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New Online Studio Course: Creating Beaded Gardens  

Instructor: Nancy Eha


We are thrilled to announce our third quarter class with Nancy Eha of Nancy has been exploring with beads and fabric and teaching fabric beading nationally for over 20 years. She has published two fabric beading books of her original techniques: Bead Creative Like Crazy: Beading Inspired by Crazy Quilts, and Bead Creative Art Quilts. This class will focus on some of her Crazy Beading techniques from Bead Creative Like Crazy. Nancy categorized these stitches as Crazy Beading because her inspiration to develop them was seeing the opulent embroidery found on Victorian crazy quilts. Her first thought when looking at these beauties was, "Wow they are so beautiful, now how can I make the embroidery stitches with beads?"

Nancy has created a class entitled Creating Beaded Gardens for us. The class will entail creating a crazy quilt block from a pattern she will supply, and using beads as the primary focus, students will create elements of a beaded garden on that block. In addition to a variety of flowers, vegetation, and fruit, students will create a beaded spider and web, as a spider is often found in gardens and was frequently stitched on Victorian crazy quilts as a symbol of good luck.

Registration is open to all EGA members and will open on June 8. In a series of five lessons spread out over five weeks, students will create a crazy quilt block and embellish it using Nancy's diverse beading techniques, creating a personal Beaded Garden. Don't miss out on the fun!  

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New Group Correspondance Course: Maharajah's Elephant  

Featuring Mary Long


This course features a glitzy elephant as a Maharajah's fantasy creature. Perhaps it is a jeweled decoration in a wonderful palace. It could be a toy for the Maharajah's son and heir. Or maybe a Maharajah really can have a brightly colored elephant with gold feet and tusks! Let your imagination loose when choosing your colors and threads.

Although the primary goal of this project is to teach you the technique of canvas applique by attaching the ear to the elephant, you may complete the project by stitching the ear directly on the canvas ground fabric.

Stitches used include tent, rice, eyelet, swirl, alternating scotch, Rhodes, satin, and brick as well as several cross stitches including double, upright, and Symrnas. The background is bargello pattern.  

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2016 International Teacher Tour

Stars Stitching Across America

Star Spangled Seminar 2016 is excited to announce that Jette Roy-Finlay Heath and Merrilyn Heazlewood will be Stitching Across America to teach in conjunction with Seminar 2016, held in Alexandria, Virginia, November 2 - 6, 2016.

We are pleased that all chapters or regions who requested a teacher were granted either their first or second choice, resulting in an ambitious schedule for each of the teachers. You can check out more information about this year's International Teacher Tour here

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Call for Entries for 21st Through the Needle's Eye

Share your original creations by entering your art in EGA's 21st National Exhibit, Through the Needle's Eye, which will be launched at Transylvania Community Arts Center in Brevard, NC, in August 2017.

Contemporary and traditional needlework completed from 2014 to the present will be accepted for jurying as long as the work is completed with an eye needle, either by hand or machine. EGA membership is not a condition of entry nor of acceptance. Teaching pieces will not be accepted. Entries must be free of copyright violations and postmarked by February 21, 2017.

Works juried into the exhibit will become part of the Traveling Exhibit for three years and will be returned to the entrant after the Traveling Exhibit closes.

More detailed entry information and an entry form can be found here or email the exhibit registrar at 



Complex: The Art in Mixed Media Exhibit  

Exhibit Open Now


Complex: The Art in Mixed Media is now on display at EGA Headquarters. This exhibition showcases the work of 22 artists from the US, Canada, and New Zealand. For this show, mixed media was defined as embroidery combined with another non-fiber-based medium. Artists responded with a wide range of creative expressions, combining needlework with photography, bookmaking, found objects, and beyond. The exhibition was organized and curated by Shirley Kay Wolfersperger, Carole Rinard, and Ken Nebel.

The show will be on display through July 15th.

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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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.


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Call for Proposals: Pacific Southwestern Region Seminar, Oxnard, CA, Oct. 19-21, 2017. Due: June 15, 2016. Click here for more information.

Call for Proposals: Heartland Region Seminar, LaCrosse, WI, March 16-19. 2017. Due: July 31, 2016. Click here for more information.

Call for Proposals: Individual Correspondence Courses. Contact Darla Bohn for more information.

Call For Proposals: Group Correspondence Courses. Contact Val Reece for more information.

Call For Proposals: Online Studio Courses. Contact Beth Lindsay for more information.

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