*deceased     ** first national seminar    ***first chapter hosted seminar    ****first region hosted seminar 

Year  Theme   Location Chair(s)  Host
1963   Seminar Salisbury, CT Margaret Parshall* EGA BOD
Seminar, aka "Williamsburg Seminar"                          
Williamsburg, VA
Barbara (Bobbie) Pilling*
Fall Seminar
Vergennes, VT
Peg Lunt*
Fall Seminar
Wilmington, DE
Minda DuPont*
1972 Fall Seminar Dearborn, MI Vivian White EGA BOD
1973 Fall Seminar Pasadena, CA Chottie Alderson* Southern California Chapter***
1974 Fall Seminar Portsmouth, NH Anne Norton; Cynthia Tribelhorn Connecticut River Valley Chapter
1975 Georgia Peach Pine Mountain, GA   Betty Moye Georgia Chapter
1976 Seminar '76 Houston, TX Carol Cheney Houston Embroiderers' Guild
1977 Climb Every Mountain Denver, CO Darlene Locke Colorado, Centennial, Foothills & Pikes Peak Chapters
1978 It's a Wonderful Town New York, NY Adela Busch* Manhattan Chapter
1979 Leave Your Heart in San Francisco San Francisco, CA Jane Gilbert Santa Clara Valley Chapter
1980 A Lone Star Stitch-in Dallas, TX May Reed Dallas Needlework & Textile Guild
1981 A Renaissance in Stitching Dearborn, MI Shay Pendray Dearborn Fairlane Chapter
1982 Welcome to Our World Orlando, FL Martha Ellis* Central Florida Chapter
1983 Life, Liberty & Pursuit of Happiness Philadelphia, PA Barbara (Bobbie) Pilling* Philadelphia Area Chapter
1984 Forum '84 St. Louis, MO Loraine Meyer No host forum instead of the annual seminar.
1985 A Fiesta in Stitchery San Antonio, TX Jerry Hess San Antonio Needlework Guild
1986 Southern Reflections Atlanta, GA Genie Patterson Dogwood Chapter
1987 Autumn Splendor Parsippany, NJ Penny Berman Metropolitan Region****
1988 A Celebration - 30th anniversary Louisville, KY Loraine Meyer National EGA
1989 Pacific Jewels Newport Beach, CA Norah Planck* Pacific Southwestern Region
1990 Grand Ole Seminar Nashville, TN Harriet Neal National EGA
1991 Nothin' Could Be Finer Greensboro, NC Jeanette Lovensheimer Carolinas Region
1992 Circle City Treasures Indianapolis, IN Jean Blevins*  Indianapolis Chapter
1993 Heartland afFair Des Moines, IA Joanne Hunt Heartland Region
1994 Stitches Across Time Williamsburg, VA Rosemary Kostanzek Mid-Atlantic Region
1995 Rocky Mountain Rendezvous Denver, CO Barbara Loftus Rocky Mountain Region
1996 Sea to Shining Sea San Francisco, CA Barbara Haberly Greater Pacific Region
1997 Stitchin' & All That Jazz New Orleans, LA Nancy Willis* South Central Region
1998 Celebrate! 1958-1998 - 40th anniversary Louisville, KY Judy Jeroy EGA National
1999 A New England Sampling Danvers, MA Rachel Atkinson New England Region
2000 Stitching into a New Century Orlando, FL Margaret Kinsey Sun Region
2001 A Stitching Odyssey Newport Beach, CA  

Virginia Miller*; BettyLou Pendleton (acting chair August-October 2001)

Pacific Southwestern Region
2002 Moonlight & Magnolias Hilton Head Island, SC Jeanette Lovensheimer Carolinas Region
2003 Stitchers in the Rye Rye Brook, NY Jane Gordon Metropolitan Region
2004 Heartland Harvest Minneapolis, MN Theresa Lang Heartland Region
2005 Stitching Southern Style Atlanta, GA Donna Smith Tennessee Valley Region
2006 Gentle Pursuits Richmond, VA Marie Campbell Mid-Atlantic Region
2007 That Needlin' Town Chicago, IL Anne Freiburger Great Lakes Region
2008 Golden Gala - 50th anniversary   Louisville, KY Armida Taylor National EGA
2009 Bridges to Stitching Pittsburgh, PA Betty Berkebile Mid-Eastern Region
2010 Stitching on the Barbary Coast San Francisco, CA Mike Swan Greater Pacific Region
2011 Flamingo Fandango Naples, FL Donna Christie Sun Region
2012 Santa Fe Enchantment Santa Fe, NM Caela Conn Tyler Rocky Mountain Region
2013 Winner by a Stitch - 55th anniversary Louisville, KY Judy Badger National EGA
2014 Dreams & Legends Phoenix, AZ Pat Correz Pacific Southwestern Region
2015 Stitching Fiesta San Antonio, TX Joy Cobb South Central Region
2016 Star Spangled Seminar 2016 Arlington, VA Judy Jeroy Mid-Atlantic Region
2017 Blue Ridge Rendezvous Asheville, NC Julie Anderson Carolinas Region
2018 EGA's Diamond Anniversary year[60th]  Louisville, KY  Armida Taylor National EGA
2019       Heartland Region
2020       New England Region
2021       Great Lakes Region 


  Year   Theme    Location  Chair
1st    1994 From the Past into the Future Williamsburg, VA     Deanne Powell
2nd 1998 Facets of Embellishments Louisville, KY Barbara Scott
3rd 2005 A Sampler Symposium Atlanta, GA Barbara Kammerzell
4th 2008 Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow Louisville, KY Patricia Rozendal
5th 2011 Embroidery of the Americas and the Influence of the Colonization      Naples, FL  Margaret Kinsey
6th 2015 Threads through Time Williamsburg, VA Margaret Kinsey
7th TBD TBD TBD Margaret Kinsey



red indicates the first occurrence of the event, or a particularly noteworthy circumstance

a  quotes or paraphrases from a series of 5 aritcles by Dorothy Hoffmann as published in Needle Arts September 2007 through September 2008. 

The first decade is highlighted by the inspiration of our early leaders, a strong organizational framework, and the birth of a fine educational program. a



Three women, Dorothy (Mrs. F. Huntington) Babcock, Margaret (Mrs. Daryl) Parshall and Miss Sally Behr (later Petite) form a needlework class in Mrs. Babcock's New York City apartment. This is to be the nucleus of the American Branch, Embroiderers' Guild of London.  


The American Branch is formally established with 27 members. Margaret Babcock is elected chair of the board and Sally Behr, executive secretary. A quarterly four page The Report (later The Bulletin) is started. Portfolios (study boxes) are available on loan to members. 


EGA incorporates in New York, adopts Bylaws. EGA colors, blue and white, used on first national membership brochure. First field trip to view embroidery collection of Judge Irwin Untermeyer. "Show 'n tell" in Mrs. Babcock's apartment.


EGA receives tax exemption as a non-profit educational entity.


The first headquarters is established at Room 403, 767 Lexington Avenue, New York City with a paid part time secretary. A reference library is begun. Hot-iron transfer patterns, canvas work charts and booklets from England are offered for sale. Receives exemption from New York state sales tax.


First biennial National Exhibit, sponsored by the board of directors, is held in New York City. Lasts 4 days and is viewed by more than 4,300 visitors.


By spring over 1,000 members represent 38 states (including Hawaii) and Canada. An invitational seminar is held at the White Horse Inn, Salisbury, CT; 19 attendees and 4 teachers: Josephine Jardine, Gillian McKenzie, Sheila Small, Erica Wilson. The American Branch sponsors its first traveling teacher/lecturer tour with Beryl Dean from England. The Teacher Certification Test is instituted and examinations are offered in crewel and canvas. By the end of 1963, two are certified: Bucky King and Katherine Ireys. Classes are offered at headquarters. Endowment fund established with donations from the EGA directors.


Public exhibitions are established biennially. They continue to be held in New York City and sponsored by the board of directors. First chapter is accepted; the Delaware Valley Group becomes the Delaware Valley Chapter (now the Philadelphia Area Chapter). There are 1,400 members. The first fund raising event, a winter exhibit and sale, is organized in aid of the endowment fund. Second National Exhibit, in New York City, draws 13,000 visitors and 100 new members. Headquarters is located at East 60th St., New York City. As of this year, national board includes all nationally elected officers (1-year terms) and all chapter presidents. 5 individuals are awarded teacher certifications.


Board Chair Dorothy Babcock dies at age 71. Margaret Parshall, president, succeeds her as chair. Three more chapters are formed: Bay Colony (Boston), Colorado (Denver), and Connecticut River Valley (Farmington). By this year, 20 teacher certificates have been issued in crewel and canvas. Second teacher certification is offered in 4 types of advanced needlework. An advanced teacher examination is established. Bucky King is certified under this program.


There are now approximately 1,800 members. Sets of slides are organized for loan. The first community service project, a needlepoint screen for Gracie Mansion, the residence of the mayor of New York City, is completed.


Releases 20 Contemporary Designs for Needlework and Embroidery by Edith P. Martin, Primer of New England Embroidery by Catherine Hedland, and American Crewelwork Stitches of the 17th and 18th Centuries by Mary T. Landon. Reference library, photo collection, and Christmas Card Competition are established.


Fourth National Exhibit is billed as First International Exhibit and includes 33 pieces from outside U.S.; lasts 11 days. First individual correspondence course offered.


The second decade sees the birth of The Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc., the expansion of many educational opportunities for members, and tremendous chapter and membership growth.a



Mrs. Joseph (Babe) Lovering is elected president, Mrs. Parshall, honorary chair. First annual seminar, sponsored by the board of directors, is held in Colonial Williamsburg; 80 attendees; classes in crewel, blackwork and metal thread, canvaswork, and design. The seminar is a "sell out." The last Bulletin, issue #27, Fall 1969 is published. Eight individual correspondence courses are offered to members: Crewel Work with Julie Pitney and Muriel Baker, Metal Thread with Josephine Jardine, Creative Stitchery with Elizabeth Ranjo Perrone, Pulled Work or Drawn Fabric with Gillian MacKenzie, Blackwork with Marion Scoular, Whitework with Muriel Bishop, and Design for Embroidery with Georgiana Brown.


The first issue of the quarterly magazine Needle Arts is published in January. Decision is made to withdraw from the Embroiderers' Guild of London, and the American Branch incorporates as The Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. A guild teacher, Lisbeth Ranjo Perrone conducts the guild's first sponsored overseas needlework tour (Scandinavia). Third seminar, held at Vergennes, VT; 90 attendees. Headquarters moves to East 56th St., New York City.


A competition is organized for an EGA logo. First EGA-hosted national seminar in Wilmington, DE. First overseas study tour. Achievement Project (later Master Craftsman) program is implemented (the Connecticut River Valley Chapter's  Awards Program is the forerunner of the Achievement Projects).


The guild now has 17 chapters. Linda Ormesson, "Miss O", a member of headquarters staff, designs the winning logo. Mrs. Georgina Brown Harbeson drafts the embroidery logo design and Mrs. Edith Park Martin executes it. National seminar in Dearborn, MI is first to be held other than on the East Coast; 4 days, 123 attendees, 6 teachers. Over 30,000 visitors see the 485 embroideries from U.S. and Puerto Rico in the biennial exhibit; more than 70% are original designs by the stitchers.


First national seminar to be hosted by a chapter, the Southern California Chapter, takes place at the Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA; 5 days; 300 attendees; 8 teachers.


Plans are approved to regionalize the Guild geographically; 6 regions established. Annual seminar at Wentworth-by-the-Sea, Portsmouth, NH; 446 attendees;18 teachers. 45 chapters and 7,000 members.


The first Master Craftsman Awards (previously Achievement Projects) program, Canvas Work, is instituted; over 500 applications are received within first 3 months. The Teacher Certification Examination is revised. There are now 92 chapters and 11,000 members. Great Lakes district is the first to organize as a region and produces the first region seminar. Headquarters moves to 45th Street, New York City.


Margaret Parshall dies at age 83. The elected position "honorary chair" is eliminated. 92 chapters and 10,000 members.


The first teachers' seminar is held in Fort Wayne, IN.


The 9th National Exhibit is the first to be sponsored by a chapter. The Washington, DC chapter stages the event at the Carlyle House, Alexandria, VA. It is awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. National exhibits no longer take place biennially. The board of directors is reorganized. The 13 region chairs (later region directors) are now members of the board of directors. Education Committee is formed. 148 chapters and 16,000 members.


Innovative concepts and strong growth characterize the third decade....and a new era begins with the move to Louisville.a



The first Group Correspondence Course, the Binding Stitch, taught by Joan Young, is introduced for use by chapters. Annual meeting is held for the first time at a national seminar, San Francisco. EGA consists of 10 regions.


EGA (Officers) Notebook circulates to board of directors, region chairs, and chapter presidents.


The first "out of town" board meeting is held in Atlanta, GA. The first annual educational services publication, a brochure, is included in Needle Arts. New York State University (Non-Collegiate Program) recommends college credits for EGA's Teacher Certification Examination (part 1) and color correspondence course, MEGAphone, an Education Department news sheet, is circulated to the regions. Community Outreach Committee is established. Thirteen regions are now established; chapter presidents no longer hold positions on the board. 220 chapter and 16,000+ members.


The 10th National Biennial Exhibition is held at the Abigail Adams Smith Museum, New York City, sponsored by the national board of directors. For the first time, an EGA Education Department exhibit and pieces from the EGA collection are included. Regions increased from 10 to 13; 258 chapters. A technique orientation program, New Kid on the Block, is started. The first 2 segments circulated to the chapters are on counted thread and the tent stitch.


The 11th National Exhibit, the first to be held at an art museum, is hosted by the Indianapolis Chapter at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The Diane Grossman Memorial Award for original work is awarded for the first time. The national board is restructured. Directors of educational programs and of educational services, and 3 directors-at-large are created. A bibliography listing the books recommended for EGA courses is compiled and added to the 1984-85 Educational Supplement. A Challenge program is approved. Membership about 26,000.


A forum replaces the annual national seminar in St. Louis, MO. There are no stitching classes. Purpose of the forum is to share ideas and brainstorm about the future, organized around a chapter day, a region day, and a national day. Events include newsletter, community service, and scrapbook competitions, as well as an exhibitin of stitched pieces. At the annual meeting the decision is made to relocate to and incorporate in Louisville, KY; 124 members from 13 regions in attendance. Terms for elected national officers are expanded from 1 to 2 years.


National headquarters is relocated to Norton Building, 200 Fourth Avenue, Louisville, KY. The 5th floor is designated as the Educational Resource Center (library, gallery and collection). A headquarters design committee is formed; a wish list is circulated. Group Correspondence Color Notebook (photos of the projects) is circulated. Apprize, a newsletter for EGA certified teachers, is approved. Region education coordinators are instituted as liaisons to the education department. Individual and Group Correspondence Courses are now known as the EGA Correspondence School. A Judging Certification program is approved. A Products Design and Sales Committee is established.


Three Individual Correspondence courses are introduced. First judge certified, Elizabeth Nowell. Through this year, 170 teachers have been certified.


The Metropolitan Region is the first region to sponsor a national seminar. School of Advanced Study begins (later Extended Study Program); classes are held at national headquarters. The annual Education (Programs and Services) Supplement is separated from Needle Arts. A first, an Education Department Exhibit, is installed at the national seminar in Parsippany, NJ. A Materials Notebook is begun with pages to be circulated quarterly. A Master Judging program is instituted. 307 chapters and 25,000+ members.


The 12th National Exhibit is sponsored by the Pacific Southwestern Region at the Fullerton Museum Center, Fullerton, CA. For the Guild's 30th anniversary, EGA board of directors hosts the first nationally sponsored seminar since 1972 in Louisville, KY. An Education Department Glossary is introduced as a regular feature in Needle Arts. 21,865 members in October.


The fourth decade witnesses continued growth in many facets of the organization to provide a solid base for the fifth decade.a



National headquarters is relocated to the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY. The Enchanted Eye, a boutique and gallery opens. Education Department program, Challenge with a Twist is approved. A plaque is placed in the reference library to honor one of our founders Dorothy Babcock.


Five half hour programs underwritten by EGA are produced and distributed for Channel 15, WKPC-TV, Louisville, KY through the public television network. The 5 programs and the text are also available for purchase. EGA sponsors and hosts Summit, becomes a founding member of the International Council of Needlework Associations. The Enchanted Eye Boutique closes. Certified Teacher Graduate Program is approved. A director of educational advancement is elected. First master judge is certified, Elizabeth Nowell.


Forum '91 is held in Louisville, KY. The Gallery is officially named the Margaret Parshall Gallery. Hands Across the Water program is begun. "Competing Needles I" competition is judged. A National Advanced Study Group (later Fiber Forum) begins with 29 charter members. The first American (EGA) and English (EG) teachers' course held in England. The board of directors is restructured to include 20 members: president, vice president of operations, secretary, treasurer, directors of budgets, education, and bylaws, and 13 region directors. 337 chapters.


The year begins with 20,225 members and over 300 chapters. First national exhibit to be sponsored by the national board of directors since 1982 is installed at the Margaret Parshall Gallery in headquarters, Louisville, KY. "Competing Needles II" competition is judged. The first Research Fellowship Awards are announced. The first annual Educator's Award of Excellence are announced (later Gold Thread Award).


EGA Designer Series Book II becomes available. Several new segments are added to New Kid on the Block series. A Holiday Celebration Booklet is proposed and accepted. The National Advanced Study Group is renamed Fiber Form. Pat Grappe is certified as the first graduate teacher.


Exhibits continue in the Margaret Parshall Gallery. Barbara Herring teaches the SAS class Teach a Child and See the Future at Louisville, KY. Attendees are scholarship winners, one from each region, funded by the Education Department. A contract was signed for the production of a new EGA video. The lease with The Brown Hotel is renewed for 2 years with options for renewal. Seminar 1995 at Williamsburg, VA is successful with record breaking registration. Mrs. Sally (Behr) Pettit, one of the 3 founders is in attendance at the Wednesday evening dinner and is presented a life membership from EGA. The 1st International Embroidery Conference, From the Past into the Future, is held immediately prior to Seminar 1994 and is an outstanding event. Market Place 1994 at seminar with the theme of Victorian Crazy Quilt is popular with handstitched projects.


Many projects are completed. In addition to the successful seminar in Denver, CO, the SAS sponsored class, The French Connection, is an outstanding endeavor; the EGA traveling exhibit Through the Needle's Eye becomes a reality and begins touring; a dynamic video Embroidery: The Legacy of Needle Arts is produced; the first sampler from the collection is charted and made available for sale; and the 2nd book of holiday projects is produced. In addition, EGA continues to offer a wide variety of stitching and challenging educational opportunities including a record number of GCC courses.


Year of continued growth and development with introduction of 3 Group Correspondence Courses, a Sample Study Box, travel to Italy with School of Advanced Study, record breaking numbers at the San Francisco , CA seminar, and conclusion of first Through the Needle's Eye traveling exhibit. Needle Arts continues to expand, improve and receive rave reviews. For the second year in a row, EGA provides 100 original Christmas stockings for the White House Christmas tree. Membership remains stable, and year closes with 354 chapters.


Inaugural year of EGA web page on the Needlearts Mall. It generated numerous daily inquiries for information on membership, programs, and other needlework questions. The Margaret Parshall Gallery held 5 exhibits including Fiber Arts class of University of Louisville, a one woman show by Marlene Bloomberg, Fiber Forum, Metropolitan and Carolinas Regions. Seminar 1997 is held in New Orleans. A new Individual Correspondence Course is previewed there. Eight new Group Correspondence Courses are introduced. 354 chapters.


The EGA web page continues to be a success. EGA obtains a domain name and starts building its own website. Mr. Ian Lloyd-Jones offers to renovate and furnish a miniature house cabinet with needlework items. It is named the Camberley Inn after the Camberley hotel properties owned Mr. Lloyd-Jones', including the Brown Hotel where EGA is headquartered. An award of distinction is presented to EGA by the American Crafts Council. Additionally, Needle Arts wins the Apex award for publication excellence. The School of Advanced Study name is changed to Extended Study Program. 19,800 members.


The tapestry that is EGA, which began in New York City with an idea, a design, and a few stitches, is a dynamic and coordinated embroidery piece with a wide spectrum of embellishments.a The fifth decade culminates in EGA's Golden Gala anniversary.  



Launches EGA website and discontinues the Needlearts Mall page. The new site expands the information offered to members and prospective members. The Education Department offers Group Correspondence Course for all members online as well as in Needle Arts. The board votes to form an online chapter. The Camberley Inn is finished and presented to Mr. Lloyd-Jones on July 15. It is exhibited at the Danvers, MA seminar. The Education Department launches a 24-page catalog in December. One of the many highlights at seminar 1999 is the Pulled Thread Sampler booklet developed by Joan Masterson from a piece in the EGA Collection.


The EGA online discussion list, Onelist (later the "EGA Yahoo Discussion Group"), is launched and grows rapidly in membership. Group Correspondence Courses offered online and through Needle Arts average 40-50 students per class. EGA's miniature house, the Storr House, is sent out for refurbishing and finishing. Articles about various aspects of EGA appear in several magazines. The 16th National Exhibit opens in Orlando, FL to great acclaim, and the 17th National Exhibit Committee begins its work. Seminar 2000 also is held in Orlando, one of the many highlights is the banquet speaker from NASA. More than 18,000 members.


The website is expanded. Needle Arts was improved with heavier paper stock for the cover. The Evergreen Fund is established by Leslie Durst to allow for more professional photograph for EGA's publications, including the Education Catalog. The Storr House arrives at headquarters and the regions work on furnishing the rooms. The local manufacturer of bats promotes its Louisville Slugger Museum with roadside billboards announcing "We have more old bats than a needlepoint convention". This publicity results in much attention to EGA through commentaries carried by the Associated Press. Through this attention EGA becomes the subject of an article in the Australian Inspirations magazine, and a PBS production of crafts in America. Education Department program coverage on the website expands. In exchange for exhibiting Men of the Cloth, featuring some of the country's top male fiber artists, at EGA's Margaret Parshall Gallery, the Loveland Museum in Loveland, CO contracts for the 17th National Exhibit. The Extended Study Program presents the first back to back classes with Helen Stevens coming from England to teach in Louisville. Six volunteers stitch canvas designed especially for the library chairs at headquarters. Petite Projects are approved for availability to all members. Piecework's book, Stitching a Legacy, includes stitched pieces by EGA member adapted from items in the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, MA.


Needle Arts is redesigned and goes color. Website expands; adds education catalog and the 16th Through the Needle's Eye catalog. National Tapestry project approved. Releases beaded EGA logo chart by Paula Heckmann. Youth Exhibit at headquarters includes 60 pieces. 17th Through the Needle's Eye opens at Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA. EGA establishes American Heart Association as national outreach mission; plans heart projects; first project book releases, Charmed Heart by Lea Padilla. EGA underwrites 13 programs for Shay Pendray's 2002 Needle Arts Studio. Susan Jaques Reproduction Sampler Chart releases, with proceeds to go to American Red Cross Liberty Fund.


341 chapters. 17,497 members. Website expands to 3,000+ pages and adds a Needle Arts index; revamps chapter directory. Open house exhibit of Storr House dollhouse. Stitching begins on national tapestry America the Beautiful. American Heart Association continues as national outreach mission. American Hearts by members in South Central Region project booklet released. Initiates petition for 2008 commemorative stamp to coincide with 50th anniversary (Postal Service later rejects request). Offers region teaching grants to cover teaching fees in region. Establishes youth reimbursement grant to help chapters obtain teaching supplies.


16,503 members. Introduces sampler kits and notecards with reproductions of Collection pieces. Last 2 rooms of Storr House completed. Collaborates with Piecework on photos of Collection in the magazine. 17th Through the Needle's Eye at 4 venues; 18th opens in Los Alamos. Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award replaces Competing Needles. Gold Thread Award replaces Educator's Award of Excellence. Collection items on exhibit at James Madison Museum in Orange, VA. Releases 2 project books: Heart of my Heart by Margaret Kinsey; Elizabeth Muir Sampler reproduction by Denise Harrington Pratt.


Releases My Beading Heart project booklet by Pat Reynolds. Adds corporate, associate, and youth memberships. Tapestry panels 1 and 2 completed. 18th Through the Needle's Eye at 4 venues. Compiling of Designers Across America Series III begins. 4 exhibits at Margaret Parshall Gallery at headquarters. Collection database is compiled.


The headquarters move to 426 W. Jefferson St., Louisville, is completed. Executive director position replaces office manager. Releases counted thread Hearts by Janet Bryant-Groves.


Embroidery Museum & Resource Center (EMRC) at EGA headquarters opens to public with 2 galleries, Margaret Parshall Gallery and Leslie Durst Gallery. 6 exhibitions at EMRC. First national stitch-in-public day. Launched Youth program. Apprize goes online. Website reorganization. Approves Appraisal Certification Program. 4 of the national tapestry panels are framed. National board sessions change from 3 to 2 times per year. Library database is created with Library of Congress numbering. Antiques Roadshow tours headquarters; segment broadcasts in 2008.


The highlight of the 50th anniversary year is the Golden Gala national seminar and associated events in Louisville: first exhibit of the national tapestry America the Beautiful, opening of 19th Through the Needle's Eye, and the 4th International Embroidery Conference. First Judith & Susan Richardson Initial Steps Scholarship awarded; available to first time teacher candidates. Needle Arts redesign. Inside EGA newsletter for members launched. EGA blog launched. Members Only area of website established. National executive committee restructured effective with 2009 elections: 3 year terms, director of budgets position discontinued; director of marketing position added, responsibilities include membership, recruiting, and fund development.


In its 6th decade EGA faces many challenges as we continue to build on the past with the goal of ensuring that the art form of embroidery is maintained.



Virtual museum of 40 pieces from Collection is established on the website. Releases project books From New England Blue and White by Judy Jeroy and From My Heart to Yours by Dale Sokolow . 4 exhibitions in the EMRC Parshall and Durst Galleries. Establishes annual Stitch-In-Public Day for first day in February to coincide with National Embroidery Month and National Heart Month. Environmental problems resulting from HVAC failure and water leakage cause EGA to vacate 426 W. Jefferson, Louisville at year end. Every 5th anniversary seminar will be hosted by EGA in headquarters city. Corporate and associate memberships are discontinued. EGA is established on various social network sites such as Facebook.


Appraisal class debuts at Seminar 2010 in San Francisco. Fiber Forum exhibition on website. Staff works out of temporary office space in Louisville; Collection stored at a member's home; library, most of the furniture, and records in temporary storage. First membership survey.


A national seminar committee is approved to include director, registrar, and treasurer, to service concurrent 3-year terms overseeing and directing national seminars beginning with 2015's. Seminar schedule changed so that Saturday and Sunday will be the primary focus for 2-day and 4-day classes, also effective with Seminar 2015. EGA e-newsletter is launched. Website receives a facelift, and a major redesign is authorized. Subscription service for Designers Across America/World projects is implemented. Headquarters reopens at a new location, The Pointe, 1205 E. Washington St., #117, Louisville. 2 appraisers certified


Redesigned and upgraded website; website's forum module replaces "EGA Yahoo Discussion Group". New project book Grace O'Neil Crewel Embroidery by Judy Jeroy is released. Fiber Forum celebrates its 20th anniversary. Incoming president selects Children's Alopecia Project (CAP) as national outreach project. 


EGA celebrates 55th (emerald) anniversary during Seminar 2013 in Louisville. Through the 2013 International Teacher Tour (ITT), 3 teachers teach 35 classes to 717 students at 31 venues in addition to 6 days each at seminar. Contemporary Blackwork: An Exhibition of original work at headquarters Margaret Parshall Gallery; CD made available free to chapters. National tapestry retires from traveling for preservation.


Online Studio is established to provide online classes to members; first class is Zentangle Blackwork by Catherine Jordan. 20th Through the Needle's Eye national traveling exhibit opens at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake, CO; begins 3 years of travel. Project books (4) in support of the national outreach project (Children's Alopecia Project) are published: Trim a Hat by Ellen Balzuweit, Zinnia Pendant or Pin by Marie Campbell, Garden Party by Judy Jeroy, and Joy of Summer by Sylvia Murariu. Spectacular Color, an exhibition of 30 original pieces of contemporary embroidery, opens in Margaret Parshall Gallery at headquarters.


YES! Young Embroiderers Show, an exhibition of 40 by stitchers aged 6-17, opens in the Margaret Parshall Gallery at headquarters. A new program, Online Education, is established. EGA opens a channel on Pinterest, an online site for adding and sharing pictures. A link to a virtual exhibition of EGA's embroidery Collection; several sets of Frequently Asked Questions; pictures of finished Master Craftsman steps; recordings of Italian Embroidery Treasures by Vima de Marchi Micheli and Native Beads and Dance Regalia Showcase by Yellow Bird Productions are added to website. New mission statement is adopted. Incoming president selects Alzheimer's Association as national outreach project.

* deceased

Year   Name Location  Chair(s)
1962 1st National Exhibit New York, NY  
1964 2nd National Exhibit New York, NY Mrs. Frederick Houston
1965 3rd National Exhibit New York, NY Mrs. E. Farrar Bateson; Mrs. John V. Lindsay, honorary chair
1968 1st International Exhibit New York, NY Mr. Vladmir Kagan; Mrs. Samuel Revits; Miss Erica Wilson
1970 5th Biennial Exhibit New York, NY Mrs. John A.H. Carver; Mrs. William T. Golden
1972 6th Biennial Exhibit New York, NY Mrs. Monroe Grossman*; Miss Lisbeth R. Perrone
1974 7th Biennial Exhibit New York, NY Mrs. Monroe Grossman*; Mrs. William Reid
1976 8th Biennial Exhibit New York, NY Mrs. Monroe Grossman*; Mrs. Morgan Lefferdink
1978 Juried 9th Biennial Exhibition Alexandria, VA Clare Imburg
1982 Juried 10h Biennial Exhibition New York, NY Suzanne Clough
1984 11th National Biennial Indianapolis, IN Lelia Chernish
1988 12th National Exhibit Fullerton, CA Patricia Wagner
1992  13th National Exhibit Louisville, KY  Rosemary Cornelius
Beginning in 1995, the national exhibit is known as Through the Needle's Eye, and is available for touring.
1995 14th National Exhibit Lubbock, TX Pat Grappe
1998 15th National Exhibit Louisville, KY Alice Bell
2000 16th National Exhibit Orlando, FL Eleanor Jollay
2002 17th National Exhibit Newport News, VA Cheryl Sharp
2004 18th National Exhibit Los Alamos, NM Carole Rinard
2008 19th National Exhibit Louisville, KY Lea Peacock
2014 20th National Exhibit Palmer Lake, CO Becky Autry
2017 21st National Exhibit Asheville, NC Rosemary Kostansek



* founding member      ** deceased

1958-64      Dorothy Doubleday Babcock* **

1965-65      Margaret Thorne Parshall* **

1965-66      Laura Fairburn**

1967-68      Jean Wilson Kirkpatrick**

1969-72      Eleanor (Babe) Dunning Lovering**

1972-74      Barbara Bredt Coggeshall**

1974-76      Barbara (Bobbie) Bosworth Pilling**

1976-78      Cecile Parker Carver**

1978-79      Virginia Polley Lefferdink

1979-82      Helen Sterling Montgomery

1982-83      Roberta L. Johnson**

1983-85      Jo S. Vincent

1985-87      Cynthia Tribelhorn

1987-89      Suzanne Jones**

1989-91      Rosemary Cornelius**

1991-93      Judy Jeroy

1993-95      Jeanette Lovensheimer

1995-97      Karulynn Koelliker

1997-99      Deanna Powell

1999-01      Mary Lou Storrs

2001-03      Marie Campbell

2003-05      Armida Taylor

2005-07      Karen L. Wojahn

2007-09      Carol Peao Currier

2009-12      Lorie A. Welker

2012-15      Gwen T. Nelson

2015-18      Leslie Gagliardi

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