Autumn Jewels

Online Studio Class: Autumn Jewels with Celeste Chalasani

Pomegranates are a global symbol for prosperity, hope, and abundance.  In Autumn Jewels, you will learn essential Stumpwork techniques through EGA's Online Studio from national teacher Celeste Chalasani.  You will use both traditional and contemporary techniques to create your own Pomegranate Stumpwork panel, perfect for framing.

In a series of eight lessons spread out over nine weeks, students will explore essential Stumpwork techniques of wired slips, padded slips, and needle lace.  Celeste will demonstrate a variety of embroidery stitches and techniques through videos that students will have access to throughout the class.  Registration continues through July 27!

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Guardian Angel

Online Studio Class: Guardian Angel with Sylvia Murariu 

Register now for this class.  No registrations accepted after July 6.

You are invited to explore the old art of Romanian Point Lace, a needle lace technique.  This lace may look intimidating at first, but you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make. Through this course, you will enrich your stitching knowledge as well as your appreciation of this lovely needle lace art.

The design is traced on a piece of muslin, the crocheted cord (provided in the kit) is couched, or basted, onto the design, then lovely needle lace stitches are worked in the spaces created between the crocheted cords.  When finished, the lace is removed from the pattern which can then be reused.

Romanian Point Lace is not only a lot of fun but can be addictive!  After you finish your Guardian Angel, you will be eager to make more of these lace designs. The technique uses more than four hundred needle lace stitches and the learning process continues. By mistake, or by trying, you may create new stitches!  Join Sylvia Murariu on this needlelace journey!!

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Christian Nelson Bass, Stitchery with Fruit

 YES!  Young Embroiderers Show

The Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s 2015 youth exhibit will be on display at EGA National Headquarters in Louisville, KY from September 1, 2015 until January 15, 2016.  EGA welcomes submissions from any stitcher aged 17 or younger.

Any piece worked with a threaded needle will be accepted.  This includes but is by no means limited to embroidery, beading, quilting, collage, etc.  Stitchers of all skill levels are encouraged to send their work.  Pieces submitted must be the sole work of the entrant.  Pieces created from kits will be accepted but any pattern or kit used must be noted with proper credit given to its creator.  Entry forms must be received no later than July 28, 2015. There is no entry fee.  Images from the exhibit will be used for publicity in print and on the internet. 

Questions? Contact Brad Cape at or 502.589.6956


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 Teachers:
Call for Proposals: Rocky Mountain Region seminar to be held August 24-27, 2016, in Colorado Springs, CO. Proposals due by June 30, 2015. Contact Jean Collette at for details.

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