For details or further information on any ESP course, contact EGA Headquarters or Marie Campbell, ESP Chairman.


The Extended Study Program serves the educational, research, and leadership needs of all embroidery enthusiasts, giving everyone the opportunity to participate in intensive programs that encourage creative expression and personal growth. Extended Study Program faculty are experts in embroidery and textiles and are drawn from the academic and museum community.


Upcoming Programs



Extended Study Program
October 27 through November 1, 2017
The Garden Box
Marsha Papay Gomola
Instructor Artist

Create a peaceful summer garden on that perfect day when all of the flowers are in full bloom. The birds are singing and the patio is shaded and private: the perfect place for an afternoon nap. Learn the techniques used to create dimensional embroidery while working on your own miniature garden with birds and animals as well as the plants and architectural elements. Students will be encouraged to design their own garden or use the pattern provided. Kit includes a wide variety of materials and some finishing materials.

Joy awaits in the creation of your walled garden box. The interior of the box is an informal American garden. The front of the box is a formal wrought iron gate created with blackwork and decorated with potted topiary and a tree. The potted plants are completed with padding and appliquéd slips. The fence surrounds the garden exterior with foreground flower beds and birds and butterflies perched atop.

The informal garden is revealed when the top lifts up and the front folds down. Behold! The garden, animals, birds, and Marsha’s own cat sleeping on the patio and a rabbit eating the grass.

Registration with deposit accepted now; mail to EGA HQ as soon as possible. If more than the maximum 22 students register by December 6, a lottery will determine the 22 selected to attend.

Registration and kit fees: Workshop Fee in US Funds $ 500.00 + Kit Fee $ 175.00 = Total including $100 deposit to register $675.00 (Non-EGA member, add $60.00)

Registration with Deposit accepted now. Lottery on December 6 if registrations exceed 22 students by that date. Balance of $575.00 due at EGA HQ no later than June 27, 2017.

Click here to download the brochure

For further info or questions:
ESP Chair Marie Campbell,, (717) 860-3640,
or Local Coordinator Rebecca Wardlaw, (505) 255-6852.





Get in the groove and feel the rhythm of beads and jazz while breathing the spring air in the Queen City of the Mississippi River.

Give Marcia DeCoster two days, Monday and Tuesday, and you will become free and easy in the Big Easy, stitching cubic (CRAW) and prismatic (PRAW) right angle weave as fluently as you use peyote, brick, and herringbone stitch. The goal for each student is to build on his or her right angle weave beading skills through a process-oriented experience with a master of all forms of cubic right angle weave, Marcia DeCoster.

Then we take a Wednesday break to tour the city, including sites for beads & Mardi Gras costuming.

On the final two days, Thursday and Friday, you will work with samples of Marcia's Bohemian CRAW & PRAW designs, heading for a future as your body adornment. What could be more enticing?

Who doesn't want to have fun in the Crescent City of indelible memories? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy Marcia in the classroom before she retires from her supercharged career in teaching and bead artistry.

Start now and prepare to gain ease with right angle and cubic right angle weave, as basic RAW experience is required before you head south (see Level).

Marcia DeCoster sends this preparation advice: Heather Collin's You Tube videos are the best and clearest. Students must be able to start a CRAW unit and build a cube on top of a cube in size 11's. Collin's video will do that nicely. Visit Students might also visit The first four weeks of the blog are directions for the word LOVE in Cubic Right Angle Weave. Look for Marcia's blog for a post dated August 1, 2016, on the Bohemian designs found at

THE TROUBADOUR HOTEL. Two queen beds or a king with custom luxe linens and bathrobes to relax in style; Outfitted with cocktail table and chairs or work desk; 42' flat screen HDTV with premium channel lineup; Exclusive designer bath amenities; Complimentary Wi-Fi, device charger and alarm clock; Signature cocktail setup and specialty mini bar; In-room safe and hand held steamer. $148++ Day Single or Double. Add'l occupant $30. Three-day Pre/Post Conference stays at same rate, dependent upon availability. Call 504-518-5800 to make reservation. Identify the group as the Embroiderers' Guild of America. Attendees are required to stay at the hotel. Parking $39/daily

Level: Intermediate; experience with right angle and cubic right angle weave
Deposit: $100. Deadline December 1, 2017.
Registration Fee: $650. No materials or kit fee. You will receive a supply list.

Click here to download the brochure for full hotel information, the registration form, and bio on Marcia DeCoster.
Marcia has written two books and produced three DVDs on right angle weave.



NOVEMBER 11-16, 2018
Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston SC



Our focus will be on textiles and Southern schoolgirl samplers. We will tour the textile holdings of The Charleston Museum, and work with Historic Textiles Curator Jan Hiester. What you simply can't miss is four days with Jackie du Plessis, renowned for her exquisite sampler-inspired projects. This lovely silken stitched schoolgirl workbox will hold three tiny samplers showcasing pulled work, drawn thread work, hem stitching and Hardanger work. Early American band samplers inspire the four samplers, each one inch high. The front and back of the workbox (3½˝ x 5½˝) showcase a stitched, stylized floral design with an area to personalize the piece.

Level: Intermediate to advanced intermediate
Deposit: $100
Registration Fee: $585 plus materials fee $165. Balance will be due July 11, 2018.

More on Jackie:

Click here to download the brochure for full hotel information, the registration form and more



The Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc.
Veracruz, La Chinantla, Oaxaca, Tehuacan, Puebla, Oaxaca City
Thursday, January 31 to Sunday, February 10, 2019
Trip Begins: VER, Ends: OAX

Tia Stephanie Tours has arranged a ten-day tour from Veracruz, La Chinantla, Oaxaca, stopping in Tehuacan, Puebla, and ending in Oaxaca City. This trip is for a maximum of eighteen EGA members. Travelers' stamina must keep pace of daily adventures over uneven ground, cobblestones, steps, and walking challenges. We will have an opportunity to stitch with the local embroidery experts, who will share their unique cultural embroidery heritage.

$2,985, Double Occupancy
$400, Single Supplement.
Final Payment due no later than sixty days prior to trip
Method of Payment: Check or Credit Card, via Pay Pal Invoice from Tia Stephanie Tours.
Initial Deposit: $500 Required to Secure Space on Trip.

Registration Form at 

Click here to download the brochure with full itinerary and more information

Countryside Sampler with Helen M. Stevens
Workshop and UK Tour, Sept. 9-19, 2019



Here is an opportunity to study thread painting with renowned artist Helen M. Stevens in her home area, Bury St. Edmunds, to tour the town, and then launch on a tour of manors and museums, to enjoy the embroideries and textiles of the English. Planning is begun, and we are offering you a sneak peak at our tentative plans. This itinerary is in flux, but this will give you a general idea of the tour.

9-Sep possible reception
10-Sep walking tour @ 8:30AM; class at 10 AM
11-Sep 1/2 day class 9-12
12-Sep 1/2 day class 9-11:45
13-Sep Cambridge & Fitzwilliam Museum
14-Sep Straw Museum - move to Norwich
15-Sep Norwich Castle and Carrow House
16-Sep driving day - Norwich to Aylesbury
17-Sep Embroiderers’ Guild collection
18-Sep Ashmolean Museum
19-Sep Windsor Castle and our hotel in London

Deposit $1000
Registration and Tour Fee TBD, due by January 3, 2019

The brochure for this ESP will be available here by March 2018. Contact Marie Campbell, ESP Chair, or Kathleen Weston, Assistant Chair for Development, for further information., P O Box 122, Calvin, PA 16622; Ph 717-860-3640. Kathleen Weston,

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