Education:

1. The BEE voting is over! Here are the final choices for the BEE's this year. The databases have been uploaded to the Chat4CyberStitchers group under Databases so you can begin registering.  Just remember that you are not eligible for the classes if you haven't renewed your chapter membership so make sure to go the website and do that if you haven't already.

Angela Meadow Medley (Surface)17
Keeping in Shape (Beading)14
Frenzy of Fringes (Beading)12
Star Spangled Puzzle Ball (Counted/Pulled Drawn)12
Thank Goodness it's Finished (Other)12
White Iris (Counted/Pulled Drawn)11 ​
You will be able to take other classes in addition to your BEE, paying full price for those classes.

 

​​2. We had to cancel the beading class with Nancy Eha since only two people registered. The two payments were refunded by Paypal. 

3. We discussed organizing some "stitch ins" across the country this year so people can meet some other chapter members. If you are interested in participating please sign up in the database on the meeting group so we can begin to organize them. I am assuming most people will want to meet over the summer and that will sneak up on us quickly. For new members, the idea is to have a 2-3 day weekend for people to get together for some fun and stitching. The stitch in host will be asked to locate a venue for the period (we are anticipating fairly small groups so a home or community center will probably be fine) and identify a couple of close hotels where participants could stay if they travel from outside the area.
 

4. We looked over the responses on the survey from the last meeting and here is a summary of the results.

  • 66 people responded - thank you
  • 98% indicated that the technique or design was the most important criteria in deciding on a class
  • 35% replied that $100 for the cost (including kit or supplies) was preferred
  • 83% said they would like to see 1-3 classes per year
  • there were several suggestions for teachers, projects and other ways to improve the classes offered by the chapter

We will be speaking with the suggested instructors, although a couple have already indicated they are not interested in teaching online. We are also going to try to put together a calendar up to a year in advance so people can budget and plan a little better and try to avoid classes and registrations during Nov/Dec so we don;t interfere with the busy and expensive time for most people. We will also try to include some smaller and/or less expensive classes in future; just remember that there are fewer options available to us for these.
 

5. We are in the process of locating a project and instructor for another class; we are still in the negotiation stage so I don't have much information, but our target date is the Sept/Oct time frame so the kids will be back in school and it will be finished before the holidays.
 

6. Has anyone begun on the Florence Caulfield designs voted on at the last meeting? We'd love to hear about your progress and see some pictures.
 

7. The gift cards for the 2014 UFO challenge have been sent to the winners, congratulations to you and keep stitching on those 2015 UFO's everyone.
 

8. Are you interested in helping out with the education committee; we could use some volunteers. Send me an email if you would like to help plan future events and classes.
 

9. Don't forget to check the Petite Project and Little Extra areas of our website for little projects featuring numerous techniques.

Angela Farrington
Education Chair

NATIONAL:

Lightening Rounds:

In addition to our own BEE offerings, National has Lightening Rounds. These are four rotating courses that are offered quarterly for all members to register for without a group. This is particularly favorable for Members-At-Large and small chapters that have difficulty filling a larger group in order to take a Group Correspondence Course. The GCCLightning Rounds include four courses every three months. The schedule for these quarterly courses is as follows: March to May, June to August, September to November, and December to February. The time to complete your course remains the same - just the window for registration is limited.

​The following group courses are open to individuals at the special rate of $30 per student plus text fee:

From March 1, 2014- May 31, 2015

​​Click above on the course you are interested in to go to that course and the information about it on the EGA National website.

Online Studio Class:
Dunamic Duo Bracelet taught by Karla Gee
 Bracelet 2 Silver

Have you ever wondered what to do with the new types of seed beads that are on the market?  The Dynamic Duo Bracelet introduces you to two of those fun beads (Twin Beads™ and Mini Cubes) using a new type of wire knitted ground band called WireLuxe™ (pre-knitted wire).  You will have three different bracelets to choose from and can find more detailed information by clicking the "Learn More" link below.

​Registration for this course will continue through April 13. After that, kits will be assembled and mailed to each registered student and the course discussion list will be set up on the EGA website. You must be a member of EGA and able to log in to the Members Only area of the website in order to access the posted lessons and discussion. The first of four lessons is scheduled to post on May 14. Lessons will remain on the website for several months after the end of the course. If you have any questions, please email education@egausa.org
 

New Individual Correspondence Course with Lois Kershner:

From Scene to Stitch: A Course in Design and Stitching for Perspective

From Scene to Stitch is a step-by-step course for those who wish to study and learn the elements that comprise a successfully designed and stitched landscape in canvas embroidery, while taking advantage of the one-on-one student-teacher conversation that an ICC offers. Unlike set projects, students work on their own unique project based on a landscape photo or sketch of their choosing.

New Individual Correspondence Course with Shirley Kay Wolfersperger:

Chiaroscuro: Blackwork Patterning Theory
Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro is a course on how to come up with your own personal patterns for blackwork, including how patterning works and where to find inspiration for original patterns. This is not a course that teaches fundamental blackwork. It is a course for diving more deeply into the study of blackwork. It is for stitchers looking for more in blackwork than they have seen before. You must already know and have done blackwork to get the most of your work here. Be prepared to be adventurous.