National, Region, and Chapter News


We do encourage everyone to visit the EGA website, but if you haven't read/heard:


Come stitch with us!

Our December stitch-a-long project is Mini Checked Pine, another fun design by Mary Waldsmith (Owl Stitchery) and the chart is presented in eight detailed pages in the December Needle Arts.

Click Here to Join our Stitch-a-long


7th International 
Embroidery Conference

Six noted Speakers: Subjects range from Arts and Crafts Movement Embroidery, Polish Embroidery, Ukranian embroidered blouses, Estonian Folk Dress: A Living Legacy, A Japanese Quilt created by 16 women and 1 man who were interred during World War II, and Ancient Greek Dress.

Join us at the International Embroidery Conference April 26-28, 2018 in Chicago. Registration is now open!

The committee looks forward to welcoming you in Chicago!

Click Here to Learn More and Register

By Robin Berry

We need YOUR story!

We are gathering stories from EGA stitchers everywhere and we want to hear yours. Would you tell us how Embroidery and EGA has changed or impacted your life? We can't wait to hear what embroidery means to you!


Don't miss the 21st Through the Needle’s Eye’s national tour!

November 1, 2017 – January 24, 2018EGA Headquarters Louisville, KY

February 1 – 26, 2018 Cookeville Art Gallery, Cookeville, TN

April 3 – May 12, 2018 Gilbert Historical Museum Gilbert, AZ

If you are interested in bringing this show to a museum or gallery in your area, please contact Brad Cape at EGA Headquarters.


Invitation for Seminar 2019 Proposals

January 18, 2018, is the deadline to submit proposals to teach at Gateway to Stitching, the EGA National Seminar 2019, in St. Louis, MO. Submit proposals for 1-day, 2-day, and 4-day classes. Submissions must include 1.Cover page with visual representation (drawing, digital image, photo, etc.) 2.ICNA Standard Proposal Sheet. 3.Class description, objectives and other pertinent information. 4.Proposal Item Description Sheet. 5.Biographical and teaching data. Forms can be found here. More info: Sandra Gordon, Dean of Faculty, at


Scholarships Accepting Applications

If your embroidery education plans for 2018 include attending the International Embroidery Conference in Chicago April 26-28, there is a $375 scholarship available to assist with the cost of registration. A generous donor is providing this opportunity for 2 EGA members. To learn more about the Conference, click here. The application for the scholarship can be found here. Scholarship applications must be received by January 15, 2018.

Do you have a special project or course of study that studies the art of embroidery and the preservation of the heritage of the art of embroidery? The Legacy Scholarship may help you with funding your vision. Previous winners of this award have creatively used this award to organize and present exhibits, events and classes in their communities with the financial assistance of this award. Click here to learn about this opportunity for financial assistance. Applications are due January 15, 2018.


Do you have ideas to reach new members?

As we prepare for a new and exciting year, we would love to hear about what ideas implemented by your chapter or region have been successful in reaching new members. Or maybe you thought of something that would be a great way of reaching others. Your ideas will help us build a toolbox of marketing materials for chapters to use for promotion and member recruitment.

Click Here to Share Your Ideas


Call for Proposals for Online Studio Classes

Do you have a new or lightly used class that you would like to teach online? Then we have the venue for you to teach it. Please contact the Online Studio chair, Beth Lindsay at with any questions. If you are ready to submit a project, click here to get the proposal, complete it and send it to Beth.


2018 Fiber Forum Jurying

Fiber Forum promotes original work for exhibit at a professional level. This year, Fiber Forum has selected Lisa Binkley and Charlotte Norman to review the submissions by EGA members seeking eligibility to join Fiber Forum; from members who must be re-juried to stay in Fiber Forum; and from members who want a professional critique of current work. Digital images of one or two original works completed within the past three years that are not teaching pieces, plus an artist statement, and the jurying fee of $30 are due between March 1 and March 15, 2018. See the Fiber Forum page to learn more.


2018 Challenge Program

The challenge for 2018 is World Influence with Judith McCabe as the consultant. Registration begins January 1st and runs through March 31st. See the article in the latest Needle Arts for more detailed information. Information will also be available on our website beginning January 1st. For this challenge, the design should readily reflect an identifiable culture that can be represented with stitch and mixed media techniques.


Extended Study Programs


Comfort Zone Cubic Right Angle Weave with Marcia DeCoster

April 8-13, 2018 
New Orleans, LA 
Registration $650, no kit fee: materials list supplied. This program is filling up! 


Preliminary Announcement

Did you read “Moving the Needle Forward: The San Francisco School of Needlework & Design,” pages 4-10, in the September 2017 issue of Needle Arts? Do YOU want to stitch there? Here's your chance!

San Francisco School of Needlework and Design 
May 5-9, 2019 
2 Days of Class at SFSNAD 
Tour San Francisco Area Venues 
Registration Fee and Brochure in Spring 2018


A Schoolgirl Exemplar Workbox 
with Jackie duPlessis

November 11-16, 2018, Charleston, SC. 
Registration $585 + $165 kit fee

EGA Regional News

The Metropolitan Region will be holding our very first online class to begin in January 2018. We will be stitching Lorene Salt's Bargello Muse. We have 90 enrolled for 12 of our 18 chapters.

Click Here to Learn More


Registration is now open for the 2018 Mid-Eastern Region Seminar, Facets in Stitches. The seminar will be held June 1-3, 2018 in Syracuse, NY. Classes by: Kurdy Biggs, Deanna Powell, Michele Roberts, Debbie Rowley, Carol Lynn Stratton & Catherine Theron. Registration for all EGA members is open until January 15, 2018. Merchandise Night will be on Saturday. You can find all the seminar information here.


Blooming Stitches, Share-A-Stitch XXVIII, returns to MeadowView Conference Center in lovely Kingsport, TN. Let your abilities blossom with new techniques, traditional methods, and fresh ideas taught by expert teachers. Experience the excitement of three days stitching, shopping, and sharing. As a special treat, Thursday night program with fiber artist Nick DeFord is open to all. Register at Contact SASXXXVIII Chair Debbie Cosper at


Stash out of control or do you need to add to your stash? Either way, Wednesday June 13 starting at 7 p.m. will be a great opportunity to sell or shop at the South Central Region Seminar: Guildy Treasures.

Click Here to Learn More


Members of the EGA's Neapolitan Chapter are proud to announce that their biennial exhibit – The Art of Needlework, An Exhibit of Contemporary Embroidery, will once again be held on February 22, 23, and 24, 2018 at the auditorium of Moorings Park in Naples.

Click Here to Learn More


Remember your fellow chapter members who don't have access to the internet; print and share a copy of the newsletter with them at your next meeting! If there are members of your chapter interested in receiving EGA email updates, contact to be added to the mailing list.


The banner image at the top is a detail of Christmas Cube by Kurdy Biggs. This will be one of the classes at our Diamond Jubilee National Seminar in Louisville. Learn More.



Share-A-Stitch XXXVIII
June 21-24, 2018
"Blooming Stitches'

Meadowview Conference Resort (Marriott)
Kingsport, TN
conveniently located off I-26 



Pre-order SAS38 Merchandise HERE!

Registrar:  Marlene Buckles,
mmbuckles @   (remove spaces)

Chairman:  Debbie Cosper,
d_cosper @   (remove spaces)



With 3 new members since the October meeting, we are now at ​169 members:  93 primary, 11 plurals within TVR, and 65 plurals from outside the region.

Thank you to our outgoing 2017 executive board:
President - Meg Welch
Vice President/Internet VP -  Raven F.
Secretary - Wendi Girard
Treasurer - Susan McAndrew

​Welome to our incoming executive board for 2018:

President: Angela Farrington 
Vice President: Linda Liedtke 
Treasurer: Suzanne Carroll 
Secretary: Pat Thompson 

Thank you to the rest of our 2017 Board:
Membership Chair - Susan McAndrew​
Newsletter and Historian - Sue Sherburne
Education Chair - Angela Farrington
Marketing - open
Outreach Chair Bonnie Herrmann
Region Representative - Fay Shaw
Special Interest Groups Coordinator - Karen Willett
Doorprize Coordinators - Judy Cain and Carol Hermann
Chapter Pin Coordinator - Carol Hermann​
Nominiating Committee Chair - Susan Slesinger

Many folks are staying on, but we thank those who are now stepping down for all their hard work for the chapter:
Judy Cain, Bonnie Herrman, and Susan Slesinger

With Angela Farrington elected as our incoming President, the new Education Chair is outgoing President Meg Welsh.  Thank you Meg for your continued efforts for the chapter!  Thank  you Carol Hermann for continuing on with doorprizes!

We are still in need of a Webmaster and a Marketing Chair!!

Website plans
Going into 2018, more of our website will be moving onto  Stay tuned for more info and how to's.

Ornaments for Breast Cancer
We sent a nice group of ornaments to the annual Breast Cancer Research auction run my The Attic in Mesa, AZ.  Go to our photo albums on Chat to see photos of this year's donations.  Thank you to all who participated!!

President's Challenge Winner!
The winner, chosen by a random number generator, was #9, Elizabeth Little's Kogin Sampler. Check it out in the 2017 President's Challenge photo album on Chat. Congratulations to Elizabeth!!  On the way to Elizabeth is a set of six hand stitched napkins, which also have a photo in the 2017 President's Challenge album.