To further its mission of education about and preservation of the heritage of embroidery, EGA established a permanent collection of textiles and related articles in the early days of the organization. The goal of the collection is to represent as many techniques, cultures, and historical eras as possible. Pieces from the collection are used for exhibition, reproduction, and study. If you have any questions about the permanent collection or have an embroidered item you would like to donate, please contact Brad Cape at EGA Headquarters.

The link below will take you to the online collection database gallery. In the gallery, you can view inventory photos and information for the vast majority of items in the collection. You can browse all the items by clicking on the image above the words "EGA Permanent Collection." Work on the database is ongoing; recent acquisitions are being added and information pertaining to items already listed is routinely updated.

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...Or read about these featured items from the Permanent Collection below:

By Margaret Ramsey (age 8, Albany, NY) 1789

Sampler worked on linen with marking silk embroidery worked in cross, tent, stem, chain, split, satin, buttonhole and lace stitches, with windows worked in needlelace and depicting Adam and Eve, the serpent, and the Tree of Knowledge below; above, a fence with flowers and a cottage. All edges are cut and the top edge is finished with blanket stitch.

8 x 10 in (20.3 x 25.4cm)

Described and photographed in American Samplers by Ethel Stanwood Bolton and Eva Johnston Coe, Plate XXXIV.

By Maria de las Anggrasida y Tapis (age 7) 1817

Counted silk on linen sampler worked across the full width of the handwoven linen with selvedge at each side and hemmed top and bottom; design consists of two columns of equal width divided vertically by a small column of fishbone embroidery stitch in a neutral silk thread; surface stitched rows on the left are done in variations of satin stitch and those on the right side are variations of cross stitch.

16 x 13 in (40.6 x 33 cm)

Read more: 00010 Spanish Sampler

American, circa 1820

Hand-woven uneven count linen, 32-count weft and 26-count warp, worked in silk thread; stitches include queen stitch and cross stitch; three sides hemmed to the back with the other side selvage.

4.125 x 7.125 in (10.5 x 18.1 cm)

American, circa 1875

Cross stitch motifs found on mourning samplers worked on fine linen with silk threads.

9 x 13.5 in (22.9 x 34.3 cm)

American, circa 1930

32-count evenweave ecru linen with examples of drawn, pulled and counted thread including satin and chessboard filling stitches with ecru and taupe threads; a stitch sampler for decorating linens; buttonhole edgings; insertion stitches.

12 x 9 in (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Danish, circa 1972

Geometric chorus of angels worked in red floss on ecru even-weave linen, 22-count, cross stitch, back stitch and straight stitch with Assisi-style border with red gingham backing.

Design by Gerda Bengtsson; see pgs 58-59 of Book of Danish Stitchery, published by the Danish Handicraft Guild.    

14.25 x 10.5 in (36.2 x 26.7 cm)

Gift of Harriet K. Bensley

Irish, circa 1890

Ivory cotton on ivory cotton ground with the central floral motif in fine muslin, backed with hand embroidered, machine-made net.

7 in diameter (17.8 cm)

French, circa 1790

Silk-embroidered silk man’s coat made of gray silk fabric shot with gold silk embroidery floral design; worked in satin, long and short stitches, French knots, laidwork and split stitches.

39.5 in long (100.3 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Edith Achilles

Northern European, circa 1900

Red, navy and white cotton grounds with red navy, white, taupe embroidery and bobbin lace worked in cross stitch; machine-made tapes with inserts and border of bobbin lace.

40 x 26.75 in (101.6 x 67.9 cm)




English, circa 1980

Black linen embroidered in predominantly white cotton in a simple and double feather stitch, with colored rickrack stitched down in long strips; hem is 1 ½” border of ecru tatted cotton lace.

Anna-Lisa Odelquist-Kruse, Swedish, 1961

Surface embroidery on linen fabric in couched or wrapped jute type cord.

21 x 9.5 in (53.3 x 24.1 cm)

Gift of Group 17 in memory of Mrs. George MacGovern, 1970

German, 1798

Semi-circle of silk, blue, lined with rose taffeta and bobbin lace border, gilt thread seashell pattern, silk embroidered flowers, gilt(mirrored)glass stones, metal rosettes; inscribed "Francisca 1798 Von Schatten" "HIS" in center, possibly made for Madonna statue or Infant of Prague or adorning saints on Holy days.

14 x 24 in (35.6 x 61 cm)

Chinese, 18th century

One of a pair of silk cuffs from a Chinese robe embroidered with forbidden stitch (very small silk thread knots similar to french knots) on celadon silk brocade; also couched stitching, embroidered with silk threads; with appliquéd motifs added by blue forbidden stitch knots.
42 x 7.125 in (106.7 x 18.1 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Alice Beer

Italian, circa 1910

Assisi work on linen evenweave fabric; cross stitch with Holbein borders.

6 x 9 in (15.2 x 22.9 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Margaret Parshall

C. Davis, American, circa 1960

Forty patterns and design motifs in a blackwork sampler on evenweave fabric; hemstitched edge; stitched by a student of Edith John, a well known English embroidery teacher and author.

11.125 x 6.875 in (28.3 x 17.5 cm)

American, circa 1930

Three leaves worked in red floss, each with a different background pattern; stems and tendrils in outline, chain, twisted chain, satin and coral knot stitches, with red hemstitch edge; signed lower right with "F.B."

11.5 x 4.825 in (29.2 x 12.3 cm)

Mexican, circa 1910

Handwoven fabric panel worked in counted thread and pattern darning with color bands in floral and animal motifs worked in orange, salmon, yellow, green, blue and violet.

16 x 16.5 in (40.6 x 41.9 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Margaret Parshall

Dutch or German, circa 1900

Raised embroidery family crest on metallic fabric; yellow padded shield appliquéd in center, surmounted by crown, leaves and scrolls surrounding a shield, outlined with couched metal braid.

11.825 x 8.5 in (30 x 21.6)

Gift of The Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Lucy Chase, American, 1834

Needlepoint canvaswork picture stitched by Lucy Chase at 8 years of age; 22-mesh canvas worked in wool and some silk threads using tent stitching.

19.25 x 15.825 in (48.9 x 40.2 cm)

Gift of Lucy Antoinette Bassett, the artist's granddaughter.

Belgian, circa 1890

Point de Gaze border with lawn center.

12.25 x 11.5 in (31.1 x 29.2 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Ann Hottelet, 1983

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