National, Region, and Chapter News:


​EGA Youth Membership
Did you know that EGA offers a youth membership? Anyone between 8 and 17 years of age may join if she or he wants to embroider, pays an annual membership fee of $15 and belongs to a local chapter.

The $15 youth membership fee includes:

  • A quarterly electronic newsletter with a free project
  • Access to petite projects to learn new techniques
  • Enrollment in one on-line course at regular registration rate
  • Attend chapter and region events
Visit the Youth Page on EGA's main website page for Resources.
Inquiries from the Youth Program Committee
Does your chapter offers free projects on your chapter website? Please let the Youth Program Chair know. These projects might be ones that youth members would like to stitch.
If you have taught embroidery to young people, was there a particular pattern, lesson or activity that you considered extra special? Please share with the Youth Program Chair.
Youth Program Committee
Would you be interested in serving on the EGA Youth Program Committee? Your input would be most welcomed. Committee members communicate through emails.
Contact  Sandra Gordon, EGA Youth Program Chair.


The Queen by Ana Sumner from Cary, North Carolina
Complex: The Art in Mixed Media
Complex: The Art in Mixed Media was the third of the international embroidered art exhibitions sponsored by EGA. This exhibition widened the focus to include not only embroidery techniques, but other art media in the same work as well. The exhibition took place at EGA's headquarters in Louisville, KY from February 3 to July 15, 2016.
Take a look at the beautiful mixed media pieces exhibited here.
2017 Extended Study Programs Planned
March 10-20, 2017
Journey to Mexico: Embroideries, Pottery, Artists, Markets, Museums
The tour for the Extended Study Program, EGA, begins in Oaxaca, includes Puebla and Tlaxcala, and ends in  Mexico City. This ESP is planned and will be conducted by Tia Stephanie Tours. Six nights in Oaxaca, one in Tlaxcala, and three in Mexico City. Participants must keep pace over uneven ground, cobblestones, steps, and challenges.
Cost: $2,985 Double Occupancy, $500 Single Supplement.  Air fare and travel insurance are not included.  Initial Deposit: $500 Required to secure space on trip. Final Payment due January 10, 2017. Registration for the March ESP will open September 6, 2016. 
See more information and a complete itinerary here.
October 27-November 2, 2017
The Garden Box, a four-day class with Marsha Papay Gomola, plus a tour day of historic cultural and environmental sites, is planned for Old Town in Albuquerque, NM.  The Garden Box, debuting for the ESP program, is a decorative box created with stumpwork and counted work on linen.  The exterior of the box will be the garden walls with plantings along the wall.  The interior of the box is the garden.
Intermediate advanced skills in stumpwork and counted work are required.  Seminar 2016 attendees can view this ESP project in the Education Exhibit. 
NOTE: registration for the October 2017 ESP will open December 6, 2016.  Look for images and detailed information on EGA's website in mid-November 2016 and in the December issue of Needle Arts.  You can view images of Marsha's stumpwork classes on the EGA website, under Seminar 2016.  Look for classes 208, Fragrance in My Garden Bead Mat,  and 308, Rabbit in My Garden. 
Welcome Rand Duren

We are delighted to introduce Rand Duren, EGA's new Electronic Media Coordinator. Rand has broad experience with websites and social media and we are excited to have him on staff at EGA Headquarters in Louisville.

The Electronic Media Coordinator is responsible for a variety of responsibilities including: updating and improving the EGA website, managing EGA's social media accounts, and producing the monthly e-newsletter and other blasts. Should you need to contact Rand, you can email him directly or call EGA Headquarters.
Donations Sought for Fundraising Auction at 2016 National Seminar


On November 2-6, the Mid-Atlantic Region will host our 2016 EGA Seminar in Alexandria, Virginia.  The theme "Star Spangled Seminar" promises an atmosphere of sparkling celebration along with a terrific lineup of star-filled classes and faculty.
EGA will conduct fundraising activities in conjunction with the seminar.  A silent auction throughout the week and a Saturday evening live auction along with opportunity basket drawings will be featured.  We are currently in need of items for all three activities, especially the live auction.
We are seeking quality donations related to needlework such as original finished pieces, both embroidery and beading kits, embroidery tools and equipment, historical items, teaching time, and anything that will excite our seminar attendees.
If you are able to ship your donation, please send them early.  If you prefer to drop off items on Tuesday afternoon at seminar, please provide descriptions and quality photos in advance via email to EGA Seminar Fundraising Chair, Sharon Davis,
The mailing address for donations is:
EGA Seminar Fundraising 2016
43347 Fullerton St.
Ashburn, VA 20147
Research Fellowship Grants Awarded
Victorian chair seat cover from EGA's collection, punch needle embroidery and Berlin work.

EGA offers Research Fellowship Grants for the purpose of in-depth research in all areas of embroidery and allied textile arts.  We are pleased to have awarded 2 Research Fellowship Grants.  

Deneen Wilson  will be studying "Tomorrow's Heirlooms; A Study in Best Practices for Finishing" which will compare the finishing techniques from the 16th & 17th centuries to what modern stitchers methods.  
Marie-Renée Otis will be researching liturgical embroidery in her "Fabulous Little Things" research. 

NER Seminar 2017 

Shell We Stitch?
Please join the Southern Maine Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America to celebrate stitching at The Cliff House Resort and Spa in Ogunquit, Maine, April 28-30, 2017.
Several themed teaser projects, as featured in previous e-newsletters, are available for purchase in support of this event. Click Here to visit the seminar web page!
For more information contact Barbara Hepburn at or 207-583-2821
Call for Proposals for upcoming Region Seminars
Great Lakes Region Seminar 2018 Ruby Red Stitchers
Deadline for submission: September 1, 2016
The Great Lakes Region of EGA will hold its 2018 Seminar from April 18-22, 2018 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton, Wisconsin. Teachers are invited to submit proposals for 4-day, 2-day and ½-day classes. Click here for more information, and if you have any questions contact Debra Steaffens, Dean of Faculty,
Tennessee Valley Region Share-A-Stitch Seminar 2018
Deadline for submission: November 15, 2016
The Tennessee Valley Region of EGA will hold its 2018 Seminar from June 21 to June 24, 2018 at the Marriott Meadowview in Kingsport, Tennessee. Teachers are invited to submit proposals for 2-day classes. Click here for more information, and if you have any questions contact Dean of Faculty, Lisa Dunn,
Group Correspondence Course: More Than a Rose 
Melinda Sherbring, Instructor


More Than a Rose is a small piece designed to introduce students to some stitches and raised work techniques used on English sweet bags ca. 1600. The student should be familiar with Tent stitch, able to follow a stitch diagram, and willing to make decisions based on a range of presented alternatives typical of that time period. Students may follow the choices made on the model or test their wings with alternatives.
This project is worked on a linen ground with your choice of cotton or silk floss and with gold and silver passing threads, providing a taste of goldwork without a large investment in gold materials. The techniques are a mixture of Tent stitch, surface embroidery, and needlelace. The text shows how to work Plaited Braid, four varieties of Corded Detached Buttonhole, three varieties of Ceylon, Offset Cross, and other more familiar stitches. 
The series, "What's Robert's Rules of Order? or How to Conduct a Chapter Meeting," is now completed. These articles are posted in the Members Only section under in Document Downloads under Manuals & Guides as "Board Governance 101" on the website,


Meanwhile, if you have questions about these procedures, please contact Rebecca Wardlaw directly at Please put "EGA business" in the subject line so she knows you are not are spam. 
Time for Show and Tell
Needlework Tool Case, a GCC by Mary Long

Do you have a great piece as a result of taking an Online Studio Course, GCC, ICC, doing a Petite Project, or completing a Master Craftsman program? We'd love to see it. How about sharing a picture of your project with all of us through the EGA Facebook page? We are going to create Albums to display your beautiful work. 

Please send your photos and any comments Projects do not need to be framed or formally finished but must be completely stitched. Please include your name, whether it's an Online Studio Course, GCC, etc., and the name of the project. Please note that by submitting your photograph you are agreeing to have it and your name displayed on Facebook. We're looking forward to seeing your photos!
Education Exhibit at Seminar 2016
We are going to have a fantastic Education Exhibit at Seminar 2016 in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition to embroidery pieces representing all the Group and Individual Correspondence Courses, there will be student work from the Master Craftsman program. Some will show all 6 steps of a program. Plus there will be embroideries from the Fiber Forum, Challenge and Extended Study programs. Also if you happen to be in Alexandria on Friday November 4th at noon, come on by the Education Exhibit and participate in the Judging Forum. It's free!
Master Craftsman Program Appointment Clarification. Last month we announced Gail Stafford is a new chair in the Master Craftsman Program. The article did not mention that she is the Chair of the Canvas Master Craftsman Program. We're sorry for the oversight. We know Gail will do an excellent job.

FiftyShades Main

New Online Class: Fifty Shades of Pai(sley) 

Taught by Amee K. Sweet-McNamara


Fifty Shades of Pai(sley) is an exotic exploration of exciting textile techniques that entails creating either one large pin/pendant or three individual pieces, with five different color ways to choose from.

This 4-lesson class will appeal to both new and experienced students with basic soutache techniques such as Aligning & Stacking, Backing & Edge-Beading. Experienced stitchers will be able to add new skills to their repertoire: Inlays, Working with Twisted Cord, Making Pinwheels, Incorporating Shibori Ribbon as well as several styles of bead embroidery.

Registration opens September 16, 2016


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Crown Jewels of EGA - our new gifting program


EGA is a gathering of embroidery friends and much, much more. EGA is an international leader in the education and conservation of the embroidery arts. To achieve its mission, to inspire passion for the needlearts through education and the celebration of its heritage, EGA sponsors numerous classes in a wide variety of techniques in many venues, and it maintains a museum-quality collection of vintage and antique embroidery.

EGA also presents exhibitions of needlework and fiber arts and maintains an extensive library on the textile arts. Membership dues and class fees do not fully support the costs necessary to accomplish EGA’s mission.

EGA needs its members to further financially support its overall mission to keep embroidery alive. To that end, EGA is proud to unveil the new program, Crown Jewels of EGA. This gifting program is a commitment by individual EGA members to make significant financial donations to EGA over four years. 

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2016 International Teacher Tour

Stars Stitching Across America

Star Spangled Seminar 2016 is excited to announce that Jette Roy-Finlay Heath and Merrilyn Heazlewood will be Stitching Across America to teach in conjunction with Seminar 2016, held in Alexandria, Virginia, November 2 - 6, 2016.

We are pleased that all chapters or regions who requested a teacher were granted either their first or second choice, resulting in an ambitious schedule for each of the teachers. You can check out more information about this year's International Teacher Tour here

Needle Eye

Call for Entries for 21st Through the Needle's Eye

Share your original creations by entering your art in EGA's 21st National Exhibit, Through the Needle's Eye, which will be launched at Transylvania Community Arts Center in Brevard, NC, in August 2017.

Contemporary and traditional needlework completed from 2014 to the present will be accepted for jurying as long as the work is completed with an eye needle, either by hand or machine. EGA membership is not a condition of entry nor of acceptance. Teaching pieces will not be accepted. Entries must be free of copyright violations and postmarked by February 21, 2017.

Works juried into the exhibit will become part of the Traveling Exhibit for three years and will be returned to the entrant after the Traveling Exhibit closes.

More detailed entry information and an entry form can be found here or email the exhibit registrar 




SASXXXVI was held in June 23-26 in Huntsville, AL.  The CyberStitchers chapter included a Nordic Needle gift certificate in our basket for the basket raffle fundraiser.  Our basket also included participation in one of our BEEs.  The basket was a hit as usual and was won by Kathy Medlock.        

Now for 2017:                                                    Stitching Retreat!

Share-A-Stitch XXXVII
April 27-30  2017
"Come Rock with Us!"

Carson Springs Conference Center
Newport, TN -- Conveniently located off I-40

Registration Now Open. See below.
Limited space available,  99 people maximum.  If questions,  contact Lois Threlkeld,  chairman,

Yahoo News:

Hello all, 
Big news this month! With the acquisition of Yahoo, the future of Yahoogroups is in doubt.  Likewise, the framework that our current website,, is using (Drupal 6) is no longer supported and does not provide an upgrade path that will retain the current functionality as is.  Therefore, we will be migrating to a new platform and renovating the appearance and functionality of the website to ensure we can maintain the stability and security of our web presence.. 
Thus, Andreas our web administrator has been looking for a new platform to move our chapter to with feedback from the Internet committee. Andreas found which looks to be a viable alternative to both Yahoogroups and our current website. 
So, what should you expect?  
Cyberstitchers is going to migrate from Yahoogroups to by the beginning of 2017. We will start with slowly moving some of the ancillary groups to with the majority moving in the fourth quarter of 2016.  We will be using the Yahoogroups for the November meeting but there will be simultanteous posts (called mirroring) on by that meeting. By January 2017, the move to from Yahoogroups should be complete.  The website will take longer. 
Please email if you have questions and, as always, the Internet committee welcomes volunteers to help during this busy time. 
Raven Internet committee

Please note: is not Google's. groups, nor Yahoogroups. 
Membership Report September 2016:
We have a nice increase to our membership over the past couple of months. Partially due to the Fleur-de-Lis workshop that requires all participants to be a CyberStitchers member.

Welcome to all our new members. We hope you find CyberStitchers as welcoming, educational and enjoyable as the rest of us. Please introduce yourself if you haven’t already and don’t hesitate to ask questions as you become familiar with the yahoo groups and our chapter. 

There were several comments at the last meeting on how we could make our chapter more “user-friendly” as far as how to navigate the yahoo groups and some of the terminology that is used. Debra S. has been looking at the membership booklet which is a bit outdated and is giving us suggestions on updating it to make it current. As soon as we have it finished we will let everyone know. Hopefully, by the next meeting if not before.

Current membership is as follows:

Primary – 83 (includes 1 youth member)
Plural within the TVR - 8
Plural outside the TVR - 60
Total – 151

United States - 136
Australia - 2
Canada – 11
Ireland – 1
Japan - 1

I would also like to welcome our 15 guests who are joining us via the Guest Yahoo group where stitchers can attend 2 of our meetings before deciding if they would like to join our chapter. We hope you like what you see and welcome you to joining our chapter as a member. 

Respectfully submitted,

Kathie Morrison

Needle Arts Articles:
Andreas and Meg have been working with Cheryl Christian on a series of articles for Needle Arts. The first article is in the June issue. The series is about getting your chapter onto the web.  Other ideas of free publicity via a web presence are being discussed. 

In an effort to 'stir the pot' and get more interest in our SIGs (chats for Specific Interest Groups), there has been discussion of door prizes being awarded as part of SIG participation.  More details will follow soon.

President's Challenge:
Keep working on those UFO's! Don't forget to update the spreadsheet so it can count for the completion challenge.