Crazy Quilt Embellishments

New Online Studio Course

Crazy Quilt Embellishment 101 with J. Marsha Michler


Learn how to bring a crazy quilted project to life with a few simple techniques! Embellishment, for many, is the most intriguing (and fun!) part of this much-loved style of quilting. In this course we will dabble in some easy but very effective methods for bringing a crazy patched surface to the next level. You will piece a fan and deck it out with lace and embroidery, use paint to add blending effects, create a gorgeous dimensional floral out of ribbons and silk ribbon embroidery, make cording out of silk fabric, and much more.

Join crazy quilting author J. Marsha Michler to make a beautiful crazy quilted block to use in a quilt or other project!


Registration closes on September 4, 2015.


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gcc Meadow Medleygcc KeepingInShapeGroup Correspondence Courses: Keeping in Shape and Meadow Medley

Featuring Teachers Gwen Nelson and Luan Callery


Enjoy Keeping in Shape by creating this lovely necklace featuring thirteen three-dimensional geometric pieces representing the thirteen EGA regions. It is further embellished with Swarovski crystals and rondelles. Techniques used in this couse include circular and flat peyote, herringbone stitch, and beading techniques.

For Meadow Medley, DMC floss on cotton broadcloth works well to bring these meadow flowers to life. The stitches and colors are planned to enhance the design with texture and dimension while honing your embroidery skills.  Diagrams and pictures appear throughout the text.  Along with the cover photograph, there is an actual size photocopy of the piece detailing each stitch. Stitches used include lazy daisy with a twist, split and satin stitch, outline, French knots, bullion knots and fly stitch.

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Yellowbird shawl cropped

Native Beads and Dance Regalia Showcase Available on Video

One of the activities during the EGA national seminar last year in Phoenix was a presentation by Yellow Bird Productions called "Native Beads and Dance Regalia Showcase."   This was a narrated fashion show with Native American models wearing regalia highlighting beading and embroidery.  A videographer was hired to film the show and his video has now been edited and divided into five parts for more convenient viewing.  We plan to have dvds made and if you would like a copy, please contact headquarters and one will be sent to you when they become available.  This project was funded in whole through a bequest from the Gay Montague Phillips estate.

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Individual Correspondence Course with Shirley Kay Wolfersperger

Chiaroscuro: Blackwork Patterning Theory


Chiaroscuro is a course on how to come up with your own personal patterns for blackwork, including how patterning works and where to find inspiration for original patterns. This is not a course that teaches fundamental blackwork. It is a course for diving more deeply into the study of blackwork. It is for stitchers looking for more in blackwork than they have seen before. You must already know and have done blackwork to get the most of your work here. Be prepared to be adventurous.

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frontpageEGA is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the art of embroidery. Membership is open to anyone interested in needlework, from the beginner to the professional. Members work within local chapters or a member-at-large network to improve their skills and knowledge. Numerous opportunities are available to learn embroidery and needlework techniques, including chapter meetings, workshops, correspondence courses, certification programs, and national and regional seminars. In addition, we offer free projects, a youth program, a quarterly magazine, and national traveling exhibits.


For All Members:
EGA is currently seeking members to assist in writing the EGA blog.  Please send an email to for more information.
For Teachers:
Call for Proposals: Metropolitan Region seminar to be held April 21-23, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. Proposals due by August 31, 2015. Contact Janice Meyers for details.
Call for Proposals: Individual Correspondence Courses. Contact Rebecca Wardlaw for more information.

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