Because of the current pandemic we are all spending more time in our homes. If you are not used to spending all your time at home, you may be starting to get antsy or a little restless. But aren’t we lucky to pursue an art that we get to work on from the comfort of our home? Not only that, but it can do wonders for our stress and ease our restless minds.
We at EGA want to provide you with some things to keep your hands and mind busy during this time. This is a good time to focus on a new project, try a new technique or even enroll in an online class where you can join others from around the world as you learn something new.
Download Free Projects
On our Free projects page you can get a variety of free projects you can start stitching right away at home. Here’s a small example of the selection in our Free Projects page.
Every month we stitch a different project on our EGA Stitch-a-long on Facebook. Check out our EGA Stitch-al-long page to see all our past projects and visit our EGA Stitch-a-long Group on Facebook to join us.
Watch Some Embroidery Videos
Last year we had a must-watch series of videos where Catherine Jordan and Sheryl Borden discussed a wide variety of embroidery topics on Sheryl’s PBS show Creative Living. We have a new series this year with Kim Sanders and the first video is already available here. Stay tuned for more videos coming soon. You can also see tips here.
Stitch for a Cause
We have a selection of Projects Supporting Wounded Service Members. You can purchase each set of 3 downloadable projects for $30 and all proceeds going to America’s wounded service members.
Sign up for an Online Class
Our online classes classes take place on EGA’s website and in an environment where the student can read and review lessons, discuss with other students, and ask questions directly to the teacher. See all our online classes available.
Register for an Individual Correspondence Courses
Our ICCs offer EGA members intense, personalized study under the supervision of teachers selected for their outstanding needlework skills and knowledge. While these are not online, you get to do it all from the comfort of your own home. See all the ICCs available here.
Stitch a Petite Project
EGA members get access to a collection of over 60+ Petite Projects in a wide variety of techniques and for different skill levels. Here are some of our most recent Petite Projects. Member login is required to access the Petite Projects page. Not a member yet? Join us here.
Just because we can’t go to museums at the moment doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy art. Check out our Galleries where you will be able to take a deep dive into a selection of breathtaking embroidery. Among the galleries you will see a selection of pieces from EGA’s Permanent Collection, art from Fiber Forum, a gallery from our brand new Asian Fusion Exhibition and more.
Show off your work!
Now is the perfect time for you to work on your entry for the Golden Needle Awards exhibition! When you think of Boston and the area surrounding it, do you think of the birth of the American Revolution? “A Patriot’s Heart” designed by Janet Zickler Casey for our Project Supporting Wounded Service Members(shown above) is a wonderful example of a patriotic themed embroidery that could be entered into this competition. Get creative with your artist statement and tell us how your piece fits the theme of “Boston Stitch Party”! Learn more about the Golden Needle Awards here.
More stitching resources
Free book download: A little Book of Embroidery Basics is available in our Free Projects Page
Free book download: An embroidery glossary is available in our Resources page