The Embroiderers’ Guild of America acknowledges the value of needlework in art and history. The National Exhibit is a representative selection of the best in artistic and technical works. It is through the needle’s eye that EGA embraces both traditional and contemporary needlework while expanding the perception of embroidery as an art form.

The 20th National Exhibit features more than 70 embroidered works of the highest quality in design and craftsmanship from artists across the United States and Canada.

See for Yourself

Through the Needle’s Eye will travel across the country through 2016. If you are interested in bringing the exhibition to your area, please contact Brad Cape at EGA Headquarters.

April 5 – April 30, 2014  Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake, Colorado

June 1 – August 15, 2014 Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen, South Dakota

September 2 – September 29, 2014 Cumberland Arts Society Gallery in Cookeville, Tennessee

January 12, 2015 – March 16, 2015 Stevens County Museum in Morris, Minnesota 

May 3, 2015 - September 6, 2015 - Museum of Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas

January 23, 2016 - May 8, 2016 Folk Art Center / Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, North Carolina

June 1, 2016 - July 27, 2016 Fausel House Gallery in Placerville, California

August 6 - October 8, 2016 Marion Heritage Center in Marion, Iowa

November 5, 2016 - January 7, 2017 Neville Public Museum of Brown County in Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Award Winners

Two cash awards are presented to selected artists in each National Exhibit. Diana Grossman was a very active EGA member from the Manhattan Chapter who was very involved in the early years of the National Exhibit. The award given in her memory is presented to an EGA member whose original work the jurors feel best exemplifies excellence in design and needlework. Prize money is provided through the Diana Grossman Memorial Fund, which was established by friends and admirers of Ms. Grossman.

The Virginia Miller Award promotes new and exciting uses of materials and embroidery techniques. This award is given in honor of Ms. Miller’s love and support for EGA and contemporary embroidery. Miller was an energetic and active member from the Inland Empire Chapter who took on many responsibilities at the local, regional, and national levels of EGA. A fund in her memory was established in 2001 to make this award possible.

In addition, each of the exhibition’s three jurors selected a piece for a Juror’s Award and nine of EGA’s regions each sponsored awards for the best pieces by artists in their memberships.

Diana Grossman Memorial Award – A Time for Reflection by Florance Mellinger

Virginia Miller Memorial Award – Celebrate Spring by Sally Olsen

Juror’s Award – October in Transit by Karen Schueler

Juror’s Award – One Hundred Eight by Noelle Houle

Juror’s Award – Promise of Pomegranates by Karen Schueler

Carolinas Region Award – Keeper of the Spirits… by Laura Smith

Carolinas Region Award – Gigi Rafferty by Lynn Tesch

Great Lakes Region Award – State Street, Madison, WI, 1931 by Lee Ann Kleeman

Greater Pacific Region Award – Zen of Life Garden Box by Dawn Peschke

Metropolitan Region Award – Liberty, a Patriotic Bear by Susan Deshensky

Mid-Atlantic Region Award – The Journey by Catherine Jordan

Pacific Southwestern Region Award – Endangered Lives – Big Horn Sheep by Rachel Watkins

South Central Region Award – Alzheimer’s by JoAnne Henderson

Tennessee Valley Region Award – Lacy Fan by Kim Beamish


The Jurors

 cherylchristian           georgannlane           tomlundberg

We were fortunate to have three experienced jurors to select the pieces for the exhibition. They reviewed all the entries electronically and conferenced to decide on final selections and award winners. Many thanks to Cheryl Christian, Georgann Lane, and Tom Lundberg for their expertise.

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