Every year, on the first Saturday of February EGA members from all across the nation celebrate Stitch-in-Public Day by, you guessed it, stitching in public with many chapters continuing their stitch-in-public activities throughout the entire month. EGA’s mission is to inspire passion for needle arts through education and the celebration of its heritage and stitching in public is one of the many ways in which we achieve that mission. Not a chapter member yet? Find a chapter near you in our Chapter Map!
Check out some photos of our chapters stitching in public and representing EGA this last February below. If your chapter participated and you’d like us to include your photos please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sand Dollar Chapter: The Sand Dollar Chapter was fortunate that Stitch-in-Public Day fell on the exact same day as the Volusia Mall (located in Daytona Beach, FL) Women’s Day. In addition to our group of 11 Chapter members, there were 9 other organizations supporting women’s activities. Our set-up was in an ideal location and generated lots of traffic and we were able to not only show off some of our work, but made a number of contacts with ladies who are interested in doing needlework, visiting out library stitch-ins and/or our monthly meeting. We were positioned near a group that helps battered women. Stitch-in-Public Chair, Lisa Epstein, talked with them and their organization will be making a presentation at one of our future Chapter meetings, and in exchange, members of our Chapter will visit their facility to show and/or teach some of their ladies how to do various forms of needlework.
The photos show our members at work! Photo number one is Nancy Markham, Newsletter Editor Wanda Kowitz and Chapter President Bettie LaMotte; the second photo shows Donna Denny Pagano teaching Education Chair Brenda McRae to tat and photo number three is Wanda Kowitz, Event Chair Lisa Epstein and Donna Denny Pagano, all stitching away!
Indian River Chapter: Members of the Indian River Chapter met at several places to stitch in public: Panera Bread, Books-a-Million, Satellite Beach Library and Melbourne Library. The picture from IRC above shows the members who stitched at Panera Bread.
Lowcountry Chapter: The Lowcountry Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America met at the Bluffton Library on Saturday for Stitch in Public Day. 16 of us had a great time!
Florence Area Chapter: It is Stitch in Public Day, and our chapter made many needlework gadgets at St. Bart’s Episcopal Church in Hartsville. Our goal is to sell these items at Merchanise Night in our next regional seminar at Clemmons Village Inn in North Carolina during the first weekend in June. Here are some of our workers. at the end of the event, we even got a new member!
Pikes Peak Chapter: Saturday, February 11, 2023, The Pikes Peak Chapter in Colorado Springs, CO held their Stitch in Public Day at 21C libray where they also have a month long exhibit.
San Antonio Needlework Guild: The SANG stitched in public at Igo Library on February 5, 2023. The bottom four stitchers are SANG members and the top 5 knitters are in the library group. We stitch there on the third Sunday of the month.
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