2020 Region Mini Classes

Our Boston Seminar has been Rescheduled. Learn more.
Our New England Region will be hosting five mini-classes on the night of September 3, 2020.

Registration for these classes is done separately than seminar registration and must be done using this Registration Form.

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  • Mini Class: April Violets by Patty Smith Gardner

    September 3, 2020 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Thursday evening mini-classes are presented by the New England Region and require a separate Registration Form from the seminar registration. Cost of a class is $50 plus kit fee. Start your seminar off with one of these great classes!

    Little Swarovski Crystal Violets dangling from your ears.  Make them now for next Spring!

    Technique: Beading
    Proficiency: All
    Kit cost: $15
    Design Area: 1” x 1”
    Kit Contents: All the crystal and glass beads, fishhook earring findings (sterling filled), FireLine thread, and instructions
    Student Provides: Bead mat or secure tray for holding teeny beads, scissors (okay for cutting Fireline, a thin wire type of beading thread), beading needles and threader, battery operated lighting and magnification recommended, round nose jewelry pliers (if you have them), your own choice of earring finding if you wish

    About teacher Patty Smith-Gardner
    Patty Smith-Gardner has been an enthusiastic member of the EGA since finding them in 2003. She grew up crafting in every medium, with a real love for needle arts.  Patty’s professional career has always involved textiles and crafting with a needle. She was a commercial designer and prototype maker for the doll and soft toy industry for 25 years.  Patty has contributed to the EGA in many positions thru the years; Newsletter editor for chapter and region, chapter president, region director, EGA national fundraising chair.  Patty’s has taught classes with her own designs for chapters, region seminars, and national seminars. Patty lives and works in Merion PA and East Boothbay ME.

  • Mini Class: Lovely Leaves Acorn Scissor Fob by Denise Harrington Pratt

    Taught by Denise Harrington Pratt (view bio)
    September 3, 2020 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Thursday evening mini-classes are presented by the New England Region and require a separate Registration Form from the seminar registration. Cost of a class is $50 plus kit fee. Start your seminar off with one of these great classes!

    The acorn shaped scissors fob was inspired by the Lovely Leaves Sampler.  The purpose of the class is to increase students’ “finishing” skills by constructing a three- dimensional piece.  The student will complete all stitching prior to class.  The class will be dedicated to putting this fun piece together.

    Technique: Counted Thread Embroidery and Finishing
    Proficiency:  Intermediate
    Kit cost:  $28
    Pre-stitch: 3-5 hours
    Design Area: 2” x 1 ¼”
    Kit Contents: 32 count linen, Waterlilies silk, Soie Cristale silk, felted wool for cap, matboard circle, wool roving for stuffing, needle, and complete instructions

    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies, battery operated magnification and lighting if desired

  • Mini Class: Intergalactic Fruit Salad by Amee K. Sweet-McNamara

    Taught by Amee Sweet-McNamara (view bio)
    September 3, 2020 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Thursday evening mini-classes are presented by the New England Region and require a separate Registration Form from the seminar registration. Cost of a class is $50 plus kit fee. Start your seminar off with one of these great classes!

    What would fruit from another galaxy look like?  Nobody knows!  And that’s the point; making abstract shapes with on predefined “correct” end-result gives your creative mind a freedom that is its own unique kind of nourishment.  Choose from a buffet of elements and Amee will teach you how to create a special, one of a kind piece of abstract fiber art you can wear as a pin or make into a refrigerator magnet.

    Technique:  Soutache & Bead Embroidery/Mixed Media
    Proficiency: All
    Kit cost:  $10
    Kit Contents: Beading foundation, hand-dyed Shibori ribbon, Ultrasuede, soutache, Syn-Leather and beads
    Student Provides: Sharp scissors, bead mat, any additional battery operated task lighting and magnifiers or glasses if needed

  • Mini Class: The Perky Little Bird by Barbara Jackson

    September 3, 2020 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Thursday evening mini-classes are presented by the New England Region and require a separate Registration Form from the seminar registration. Cost of a class is $50 plus kit fee. Start your seminar off with one of these great classes!

    Create a seriously cute basket fob or pincushion featuring this perky little bird who will bring a smile to the face of anyone who sees him.  Using Heathway hand-dyed crewel yarns and Au Ver á Soie silks on a linen background, the creation of this design is done in simple stitches that give the illusion of shading.  There will be an emphasis on how to carefully manipulate each stitch to create beautiful curves and blended colors. Students will learn how to create the actual pear shape using the precut card included in the kit.

    Technique: Crewel
    Proficiency: Basic-intermediate
    Kit cost:  $30
    Design Area: 5” x 3 ½”
    Kit Contents: Design pre-drawn on linen, Heathway crewel yarns, Au ver à Soie silk, two pre-cut pear shapes, felted wool for leaves, needles, backing fabric, complete stitching and finishing instructions
    Student Provides: Hoop or stretcher bars that will comfortably fit 8”x 8” linen, frame weight or frame stand that will free both hands to stitch, sharp scissors, battery operated light and magnification, if needed

    About teacher Barbara Jackson
    Barbara Jackson is well known throughout the needlework world for her love of traditional Early English and American design. She is a graduate of the National Academy of Needlearts teacher certification program and holds a certificate “with distinction” from London’s Royal School of Needlework. She has a university degree in journalism and art.  Her very favorite form of needlework is crewel embroidery and she was instrumental in the development of Heathway Crewel yarn.  Barbara has taught for many organizations over the years, including the EGA National Seminar, ANG National Seminar, and Callaway School of Needlearts.  She markets her own original designs under the Tristan Brooks logo. Her work has been featured in Crewel A-Z, Inspirations magazine, and on the covers of the EGA magazine and Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly. She currently develops classes for Shining Needle Society, the online needlework school.    Barbara resides in Memphis, TN with her husband and is the proud grandmother of two young grandsons.

  • Mini Class: Boston Tea Bag – A Fun Scissor Fob by Bobbi Norris

    September 3, 2020 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Thursday evening mini-classes are presented by the New England Region and require a separate Registration Form from the seminar registration. Cost of a class is $50 plus kit fee. Start your seminar off with one of these great classes!

    This is a fun scissor fob to commemorate your time at the 2020 National Seminar in Boston: Boston Stitch Party!  This fob reflects on the reason for the Boston Tea Party of 1773, the British imposing a tax on the tea shipped from the East India Company to the United States of America.  Students will have the option of beading their own initial or the “B” for Boston on the tea tag.  Have fun remembering the original Boston Tea Party and celebrate why we are at the Boston Stitch Party today!

    Technique: Peyote Beading
    Proficiency: Basic to intermediate
    Kit cost: $37
    Kit Contents: Beads, Swarovski crystals, lobster claw, needles, thread, instructions, pattern and patriotic scissors
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies: such as bead mat, scissors, battery operated light and magnifier (optional).

    About teacher Bobbi Norris
    “I have stitched and created for as long as I can remember.  I fell in love with cross-stitch as a young adult and now have a growing need to thread a bead.  For several years I have volunteered teaching programs in various techniques at my local guild.  I have taught numerous beginning beading classes at guilds within and outside of EGA.  I have recently taught several one-day workshops.  I am scheduled to teach a two-day workshop at the South Central Region Seminar in June 2020.”