Chapter, Region, and National News:

Chapter News:

President's Challenge 2015:

Take pieces that are already stitched, or you can make something new. Finish them into something that isn't framed - an ornament, a cushion,a stand up, a box, something. At least one of the pieces must be donated for the annual outreach auction. You will be entered into a drawing when the piece reaches the auction collection person. Other bits finished are great, too! Let's see how many things we can get out of drawers and onto display!

Membership:

259 members as of July 2, 2015.

Dues for the 2014-2015 EGA year were due April 30 and were as follows:
Primary members of CyberStitchers: $52
Plural members of CS (with the primary chapter being within TVR): $10
Plural members of CS (with the primary chapter being outside TVR): $13
Life Member (inside TVR): $10 (this covers Regional and Chapter dues, as your dues to National are paid forever)
Life Member (outside TVR): $13 (this covers Regional and Chapter dues, as your dues to National are paid forever)

if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Kathie at membership@cyberstitchers.org.
 

Payments to the Chapter:

Most chapter payments can now be done through our website. You can process payment for your dues, register for your BEEs classes, etc.

ALL payments need to be entered on the website so that we can 'process' it. This is mostly for record-keeping purposes, but it is vital that you follow the proper procedure so we can account for every member for each payment. Payment through the website's shopping cart (or "Store") will generate a receipt for you. 
Online payments go through Paypal.  Remember to include your name and EGA # in the Notes section for PayPal.  Checks should be sent to:
CyberStitchers
c/o Susan McAndrew
39 English Commons
Topsfield, MA 01983
Again, on your check please write your EGA#.  With our large membership it will make life a LOT easier on any of our volunteers that need to handle payments.

Updating information:

A REMINDER:  If your information (name, address, etc) changes it is your responsibility to let us know.  We will be glad to make the change on our paperwork but we need to know about it to do so.  This is important for mailing of booklets, class materials, etc.   You are responsible for letting EGA National know of your changes so that they can make the corrections/updates on the National end (for your magazine, etc).  For EGA National, you can send your information to Tonya Parks at typarks@egausa.org  If you are updating with CyberStitchers, please use this form http://www.cyberstitchers.org/content/change-address
 

Who's Who for Cyberstitchers with links to their CyberStitchers emails:

The Board of Directors for CyberStitchers EGA is made up of three sub-groups.  The Executive Committee, the Standing Committee Chairs, and the Ad Hoc Committee Chairs.  Only the first two of these groups have voting privileges.
The members of the Board are:
President - Meg Welch
Vice President -  Peggy Ledger
Internet VP - Susan Simko
Secretary - Wendi Girard
Treasurer - Susan McAndrew
Membership Chair - Kathie Morrison
Newsletter - Sue Sherburne
Historian - Sue Sherburne
Education Chair - Angela Farrington
Marketing - Lisa Dunn
Outreach Chair - Lynn Burshtin
Region Representative - Fay Shaw
Special Interest Groups Coordinator - Karen Willett
Doorprize Coordinator - Judy Cain and Mary Sawyer
Chapter Pin Coordinator - Anne Wilson
Nominating Committee Chair - Susan Slesinger

Marketing:

Facebook:
If you don't already know, the chapter has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cyberstitchers If you are on Facebook and haven't "liked" our page, please do so! Also, please 'share' and 'like' the page's posts on your timelines to spread the information to your friends (and your friends' friends). 

Website Blog:
We like to 'spotlight' our chapter members on the blog, so let me know when you see members teaching at seminars, published in magazines, winning ribbons/award! We are proud of all our members, so let us know what's going on so we can share it with the whole chapter. And don't be too shy to toot your own horn!

Cynthia S. Wetzel
Marketing, CyberStitchers Chapter, EGA
 

Chapter Pins:

Cyberstitchers is lucky to have our own Chapter Pin! You can see a picture of what this pin looks like in the files section of this yahoo group. Just go to the file section and look for "cyberstitchers pin". They really are a fun to wear especially when you are attending the National and Regional EGA Seminars.

These pins are $7.00 and that includes the postage regardless of where we are mailing.

You can pay via www.paypal.com paying cyberstitchers@excite.com. Just be sure to identify "Chapter Pin" somewhere in the payment information. For now, no checks please. Please email me for my mailing address, or just click on my name below. I will need your mailing address. As soon as I see payment, I will get your pin out to you.

Anne Wilson, CyberPins
Chapter Pin volunteer
 

Special Interest Groups:
SIGs are Special Interest Groups and we have a lot of them and more coming all the time. Here are the ones we have at present that you are welcome to join. Feel free to check them out and join the ones that interest you. Remember, they are only as active as the members make them. Talk, visit, stitch but don't just lurk. That is not fun for anyone! PLEASE LEAVE YOUR NAME WHEN YOU ASK TO JOIN as it is easier for all of us to check your membership that way. Searching on email addresses is not always possible and frequently frustrating and often gets members rejected for no reason except "not found in database."

https://groups.yahoo.com/group/Chat4CyberStitchers
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/cs-brag_book
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS-Inspirations-SAL/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS_beading/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS_BobbinLace/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS_DesignForum/ (for designers only)
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS_Hardanger/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS_History_And_Ethnic_Embroidery/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS_Ornament_A_Month_SAL/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CS-Stitch-a-Month/ - will be moving to the website soon
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/cs_ufos/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CSgaragesale/
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/CSPetiteProjects/ - will be moving to the website soon
https://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cyberstitchers_Own_Projects/

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me. If I don't have the answer, someone else here probably will. These groups are only as exciting as the members who join them make them. If you don't participate, then you won't enjoy much of the experience. We learn by doing and teaching so ask the questions and do the projects or just collect them for a rainy day when you run out of things to do and we will all have fuller lives.

Karen
SIGs Chair

Sunshine Committee:

Important request! We need members to go to the Members files in the cyberstitchers-ega group and either create or update their profile in the membership directory for the sunshine committee.

REGIONAL:

The TVR Region Seminar, Share a Stitch XXXV was held June 25-28, 2015 in Olive Branch, MS.
Our basket for the basket auction was a $50 
certificate to Nordic Needle, and free plural membership in CyberStitchers for a year.  The basket was a hit with a lot of bids on it.  Adrienne Meyer, one of the teachers won it.  She is going to take the White Iris BEE class. 

Region Seminar Share-a-Stitch XXXVI is scheduled for June 23-26, 2016 in Huntsville, AL.
 

NATIONAL:

 

 

Guardian Angel

A New Online Studio

with Sylvia Murariu

 

You are invited to explore the old art of Romanian Point Lace, a needle lace technique.  This lace may look intimidating at first, but you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make. Through this course, you will enrich your stitching knowledge as well as your appreciation of this lovely needle lace art.

 

The design is traced on a piece of muslin, the crocheted cord (provided in the kit) is couched, or basted, onto the design, then lovely needle lace stitches are worked in the spaces created between the crocheted cords.  When finished, the lace is removed from the pattern which can then be reused.

 

Romanian Point Lace is not only a lot of fun but can be addictive!  After you finish your Guardian Angel, you will be eager to make more of these lace designs. The technique uses more than four hundred needle lace stitches and the learning process continues. By mistake, or by trying, you may create new stitches!

Join Sylvia Murariu on this needlelace journey!!  Registration is open now and continues through June 24th.

 

Click here to see course details or register.

 

 

Stitchery with Fruit by Christian Nelson Bass

The Embroiderers' Guild of America's 2015 youth exhibit will be on display at EGA National Headquarters in Louisville, KY from September 1, 2015 until January 15, 2016.  EGA welcomes submissions from any stitcher aged 17 or younger.

  • Any piece worked with a threaded needle will be accepted.  This includes but is by no means limited to embroidery, beading, quilting, collage, etc. Stitchers of all skill levels are encouraged to send their work. 
  • Pieces submitted must be the sole work of the entrant.  
  • Entry forms must be received no later than July 28, 2015.  
  • There is no entry fee. 

See the EGA website Youth page for details and entry form. Questions? Contact Brad Cape at or EGA Youth Program Chair, Janice Meyers.

 

Fantastic Class Opportunities!

EGA Seminar 2015 International Teacher Tour

featuring Tanja Berlin, Gary Clarke, & Barbara Kershaw

 

Don't miss this opportunity!  There are a limited number of openings
(and time to reserve your seat)  available in the following International Teacher Tour venues listed below.   For registration fees, e-mail the contact listed for each venue.  Click here  for class descriptions, photos, and kit fees.  General questions?Email Edna Clemens  
 
*Please note the addition of Turkish Delight by Gary Clarke on October 9th in San   Mateo, CA!

 

 

Gary Clarke

 

Location: Novato, CA

Class Name:  Jacobean White Work

Dates:  October 6&7

Contact Karen Nadeau, 

workshops@ega-gpr.org

 

 

Location: Morgan Hill, CA

Class Name:  Seahorse, 

Corded White Work

Dates:  October 8

Contact Karen Nadeau, 

workshops@ega-gpr.org

 

Location: San Mateo, CA

Class Name:  Turkish Delight 

Embellishment

Dates:  October 9

Contact Karen Nadeau, 

workshops@ega-gpr.org

 

 

Location:  Salt Lake City, UT

Class Name:  Creating with Organza

Dates:  October 11&12

Contact Kathleen Lind, 

lindk@earthlink.net

 

 

Location:  Camarillo, CA

Class Name:  Buttons&Brooches

Dates:  October 14&15

Contact Mari Bangs, 

danslamari@gmail.com

Location:  Fridley, MN

Class Name:  Buttons&Brooches

Dates:  October 17&18

Contact Rebecca Lieser, 

lieserrmh@gmail.com

 

Location:  Jamestown, NY

Class Name:  Turkish Delight

Dates:  October 21&22

Contact Allene Hooper,  

ladywicker@hotmail.com

 

Location:  Nashville, TN

Class Name:  Buttons

Dates:  October 24&25

Contact Janet Shew, 

thesilkshew@gmail.com

 

Location:  Orlando, FL

Class Name:  Turkish Delight

Dates:  November 3&4

Contact Deb Talley, 

debbear40@aol.com

 

Location:  Naples, FL

Class Name:  Turkish Delight

Dates:  November 6&7

Contact Betty Baechle,  betbaechle@comcast.net

Location:  Philadelphia, PA

Class Name:  Turkish Delight and Brooches

Dates:  November 10&11

Contact Margaret Hardie, 

hardiemarg@hotmail.com

 

Location:  Houston, TX

Class Name:  Buttons, Brooches, Turkish Delight

Dates:  November 16-19

Contact John Waddell, 

jkwaddell@pdq.net

 

Location:  Houston, TX

Class Name:  Buttons

Dates:  November 19&20

Contact Candy Jepsen, 

acornsts@aol.com

 

 

Barbara Kershaw

 

Location:  Tangerine, FL

Class Name:  Double Diamond

Dates:  October 14

Contact Claire Nardone, 

stitchthis01@hotmail.com

 

Location:  Orlando, FL

Class Name:  Snowflake Delight

Dates:  October 15

Contact Kathy Singleton, 

kmsinva@aol.com

 

Location:  Costa Mesa, CA

Class Name:  Diamonds and Doves

Dates:  October 17&18

Contact Debby Wolf, 

wolfnull@aol.com

 

Location:  Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Class Name:  Sandi

Dates:  October 21&22

Contact Suzanne Kemp-De Jesus, 

s.kemp-de.jesus@verizon.net

 

Location:  Davis, CA

Class Name:  Diamonds and Doves

Dates:  October 24&25

Contact Jeanette Clark,jclark@dcn.davis.ca.us

 

Location:  East Rochester, NY

Class Name:  Diamonds and Doves

Dates:  November 3&4

Contact Suzanne Moulton, 

SJMCheshire@hotmail.com

 

Tanja Berlin

 

Location:  Indianapolis, IN

Class Name:  Needle Painting

Dates:  November 7&8

Contact Kaye Judt, 

heirloomcorner@hotmail.com

 

 

 

  

 

Congratulations to our New Certified Needlework Judges!

 

The Judges Certification Program is pleased to announce two new Certified Needlework Judges...Eleanor (Ellie) Ames, Sandia Mountains Chapter, Rocky Mountain Region and Patricia (Pat) Goaley, Texas Star Chapter, South Central Region.  Congratulations to both ladies!

 

Carole Rinard

chairman, Judges Certification Program 

Autumn Jewels

A New Online Studio

with Celeste Chalasani

 
 
Pomegranates are a global symbol for prosperity, hope, and abundance. In Autumn Jewels, you will learn essential Stumpwork techniques through EGA's Online Studio from national teacher Celeste Chalasani.  You'll use both traditional and contemporary techniques to create your own Pomegranate Stumpwork panel, perfect for framing.

 

In a series of eight lessons spread out over nine weeks, students will explore essential Stumpwork techniques of wired slips, padded slips, and needle lace.   Students will employ a variety of embroidery stitches and techniques. Celeste will demonstrate stitches and techniques through videos that students will have access to throughout the class.

 

Registration opens June 17 and continues through July 27! Click here to see course details or register.

 

The Education Department is pleased to announce 

our most recent Petite Project:

 

Valentine Biscornu

 

Rather than wait until the next Presidents' mailing in November, we thought you would like to know right away that this new Petite Project, Valentine Biscornu, created and donated by Cindy Valentine, is now available for downloading on the EGA website.  After logging in, go to the "Members Only" menu and click on "Petite Projects".

This would make a great January program for your chapter.  Please remember to email Cindy and let her know that you plan to teach this project in your chapter.

 

Thank you, Cindy, for providing this delightful hardanger project for our members to enjoy!

 

Native Beads and Dance Regalia Showcase Available on Video 

Yellow Bird Productions 

 

 

One of the activities during the EGA national seminar last year in Phoenix was a presentation by Yellow Bird Productions called "Native Beads and Dance Regalia Showcase."  This was a narrated fashion show with Native American models wearing regalia highlighting beading and embroidery. A videographer was hired to film the show and his video has now been edited and divided into five parts for more convenient viewing. 

You can view the program on the Videos & Lectures page of the EGA website.

If you would like a DVD copy of the program, please contact headquarters and one will be mailed to you.

This project was funded in whole through a bequest from the Gay Montague Phillips estate. 

 

 
Stairway to the Stars 
by Bobbie Pilling
Bobbie Pilling 
Memorial Award  

 

While you were stuck inside this winter by cold, snow, rain, or just gray skies, did you go "outside the box" with your embroidery?  If you created an original work of embroidery with artistic merit that shows your growth as an embroiderer - in other words, you pushed yourself "outside the box" - consider entering one work for the Bobbie Pilling Memorial Award.  The electronic entry deadline is July 1, 2015.  All submitted works with artist statements will be judged  and then exhibited at the national seminar in San Antonio.

 

Further information and the entry form can be found on the Scholarships and Awards page on EGA website or contact  education@egausa.org, subject line Pilling Award.

 Complex: The Art In Mixed Media:

 
 
The Embroiderers' Guild of America is seeking work for an international exhibition of contemporary embroidery that features mixed media as its main theme. The exhibit will be on display at EGA National Headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky from February 3 - July 15, 2016. 
 
All members of the EGA, the American Needlepoint Guild, the Embroiderers Association of Canada, the Embroiderers' Guild UK, the Association of New Zealand Embroiderers' Guilds, the Australia Embroiderers' Guilds, and the Cape Embroiderers' Guild of South Africa are invited to enter. Guest jurors/curators are Shirley Kay Wolfersperger, Carole Rinard, and Ann Erdmann.
 
More details on the theme and submission requirements are in the call for entries.Click here to download!

 

 
Welcome 
Meredith Cunningham! 

 

 

We are excited to welcome Meredith Cunningham to EGA Headquarters as our new Administrative Assistant. Meredith helps with class registrations, membership updates, and merchandise orders among many, many other duties. You are likely to hear her cheerfully answering the phone when you call Headquarters. Meredith's email ismcunningham@egausa.org.

 

 

 

Judges Certification Program

There is still time to enroll...

You can make your embroidery spectacular!

                                            

Find out how by attending the powerful seminar

 "Winning Ways" 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

 

Good technique and the ability to self - evaluate is 
your key  to spectacular embroidery.
 
This year's focus is on embroidery as art -
  • Chris Berry - "Art in Contemporary Embroidered Textiles".  An exploration of embroidery trends in UK embroidery.
  • Cheryl Christian - "Value:  Awards, Monetary, Sentimental?".  How do you determine value for your needlework?  How do judges and appraisers look at the same piece of needleart differently?
  • Shirley Kay Wolfersperger - "Conversation about Art".  What is a good working definition of art?  What separates art from craft and from fine technique?  What is an artist's "vision" and an artist's "voice"?
  • Group Discussion - "Judging by digital media vs actual pieces".  With many exhibits jurying by digital media, this discussion will center on photography vs seeing/judging the pieces in person.

 

Proposals being accepted for 

Individual Correspondence Courses (ICC)   

 

The ICC Development Assistant is continuing to accept proposals for ICCs.  We are seeking intermediate-advanced study courses in topics such as ethnic embroidery, historical techniques, hand quilting, bead work, needle lace and other more complex design work.  If you are interested in making a proposal, please contact  Rebecca Wardlaw for more information.

 

 

 

Call for Proposals
Rocky Mountain Region
Deadline for submission:  June 30, 2015

 

Rocky Mountain Region, EGA Seminar 2016 "Stitching In a Woodland Garden", sponsored by the Pikes Peak Chapter, will be held August 25-27, 2016, at the Colorado Springs Marriott, 5580 Tech Center Drive in Colorado Springs, CO.

 

At this seminar we plan to offer two-day classes and a pre-seminar one-day class suitable for a wide variety of interest and proficiency levels.  We are very interested in classes that  incorporate color and/or design with a theme or specific technique; allow students some choices for designs, colors, stitches, and/or materials; have a history orientation; feature clothing embellishment; or  involve projects other than framed pieces.

 

The seminar will pay a teaching fee of $350/day and will include hotel room (double occupancy), two banquets, travel and associated expenses and per diem.

 

Please contact Jean Collette, Dean of Faculty, to request a proposal package.

 

 

Call for Proposals

2017 New England Region Seminar

Shell We Stitch?

Deadline for Submission: December 15, 2015

 

 

The New England Region, EGA Seminar "Shell We Stitch?" , sponsored by SOME Chapter will be held April 28, 29, and 30, 2017 at The Cliff House Resort and Spa in Ogunquit, Maine.  Proposals are being sought for one and two day classes in a wide variety of stitching disciplines and for all ability levels. Teacher compensation will be $325 per teaching day and with shared hotel accomodation (double occupancy). A travel allowance will cover the lower of economy  round trip airfare or mileage at the IRS rate in effect at the time of the contract.  Meals will also be provided.  Please contact Marjie Thompson, Dean of Faculty, for more information. Proposals may be mailed or sent electronically. 

 

 

Call for Proposals

Metropolitan Region

April 21-23, 2017

Florham Park, N.J.

 

Deadline for submission: August 31, 2015

 

The Metropolitan Region of EGA will hold its 2017 Seminar from April 21 - 23, 2017 at the Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center in Florham Park, NJ. We are requesting one and two-day classes only. Classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday with a Merchandise Event on Saturday after classes.

 
Teacher compensation for our seminar will be:

  • $350.00 per day teaching fee
  • Hotel accommodations (double occupancy) for period of contract
  • The lower of economy round trip airfare or mileage at the IRS rate in effect at the time of the contract and other travel related expenses
  • All meals at seminar (includes Friday and Saturday night dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfast and lunch).

Please send proposal(s) electronically in PDF format to the Dean of Faculty, Janice Meyers at GrayceeDM@aol.com. Please include the completed Universal Proposal Form found on the EGA web site, photographs of the finished design, types of stitches used, time allowance if there is pre-work, ability level required and kit costs. Also include your resume or professional needlework biography.  If proposing one-day classes, please submit at least two classes. Proposals are due August 31, 2015 and notification of selection will be no later than September 30, 2015. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Janice Meyers.

 

 

Registration for the 2016 SCR Seminar 

Boots & Bluebonnets is now open!   

 

Make plans now to come to Dallas next June to enjoy that famous Texas hospitality along with outstanding classes from 17 teachers, fun mini classes, delicious food, and an all-around good time!

 

All registrations postmarked by June 30, 2015 will be considered Priority registrations and will be eligible for participation in class lotteries, if applicable.  

 
Download the registration form here.

 

Polish your cowboy boots and get ready for a fun week in Dallas!  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Save the Date:
 
2016 Great Lakes Region Seminar
Birds of a Feather Stitch Together
April 24 - 28, 2016
Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

 

Please contact Denise Regent with questions!   

 

 

SAVE the Date!

2015 EGA SEMINAR

October 28 - November 1, 2015

San Antonio, TX

Marriott Rivercenter

Visit egausa.org for more information!

 

Open registration has ended, however, registrations continue on a first come first served basis for remaining class spaces. Thus, registrations will be only available for classes with space.  Go to the National Seminar 2015 webpage for more details or to complete the registration process!

Hope to see you at the Seminar! 

Project Books in the EGA Store:

Besides Joy of Summer, three older projects are available in the EGA store: Trim A Hat by Jane Ellen Balzuweit, Zinnia Pendant or Pin by Marie Campbell, and Garden Party by Judy Jeroy.  These also benefit the Children's Alopecia Project. Each project is $11 (includes s/h) or all three may be purchased together for $24 (includes s/h.)