Seminar 2017

Seminar 2017

Blue Ridge Rendezvous


Registration opens at 9:00 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

All classes will be filled on a First Come, First Served basis.

See photos of the classes, schedules, and much more by clicking below!


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New Group Correspondence Course: Snowflake Ball  

Taught by Denise Harrington Pratt


The Snowflake Ball is a three-dimensional, beaded needlework piece that is constructed based on one of the Archimedean Solids called a truncated octahedron. You don’t have to understand geometry to stitch this fun piece. Students will learn how to use Sticky Fabri-Solvy ™to transfer the snowflake patterns onto the fabric. Many tips and instructions assist the student in embroidering the snowflake designs using backstitch on cotton fabric. The snowflakes are then embellished with seed beads and bugle beads to make the snowflakes sparkle. Lastly, the student learns how to put all the pieces together to construct and properly stuff a beautiful Snowflake Ball.  

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Blue Ridge Grande Tour

International Teacher Tour 


EGA Seminar 2017 Blue Ridge Rendezvous announces the Blue Ridge Grande Tour Venues for 2017!

Two outstanding teachers, Alison Cole and Jane Nicholas, are touring the United States to teach in conjunction with Seminar 2017, held in Asheville, NC, August 16 - 20, 2017. 

Click below to see the teachers' full schedule, photos of the classes and more.


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Challenge and Challenge with a Twist

Featuring Shirley Kay Wolfersperger


Shirley Kay Wolfersperger, a well known artist, teacher, contributing editor to Needle Arts, author and curator of embroidery art shows will be the Challenge and Challenge with a Twist consultant for 2017.  Breaking New Ground, the challenge this year is to breakout of your normal pattern of stitching and to try new things, starting with the background that you chose to work on for the challenge. Registration opens January 4, 2017, closes March 31, 2017 and the final stitched pieces are due September 1, 2017. The Challenge program is for the stitcher who wants to challenge herself/himself with the theme. The Challenge with a Twist is for the stitcher who would like input from a knowledgeable consultant on the designs.

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New Group Correspondence Course: Temari Shades of Pink, Part 1  

Taught by Barbara Suess


In Japan, the color pink evokes the beauty of blooming cherry trees filling parks with explosions of lightly colored petals. “Sakura iro,” the color of cherry blossoms, speaks to the hearts and souls of the Japanese people. In this beginner-level course for Japanese temari, skills taught include ball construction, marking simple divisions, stitching wrapped bands, herringbone, kiku herringbone, pine needle, and merry-go-round.  

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Crown Jewels of EGA - our new gifting program


EGA is an international leader in the education and conservation of the embroidery arts. To achieve its mission, EGA presents exhibitions of needlework and fiber arts and maintains an extensive library on the textile arts. Membership dues and class fees do not fully support the costs necessary to accomplish EGA’s mission. EGA needs its members to further financially support its overall mission to keep embroidery alive. To that end, we have established the Crown Jewels of EGA. This gifting program is a commitment by individual EGA members to make significant financial donations to EGA over a four year period. Please consider making a commitment to the Crown Jewels of EGA.

Please consider making a commitment to the Crown Jewels of EGA. You can get the fill-in-the blank subscription form below: 

Click here to download the Crown Jewels Subscription Form 

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A Little Book of Embroidery Basics


A Little Book of Embroidery Basics is just what it says -- a collection of tips and bits of knowledge collected by the author, designed to help a beginning embroiderer with some really basic knowledge about the wonderful world of embroidery in any of its forms, and to encourage an established embroiderer to pursue beautiful stitches. Included are 'The Expert Advises' – invaluable tips offered from some of our teachers!

The book is available by clicking below:

- Click here to download a 5.5" x 8.5 PDF file for printing in booklet format.

This format can be bound in the method of your choice at your local print shop (or not). You can also use your settings to print it on  8.5" x 11" size if you prefer.

Funding for A Little Book of Embroidery Basics was provided by the Gay Montague Phillips Bequest.

Alzheimer Projects

National Outreach Project

EGA President, Leslie Gagliardi, has selected a project supporting Alzheimer's research.

Directions for these four beautiful projects are included and emailed to you as .pdf files.  

All proceeds support research for Alzheimer's Disease. The cost of the instructions is $30.

Order these lovely projects today in the EGA online store!

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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 Teachers: 

Call for Proposals: Carolinas Region Seminar 2018. Near Asheville, NC. June 1-3, 2018. Due: May 15, 2017. Email Janet Noble for more information.

Call for Proposals: EGA National Seminar 2018 Diamond Jubilee. Louisville, KY. October 3-7, 2018. Due: January 26, 2017. Click for more information.

Call for Proposals: Individual Correspondence Courses. Contact Darla Bohn for more information.

Call For Proposals: Group Correspondence Courses. Contact Val Reece for more information.

Call For Proposals: Online Studio Courses. Contact Beth Lindsay for more information.

ICNA Proposal Summary Sheet: PDF and Word

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