To further its mission of education about and preservation of the heritage of embroidery, EGA established a permanent collection of textiles and related articles in the early days of the organization. The goal of the collection is to represent as many techniques, cultures, and historical eras as possible. Pieces from the collection are used for exhibition, reproduction, and study. If you have any questions about the permanent collection or have an embroidered item you would like to donate, please contact Brad Cape at EGA Headquarters.
The link below will take you to the online collection database gallery. In the gallery, you can view inventory photos and information for the vast majority of items in the collection. You can browse all the items by clicking on the image above the words "EGA Permanent Collection." Work on the database is ongoing; recent acquisitions are being added and information pertaining to items already listed is routinely updated.
...Or read about these featured items from the Permanent Collection below:
Sampler worked on linen with marking silk embroidery worked in cross, tent, stem, chain, split, satin, buttonhole and lace stitches, with windows worked in needlelace and depicting Adam and Eve, the serpent, and the Tree of Knowledge below; above, a fence with flowers and a cottage. All edges are cut and the top edge is finished with blanket stitch.
8 x 10 in (20.3 x 25.4cm)
Described and photographed in American Samplers by Ethel Stanwood Bolton and Eva Johnston Coe, Plate XXXIV.
Counted silk on linen sampler worked across the full width of the handwoven linen with selvedge at each side and hemmed top and bottom; design consists of two columns of equal width divided vertically by a small column of fishbone embroidery stitch in a neutral silk thread; surface stitched rows on the left are done in variations of satin stitch and those on the right side are variations of cross stitch.
16 x 13 in (40.6 x 33 cm)
Geometric chorus of angels worked in red floss on ecru even-weave linen, 22-count, cross stitch, back stitch and straight stitch with Assisi-style border with red gingham backing.
Design by Gerda Bengtsson; see pgs 58-59 of Book of Danish Stitchery, published by the Danish Handicraft Guild.
14.25 x 10.5 in (36.2 x 26.7 cm)
Gift of Harriet K. Bensley