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New Online Class: Mastryoshka by Laura Smith

Create two pins and an earring set (clipped or pierced) by embellishing colorful matryoshkas printed on fabric with Kreinik metallic threads and Splendor silk. You'll learn Laura's streamlined way of finishing using mixed media. This method is transferable to any lightweight fabric.

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New Project Pining to Stitch: The Biscornu

For the month of August we'll be stitching Pining to Stitch: The Biscornu by Denise Harrington Pratt. This project first appeared in EGA's Needle Arts magazine and is an example of the type of project available to members via EGA.

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Needle Arts Magazine

Did you know our Needle Arts magazine contains beautiful designs to stitch, such as the beautiful Ambrosia Honey by Karen Steklasa Matze?

Needle Arts is published 4 times a year for EGA members, join us today and stitch with us! Plus, you can also order back issues with more projects!

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New Online Class: Creating a Beaded Menagerie

We are thrilled to announce our third quarter class entitled "Creating a Beaded Menagerie" with Nancy Eha of BeadCreative.com. In this class you will create Buzz the dragonfly, Dolly the llama, Inky the octopus, and Hoot the owl while learning four distinct ways of making large beaded imagery. Registration is now open!

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Temari II: Blue Heaven Lightning Round

This course on Japanese temari focuses on the favorite stitch of many temari makers – the kiku herringbone stitch (uwagake chidori kagari). This classic variation on the herringbone is unique to the art of temari. Students will learn detailed tips on how to perfect it while creating two stellar designs! This class is only available for Lightning Round Registration until May 31, 2017! Don't miss the chance to take this group correspondence class without a group.

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 4 Beautiful Projects Supporting Alzheimer's Research

Receive downloadable instructions for 2 ornaments, a necklace and a memory box with your support. All proceeds benefit research for Alzheimer's Disease.

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 Golden Jet by Alison Cole

Some of Alison Cole's classes for our International Teacher Tour have already been filling up! There's limited seating available for Arizona, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland and Utah. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn Goldwork and Stumpwork!

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 Learn Victorian Crazy Quilting in our new Individual Correspondence Course

Our course, taught by J. Marsha Michler, will bring you to a mastery level of this much-loved art and craft.

Here are just some of the things you will learn:
• How to choose quality fabrics and materials.
• Use paint or dye and textured fabrics to create a unique and inspiring background.
• Explore the many types of embellishments that can be utilized.
• Learn how to patch a block and accurately sew a fan.
• Learn how to combine embroidery stitches for dazzling seam treatments that will provide a finishing touch for your block.

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 Giveaway Time: Win one of two totes!

Looking for a new tote to store your next project's supplies? Here's your chance to #win one of two gorgeous totes! Head to our Facebook page for a chance to win. 2 lucky winners will be randomly chosen on Friday, April 21 and will receive one tote each.

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New Online Class: A Trio of Treasures

This is a four-lesson class with complete finishing instructions for the pieces in the final lesson. You will learn buttonhole, chain, whipped chain, twisted chain, close fly, outline, stem, whipped spider, and soft shading stitches.

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Complex: The Art in Mixed Media was the third of the international embroidered art exhibitions sponsored by EGA. This exhibition widened the focus to include not only embroidery techniques, but other art media in the same work as well. The exhibition took place at EGA's headquarters in Louisville, KY from February 3 to July 15, 2016.

 

For this exhibition, guest curators Shirley Kay Wolfersperger and Carole Rinard developed a focused definition for the term "mixed media." They were looking for works of "embroidery combined with one or more non-fiber-based media to create a unified work. Non-fiber-based media may include, but are not limited to, photography and digital manipulation, clay, paint, wax, wood, paper, and pottery."

 

An article on the exhibit was published in the June 2016 issue of Needle Arts. The exhibit was also featured on the April 2016 edition of Threads by the Association of New Zealand Embroiderers' Guilds Inc.

 

 

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2015 Annual Financial Reports were mailed to all chapter and region treasurers in December. These reports can be printed here, filled out, and sent to EGA Headquarters OR the process can be completed online. The deadline for the return of these forms is February 15, 2016. If you have not done so already, please send in your forms as soon as possible. Contact EGA Headquarters with any questions.

Thank You!!

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The Embroiderers’ Guild of America acknowledges the value of needlework in art and history. The National Exhibit is a representative selection of the best in artistic and technical works. It is through the needle’s eye that EGA embraces both traditional and contemporary needlework while expanding the perception of embroidery as an art form.

 

The 21st Through the Needle's Eye will be launched at the Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, August 16-September 15, 2017. It is hosted by the Carolinas Region; Rosemary Kostansek, Chair.

 

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EGA Collection #270 consists of four crewel-embroidered bed hangings. Acquired by EGA in 1987, these panels were created in 17th century England. Each is about 87 inches tall and 40 inches wide and feature a variety of flora and fauna stitched in wool on twill fabric.

ALL FOUR PANELS, CURRENTLY HANGING AT EGA HEADQUARTERS IN LOUISVILLE.

ONE OF THE FOUR PANELS, TEEMING WITH A VARIETY OF FRUITS, FLOWERS, LEAVES AND ANIMALS.

 

Though it is not known for whom these pieces were created, it is believed they were created by professionals due to their size and design.

Jacobean Iron-on Transfer Patterns [Dover Publications, 1978] was written by EGA design consultant Linda Ormesson in 1978 and features many designs, all adapted from these hangings. The book also features a wonderful overview of the Jacobean style. It is no longer in print but is available from the EGA Lending Library and copies can also be found on the internet.

A RELATIVELY SMALL HORSE NEAR THE BASE OF ONE OF THE COLUMNS.

A CLOSE-UP OF SOME OF THE INTERESTING FILLING STITHES USED.

EVEN AFTER A FEW CENTURIES, THE BRIGHTLY COLORED WOOL IS STILL VIBRANT.

If these hangings are inspiring you to stitch, why not try Judy Jeroy’s Jacobean Crewel Embroidery Individual Correspondence Course? It’s a great way to acquaint yourself with this technique with the guidance of a wonderful teacher and expert.

A BUNCH OF GRAPES AND A POMEGRANATE TRAIL DOWN FROM THE TOP OF A COLUMN.

A FLOWER BUD BOASTING ANOTHER INTERESTING FILLING STITCH.

 

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A relatively recent addition to EGA's collection, this embroidery on paper was created around 1840 by artist and performer Martha Ann Honeywell. Honeywell was born in 1787 with no hands or forearms and only three toes on one foot. She made a career for herself touring the US and Europe cutting silhouettes, embroidering flowers as in this example, and writing in miniature all with the use of only her toes and mouth. Her embroidery performances included threading her own needles.

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The piece, including the frame, measures 4.5" x 5.5" and has "1844" carved in Roman numerals at the bottom.

There is an entry on Martha Ann Honeywell in the Encyclopedia of American Folk Art published by The American Folk Art Museum. Also of interest is this article about Sally Rogers, a contemporary of Honeywell with similar disabilities and artistic inclinations, written by Anne Digan Lanning from Historic Deerfield.

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The detail above is from EGA Collection Item #00146, a Chinese court robe. It was given to EGA by Edith John and is believed to be from the early 19th century. This style of robe was worn at court during the Ch’ing Dynasty (1644-1912) and is known as a dragon robe, or Ch’i-fu.

The robe is made of silk and is almost entirely stitched with gold couching. The only areas that aren’t are the dragon’s eyes, which are done in silk satin stitches. The design is divided into three areas – the sea is represented at the bottom by the diagonal lines, then a small area of earth just above that, and the rest is sky, where the dragons writhe amongst the clouds and a plethora of good luck symbols. There are a total of nine dragons on the robe and you can learn the wearer’s station by the number of toes the dragons have. This one is a four-toed dragon, which indicates a member of the imperial family below the third rank.

Two more details from the robe are below. For further reading, see Katherine Westphal’s wonderfully informative Dragons and Other Creatures: Chinese Embroidery (1979; Lancaster-Miller Publishers). A photo of this robe was also featured in the 2008 book A-Z of Goldwork with Silk Embroidery from Country Bumpkin Publications.

 

A DETAIL FROM THE WATER SECTION NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE ROBE
THIS FROG SITS RIGHT ON THE BORDER OF THE WATER AND LAND SECTIONS.

 

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