National, Regional, and Chapter News:

 

  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
 
 

June 2017
Blue Ridge Rendezvous Updates
Registration for Seminar 2017 
is now closed
 
Class changes, and adding optional items after June 7 may be possible in certain circumstances. A change fee of $30 will apply to every class change, but there is no charge for adding optional items. For assistance, contact Asst Registrar Sydney Mace atRegistrar2017@egausa.org or 828-808-0524.
 
Refunds for cancellations made June 18 through July 17, 2017, will be subject to a $100 administrative fee in addition to the $100 non-refundable fee. Refunds for cancellations after July 17 must be approved by the EGA national executive committee. Cancellation notices must be in writing to Registrar2017@egausa.org. The cancellation policy may be accessed here or on page 28 of the seminar brochure."
 
Do you want to lose weight, decrease clutter, and feel virtuous?
 
Here is your Great Donation Idea of the Month: You have a gorgeous piece of embroidery equipment that you no longer use. It was one of your favorite things, but we all go thru phases, and this one is O.V.E.R. You feel guilty just looking at it. You look around you at your nearest and dearest. Philistines! The lot of them! There isn't a single one of them that would appreciate this treasure. They probably don't even know what it is or what it is worth! Well, WE DO!
Hundreds of people are gathering in one place, in August, and all of them would love your prized piece of embroidery equipment. They will run their hands over the polished wood, twist its knobs and click its buttons, see the design genius, and covet this gem. So, 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! It doesn't even have to be a stitching item, per se. You like it? We'll like it! Patty Smith-Gardner, EGA Fundraising Chair 
Seminar Merchandise at Reduced Prices!
 
Some of the beautiful Seminar 2017 merchandise items are now available at a reduced price. See the items and download the order form on the link below.
 
Airport Shuttle Service with the Crowne Plaza
 
If you plan to use the Airport Shuttle Service the Crowne Plaza Hotel is offering for EGA National Seminar 2017 in Asheville, NC please click here for the Airport Shuttle Request form. It is highly recommended that you reserve your shuttle now if you are using the one based with the Crowne Hotel.  The airport shuttle is $20 each way.  Fill out the form and fax or email as indicated at the bottom of the form.  We have been told that using the form is the preferred method.  You may also call 828-254-3211 and ask for the front desk to reserve or to check to see that your form has been received.
Needle book stitched by Marnie Graley.
Let us see your beautiful work! 
Do you have photos of your work that you would like the world see? We would love to see them! 
 
If you have pieces you would like us to showcase on our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) send a clear photo of your work and a short description to rduren@egausa.org. We can't wait too see your pieces!
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The EGA Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2017 Marjorie Jones and Penny Evans ScholarshipsElaine Evans, the winner of the 2017 Marjorie Jones Scholarship will be at the Blue Ridge Seminar in Asheville this summer taking Judy Jeroy's Fruit Scroll class. As the winner of the Penny Evans Scholarship, Carson Wos will be attending the Royal School of Needlework Developing Goldwork Samples course.
Correction for Ambrosia Honey
Two corrections need to be made in the materials list on page 4 in the June 2017 issue of Needle Arts. The correct number for the dark brown DMC stranded embroidery floss is 898, not 498. The Toho bead number 405 is the number that Michael's uses for Toho and does not match the manufacturer's number. The number used by Toho is 22C, a gold transparent bead. We were unaware that the Michael's numbering system differed from Toho's. The remaining numbers for Toho beads in the materials list are the manufacturer's numbers, Toho's numbers. Needle Arts apologizes for any inconvenience this might have caused.
Needlework Books for Sale 
on Amazon and & eBay
 
Occasionally, EGA hosts its very own library book sale online to sell duplicate books we've acquired over the years. All proceeds from book sales benefit EGA and the library program. Check out the wide variety of resources now available in our Amazon Storefront (click on the products tab) and our Ebay Storefront.
Through the Needle's Eye 

 

We are all very excited about the opening of EGA's 21st National Exhibit in August. After the exhibit leaves the Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC in mid-September the show will tour the country. If you would like to arrange for Through the Needle's Eye to be displayed in your community, please contact Brad Cape at EGA Headquarters at bcape@egausa.org. Brad can provide you with information regarding available dates, costs, and other information needed to solicit a local venue.
Gold Thread Award Winners 2017
 
We recognize the outstanding individuals who have given freely of their time and talents, and best exemplify EGA's purpose.

 

Carolinas: Sue Osterberg New England Region: Linda Marchand
Great Lakes Region: Linda Busalacchi Pacific Southwestern Region: Carol Hutte
Greater Pacific Region: Robin Berry Rocky Mountain Region: Janice Wood
Heartland Region: Solveig Walstrom Sun Region: Laurie Hardin
Mid-Atlantic Region: Catherine Jordan Tennesse Valley Region: Nita Vollmer
Mid-Eastern Region: Terry Faber  
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
 
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 Facets in Stitches, NY
June 21-24, 2018: Tennessee Valley Region Seminar Blooming Stitches, TN
 
If you have events that need to be added to our website please email rduren@egausa.org.
EDUCATION NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES
New Online Class: 
Creating a Beaded Menagerie

 

We are proud to announce our third quarter Online Studio class! Back by popular demand, Nancy Eha is returning with a new class entitled Creating a Beaded Menagerie. In this class you will create four creatures representing land, sea and air utilizing Nancy's innovative beading techniques. Registration will open on June 21st but you can sign up for a reminder by clicking here

 

Education Exhibit at National Seminar 2017

 

You are invited to visit the Education Exhibit at National Seminar in the Expo Center at the Crowne Plaza Asheville. The Exhibit will open Wednesday, August 15th at lunchtime. You will be inspired by all of EGA's Correspondence Courses, Judging, Teaching and Appraisal Certifications, Master Craftsman Programs, Extended Study Programs, Online Studio courses, 2016 Challenge, Bobbie Pilling Awards, Fiber Forum works, and pieces from the EGA Collection. The Exhibit will be open each day, and closes at lunchtime on Sunday. Also participate in the Judging Forum on Friday, August 17th at lunchtime. There will be more than 150 pieces of embroidery to see.
Comfort Zone 
Cubic & Prismatic Right Angle Weave with Marcia DeCoster
April 8-13, 2018 
New Orleans, Louisiana
Get in the groove and feel the rhythm of beads and jazz while breathing the spring air in the Queen City of the Mississippi River.
 
The goal for each student is to build on his or her right angle weave beading skills through a process-oriented experience with a master of all forms of cubic right angle weave, Marcia DeCoster.
 
Education Catalog 2017-2019
By now all members should have received the new Education Catalog which was delivered with the June Needle Arts. The Education Catalog has information on all EGA Education programs. Spend some time reading the catalog and you're sure to find a program that interests you. In addition to the copy mailed to you, the Education Catalog is also available on the EGA website under the Education tab
 
The Education Department continues to develop new GCC and ICC courses, Online Studio courses, Extended Study Programs, etc. Since the Education Catalog is published every 3 years, we recommend members read and save your Needle Arts, especially the Inside EGA section. Inside EGA is where we announce new courses and programs and retiring courses. 
2018 Fiber Forum Retreat
April 14-21, 2018
 
Fiber Forum will have their retreat in Victoria British Columbia with Jean Draper.  The workshop, "The Nature of Pattern", will explore different aspects of natural pattern with a view to developing ideas for your own stitched textiles.   For additional information, please email sharonahmed2000@yahoo.com.
 
Extended Study Program:
The Garden Box
Taught by Marsha Papay Gomola
 
Sign up before it is too late - Just 4 seats available. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!
 
October 27 through November 1, 2017
in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 
Create a peaceful summer garden on that perfect day when all of the flowers are in full bloom.  
 
Extended Study Program: A Schoolgirl Exemplar Workbox 
with Jackie Du Plessis
November 11-16, 2018, at the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston SC 
 
Our focus will be on textiles and Southern schoolgirl samplers. We will tour the textile holdings of The Charleston Museum, and work with Historic Textiles Curator Jan Hiester. What you simply can't miss is four days with Jackie du Plessis, renowned for her exquisite sampler-inspired projects. This lovely silken stitched schoolgirl workbox will hold three tiny samplers showcasing pulled work, drawn thread work, hem stitching and Hardanger work. Early American band samplers inspire the four samplers, each one inch high. The front and back of the workbox (3½˝ x 5½˝) showcase a stitched, stylized floral design with an area to personalize the piece. Level: Intermediate to advanced intermediate Deposit: $100 due August 1, 2018 Registration Fee TBD . Balance will be due July 10, 2018. Check August 2017 news and brochure on EGA website. More on Jackie: www.itsfineallyfinished.com
REGION NEWS
2018 Mid-Eastern Region Seminar 
Facets in Stitches
Syracuse, NY 
 
We are offering classes by Kurdy Biggs, Deanna Powell, Michele Roberts, Debbie Rowley, Carol Lynn Stratton, and Catherine Theron.  Priority registration is available for MER members from June 1 to July 15, 2017.  Open registration for all EGA members is from November 1, 2017 to January 15, 2018.  For more information visit cnyega.com.
Call for Proposals
Great Lakes Region Seminar
April 5-9, 2019 Dearborn, MI
The Great Lakes Region, EGA, Inc., is seeking class proposals for Seminar 2019, Stitched to the Nines, a Roaring Twenties celebration. The seminar will be held at The Henry (formerly the Ritz Carleton). Class lengths of ½ to 4 days are being sought. Proposal deadline is September 15, 2017. Selections will be made by October 15, 2017. To submit a proposal or for more information contact Marti Mashinter, Dean of Faculty. Address: 1708 Old Homestead Dr. Rochester Hills, MI 48306-3650, Phone: 248-917-0046, Email: mnmbroider@aol.com.
Call for Proposals
Metropolitan Region EGA Seminar 
April 5-7, 2019 Florham Park, NJ
The Metropolitan Region of EGA will hold its 2019 Seminar at the Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center in Florham Park, NJ. Teachers are invited to submit proposals for one-day and two-day classes. Classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday with a Merchandise Event on Saturday after classes.
 
 
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 Requiem for a Coral Reef by artist Lee Ann Kleeman. The piece was shown at EGA's 20th national exhibit Through the Needle's Eye.
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, 2017: EGA 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
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 XXXVIII
June 21-24, 2018
"Blooming Stitches"

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

Class photos and descriptions are posted here  CLICK HERE

or below

 http://www.egatvr.com/SAS-PDFs/Pre-registration-SAS-38-Classes.pdf

 

Share-A-Stitch XXXVIII Registration Form Coming Soon

Hotel reservation details will be posted in SAS brochure later this year.

Registrar:  Marlene Buckles, 
mmbuckles @ msn.com   (remove spaces)

Chairman:  Debbie Cosper, 
d_cosper @ hotmail.com   (remove spaces) 

 

 

 

Share-A-Stitch XXXVIII  REGISTRATION  FORM

Coming Soon!

 

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Upcoming Board Meetings 2017

TVR Board Meeting

9:00am  Friday, November 10, 2017
Hampton Inn, Athens AL
***click HERE for hotel and lunch information***

http://www.egatvr.com/TVRinfo/Fall2017-TVRinvite.pdf

Note:  Share-A-Stitch Advisory Committee meeting will be held in hotel lobby at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 9th.
 

 
 

 

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Message from our TVR Region Director

Welcome to the corner of the web that belongs to the Tennessee Valley Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America! 

The Tennessee Valley stretches from Mississippi, through Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and parts of Virginia and West Virginia.  

We are proud to also offer a CyberStitchers chapter for those who want to join in the fun but can’t make it to face-to-face meetings.

Our region is one of thirteen nationwide regions of EGA.  The chapters within TVR have their own unique personalities and work under their own direction to support and further the mission of EGA which is to inspire passion for needle art through education and the celebration of its heritage.

EGA membership has afforded me and many others with genuine inspiration through a dynamic program of education.  

Pre-EGA, I was perfectly content expressing my needle art through counted cross stitch.  After joining EGA, I discovered the magnificently diverse world of needle art under the direction of world-class teachers, patient tutors and newly-minted friends.  

Check out egausa.org to discover more learning opportunities.  Is the time right for you to try something new?

As Director of the Tennessee Valley Region, let me be the first to invite you to join us!

Marnie Graley, Director

Tennessee Valley Region

 

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Chapter:

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

New Members:
We will be welcoming members of the Ozark chapter to join CyberStitchers.  Let's all make them feel welcome!!