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)

Merrilyn is an internationally renowned hand embroiderer, designer, author and teacher. Magazine articles of Merrilyn’s work are regularly featured in publications in USA, Australia, and New Zealand. Merrilyn opened her first needlework shop in 1978. With an artistic heritage and a passion for hand work this was the starting point for a long creative and rewarding journey with needle, threads and fabrics.

India specializes in contemporary and ethnic surface embroidery techniques including Yemenite Jewish and Yemenite Israeli embroidery, clothing embellishment, and fabric collage. She also teaches courses on embroidery design, Middle Eastern costume construction and embellishment, and nontraditional needlepoint and blackwork. Her articles on these subjects have appeared in Threads and Needle Arts magazines. An EGA Certified Teacher, India is the recipient of two EGA Legacy Scholarships and one Research Fellowship Grant. In 2017, she presented a lecture on “Embroidery, Clothing, and Feminine Identity in Jewish Yemen” at the Casper College Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture.

Marsha Papay Gomola has taught needlework at regional and national seminars for EGA, NAN, TNNA, The Sampler Gathering, Christmas in Williamsburg, and Callaway Gardens School of Needle Arts. She has been published in Fine Lines, Needle Arts, Needle Pointers and Sampler and Antique Needlework. In 2008 she received the Jean Taggart Award and The Exemplary award from the National Academy of Needlearts. Marsha is a graduate in Teacher Certification from the National Academy of Needlearts. She specializes in raised embroidery emphasizing the use of silk shading to create realistic contemporary designs.

Retired from the U.S. Navy and an active Surgical Oncology Physician Assistant, Pat has a passion for embroidery, especially all forms of surface embroidery. With a Certificate and Diploma with Distinction from the Royal School of Needlework, EGA Master Craftsman in Surface and Crewel Work, and a juried member of Fiber Forum, she has the background to create at will elegant forms of needlework. She has been able to study many forms and techniques abroad and brings those skills to her designs. Pat is an EGA Certified Judge and has taught at the seminar and chapter levels.

Toni Gerdes holds Level II Teachers’ certification from the National Academy of Needlearts specializing in canvas embroidery. She currently serves on the Board of NAN, is the Director of Education after serving 5 years as Assistant Director of Teachers’ Certification and on the Board of Directors for Mile High ANG chapter as President. She is currently the President of NETA. She has received numerous awards for her designs. Toni has taught for NAN, EGA, and ANG, as well as guilds and shops. She has been published in Needle Pointers, Needlepoint Now, and in Needle Arts as the Artist Across America. She enjoys all types of stitching and especially sharing her knowledge with others. She currently resides in Colorado. See pictures of her work at www.tonigerdes.com.

Kurdy is a counted canvas designer, teacher and owner of Threedles Needleart Designs. Kurdy holds a Level II Teaching Certificate from the National Academy of Needlearts. Her Geometric designs have won numerous awards from ANG, NAN, EGA, TNNA and Woodlawn. She has been published in Needle Pointers, Needlepoint Now, and Cross Stitch and Needlework. Kurdy has taught for national EGA, NAN, and ANG seminars and in retail shops.

Katherine Diuguid is an Assistant Professor of Art & Design at NC State University. Her research focuses on stitch. Stitch as decoration as seen in embroidery, architectural stitching as seen in dressmaking and tailoring, the history and development of stitch in the US, UK, and France. Her most current research addresses color theory within goldwork embroidery and how the metallic affects the color relationships of colored threads mixed with the metals.

Katherine graduated with Master of Art & Design with a concentration in Fibers and Textiles from NC State University in 2011. She has earned degrees in Industrial Design and Fashion Design, worked in the fashion industry in footwear design and active-wear technical design. She has completed certificate programs from the Embroiderers' Guild in the UK, the Royal School of Needlework focusing on hand embroidery and Central Saint Martins in London focusing on couture tailoring. She complements her practical work in hand stitching with visits to numerous private collections in the US and UK to view historic embroidery and fashion collections.

Carol is certified by the National Academy of Needlearts as a Surface Embroidery teacher. She served on the national board of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) for eight years including as National President. Carol is currently the EGA Chair of the Master Craftsman program in crewel embroidery. Carol holds memberships in EGA, The American Needlepoint Guild (ANG), The National Association of Needlework Teachers (NETA), and The National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) and is a partner in a needlework shop in Pinehurst, NC.

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