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Challenge and Challenge with a Twist

Stitching in Series with Laura Smith 


Laura Smith, an embroidery innovator and nationally known designer and teacher will be the Challenge and Challenge with a Twist consultant for 2016.  Her theme is “Stitching in Series,” creating at least three stitched designs using any form of embroidery. Registration opens January 4, 2016, closes March 31, 2016 and the final stitched pieces are due September 1, 2016. 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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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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2016 Fiber Forum Jurying

 EGA Fiber Forum invites members who are creating original designs to submit up to two works for jurying. Submissions are due March 1-15, 2016. For the jurying procedure and form, please see the Fiber Forum page

Fiber Forum is the group for original designers within EGA. It was organized in 1992 to advance embroidery as an art form through exhibition of embroidered works of exceptional merit.  New members are juried by accredited jurors on the basis of both aesthetic achievement and technical skill. Completion of an entry form, digital photos of the entire embroidered work and one detail, and an artist statement are required. Embroidered work is defined as work done with a threaded needle. Additional media are acceptable for Fiber Forum jurying provided they are archivally compatible with textiles.   Contact Sharon Serrano Ahmed, Chairman, EGA Fiber Forum with questions. 


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gcc Isabella3New Group Correspondence Course: Isabella - Italian Drawn Thread

Featuring Barbara Kershaw


This course continues your exploration of the wonderful technique of Italian style drawn thread. The project has been designed as a decorative hand towel but could easily be converted into a placemat, tablemat or even a table runner by using a longer piece of linen. There are six decorative bands across the towel three of which require withdrawing threads using two different methods. This course teaches the art of knotting bundles both in a straight line and in a curving line that undulates across the band.  Although this is an advanced level course, if you are familiar with withdrawing threads and want to explore and expand your knowledge and ability it is an ideal place to start. 

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cusion for treasures

Designers Across America Projects and Subscription Available

Designers Across America projects and subscriptions are now available for purchase online. Jette Roy Finlay-Heath is the featured artist in the December issue of Needle Arts and she has made available to EGA members her design: A Cushion for Treasures. This project incorporates several different techniques.  The cost of the instructions is $7, postage included. EGA members may also sign up for a subscription and receive this project plus the next three projects in the Designers Across America series automatically as they become available for $25 (a 10% savings). Click to order yours today!

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Seminar 2016

Early Registration is closed.

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Open Registration begins March 15, 2016.

What's Going On

Sat Feb 06 @12:00AM
Hardanger University 2016
Sat Feb 06 @12:00AM
Stitch in Public Day
Sun Feb 07 @12:00AM
Hardanger University 2016
Tue Feb 16 @12:00AM
Erma Martin Yost Exhibit

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: Pacific Southwest Region Seminar, Oxnard, CA, Oct. 19-21, 2017. Contact Judie Neufeld or click here for more information.

Call for Proposals: Individual Correspondence Courses. Contact Rebecca Wardlaw for more information.

21st National Exhibit Call for Jurors: Click here for more information. 

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