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)

Cynthia Jackson has been teaching, researching and writing about embroidery for over forty years. She is currently engaged in reproducing a 16th century embroidered garland. Her research is supported by the UK Textile Society and the Society of Antiquaries of London Janet Arnold Award. Cynthia is also an award winning textile artist.

Deborah is an avid needle artist, designer, instructor and author. She has studied appliqué with national and international teachers and continues to study historical appliqué quilts and coverlets.

Her area of specialization is the creation of a sculptural look to felted wool appliqué by using needle tilting techniques and the layering and stuffing of wool pieces. Deborah’s designs feature matching and over-dyed wool threads, and embroidery embellishments which enhance and define the clarity of her subjects.

She is an active member of the EGA, EAC, NETA, PA quilters and Loudon Sampler Guild and enjoys teaching at guilds, chapter meetings, regional, national and international seminars.

Her first book, “Gorgeous Wool Appliqué: A visual guide on adding dimension and unique embroidery” was released in October 2015 and her second book “Dimensional Wool Appliqué Baltimore Style which translates traditional Baltimore Album blocks into her own felted wool style was released in December 2016. Examples of Deborah’s work can be found on her website at http://deborahtirico.com.

Catherine C. Theron is a graduate of Cornell University studying English, history, and design. She resides in Central PA. She is a self-taught designer and stitcher, and has concentrated on counted thread techniques, especially samplers for the past 30 years. Catherine has taught for EGA & ANG Chapters, EGA Regional Seminars, sampler guilds, shops, private groups, museums, & wholesale trade shows. She is also a former partner in the thread company The Gentle Art.

Arata has a passion to share the1600-year old legacy of Japanese embroidery to stitchers all around the world.

Having a grandfather, Iwao Saito (1918-1989), who was a Japanese embroidery master and founder of Kurenai Kai school of Japanese embroidery in Japan, Arata had a chance to be exposed to the art of Japanese embroidery from a young age. At age 12 he moved with his family to Atlanta, GA where he witnessed many people around the world being inspired by the beauty of Japanese embroidery. Around that time, his father Shuji Tamura, successor of Iwao Saito, established the art concept called Nuido, the way of embroidery, which aims for the integration of Japanese embroidery and spirituality.

Arata received an undergraduate degree in Graphic Communication from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta Georgia, and then spent 11 years studying Japanese embroidery at Kurenai-kai, Japan. After a 5-year apprenticeship he became a professional embroiderer and instructor of basic, intermediate, and advanced classes for both Japanese and non-Japanese students. Arata also worked as an art director of Japanese Embroidery World Exhibition. He has taught and lectured in classes in New York, United Kingdom, Australia and Japan, as well as for EGA and as a visiting professor to the University of Kentucky.

Arata lives in Atlanta, GA where he is an instructor at the 26-year old Japanese Embroidery Center.

Carol Lynn Stratton is the chairman of the EGA Master Craftsman Counted Thread program, a member of Fiber Forum since 2001, a certified Master Needlework Judge and member of the EGA Judges Certification Committee. Her work has won two Bobby Pilling Awards, been accepted into three EGA National Exhibits and [been accepted into] the EGA permanent collection.

Melinda was a software engineer in Southern California's aerospace industry from 1975-2013. Through her historical re-enactment hobby, she researched and published booklets on Pictish art, heraldry, and manuscripts. She found EGA in 1992, expanding her horizons to historical embroidery and studying surviving works at museums worldwide. Her first EGA Group Correspondence Course, More Than a Rose, appeared in 2016. Melinda now teaches, writes, and publishes as Threads of History.

Kim Sanders is an EGA-certified teacher in Crewel and Surface Embroidery and a master craftsman in Surface Embroidery and Smocking. She has taught at national and regional seminars, guilds, and shops as well as ICC and GCC. Her designs have been published in Australian Smocking & Embroidery, Needle Arts, and Inspirations.

Canby Robertson is a Life Member of EGA and has been teaching embroidery, painting, and calligraphy for over 25 years. She has a degree in Fine art/art history, is a Master Craftsman in crewel embroidery, and was chairman of Fiber Forum.

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