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EGA is very proud of what has been accomplished since its inception in 1958. The embroidery museum and resource center in Louisville, our traveling exhibit, our informative Needle Arts magazine, and our classes and seminars are all hallmarks of our mission to foster the art of embroidery. 

As we focus our vision on the future, we need to build the financial resources to support our mission and our continued dedication to excellence. Among our goals are to initiate youth programs, develop academic research programs, and to expand opportunities to display the work of our members and needle artists at the local, national, and international level.

heart-iconImplementing these goals and ensuring the fiscal stability of EGA takes more financial resources than annual membership dues alone will provide. Ways that you can show your support of EGA include

  • Send a donation to the annual fund or a fund listed below
  • Volunteer to hold a stitching session with friends and raise funds
  • Shop our store to purchase merchandise and gifts
  • Sign up for a class – there is something for everyone
  • Consider leaving a legacy in your will
  • Your contribution to EGA will help us foster the highest standards of education, preservation, and exhibiting the art of embroidery. Please take this opportunity to support EGA by signing up for a class, making an unrestricted gift or contributing to one of our education or program funds OR

Donate online through the EGA online store. EGA is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Designated Scholarship Fund
Established to support a variety of designated scholarships.

Diana Grossman Memorial Award Fund
Established to honor the late Diana Grossman for National Exhibit awards.

Fiber Forum Fund
Established by an initial gift to the National Advanced Study Group (changed to Fiber Forum) and monies realized from the initial exhibit and subsequent judgings. Fiber Forum uses this fund with prior approval by its reporting officer.

Genny Morrow Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established by Mary Clubb and Doris Tomlinson in honor of canvas teacher Genny Morrow. Provides tuition scholarship for a canvas technique class at EGA National Seminar.

Legacy Scholarship Fund
Established by the board of directors and funded with an initial gift from the Estate of Mary-Dick Digges to provide scholarships for EGA members to study the art of embroidery and the preservation of the heritage of the art of embroidery.

Mary-Dick Digges Scholarship Fund
Fund annual scholarships for EGA members to study surface embroidery.

Penny Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established in memory of Penny Evans to fund scholarships for EGA members for an embroidery related class, study project, or similar education offering by EGA, the Royal School of Needlework, or the City and Guilds of London Institute, in the U.S. or the U.K.

Research Fellowship Grant Fund
Supports and promotes research in the field of embroidery and allied textile arts. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded annually.

Virginia Miller Memorial Award Fund
Funds the Virginia Miller Contemporary Needlework Award, a cash award, for EGA National Exhibits.



Crown Jewels of EGA - our new gifting program

Crown-JewelsEGA is a gathering of embroidery friends and much, much more. EGA is an international leader in the education and conservation of the embroidery arts. To achieve its mission, to inspire passion for the needlearts through education and the celebration of its heritage,

EGA sponsors numerous classes in a wide variety of techniques in many venues, and it maintains a museum-quality collection of vintage and antique embroidery. EGA also presents exhibitions of needlework and fiber arts and maintains an extensive library on the textile arts. Membership dues and class fees do not fully support the costs necessary to accomplish EGA’s mission.

EGA needs its members to further financially support its overall mission to keep embroidery alive. To that end, EGA is proud to unveil the new program, Crown Jewels of EGA. This gifting program is a commitment by individual EGA members to make significant financial donations to EGA over four years.

Please consider making a commitment to the Crown Jewels of EGA. You can get the fill-in-the blank subscription form below:

Click here to download the subscription to Crown Jewels of EGA form

Your donation to the Crown Jewels program will be announced in Needle Arts, acknowledged by a distinctive pin, and further recognized upon the completion of your generous donation. We hope that you will seriously consider a donation. Even if you cannot commit to the Crown Jewels program at this time, please consider a donation to EGA annual fund.


EGA is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Executive Committee

President - Leslie Gagliardi

Leslie Gagliardi is a charter member of the Gentle Pursuits of Richmond, Virginia Chapter and is also a member of several other chapters including CyberStitchers. She joined EGA in 1994 and has served several times as chapter president, vice president-programs, secretary, and region representative. At the region level, she has been outreach chairman, education chairman, assistant region director and region director of the Mid-Atlantic Region, and at the national level, she was the outreach chairman and has served on the product sales and design and nominating committees.


Gagliardi earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University in Wisconsin. After living in Florida and North Dakota, she worked as a probate paralegal in California and moved to Virginia with her Navy husband in 1986. In addition to service to EGA, she is also active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and Odd Fellows. She enjoys spending time with her four grandsons.



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Vice-President - Judy Badger

Judy Badger has been an EGA member of the Mid-Eastern Region since 1986. She has served as president of the Keystone Chapter and is currently a member of the Three Rivers Chapter. She has co-chaired and chaired MER seminars, has served as region director, and is currently region education chair. At the national level, she was assistant chair for EGA Seminar 2009, and chairman of EGA Seminar 2013. She is currently National Seminar Director. Badger is a charter member of Penn-Ohio ANG Chapter, and has served as president, newsletter editor, and bylaws chairman, and as Eastern Area ANG representative.


Badger holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Geneva College and certification as a registered nurse through Jameson Memorial Hospital, New Castle, Pennsylvania. She is retired from her career as a certified school nurse. She has served as an officer within the Pennsylvania State Education Association, for the Department of Pupil Services executive board and as a member of the board of directors for Drug and Alcohol Community Treatment Services, and for child services and nurses organizations.




Secretary - Joyce McCoig

Joyce McCoig of the San Antonio Chapter has served as treasurer, newsletter editor, vice president of membership, vice president of the evening group, region representative, and twice as chapter president. An EGA member since 1988, McCoig has served the South Central Region as bylaws chair, newsletter editor, assistant director, and director. McCoig has also served at the national level as chair of the bylaws review committee, newsletter reviewer, and member of the scholarship and finance committees.  Most recently, she was Dean of Faculty for EGA National Seminar 2015.


McCoig attended Our Lady of the Lake University and worked as a civilian for the United States Air Force for thirteen years. She recently retired as a senior business specialist for the Southwest Research Institute, where she worked for tewnty-seven years in administration and contracts pricing.







Treasurer - Pam Coller

Pam Coller has been an EGA member since the early 1980's and is currently a member of Shasta Stitchers in the Greater Pacific Region, after being a member of the Greater Dallas Chapter (GDC) for more than twenty years. She has served in many chapter positions including president and treasurer. During her time as GDC outreach chair, the chapter presented over three hundred Habitat Samplers. She has served the South Central Region as secretary and education chair. She has also been on several region seminar committees as well as the 2013 national seminar committee.


Coller attended Eastern Michigan University, is a federally licensed tax practitioner (enrolled agent), and has had her own business since 1998. She has worked with nonprofit organizations and understand their tax concerns. She is a founder of the Irving Women's Network and has served as its treasurer.





Director of Bylaws - Rebecca Wardlaw

Rebecca Wardlaw is a charter member of the Turquoise Trail Chapter, Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has served as chapter president, vice president of programs, newsletter editor, webmaster, and region representative. She chaired the seminar handbook commitee for EGA Semianr 2012 and was assistant semianr chair for the Rocky Mountain Region seminar in 2014.


Wardlaw earned a Bachelor of Arts in history, with the highest honors from New Mexico State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of New Mexico. She has recently retired as Assistant City Attorney for the city of Albuquerque, serving as Managing Assistant Attornmey for the employment law section. Previously, she practiced law in small private firms and operated her own law firm. In her professional practice, she incorporated businesses, drafted bylaws and other coporate documents, and taught college level courses for lawyers, realtors, accountants, adn other professionals.




Director of Education - Barbara Orend

Barbara Orend is a member of the Valley Junction Chapter, Iowa. She has held many chapter offices including region representative and president. At the region level she has been secretary, assistant region director, and Heartland Region director. She grew up in a household where there was always some kind of stitching going on including sewing clothes, knitting, and needlework. She just had to join in.


Orend holds a B.B.A. with a major in business education from the University of Iowa. She worked for many years as a secretary. In addition to her EGA activities, she enjoys volunteering at church and teaching crafts at a local shelter.


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Director of Membership and Marketing - Karen Hamilton

Karen Hamilton has served in nearly all officer positions for the Greater Dallas Chapter sincejoining EGA in 1987. At the region level, her efforts as treasurer, assistant and region director, and chair of region seminars have yielded valuable experiences.


She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and biology, did graduate study in biology at the University of Texas, and pursued additional education in grant writing, fundraising, and nonprofit management. As Associate Vice President for Advancement for the Dallas Zoo, a nonprofit organization, she oversees advertising, media and press relations, crisis management, membership events, and development functions. In more than twenty-eight years of experience with nonprofits, Hamilton has been responsible for more than 450 volunteers, revenues of more than $2,000,000 and expernses of more than $1,800,000.



Board of Directors

The board of directors includes the members of the executive committee (above) and the following:

Carolinas Region Director - Janet Noble 

Great Lakes Region Director - Linda Busalacchi

Greater Pacific Region Director - Linda Reinmiller 

Heartland Region Director - Marietta Mason

Metropolitan Region Director - Susan Roe 

Mid-Atlantic Region Director -  Kathleen Weigl

Mid-Eastern Region Director - Gerry Stark

New England Region Director - Kari Boardman

Pacific Southwestern Region Director - Kandy Nunn 

Rocky Mountain Region Director - Nan Windle

South Central Region Director - Shawn Miller

Sun Region Director - Patrice Boyes

Tennessee Valley Region Director - Marnie Graley


EGA National Headquarters is located in Louisville, Kentucky. The office is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Guild and implementation of  various EGA programs. In addition to staff offices, Headquarters contains the EGA’s Permanent Collection, Dorothy Babcock Memorial Library, and a small gallery area where items from the collection and other exhibitions are displayed.

Please feel free to write, call, or email any time if you need assistance.

Office hours are Monday-Friday 9 AM to 5 PM ET (closed New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Derby Eve*, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Friday, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day). *Friday before first Saturday in May


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The Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA) was formed for the express purpose of fostering the art of needlework and associated arts. EGA seeks to promote cooperation and the exchange of ideas among those who are engaged in needlework throughout the world by encouraging a high standard of design and technique in embroidery. EGA provides a center to be used as a bureau of education and information regarding the art of embroidery for all guild members. It is our purpose to conduct instruction and research in the art of needlework and to distribute related materials and publications to members and to the public.

EGA was established in New York in 1958 as a branch of The Embroiderers' Guild of London (established 1906). EGA withdrew from the London Guild in 1970 and The Embroiderers' Guild of America came into being. EGA is made up of:

img-865913 regions across the US and Canada
a total of 280+ chapters
3 online chapters
international representation among the 8,800+ members.

Membership in EGA is open to anyone interested in embroidery from the beginner to the professional. Members work within local chapters or a member-at-large network to improve their skills and knowledge. Also, the organization and individual members are involved with museums for education and preservation purposes. EGA offers individual and group correspondence courses, teacher and judge certification programs as well as nine separate disciplines in master craftsman programs. To provide a broad scope of the needlework industry, EGA and its chapters regularly invite internationally recognized artists to hold workshops in this country. EGA sponsors a national exhibit every three years with both members and non-members submitting pieces for the juried exhibit which ultimately travels for two years to various venues throughout the country. Many pieces of embroidery created today qualify as fiber art.

EGA is dedicated to an organized outreach program to reach out to and share with our communities. All regions and chapters are responsible for establishing and maintaining such a program using embroidery to benefit their own communities. Significant contributions have been made throughout the country to The American Heart Association, Women's Heart Health Research and Habitat for Humanity. In 1995 and 1996 EGA was given the honor of producing needlework ornaments for the White House Christmas tree. EGA members from all 50 states contributed their talents to this project.

EGA is a proud member of the International Council of Needlework Associations (ICNA). ICNA was created, a summit meeting of ten related organizations hosted by EGA in Louisville, KY in 1990. ICNA's mission is to support the art of embroidery by providing a forum for the dissemination of information, while maintaining the integrity of the individual member organizations.

The mission of The Embroiderers' Guild of America is to inspire passion for the needle arts through education and the celebration of its heritage.

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