Virtual Lecture Series

Embroidery history, culturally diverse techniques and textile traditions

EGA’s Education Department is pleased to announce a Virtual Lecture Series that will be given and available to EGA members over Zoom. Not a member yet? Join here!

Once a month, a guest lecturer will speak to us about culturally diverse embroidery techniques and textile traditions over Zoom. Attendance to the live lectures is limited to 500 EGA members. Not a member yet? Join here!

Among topics discussed will be the history, the symbolism, the purpose, and the practicality of how this embroidery has passed down through generations. Many of the embroidery techniques are passed down orally and by watching how it’s done, with no written instructions or patterns to follow. Besides the beauty of the traditional embroidery, there is sadness, joy, and triumph in many of these stories.

Come join us and learn about the embroiderers who preceded us and admire their gorgeous creations. It promises to be an interesting hour in your day! Questions? Contact virtuallectures@egausa.org.

Read more about our new Virtual Lecture registration process: Up to 500 participants and more

Do you have a recommendation for a virtual lecture? Is there a topic that you’d like to see covered in the Virtual Lecture series? Make your recommendation here.

Here’s how the Virtual Lecture Series process works

Step 1: During the registration period for a lecture, click the title of the lecture below to learn more and register.

Step 2: Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know that we are processing your registration.

Step 3: In 48-72 hours, you will receive an email from Zoom with the information for your lecture.

Step 4: Receive Zoom invitation reminders one week, one day, and one hour before the lecture starts.

Step 5: Enjoy the virtual lecture!

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I sign up for a lecture?
    Each upcoming lecture description will contain the date and time registration begins. Registration will remain open for a period of 2-3 weeks or until the limit of 500 participants is reached.

    When the registration period begins, there will be a link to register on the page for that virtual lecture.

    If you are an EGA member, please log in before registering. This will let the website know that you are a current member.

    If you don’t log in, or are not a member, an EGA membership at-large (MAL) will be added to your cart. Need help logging in to the EGA website? Contact rduren@egausa.org.

    How many members can participate in the virtual lecture?
    Starting in January 2023, we are offering each of our lectures to up to 500 attendees. Even with this expanded capacity, there’s still a risk that our lectures will fill up quickly and that everyone who wants to see a lecture won’t be able to attend. If you would like to attend, make sure to register as early as possible.

    When will I get my Zoom invitation?
    Your Zoom Webinar Invitation will be sent out 48-72 hours after your registration is processed by Headquarters. You will also receive an automatic reminder from Zoom about your lecture one week, one day, and one hour before the start of the lecture.

    Why are you charging for these lectures?
    Starting in January of 2023, all Virtual Lectures, both live and recorded, will now have a $5 US fee. The EGA Board and the Virtual Lecture team did not arrive at this decision lightly, but we feel that this fee is both appropriate and reasonable to support the Virtual Lecture Series as we move forward.

    It’s important for our lecturers to be appropriately compensated for their time and expertise. In addition to an increased speaking fee, lecturers who choose to offer their lectures as recordings will also receive a portion of this lecture fee as compensation for their recorded lectures, just as teachers receive a teaching fee when they teach a class.

    I can’t pay online, how can I register for a lecture?

    While online registration is preferred, you may send a check or money order to EGA Headquarters to be registered for a lecture. If these options don’t work for you, please contact us at virtuallectures@egausa.org to see how we can help you get registered.

    Will recordings of the virtual lectures be available?
    While we hope you will be able to join us on the date of the live virtual lecture, recordings will be available for selected lectures. The registration period for a lecture’s recording is different from that of the live lecture, and it starts around a week after the live lecture has taken place.

    We realize that not all lecturers will want to have their lectures recorded, but for those who do grant permission, this will offer a convenient option for our members.

    Visit the page for each lecture to see if that lecture will be available as a recording.

    What’s the difference between the live lecture and the recording?
    Live lectures will give you the chance to ask questions of our lecturers and to interact directly with them; but if, for some reason, you’re not able to attend on the date and time when a lecture is scheduled, you’ll have opportunities to register to watch selected lectures later, at your convenience.

    I registered for the live lecture, will I have access to the recording?
    No. Registration for the live and recorded lectures are independent of each other.

    Can I share the recording of a lecture?
    No, the cost of registration for live and recorded lectures covers viewing by the registered individual only.

    How do I cancel my reservation?
    You can cancel your lecture registration by clicking the Cancel link in the email you will receive from Zoom. You may also email zoom@egausa.org to cancel your registration. Please be aware that virtual lecture registrations are not refundable.

    I canceled my reservation, can I still participate?
    If you canceled your registration but for some reason still want to participate, you will need to register again.

    What if the registration is closed because the lecture is full?
    If the maximum number of attendees is reached, you will be able to sign up to show you are interested in the lecture. If spaces become available, those interested will be notified by email.

    Why is the limit 500 attendees?
    Our EGA Zoom license is limited to 500 meeting participants.

    Why are the lectures held on weekends?
    There is no perfect day or time. Holding lectures on weekdays would preclude attendance for our working members and four time zones in the US increases the challenge of finding the right time. No matter which weekend day is chosen, there will be concerns about the impact on normal life (religious services, sporting events, chapter meetings, etc.) We regret that we can’t accommodate every circumstance.

  • Teachers Available to Teach or Lecture Via Zoom

    The Virtual Lecture Series Committee strongly recommends that regions and chapters offer this type of education to their members. A list of lecturers available to teach or present virtually, can be found on the link below.

Upcoming Virtual Lectures

  • Virtual Lecture 24: Quaker Schoolgirl Needlework in Seventeenth-Century London with Isabella Rosner
    Taught by Isabella Rosner (view bio)

    Virtual Lectures

    "To get my living with my hands: Quaker Schoolgirl Needlework in Seventeenth-Century London" explores the samplers, workboxes, and embroidered accessories of early modern Quaker girls educated in and around London. Extant examples are highly decorative, which is a surprise, considering that plainness was a tenet central to the Society of Friends from its founding in the 1650s. This paper uses objects in British and American collections to assess possible reasons for this aesthetic contradiction, drawing on themes of global trade, mercantilism, feminine virtue and accomplishment, and piety. Live Lecture Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: January 5-26, 2023 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 25: A Journey into Tibet’s Sacred Textile Art with Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo
    Taught by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo (view bio)

    Virtual Lectures

    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. Live Lecture Date:Saturday, February 11, 2023 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: January 19 - February 9, 2023 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 26: Elizabethan Embroidery And The Trevelyon Miscellany Of 1608 with Kathy Andrews
    Taught by Kathy Andrews (view bio)

    Virtual Lectures

    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. Live Lecture Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: February 16 - March 9, 2023 1PM Eastern

Previous Virtual Lectures

  • Virtual Lecture 11: Embroidered Beasts, Relics in Situ with Erin Harvey Moody and Christy Gordon Baty
    Taught by Erin Harvey Moody and Christy Gordon Baty (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    Animals were a favorite motif in Elizabethan and Jacobean needlework -- from leopards and lions, to bears, bunnies and monkeys, to unicorns, camels and elephants. We will celebrate this theme by examining a wide variety of 16th and 17th century needlework in close up detail, looking at materials used, colors, and techniques. Date: Sunday, November 14, 2021 1PM Eastern Registration: October 18-25, 2021 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 12: Dr. Jessica Grimm and her quest for the origins of or nué, a medieval goldwork technique
    Taught by Dr. Jessica Grimm (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    As or nué is often considered the pinnacle of medieval goldwork techniques, you might be forgiven for thinking that it has been studied extensively. This is not the case. Apart from the fact that the finest pieces were made at the end of the medieval period in an area that is now Northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands, we know precious little. In my lecture, I’ll introduce you to some of the finest historical examples of this technique. We will also explore a much simpler technique that is similar to or nué and was developed in present-day Germany. Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 1PM Eastern Registration: November 15-22, 2021 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 13: Perforated Paper Needlework 1840 – 1900 with Claudia Dutcher Kistler
    Taught by Claudia Dutcher Kistler (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    This lecture will share with you the creativity of counted thread pieces worked on specific "fabric" that was once very popular but is almost forgotten today. Between 1840 and 1900 a popular needlework pastime for both children and adults was stitching on perforated paper. In this lecture you will see an overview of the history and different types of perforated paper needlework. You will see some amazing technique and creativity in these antique pieces that you may not know was possible. Date: Saturday, January 15, 2022 1PM Eastern Registration: December 13-20, 2021 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 14: Quaker Schoolgirl Needlework in Seventeenth-Century London with Isabella Rosner
    Taught by Isabella Rosner (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    "To get my living with my hands: Quaker Schoolgirl Needlework in Seventeenth-Century London" explores the samplers, workboxes, and embroidered accessories of early modern Quaker girls educated in and around London. Extant examples are highly decorative, which is a surprise, considering that plainness was a tenet central to the Society of Friends from its founding in the 1650s. This paper uses objects in British and American collections to assess possible reasons for this aesthetic contradiction, drawing on themes of global trade, mercantilism, feminine virtue and accomplishment, and piety. Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022 1PM Eastern Registration: January 17-24, 2022 1PM Eastern

  • Join lecturer Candy Marang for a virtual lecture on Conservation and Re-Creation in Textile Conservation at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. We will look at the Cromwell bed linens and other recreation projects worked on by the Stan Hywet Needlework Guild. Date: Sunday, March 13, 2022 1PM Eastern Registration: February 14-21, 2022 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 16: Stitcherhood is Powerful: The Work of a Feminist Embroiderer and Historian with Harriet Alonso
    Taught by Harriet Alonso (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    In 1973, Harriet Alonso took her first needlepoint class. Within a year, she was designing and stitching her own “political posters.” This talk will include her work from the 1970s and early 1980s which reflect the history of its day as well as new pieces reflecting more recent times. Date: Sunday, April 10, 2022 1PM Eastern Registration: March 14-21, 2022 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 17: The Garments of Salvation: exploring the world of Greek Orthodox liturgical vesture with Krista West
    Taught by Krista West (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    Master ecclesiastical tailor Krista West has made church vestments and paraments for Greek Orthodox churches throughout North America for over 25 years. She will introduce us to this world of color, ornament, and sublime beauty by sharing about her work and explaining how vestments and paraments are made and used. She has lectured extensively throughout the US and is an enthusiastic speaker on this fascinating topic. Date: Sunday May 15, 2022 1PM Eastern Registration: April 11-18, 2022 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 18: Ernest Thesiger and the hidden history of needlework by men with Dr. Joseph McBrinn
    Taught by Dr. Joseph McBrinn (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    By bringing to light a fascinating range of surviving textiles by men in public collections and private hands and taking the English embroiderer Ernest Thesiger as a central case study, this talk will show that needlework by all sorts of men deserves to be rescued from obscurity and re-evaluated. Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022 1PM Eastern Registration: May 16-23, 2022 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 19: Elizabethan Embroidery And The Trevelyon Miscellany Of 1608 with Kathy Andrews
    Taught by Kathy Andrews (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    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. Date: Sunday, July 10, 2022 1PM Eastern Registration: June 13-20, 2022 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 2: The Art of the Japanese Internment Camps with Toni Gerdes
    Taught by Toni Gerdes (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    Even with great adversity, you can’t keep the artistic, creative spirit down, but also, that creative spirit actually thrives during adversity to help people through hard times and to bring people together. This is what I show, during my 60-minute lecture based on the art that has been discovered from the time of World War II and the Japanese Internment Camps. Date: February 13, 2021 at 1PM Eastern Full | Registration opens: January 11, 2021 at 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 20: The History and Mysteries of the Bayeux Tapestry with Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer
    Taught by Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    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. Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022 1PM Eastern Registration: July 11-18, 2022 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 21: Rozashi: A 1400 Year Old Needle Art from Japan with Margaret Kinsey
    Taught by Margaret Kinsey (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    Rozashi is an ancient Japanese embroidery technique. Its origins are vague. It resembles Bargello/Florentine embroidery in our culture. The Japanese say it origins are in the Tempyo (700-799 AD) period. During the Tokugawa and Meiji eras, as late as the 1820s, the ladies of the court considered Rozashi as the most refined art and handiwork. It was even called the hobby of the Imperial household. Date: Sunday, September 18, 2022 1PM Eastern Registration: August 15-22, 2022 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 22: Creating Needlework Maps with Catherine Jordan
    Taught by Catherine Jordan (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    Come and enjoy this “show and share” lecture on creating needlework maps! You will see Catherine’s collection of commemoratively based needlework maps as she talks about the process of where ideas come from, what makes a valuable map, and the intricacies of designing, stitching, and painting needlework maps. Date: Sunday, October 9, 2022 1PM Eastern Registration: September 12-19, 2022 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 23: Sartorial Embroidered Gowns of Marjorie Merriweather Post 1900-1929 with Howard Kurtz
    Taught by Howard Kurtz (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    Evening dress turquoise silk moiré, orange silk crêpe orange tulle, turquoise gold silk floss, turquoise silk ribbon, cording beading and cotton/silk embroidery. Callot Soeurs, Paris, ca. 1907. From the Hillwood Museum & Gardens Costume and Textile Collection, Washington D.C. Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 1PM Eastern Registration: November 14-22, 2022 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 3: Sashiko, A Form of Japanese Embroidery with Jacqui Clarkson
    Taught by Jacqui Clarkson (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    Are you curious about Sashiko? Is there more than Sashiko?, Hitomezashi?, Kogin?, Boro? What are these? What am I stitching? Please join me as I share my journey of discovering Sashiko, it’s history and how we are embracing it in today’s needlework world. Date: March 13, 2021 1PM Eastern Full | Registration opens: February 15, 2021 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 4: The Culture of Folk Embroidery in 3 European Countries with Sarah Pedlow
    Taught by Sarah Pedlow (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    Join us for an engaging talk on the history and culture of folk embroidery from three different countries in Europe and the people keeping traditions alive today. Date: April 10, 2021 1PM Eastern | Registration: March 15-22, 2021 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 5: Historic Threads with Annette Gutierrez Turk
    Taught by Annette Gutierrez Turk (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    A historical look at the colcha embroidery stitch and how it came into existence in the New World of Spain in the 16th century.  Date: May 8, 2021 1PM Eastern | Registration: April 12-19, 2021 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 6: Maya Textile Artists: Passionate Celebration of Cultural Heritage with Diane Herrmann
    Taught by Diane Herrmann (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    Exciting wearable art with vivid colors, the indigenous clothing of Mexico and Guatemala displays consummate expertise, and artistic beauty. Ancient techniques of preparation, construction and embellishment continue today with modern materials. Still, the textiles contain the designs and patterns that have held meaning in the culture for centuries. Maya weavers today labor to keep traditions alive and still survive in the 21st century. Date: June 12, 2021 1PM Eastern | Registration: May 10-17, 2021 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 7: The Story of Seedbeads with Naomi Smith
    Taught by Naomi Smith (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    An exploration of Indigenous beadwork from a historical and contemporary perspective. This presentation focuses on the story of seeds beads and how they became a much esteemed part of Indigenous life in the 19th century. Date: July 10, 2021 1PM Eastern | Registration opens: June 14-21, 2021 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 8: The thobe, a traditional embroidered Palestinian dress with Wafa Ghnaim
    Taught by Wafa Ghnaim (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    Author and teaching artist, Wafa Ghnaim, will discuss the evolution of the thobe from the nineteenth century through the contemporary period. Date: August 14, 2021 1PM Eastern | Registration: July 12-19, 2021 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 9: Haptic Memory with Dr. Sharbreon Plummer
    Taught by Dr. Sharbreon Plummer (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    Join Dr. Sharbreon Plummer (Past EGA Research Grant recipient) for an exciting conversation about her doctoral research project, Haptic Memory: Centering Black Women’s Experiences in Fiber Art Narratives. Haptic Memory examines the inequities faced by Black women in artistic interpretation, and how their creative production through fiber intersects with labor, maternal relationships and ancestral memory. Date: September 11, 2021 1PM Eastern | Registration: August 16-23, 2021 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture Encore: The Culture of Folk Embroidery in 3 European Countries with Sarah Pedlow
    Taught by Sarah Pedlow (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    Join us for an engaging talk on the history and culture of folk embroidery from three different countries in Europe and the people keeping traditions alive today. Date: August 15, 2021 1PM Eastern | Registration: July 19-26 , 2021 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture: Embroidery, Clothing, and Feminine Identity in Jewish Yemen with India Hayford
    Taught by India Hayford (view bio)

    Previous Virtual Lectures

    Nothing identifies or disguises us as quickly as the clothing we wear. How we dress reflects our place in the world and how we want other people to perceive us. Nowhere has clothing and its embellishment been more important to identity than among the Jewish women of Yemen.