To further its mission of education about and preservation of the heritage of embroidery, EGA established a permanent collection of textiles and related articles in the early days of the organization. The goal of the collection is to represent as many techniques, cultures, and historical eras as possible. Pieces from the collection are used for exhibition, reproduction, and study. If you have any questions about the permanent collection or have an embroidered item you would like to donate, please contact Brad Cape at EGA Headquarters.

The link below will take you to the online collection database gallery. In the gallery, you can view inventory photos and information for the vast majority of items in the collection. You can browse all the items by clicking on the image above the words "EGA Permanent Collection." Work on the database is ongoing; recent acquisitions are being added and information pertaining to items already listed is routinely updated.

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...Or read about these featured items from the Permanent Collection below:

American or French, circa 1895

Surface-stitched and beaded fragment worked in silk and chenille thread in a floral design with gold beaded edge in colors of pink, lavender, green and golds; four edges cut.

7.825 x 5 in (19.9 x 12.7 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Diana Grossman

Southern European, circa 1790

Surface embroidered beige silk with central medallion with printed male saint with infant with four floral motifs with laid gold thread, plait, satin stitch, French knots, border design of scrolls with flowers; scrolls are gold couched threads and padded plait, French knots; flowers in silk long and short stitches in peach, blue, with green stems, berries; metal thread handmade lace edging.

25.5 x 25 in (64.8 x 63.5 cm)



English, circa 1880

Cream satin with applied burgundy velvet and tan and green silk with metal thread and maroon silk edging; "IHS" in gold bullion stitch, padded purl stitch and coil.

44.375 x 33.5 in (112.7 x 85.1 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Edith John



Nellie Bergh, American, 1972

Surface embroidered wall hanging worked in pearl and chain stitches, French knots and straight stitches, wool thread in pinks and fuchsia, olive green, pale yellow (French knots) on gray raw silk ground fabric; with wooden band frame at top and base.

19 x 13.5 in (48.3 x 34.3 cm)

Gift of the artist

Jenny Bullen, British, circa 1983

Surface-stitched seascape, worked in straight single satin or seed stitches on handpainted and dyed fabric.

10.5 x 12.625 in (26.7 x 32.1 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Rosemary Cornelius

Italian, circa 1910

Linen ground with design on one end depicting stags and vase; background worked in long and short stitches with border, outline stitch and figures outlined as in Assisi; example of Ars Byzantine; finished on all four sides.

13.5 x 12 in (34.3 x 30.5 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. V. Willets in memory of Aseneth Louise Willets

Chinese, circa 1880

Surface-embroidered shoes for bound feet, worked in delicate silk threads in satin stitch silk, on a fabric covered with leather pads, stitched on woven braid bands.

7 x 3.75 x 2 in (17.8 x 9.5 x 5.1 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Fritz, 1987






Ginnie Thompson, American, 1973

Counted cross stitch on linen worked in cotton floss.

5.25 x 7.375 in (13.3 x 18.7 cm)

Chilean, circa 1985

Surface-embroidered, quilted and appliquéd arpillera panel with crocheted edge; depicts the fairy tale of Snow White.

12 x 12 in (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Purchased with EGA Collection Fund, 1989

Alma Lesch, American, circa 1980

Child's dress, late 19th century, with sleeves placed to form bloomers and appliquéd on cotton ground with couched framing and spandrels filled with individually sewn buttons, and white bead necklace sewn at neck.

44.5 x 30.5 in (113 x 77.5 cm)

Gift of the Louisville and Bluegrass Chapters of EGA

Japanese or American, circa 1910

One of two fragments; blue silk worked on black ro canvas with black silk bias tape applied to one edge.

2.5 x 16 in (6.4 x 40.6 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Bernice Janofsky

Turkish, circa 1920

Uncut tunic front comprised of mica shisha-embroidered front worked in blue on red cotton.

15 x 37 in (38.1 x 94 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Bernice Janofsky

Bangladeshi widows, 1993

Surface-embroidered picture created by widows in refugee camps, an art form known as nokshi kantha or "quilted design;" silk embroidered on a silk ground depicting Bangladeshi woman seated at interior doing embroidery, with embroidered; known as "The Widow's Friend", such work is only done in Bangladesh.

36.5 x 23.5 in (92.7 x 59.7 cm)

Gift of 1993 EGA National Seminar Committee, Joanne Hunt, Chair

Edith "Fannie" Martin, American, circa 1890

Silk satin stitch floral arrangement in basket with satin stitched ribbon at top of handle, with leaves strewn around basket, stitched on black silk, mounted in a giltwood carved leaf frame with glazing.

19.25 x 20.5 in (48.9 x 52.1 cm)

Gift of the artist's granddaughter, Mrs. Virginia Weber

German, 1797

Counted silk thread on linen; dated 1797 within a crowned wreath and embroidered with various animal and human figures over bands of alphabet rows and embroidery sample bands.

28 x 12.25 in (71.1 x 31.1 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Fran Alley, 1997

American, circa 1885

Victorian punchwork (hooked) picture with central design of two horse heads with button eyes, with needlepoint leaf wreath border at base of horse heads and red wool needlepoint surround; red is worked in all directions with a combination of half-cross and continental stitch; no binding on edge.

17 x 16.25 in (43.2 x 41.3 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Sally Dewey, 1997

Dorrit Gutterson, American, 1998

Whitework worked on linen with ecru pearl cotton thread with tatted edges.

8.75 x 15.25 in (22.2 x 38.7 cm)

Gift of the artist

Muriel Baker, American, 1977

Raised embroidery with various motifs of 18th century style scenes; used as the cover illustration for Muriel Baker's Stumpwork: The Art of Raised Embroidery, published in 1978 by Charles Scribners, New York.

12 x 12 in (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Ann Norton

Panamanian, 1982

Mola blouse purchased from the Kuna Yala of the San Blas Islands, polyester tropical print shoulders and sleeves with reverse appliqué mola body front and back with green polyester twill banding at the base and machine made braid applied at the top of the mola; design includes a large bird in flight on the front with smaller birds and stars and two birds with intertwined snakes in mouth on the back.

20 x 15 in (50.8 x 38.1 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Marcia Barrere

Origin Unknown, circa 1965

Armenian lace doily with pointed edge and round form.

7 in diameter (17.8 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Jane Roberson

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