National Seminars

Legend:  Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA), Embroidery Association of Canada (EAC), American Needlepoint Guild (ANG), National Academy of Needlearts (NAN), Royal School of Needlework (RSN), Group Correspondence Course (GCC), Individual Correspondence Course (ICC), Master Craftsman Program (MCP)

Kris Andrewshas been teaching needlework for more than fifteen years. She began teaching hardanger, drawn and pulled thread, and other specialty stitches at local stores to stitchers ready to move beyond cross stitch. Always working to incorporate new techniques into her work, she has since taught classes in drawn thread, pulled thread, stumpwork, sashiko, applique´, wool felt applique´, needle felting, dyeing, fabric painting, a variety of quilting techniques, mixed media art quilting, silk shading, and crewel embroidery.  She has been studying Japanese embroider for over ten years and has recently attended her Phase X class at the Japanese Embroidery Center, with the objective of being certified in the near future. In addition, she is currently working to be certified to teach punch needle rug hooking through the Oxford Rug School.

Kris has also long worked behind the scenes. She has been a model stitcher for as many as 20 different companies and currently packs kits for Thistle Threads.

Jane Ellen Baluweit holds a BS in social work from Wright State University, Ohio.  She belongs to the Tridecka group of 13 professional embroidery teachers who study embroidery once a year with various teachers, usually from England or Canada.  Jane Ellen is an EGA Certified Teacher in Pulled-Thread (1987) and Counted Thread (1990). She is a needlework retailer; she owns and operates Jane Ellen’s Needlework, 1979 to present.

Jane Ellen has 45 years of teaching sewing and needlework at local workshops for EGA, ANG, SAGA and Knitting guilds, for Girl Scouts, 4-H, YWCA, Home Extension programs, and as guest teacher and lecturer for the area high schools, elementary schools, and universities through the home economics, art and textile departments.

Jane Ellen received EGA’s Great Lake Region’s Educator of Excellence Award, for year 2000, has self-published several books, and she has designed for Rainbow Gallery.

Christy Gordon Baty is a needlework historian and writer specializing in Early Modern England, and received her degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a recipient of the EGA Legacy Scholarship and has conducted research at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. In addition to needlework, Ms. Baty has published articles and taught classes on Renaissance Italian Maiolica pottery. She is also the newsletter editor for the Valley Quail Chapter of the EGA.

Artist, author, teacher Eileen Bennett is a recognized expert in the art of sampler stitching, much sought after in the United States and abroad for her encyclopedic knowledge of historic embroideries.  She has written seven books, including her two-volume Note Book Of Sampler Stitches, The Red Book Of Sampler Stitches and A Note Book Of Pulled Thread Stitches that embroiderers and canvas workers routinely turn to for well-documented, historically accurate stitches.  Her designs are noteworthy for their authenticity and grace.  Like her books, they are much-admired for their comprehensive, easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams.  Also, like her books, her design are popular; she has sold over 500,000 leaflets since opening her company, The Sampler House, in 1984.

A contributor to America’s leading needlework magazines, Eileen is also a popular-informative and entertaining-instructor.  She teaches at guild meetings, needlework shops and shows throughout the country.  She has served on the Board of Advisors for Antique Sampler & Needlework Quarterly.  She has executed commissions from the Grand Rapids, Michigan, Public Museum, worked with the Ulster Folk Museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and she published a quarterly newsletter SAM CLOTH, that included hard-to-find information on samplers. Eileen is currently the chairperson for Michigan's Sampler Survey  .  .  .  a nation-wide search documenting Michigan's school-girl embroideries.

Inspired by numerous years of researching antique samplers, Eileen Bennett's Sampler House designs offers today's stitcher a challenging counted thread experience or a relaxing cross-stitched project.  Designs, based on 17th, 18th and 19th century sampler making techniques, are charted for using easily attainable DMC threads and imported linens.  Her "Red Book of Sampler Stitches," containing over 70 clearly drawn stitch diagrams, continues to be one of the industries leading books on 'how-to-do' needlework.    And for those wishing a quick course in sampler history, "The Evolution of Samplers  .  .  . a 400 year time line" is a must have, must read book!

A member of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Eileen is the owner of The Sampler House (8112 Weatherwax Drive, Jenison, MI 49428-8300).  For additional information on Eileen’s books, designs or classes, write for a catalog or her teaching schedule or visit her website:

Chris Berry has taught City & Guilds Embroidery Part 2 in Glasgow, Scotland for over twenty years. She also teaches freelance throughout the UK, Canada and USA. Passionately interested in Tudor and seventeenth century embroidery she is also a practicing contemporary embroiderer and author. She is past Chairman of the Embroiderers’ Guild of Great Britain.

Kurdy Biggs is a graduate of National Academy of Needlearts Teacher Certification Program in March, 2015.  She is recipient of numerous awards:


  • 1/11/2015 TNNA Third Place – Best New Product. Winter Trade Show
  • 3/01/2013 Awarded the Director’s Award from National Academy of Needlearts
  • 1/12/2011 Selected for New Designer Showcase from The National NeedleArts Association


Kurdy has taught for a number of ANG and EGA chapters and has published articles in Needlepoint Now and Needlepointers in 2013 and 2014 as well as a number of project designs.  She is a member of ANG, EGA, Friends of Counted Embroidery, and NAN.  Her entries in exhibits have won a number of awards and ribbons, many blue ribbons and Best of Show.


Linda Chirby is an accomplished designer and has taught beadwork for national and regional EGA seminars, National Academy of Needlearts, Callaway School of Needlearts and The Bead & Button Show along with other venues. Linda specializes in several different beading techniques. Her highly detailed patterns and step-by-step instructions can be found at

Gary Clarke teaches in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, U.S., and UK at guilds, adult education and shops, multiple visits, multiple venue. His projects include Whitework: Jacobean, Needle Lace, Padded whitework, Corded whitework, Candlewicking, Flannel Flower, Fern, Elephant, Calligraphy flower, Velvet to lace, Velvet rose. His organza projects include Sea Maiden, Neptune, Tulip, Kookaburra, Fan tail.

In Beading, he offers Albums, Birdcage, Needle case, Spectacle case, The Emperors gold fish, Scissor keeper, Scissor holder. Gary’s work is seen twice annually at Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth. This includes demonstrations and lectures on behalf of Madeira Australia. (No longer working for Madeira Australia). Lectures include: “The Treasure Island” “Candlewicking and other Whitework,” “Freestyle Organza,” “Colifchats,” “ Buttons.”  Gary has written several books: “Embroidery Illusions, “Simply Flowers,” “Cats inspiration for Needlework,” “Embroidery and Candlewicking,” “Bouquets Bows and Bugs,and “Candlewicking and Beyond”

Available on web site only are “Corded Whitework,” “Graphed Candlewicking,” “Australian Wild Flowers,” and “Red Work.”  Gary has written articles for magazines in Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand.

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