For details or further information on any ESP course, contact EGA Headquarters or Marie Campbell, ESP Chairman.


The Extended Study Program serves the educational, research, and leadership needs of all embroidery enthusiasts, giving everyone the opportunity to participate in intensive programs that encourage creative expression and personal growth. Extended Study Program faculty are experts in embroidery and textiles and are drawn from the academic and museum community.


Upcoming Programs

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 JOURNEY TO MEXICO: Embroideries, Pottery, Artists, Markets, Museums




 Tia Stephanie Tours has arranged a ten-day tour from Oaxaca to Mexico City for twenty EGA members, who must keep pace over uneven ground, cobblestones, steps, and challenges.

Here is a much abbreviated taste of textiles, culture, food, art, gardens, and history included in this tour.  A complete itinerary is available here.


From Friday, March 10 through Tuesday, March 14 in Oaxaca, visiting churches, textile and cultural museums, gardens, markets, dyers, embroiderers, potters and other artisans.

Wednesday, March 15 we drive to Tehuacan, Puebla, visiting the Nahua women master embroiderers in San Gabriel Chilac, learning more about the local culture and history.

Thursday, March 16 we move on to the State of Tlaxcala, the village of Ixtenco, for an introduction to pepenado, a smocking and embroidery technique of the Otomi embroiderers, and then more artisans of the woven sarape.

From Friday, March 17, when we arrive at Mexico City, through Sunday, March 19, we will explore ruins of Tenochtitlan in Historic Center, see National Palace murals and the Palace of Fine Arts.  We drive to Coyocan to see Frida Kahlo’s clothing collection, visit the Chinampa floating gardens, and visit the National Museum of Anthropology.    Return flights on March 20.  


Registration opens  September 6, 2016, at 8:00 AM ET, when the sign up form will be available on, where cancellation and travel insurance information is also available.

Cost: $2,985 double occupancy, additional $500 for single supplement. Non-EGA members will be assessed a $60 fee paid directly to EGA Headquarters.

Method of Payment: Check or credit card, via Pay Pal Invoice from Tia Stephanie Tours.

Initial Deposit: $500 to secure space

Final Payment: Due by January 10, 2017

Complete information: Visit and


Contact ESP Chairman Marie Campbell if you have questions. Phone: 717-860-3640.





Extended Study Program
October 27 through November 1, 2017
The Garden Box
Marsha Papay Gomola
Instructor Artist

Create a peaceful summer garden on that perfect day when all of the flowers are in full bloom. The birds are singing and the patio is shaded and private: the perfect place for an afternoon nap. Learn the techniques used to create dimensional embroidery while working on your own miniature garden with birds and animals as well as the plants and architectural elements. Students will be encouraged to design their own garden or use the pattern provided. Kit includes a wide variety of materials and some finishing materials.

Joy awaits in the creation of your walled garden box. The interior of the box is an informal American garden. The front of the box is a formal wrought iron gate created with blackwork and decorated with potted topiary and a tree. The potted plants are completed with padding and appliquéd slips. The fence surrounds the garden exterior with foreground flower beds and birds and butterflies perched atop.

The informal garden is revealed when the top lifts up and the front folds down. Behold! The garden, animals, birds, and Marsha’s own cat sleeping on the patio and a rabbit eating the grass.

Registration with deposit accepted now; mail to EGA HQ as soon as possible. If more than the maximum 22 students register by December 6, a lottery will determine the 22 selected to attend.

Registration and kit fees: Workshop Fee in US Funds $ 500.00 + Kit Fee $ 175.00 = Total including $100 deposit to register $675.00 (Non-EGA member, add $60.00)

Registration with Deposit accepted now. Lottery on December 6 if registrations exceed 22 students by that date. Balance of $575.00 due at EGA HQ no later than June 27, 2017.

Click here to download the brochure

For further info or questions:
ESP Chair Marie Campbell,, (717) 860-3640,
or Local Coordinator Rebecca Wardlaw, (505) 255-6852.

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