National, Regional, and Chapter News:

National:
 

  It’s time once again for the Fundraising Drawing for the 
ALL EXPENSE PAID* TRIP TO EGA NATIONAL SEMINAR!
This drawing will be for 
DIAMOND JUBILEE
EGA National Seminar 2018
October 3-7, 2018 in
Louisville, Kentucky
 
Every year, one lucky winner gets this spectacular trip. It will be drawn at the closing banquet of the National Seminar in Asheville NC this year! Everyone holds their breath and crosses their fingers; it’s so exciting. Winner does NOT need to be present to win!
Don’t be left out!
 
Suggested donation for each Tickets is $10. Just $10 for a chance at this amazing trip! Buy early and often!
These tickets are numbered and only available directly from your Region Director, or by sending in this coupon to the Fundraising Chair. 
Questions? Contact Patty:
610-664-6970 or email pasg@comcast.net            Deadline July 15, 2017
 
*Here is the breakdown of the maximum of $2000.00 towards the cost of the trip to EGA Seminar 2018:

 

· Class registration fees (includes banquets) 
· Kit fees,
· Transportation (lowest round trip airfare or mileage at $.14 per mile not to exceed amount of lowest round trip airfare.  Shuttle fees can be included) 
· Per-diem of $25.00 per day
 
 
· Hotel, up to 7 nights (at 50% of room charge including tax).
 
  Receipts are required for Transportation, shuttle, 
  & hotel.   Reimbursement does not include room 
  service, tours, meals, tips, etc. The registrar is
  notified of the winner and will handle the regis-
  tration.  Receipts for airfare and hotel are sent to
  headquarters for reimbursement.



 
Boy, do I feel lucky!  Send me my “winning” opportunity drawing tickets for the 
 
All Expense Paid Trip to EGA National Seminar in Louisville KY, October3-7, 2018
 
Name:___________________________________________________Phone:______________________________
 
Address:_____________________________________________________________________________________
 
Email:________________________________________________  Check#______________
 
Send me _____Drawing tickets @ suggested donation of $10 each for a total of:____          
(Make Checks payable to EGA-do not send cash)   
          
Please include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
for the return of your ticket stub(s)!  (Or I will hold your stub until drawing)
 

Mail to:
Patty Smith Gardner
525 Baird Rd.
Merion Station, PA 19066

 
Questions? Contact Patty:
610-664-6970 or email pasg@comcast.net            Deadline July 15, 2017
 
(tickets are not transferrable)
 
 

APRIL 2017
SEMINAR 2017 UPDATES
Are you all set for Seminar 2017?
 
Registration for Blue Ridge Rendezvous is open on a first come, first served basis. 
 
The seminar brochure in the March 2017 Needle Arts includes pictures, class descriptions, registration forms, and other information, which are also available on the EGA website
 
Registration may be completed online or by mail. If by mail, use the forms in the seminar brochure or request a printable copy from Registrar2017@egausa.org.
And now a Public Service Announcement from your Fundraising Chair
You took the class/bought the kit, and made the necklace/earrings/bracelet. You love the technique, did a fantastic job, and are very proud. But... every time you put it on and try to wear it, it just doesn't work. It doesn't go with anything you wear. It just sits there, making you feel guilty. Someone should be enjoying this work of art!
 
Here's a solution. Donate it to the EGA Fundraising events! You immediately feel better, lighter, and more generous, and the EGA wins! 
 
We are open to all of YOUR great ideas! Please think of something fun and exciting to donate to the Live Auction and Opportunity Baskets at Seminar 2017 in Asheville this August? Your fellow embroiderers will be so grateful. Everyone loves to come and bid on all the pretty things, and the more we have, the more everyone wins.
 
Please email with any ideas, or questions! Patty Smith-Gardner, EGA Fundraising Chairseminarfundraising@egausa.org
Blue Ridge Grande Tour (ITT)
 
We are so excited about our International Teacher's Tour with Alison Cole and Jane Nicholas! Some of the venues are full, but others have Limited Seating Available. The updates will be posted on the EGA website by the end of the week. 
 
If you are wanting to attend one of the classes, please contact Connie Miller (for Alison Cole's classes) or Linda Eason (for Jane Nicholas' classes). Their contact information, class photos and more are available on the ITT Webpage.
A tote-tally awesome giveaway!
Head to our Facebook page for a chance to win one of two gorgeous totes!
 
All you have to do is click here, leave a comment with your favorite type of embroidery, then like and share the photo with your Facebook friends. 
 
2 lucky winners will be randomly chosen on Friday, April 21 and will receive one tote each. Good luck!
 
If you would like to buy the totes, they are available on our online store.
SOME Chapter is happy to provide the 6th teaser project for Shell We Stitch?, NER Seminar 2017
 
Denise Harrington Pratt of Amaryllis Artworks has designed this Starfish Scissors Keep as the 6th in a series of teaser projects. These projects are in anticipation of NER Seminar 2017, which will be hosted by SOME Chapter at the beautiful Cliff House Resort in Oqunquit, Maine.
 
A kit for this project is available for $18 plus $6.75 priority mail postage. The kit includes all supplies needed to complete the project.
 
Follow @EGA_USA on Instagram!
Instagram is a mobile application that allow us to share beautiful photos. If you enjoy seeing photos of stunning pieces of all kinds of embroidery from our collection, classes and more, make sure to check our Instagram page and follow us!

 

The Bylaws Review Committee is available to answer 'how-to' procedural questions from chapter members and officers. Please contact me if we can help. Rebecca E. Wardlaw, Director of Bylaws, rewardlaw76@gmail.com.
EDUCATION NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES
New Online Class:
A Trio of Treasures
taught by Judy Jeroy
 
In this beginner Crewel class with Judy Jeroy, you will be stitching 3 needlework accessories: scissor case, needle book and a pin cushion. One piece is stitched per lesson, with the fourth lesson covering completion instructions. Registration is open through May 5th, sign up today!
 
New Individual Correspondence Course: Crazy Quilting
We are pleased to announce our newest ICC taught by J. Marsha Michler! Marsha is an expert and published author on crazy quilting and will guide you through this in-depth study as you create your own crazy quilt block. Registration is now available!
 
New Petite Projects
 
Three new Petite Projects and the revision of an older project have been released. The new releases, are Blackwork Heart by Carolyn Standing Webb, Everlasting Flowers Greeting Card by Marilu Morency and Gingerbread Heart Ornament by Kim Sanders. The techniques include counted thread on linen and perforated paper and surface embroidery on weavers cloth or poplin for an end product of a box lid insert, ornament or greeting card insert. Instructions for finishing the ornament are included with the Gingerbread Heart Ornament. 
 
The reissued Petite Project is Hardanger Wreath by Doris Mengel which was originally released in 2011. The revised version includes more basic instructions on how to do Hardanger.  
 
Petite Projects are available in the Members Only section of the EGA website or copies may be ordered from EGA headquarters. It is hoped that you and your chapter will enjoy these new and revised Petite Projects. We are always looking for new projects so, if you have a small project you would like to share with other EGA members, please contacteducation@egausa.org with the subject line of Petite Projects. 
Winning Ways at National Seminar 2017
 
You are encouraged to register for Winning Ways 2017, Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in Asheville, North Carolina. The presentations will provide helpful information for judges in evaluating the techniques discussed. It will also be beneficial for all stitchers who wish to improve their techniques or are just curious about the techniques presented. 
 
This year's speakers and their embroidery techniques:
  • Janet Zickler Casey - Crossing the Finish Line - Examine the fine art of finishing canvaswork stand-up figures and ornaments.
  • Judy Jeroy - Silk Superimposed on Silk - Look at the nuances of traditional Japanese Embroidery.
  • Catherine Jordan - Exploring Design Potential - Discover easy to use tools to make the most of any design.
  • Margaret Kinsey - Exploring Metal Thread Embroidery - Explore metal threads and their history and uses.
This day is sponsored by EGA Judges Certification Program and the Education Department.
 
You can make your embroidery spectacular!
Scholarships & Awards
 
The Mary-Dick Digges Scholarship for 2017 has been awarded to Elaine Evans. Elaine will be participating in the EGA International Teachers Tour and learning new skills from Alison Cole. Congratulations. 
 
Applications for the Penny Evans Scholarship are due by May 1. This scholarship can be used for an embroidery related study project offered by EGA, The Royal School of Needlework, the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design or the City and Guilds of London Institute. Applications can be found here and on the EGA website under Education/Scholarships and Awards.  
 
The nominations for the Gold Thread Award must be received by May 1. This annual award recognizes outstanding individuals who have given freely of their time and talents and best exemplify EGA's purpose. Service at any level of EGA (local, Region or National) is appropriate criteria for a nomination. Please take the time to recognize a chapter mate who makes EGA the organization we all cherish. 
UPCOMING EVENTS
National
August 16-20, 2017EGA National Seminar 2017 Blue Ridge Rendezvous Asheville, NC
April 26-28, 2018: 7th International Embroidery Conference Chicago in Stitches, Chicago, IL
October 3-7, 2018: EGA National Seminar 2018 Diamond Jubilee, Louisville, KY
October 30 - Nov. 3, 2019: EGA National Seminar 2019 Gateway to Stitching, St. Louis, MO

 

Regional
April 21-23, 2017Metropolitan Region Seminar, Stitching Inspirations, NJ
April 27-30, 2017: Tennessee Valley Region Share-A-Stitch Retreat Come Rock With Us, TN
April 28-30, 2017: New England Region Seminar Shell We Stitch?, Maine 
May 6-10, 2017: Great Lakes Region Sweet Stitch Chicago, IL 
June 2-4, 2017: Carolinas Region Spring Retreat & Region Meeting, NC 
June 7-10, 2017: South Central Region Gone Stitchin', TX 
October 19-21, 2017: Pacific Southwestern Region Stitch and Play at Mandalay, CA 
April 18-22, 2018: Great Lakes Region Ruby Red Stitchers, WI 
June 1-3, 2018: Mid-Eastern Region Seminar, NY
Do you have our current address?
Our former mailbox at Bardstown Road is officially closed. All mail for EGA should be sent to 1205 East Washington Street, Suite 117 Louisville, KY 40206.
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 egahq@egausa.org to be added to the mailing list.
The banner image at the top is a detail of Grand Tetons: Snow in Summer by artist Laura Smith. The piece was shown at EGA's 20th national exhibit Through the Needle's Eye. 
Regional:
Share-a-Stitch XXXVII takes place at the Carson Springs Conference Center in Newport, TN April 27-30, 2017.

Chapter:
Membership: 

It’s time to renew your membership for the 2017-18 year.  Please go to the store at www.cyberstitchers.org and pick your membership category.  If any of your contact information has changed—address, phone, email, etc.—please note that in the comments section or you can email it to me privately.  These memberships will be effective June 1 and will expire on May 31, 2018.

Please renew by May 15 at the latest.  There is quite a bit of paperwork involved and it needs to be at National on May 31, so I need some time to process it.  I will periodically post the names of those who renew as a reminder and also as a double-check for you.

There is some money available for anyone who might need some financial assistance. Please email me privately if you would like to apply for that. 

By the way, sometimes when people have had small refunds due and told me to keep the money, I have put it in the scholarship fund. But most of that money is available due to donations from members for exactly that purpose.  I am not trying solicit donations here, but nothing has been said about this fund or donations for a while, so I just wanted to put it out there as a reminder.

Susan McAndrew
Membership
 

Internet Committee: 

The Cyberstitcher Groups.io  group seems to be going a bit smoother as time goes on. Some work on helping with the learning curve, especially with polls, continues. 

If anyone has any questions or problems, please feel free to email me or the full Internet Committee and one of us will get back to you.

Mary Devine

Little Extra:

I've finally uploaded the March Little Extra.  It's got beads and stuff.  You can see it and download the PDF here:

 
Remember that you must log in to the website to see the link.
Meg in Angola

Newsletter:
Yes, we should have had a March newsletter.  I apologize that that did not happen, and that we have an April newsletter.  We will get back on track with June.

Sue Sherburne
Newsletter Editor