Starting November 2017 we are stitching this gorgeous project on our EGA Stitch-a-long group. Ambrosia Honey is currently being published in EGA's magazine, Needle Arts, in the June 2017, September 2017, December 2017 and March 2018 issues.

If you are NOT a current member of EGA, you'll need to join EGA to receive the Needle Arts magazines with the instructions. We won't be supplying the patterns on Facebook -- just help and encouragement.

But, here's some great news! If you join after Oct. 1, you can join EGA for just $25 (in the US) and you'll also need to order the June 2017 back issue of Needle Arts ($7). The September issue comes FREE with your "welcome packet."

Membership in our shop has been updated to show the current dues for this quarter, so now is the time to join! (EGA dues are prorated. The $25 membership runs through May 31, 2018. All EGA dues renew on May 31, 2018. The regular annual membership price is $50 in the US.)

Here are some important links:

EGA Stitch-a-long Group on Facebook (Come join us even if you are not stitching Ambrosia Honey, we also stitch smaller monthly projects!)

Join EGA as a Member (Once you choose your desired membership you will see the prorated amount)

Purchase the June Needle Arts issue

Important information about Ambrosia Honey from group moderator Kate Gaunt

Like our Official Facebook page

The national board has received inquiries from chapter officers regarding nominating committees: what are they? how should they work? what the committee can and cannot do? .To answer those questions, we are providing that information in a short series of articles. The full series, as it develops, will be available on the website.

To introduce the topic: What is a Nominating Committee?

Nominating committees are common in organizations such as EGA. Such committees have the duties assigned by the group, but the primary duties are to (1) To select nominees whose experience and qualities meet the needs of the organization; (2) To contact prospective nominees and obtain their consent to serve if elected; (3) To prepare and submit a report, which may include the reasons for the selection of the nominees.

EGA’s national organization has successfully used a nominating committee for a number of years. Many of the chapters and region bylaws also provide for nominating committees. The committee’s duties may be given in detail or not in the bylaws or elaborated in policies and procedures.

Using EGA national’s committee functions as an example (all of which may not be applicable to chapters and regions), the committee solicits and maintains resumes of potential candidates. These resumes are useful to the organization, not just for the national offices, but to locate people with skills for the many committee positions throughout EGA.

The nominating committee does not run the election. The election is managed by board officers in accordance with their respective duties, e.g. the president’s call for the meeting or election; the secretary distributing appropriate notices, ballots, etc. Typically, the board secretary with a teller or assistant tallies the votes and reports to the membership. How the nominating committee is selected and how it goes about its duties will be the next installment in the series.

Welcome! Below you can see links to stories shared on our Instagram (@ega_usa):




New Project: Halloween Plaid Spider

Check out our spooky stitch-a-long project for October! This Halloween Plaid Spider is quick to stitch and introduces an interesting concept that may be new for many of us -- the creation of a plaid pattern with stitches.

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Florentine Notecards 

 Send your loved ones a piece of EGA's permanent collection with our new Florentine notecards! This bright and beautiful set includes two of each pattern from the Florentine Samper, and it makes for a perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season. 

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 EGA Seminar 2018

Early Registration for Seminar 2018 in Louisville ends on September 18th. We look forward to celebrating our 60th anniversary with you! Join us!

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 Lightning Round: Cutwork, Shadow Work, and Trapunto Basics

Three mini courses are included to be used as a notebook course or to incorporate into the included project. The cutwork butterfly is worked with basic stitches which can be cut out and used as an appliqué or left on the ground fabric as the focal point of a towel, quilt square, or item of choice.

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New Online Class: Mastryoshka by Laura Smith

Create two pins and an earring set (clipped or pierced) by embellishing colorful matryoshkas printed on fabric with Kreinik metallic threads and Splendor silk. You'll learn Laura's streamlined way of finishing using mixed media. This method is transferable to any lightweight fabric.

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New Project Pining to Stitch: The Biscornu

For the month of August we'll be stitching Pining to Stitch: The Biscornu by Denise Harrington Pratt. This project first appeared in EGA's Needle Arts magazine and is an example of the type of project available to members via EGA.

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Needle Arts Magazine

Did you know our Needle Arts magazine contains beautiful designs to stitch, such as the beautiful Ambrosia Honey by Karen Steklasa Matze?

Needle Arts is published 4 times a year for EGA members, join us today and stitch with us! Plus, you can also order back issues with more projects!

Learn more about Needle Arts Magazine














New Online Class: Creating a Beaded Menagerie

We are thrilled to announce our third quarter class entitled "Creating a Beaded Menagerie" with Nancy Eha of In this class you will create Buzz the dragonfly, Dolly the llama, Inky the octopus, and Hoot the owl while learning four distinct ways of making large beaded imagery. Registration is now open!

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Temari II: Blue Heaven Lightning Round

This course on Japanese temari focuses on the favorite stitch of many temari makers – the kiku herringbone stitch (uwagake chidori kagari). This classic variation on the herringbone is unique to the art of temari. Students will learn detailed tips on how to perfect it while creating two stellar designs! This class is only available for Lightning Round Registration until May 31, 2017! Don't miss the chance to take this group correspondence class without a group.

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 4 Beautiful Projects Supporting Alzheimer's Research

Receive downloadable instructions for 2 ornaments, a necklace and a memory box with your support. All proceeds benefit research for Alzheimer's Disease.

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 Golden Jet by Alison Cole

Some of Alison Cole's classes for our International Teacher Tour have already been filling up! There's limited seating available for Arizona, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland and Utah. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn Goldwork and Stumpwork!

See more information about the ITT

See Jane Nicholas' Classes

See Seminar 2017 information








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 Learn Victorian Crazy Quilting in our new Individual Correspondence Course

Our course, taught by J. Marsha Michler, will bring you to a mastery level of this much-loved art and craft.

Here are just some of the things you will learn:
• How to choose quality fabrics and materials.
• Use paint or dye and textured fabrics to create a unique and inspiring background.
• Explore the many types of embellishments that can be utilized.
• Learn how to patch a block and accurately sew a fan.
• Learn how to combine embroidery stitches for dazzling seam treatments that will provide a finishing touch for your block.

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 Giveaway Time: Win one of two totes!

Looking for a new tote to store your next project's supplies? Here's your chance to #win one of two gorgeous totes! Head to our Facebook page for a chance to win. 2 lucky winners will be randomly chosen on Friday, April 21 and will receive one tote each.

Click here to enter the giveaway











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New Online Class: A Trio of Treasures

This is a four-lesson class with complete finishing instructions for the pieces in the final lesson. You will learn buttonhole, chain, whipped chain, twisted chain, close fly, outline, stem, whipped spider, and soft shading stitches.

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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.


For this exhibition, guest curators Shirley Kay Wolfersperger and Carole Rinard developed a focused definition for the term "mixed media." They were looking for works of "embroidery combined with one or more non-fiber-based media to create a unified work. Non-fiber-based media may include, but are not limited to, photography and digital manipulation, clay, paint, wax, wood, paper, and pottery."


An article on the exhibit was published in the June 2016 issue of Needle Arts. The exhibit was also featured on the April 2016 edition of Threads by the Association of New Zealand Embroiderers' Guilds Inc.



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2015 Annual Financial Reports were mailed to all chapter and region treasurers in December. These reports can be printed here, filled out, and sent to EGA Headquarters OR the process can be completed online. The deadline for the return of these forms is February 15, 2016. If you have not done so already, please send in your forms as soon as possible. Contact EGA Headquarters with any questions.

Thank You!!





The Embroiderers’ Guild of America acknowledges the value of needlework in art and history. The National Exhibit is a representative selection of the best in artistic and technical works. It is through the needle’s eye that EGA embraces both traditional and contemporary needlework while expanding the perception of embroidery as an art form.


The 21st Through the Needle's Eye will be launched at the Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC, August 16-September 15, 2017. It is hosted by the Carolinas Region; Rosemary Kostansek, Chair.



EGA Collection #270 consists of four crewel-embroidered bed hangings. Acquired by EGA in 1987, these panels were created in 17th century England. Each is about 87 inches tall and 40 inches wide and feature a variety of flora and fauna stitched in wool on twill fabric.




Though it is not known for whom these pieces were created, it is believed they were created by professionals due to their size and design.

Jacobean Iron-on Transfer Patterns [Dover Publications, 1978] was written by EGA design consultant Linda Ormesson in 1978 and features many designs, all adapted from these hangings. The book also features a wonderful overview of the Jacobean style. It is no longer in print but is available from the EGA Lending Library and copies can also be found on the internet.




If these hangings are inspiring you to stitch, why not try Judy Jeroy’s Jacobean Crewel Embroidery Individual Correspondence Course? It’s a great way to acquaint yourself with this technique with the guidance of a wonderful teacher and expert.





A relatively recent addition to EGA's collection, this embroidery on paper was created around 1840 by artist and performer Martha Ann Honeywell. Honeywell was born in 1787 with no hands or forearms and only three toes on one foot. She made a career for herself touring the US and Europe cutting silhouettes, embroidering flowers as in this example, and writing in miniature all with the use of only her toes and mouth. Her embroidery performances included threading her own needles.


The piece, including the frame, measures 4.5" x 5.5" and has "1844" carved in Roman numerals at the bottom.

There is an entry on Martha Ann Honeywell in the Encyclopedia of American Folk Art published by The American Folk Art Museum. Also of interest is this article about Sally Rogers, a contemporary of Honeywell with similar disabilities and artistic inclinations, written by Anne Digan Lanning from Historic Deerfield.


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