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.

 View the Collection Database

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

Barbara Pilling, American, 1998

Surface embroidery on painted silk ground.

7 x 5 in (17.8 x 12.7cm)

Purchased with EGA Collection Fund, 1998

French, circa 1820

Oval tapering body with vertical molded sections and hinged domed cover; covered in brown leather tooled in black and gold; mounted in gilt metal including trefoil open handle on the cover; holds scent bottle with gilt cap, thimble, scissors, gilt stiletto, glove hook, crochet handle with two hooks and a replacement bone handle hook. The platform is green velvet and the lid is lined in green silk

5.25 x 3.25 in (13.3 x 8.3 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Shirley Fischer


German, circa 1850

Brown leather, modeled as an upright piano; interior contains steel needle case, bone stiletto with brass cap, small ivory shuttle, steel bodkin, tiny hook with ivory handle and steel shank and steel scissors marked "A L & Co, Germany."

4.5 x 4 in (11.4 x 10.2 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Shirley Fischer



Artist unknown, circa 1870

Canvaswork (tent stitch) and beaded fragment

Lambrequins, which first became popular in the 1860s, were meant to adorn shelves, mantels, or windows in the Victorian home. This lambrequin would have been cut form the lavender ground fabric and tassels may have been added along the bottom.

16 x 25 in (40.6 x 63.5 cm)

Gift of Mary Lou Storrs




L. Lement, circa 1870

Silk on silk portrait of an 18th century-style gentleman; country of origin is unknown but is probably American or French.

5.5 x 8.125 in (14 x 20.6 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Shirley Fischer

Mary Zena, American, 1998

Three-dimensional machine-sewn bowl form with pastel coloration; part of the 15th EGA National Exhibit.

8.5 x 10.875 x 2.25 in (21.6 x 27.6 x 5.7 cm)

Purchased with the EGA Collection Fund, 1998

Chinese, circa 1890

Two rank badges on black silk, one embroidered with silk and metal threads, the other with only metal.

11.5 x 11.5 in each (29.2 x 29.2 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Ita Aber



Liesl Cotta De Souza, Indian, 2002

Needle-painted picture with dimensional elements; part of EGA's 17th National Exhibit.

19.25 x 29.5 in (48.9 x 74.9 cm)

Purchased with the EGA Collection Fund, 2003

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