Registration Now Open: Star Spangled Sampler, a Patriotic Sampler with Over 30 Unique Stitches

Registration is now open for our Online Studio class Star Spangled Sampler with Dawn Fisher!

In Star Spangled Sampler you will stitch a patriotic sampler that 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. Stitches on the sampler include Mosaic, Star Eyelet, Bound Scotch, Ray, Brighton Square, Smyrna, Covered Cross, Troupe, Modified Rhodes, Rice, Chevron with Eyelets, Foliage, Woven Trellis, Ribbon Cross, Divided Scotch, Cushion, Belgian Cross, Waffle, Wrapped Scotch, and more.

Registration closes on June 7. The PDF Lessons and Videos for the class will be posted to the class page weekly starting August 2, 2023through September 13, 2023.

Click here to register for Star Spangled Sampler with Dawn Fisher

Here’s a quick rundown of how our online classes work:  Students get access to the class content based on the class schedule and to a class discussion forum where the teacher will answer students’ questions and where students can post photos of their progress and communicate with each other. Lessons can be downloaded at any time up to two months after the last lesson is posted.  Please check the details for each class to see if the class format will include video instruction.

We have another great class coming soon!

Counted Thread and Lacis Bell Pull with Jonalene Gutwein is a 15 week course with one border taught each week. Counted Thread and Lacis Bell Pull is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional lacis that uses the existing linen for the lacework instead of making a netting for the embellishing stitches. The drawn thread work includes the lacis area, two forms of hemstitching, and Scandinavian needle weaving. The drawn thread areas are complemented with the use of counted thread embroidery. Registration: June 7 – July 5, 2023. Class Schedule: September 6 – December 13, 2023. Learn more and sign up for a reminder!

Lightning Rounds

We have 5 new GCC Lightning Rounds available for registration through May 31, 2023. These are a selection of our Group Correspondence Courses that have been hand-picked by our Education Department and made available for individual EGA members to register without a group for a limited time. Click the pictures below to learn more about each course.

Virtual Lectures Coming Up!
Read our Interview with Youngmin Lee and see some of her spectacular work!

Live Lecture Registration Open: Bojagi, Stitching and Wrapping Happiness with Youngmin Lee — Bojagi (Korean Wrapping Cloths) are pieced together from small scraps of cloth. It is the most unique form of Korean textile art. Bojagi occupied a prominent place in the daily lives of Koreans of all classes. They were used to wrap or carry everything from precious ritual objects to everyday clothes and common household goods and also to cover food. It is also strikingly contemporary: the designs and colors of bojagi remind one of the works of modern abstract artists. Bojagi can be described as a true form of abstract expressionism. Youngmin Lee will talk about bojagi during this lecture and show her bojagi works after the lecture. Live Lecture Date: Saturday May 20, 2023 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: April 28 – May 18, 2023 1PM Eastern Register here!

Recording Now Available: Making My Bed: Creating imaginative worlds with 3D embroidery with Salley Mavor — Artist Salley Mavor will talk about her 40+ year career creating imaginative worlds with 3-dimensional embroidery. The presentation will cover a wide range of artistic adventures, from illustration to doll-making to stop-motion animation, all done in her signature hand-stitched style. This is an opportunity to take a behind the scenes peek at Ms. Mavor’s innovative process, which incorporates embroidery, fabric, and found objects. Get access to the recording! Read our Interview with Salley Mavor and see some of her work!

Recording Now Available: Elizabethan Embroidery And The Trevelyon Miscellany Of 1608 with Kathy Andrews — Thomas Trevelyon, a London craftsman of whom little is known, created his miscellany in 1608 when he was about 60 years old. Join Kathy Andrews for a brief overview of the concept of a miscellany. We will see a facsimile of the Miscellany and explore the embroidery designs within. Participants will see both period and current examples of embroidered pieces whose designs are inspired/taken from the Miscellany. Get access to the recording! Interview with Kathy Andrews: Exploring the Trevelyon Miscellany & Elizabethan Embroidery

Recording Now Available: A Journey into Tibet’s Sacred Textile Art with Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo — A California woman traveled to the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile in India to manage an economic development fund. In a twist of fate, she ended up sewing pictures of buddhas instead. She ultimately learned that a path is made by walking it, and some of the best paths are made by walking off course. Get access to the recording!

Coming Soon: How to Research an Antique Sampler with Cindy Steinhoff — An antique sampler reveals some of its physical characteristics and often some information about the girl who stitched it, but what else can it tell us? Cynthia Shank Steinhoff will discuss how she learns more about the samplers she collects and researches. The result is a full documentation of a sampler’s appearance and history. Many of the characteristics that she identifies for older samplers can be used to provide a full description of a needlework piece made today. Live Lecture Date: Sunday, June 11, 2023 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: May 21 – June 9, 2023 1PM Eastern. Sign up for a reminder!

Coming Soon: The History and Mysteries of the Bayeux Tapestry with Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer — This talk discusses its history, both the history depicted on the Tapestry and the history of the Tapestry over the almost 1000 years of its existence, including a few narrow escapes. Mysteries of the tapestry include questions about what some scenes depict (the Latin phrases on the cloth are sometimes very inadequate) and who commissioned, designed, and embroidered it. Live Lecture Date: Saturday, July 8, 2023 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: June 16-July 6, 2023 1PM Eastern. Sign up for a reminder!


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