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)

Sandie Cormaci-Boles has a passion for learning and sharing her knowledge about all forms of embroidery but particularly counted work, samplers and the history of needlework. She has taken many courses and classes from the Embroiderers Guild of America (EGA) and the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG). She has been designing and teaching embroidery professionally to children and adults since 1992.

Janet Zickler Casey holds a B.S. degree from the University of Texas in Medical Technology, a field in which she worked for 40 years. Janet has taught needlepoint for over 20 years, including EGA & ANG National Seminars, Blue Bonnet Studios, Callaway School of Needle Arts, and many local chapters, as well as several local shops in the Houston area, where she makes her home with her husband Steve. An EGA & ANG Life Patron, she is an avid stitcher, designer, and teacher of needlepoint and is known for creating whimsical three-dimensional characters for holiday and festive occasions.

Dr. Cheryl Christian is the editor of Needle Arts and Inside EGA. She has been editorial coordinator for ANG’s Needle Pointers, contributing editor for Fine Lines, and a frequent contributor to Antique Review and Cotton & Quail. She is an EGA-certified master judge and EGA-certified appraiser. She is Director of Judges’ Certification for the National Academy of Needlearts and co-chairs EGA’s Appraiser Certification Program. Christian completed the full three-year rotation of the Summer Institute at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She publishes and lectures on material culture, textiles, judging, appraising, and history, and, in particular, the contextualization samplers. Christian practices many kinds of needlework, conducts research on textiles and history, and continues to learn as many different forms of needle art as possible.

Barbara Ellis is originally from Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota Florida. She has received many awards for her work as a licensed Interior Designer and as a creator of fine jewelry. Barbara also creates and designs her own beaded jewelry pieces and patterns. She has been published in Beadwork Magazine" several times with her necklace and bracelets designs. She has recently been part of the Toho Challenge event and two of her pieces have traveled to both Japan and Germany on exhibition. She recently was selected as one of the Bead Dreams Finalist in 2017.

She shares her craft by teaching at Center for the Arts Bonita Springs Florida, Bead Boutique in Naples Florida, Bead and Button and various Embroidery Guild of America events and organizations.

Barbara exhibits with the Naples ArtCrafters at monthly tent shows and events.

Terri Bay is an embroidery teacher and designer from South Carolina. Her passions are Whitework and Blackwork either separately or dancing a beautiful duet with each other. Terri has taught for many years at various shops, retreats, EGA chapter workshops, and EGA seminars. www.terribayneedleworkdesigns.com

Stephanie is a Liverpool based designer with a hand embroidery degree from France. She has over ten years’ experience working for multinational design houses such as Chanel, Dior and Valentino, and has led classes in London and New York, adapting material to accommodate different levels from beginner to advanced level.

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