited around the United States. She has 30+ years of teaching experience, always working to create an inclusive and inspiring environment.

Participants will also have several hours free to view the High at their leisure and have lunch within the Arts Ctr. or at Colony Square. Cost of lunch is NOT included in the tour price.

Cost Per Participant: $65
Capacity: Maximum of 18 guests
Approximate Time Schedule:
Time Departing From Hilton:11:30 am
Time Returning To Hilton: 4:15 pm


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