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New Online Class: Fifty Shades of Pai(sley) 

Taught by Amee K. Sweet-McNamara


Fifty Shades of Pai(sley) is an exotic exploration of exciting textile techniques that entails creating either one large pin/pendant or three individual pieces, with five different color ways to choose from.

This 4-lesson class will appeal to both new and experienced students with basic soutache techniques such as Aligning & Stacking, Backing & Edge-Beading. Experienced stitchers will be able to add new skills to their repertoire: Inlays, Working with Twisted Cord, Making Pinwheels, Incorporating Shibori Ribbon as well as several styles of bead embroidery.

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Crown Jewels of EGA - our new gifting program


EGA is a gathering of embroidery friends and much, much more. EGA is an international leader in the education and conservation of the embroidery arts. To achieve its mission, to inspire passion for the needlearts through education and the celebration of its heritage, EGA sponsors numerous classes in a wide variety of techniques in many venues, and it maintains a museum-quality collection of vintage and antique embroidery.

EGA also 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, EGA is proud to unveil the new program, Crown Jewels of EGA. This gifting program is a commitment by individual EGA members to make significant financial donations to EGA over four years. 

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New Group Correspondence Course: More Than a Rose  

Taught by Melinda Sherbring


More Than a Rose is a small piece designed to introduce students to some stitches and raised work techniques used on English sweet bags ca. 1600. This project is worked on a linen ground with your choice of cotton or silk floss and with gold and silver passing threads, providing a taste of goldwork without a large investment in gold materials.

The techniques are a mixture of Tent stitch, surface embroidery, and needlelace. The text shows how to work Plaited Braid, four varieties of Corded Detached Buttonhole, three varieties of Ceylon, Offset Cross, and other more familiar stitches. The student should be familiar with Tent stitch, able to follow a stitch diagram, and willing to make decisions based on a range of presented alternatives typical of that time period. Students may follow the choices made on the model or test their wings with alternatives.

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New Group Correspondence Course: Maharajah's Elephant  

Taught by Mary Long


This course features a glitzy elephant as a Maharajah's fantasy creature. Perhaps it is a jeweled decoration in a wonderful palace. It could be a toy for the Maharajah's son and heir. Or maybe a Maharajah really can have a brightly colored elephant with gold feet and tusks! Let your imagination loose when choosing your colors and threads.

Although the primary goal of this project is to teach you the technique of canvas applique by attaching the ear to the elephant, you may complete the project by stitching the ear directly on the canvas ground fabric.

Stitches used include tent, rice, eyelet, swirl, alternating scotch, Rhodes, satin, and brick as well as several cross stitches including double, upright, and Symrnas. The background is bargello pattern.  

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Call for Entries for 21st Through the Needle's Eye

Share your original creations by entering your art in EGA's 21st National Exhibit, Through the Needle's Eye, which will be launched at Transylvania Community Arts Center in Brevard, NC, in August 2017.

Contemporary and traditional needlework completed from 2014 to the present will be accepted for jurying as long as the work is completed with an eye needle, either by hand or machine. EGA membership is not a condition of entry nor of acceptance. Teaching pieces will not be accepted. Entries must be free of copyright violations and postmarked by February 21, 2017.

Works juried into the exhibit will become part of the Traveling Exhibit for three years and will be returned to the entrant after the Traveling Exhibit closes.

More detailed entry information and an entry form can be found here or email the exhibit registrar at 


Alzheimers 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: Tennessee Valley Region Share-A-Stitch Seminar 2018. Kingsport, TN. June 21-24, 2018. Due: November 15, 2016. Click for more information.

Call for Proposals: EGA National Seminar 2018 Diamond Jubilee. Louisville, KY. October 3-7, 2018. Due: January 16, 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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