EGA offers Master Craftsman Programs

The Master Craftsman Programs are designed to promote excellence in embroidery by providing the accomplished needleworker the opportunity to demonstrate skills and become certified as a “master” in her or his area of expertise. Each program area consists of six steps that test the ability and workmanship of the candidate. Requirements may include, but are not limited to, working embroidery, creating designs, and performing research, all according to program guidelines.

December 1

A member may enroll in as many Master Craftsman Programs as desired. Prior to registration, prospective candidates may address questions to the appropriate program chair. To enroll, complete the online registration form. The initial enrollment cost for each program is $50. Each step sent for evaluation must be accompanied by a check for $20; for each resubmission, $15. Fees will be adjusted to cover extra postage for foreign candidates. Available programs are offered in: Beading, Canvas Embroidery, Color for Needlework, Counted Thread, Crewel Embroidery, Design for Needlework, Quilting, Silk & Metal Threads, Smocking, and Surface Embroidery. Additional information is available at master-craftsman.


December 5
La Fonda Alamo Heights 8633 Crownhill Blvd

Stitch In Starting at 11:00 am
Lunch at 11:30
Ornament Exchange immediately following Stitch In resumes after lunch until 2:00

Christmas is a time for friends and family, so you are encouraged to invite guests to attend. The rules of the optional ornament exchange are simple. Bring an unwrapped, hand stitched or beaded ornament. If your friends wish to participate in the exchange, they would also need to bring a hand stitched or beaded ornament — if they’re not stitchers, you could be generous and make them an ornament to exchange, too!

The Menu is as follows:
Choice 1
Entree: LA FONDA #1
Pre- Entrée Guacamole Salad,
Host’s Choice of One Ground Beef Taco OR One Pulled Chicken Taco, Cheese Enchilada & Tamale con Chili

Choice 2
Seasoned Grilled Chicken Breast topped with Queso & Pico de Gallo

Both choices also include Beans & Rice, Chips, Salsa, Water, Iced Tea and Sodas

Your Board will bring cookies for dessert (you may also bring cookies to share, if you wish) Price: $15


There is a new Individual Correspondence Course: A Journey into the World of Raised Embroidery: Stumpwork Techniques with Celeste Chalasani. This is an in- depth study in the various techniques used in stumpwork. The project for the last lesson is a stumpwork sampler. Additional information was listed in the October 2015 E News from EGA.

Calling All Writers – Are you interested in sharing your love of embroidery in a different way? To help cover the country and share all the current embroidery news, EGA is currently seeking members to assist in writing for the EGA Blog. Members want to know about what’s going on in Chapters and Regions as well as museum

exhibits. You can commit as much or as little as you want. Want to be a “roving reporter” and share items on a more regular basis? Great. All submissions can be edited for clarity and length. For more information, or to volunteer, drop a line to
EGA has a new address. Mail should be sent to EGA Headquarters, 1205 East Washington Street, Suite 117, Louisville, KY 40206.

-Joan Vanderbrink, Region Rep

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

November is here. Christmas is just around the corner. As we get closer to the end of the year I feel as though time starts to speed up because my have to get done lists have gotten even larger. I hoped everyone is recuperating from EGA’s National Seminar in San Antonio that was held at the end of last month. Just a reminder: because of Thanksgiving, we will be moving our fourth Tuesday meeting to the third Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

I would like to encourage all of our members to make an effort to attend our November meeting so that we can vote and approve the budget for next year and work on our outreach program. REMEMBER: the meeting falls in the 3rd week of the month, mark your calendars and plan to attend.

I want to thank those individuals in our guild that volunteered at EGA’s National Seminar in San Antonio: Pat Sweet, Karin Shaw, Mary Hodges, Pat Allison, Beverly Moltz, Marilyn Veach, Donna Miller, Joyce McCoig, Diane Williams, Pat Goaley, Joan Vanderbrink, Amy Gilbert, Molly Wyrick, Carol Powers, Jewett Powers, Kay Foster, Tawney Carter and Linda Bell. I am constantly amazed by this guild’s willingness to help and generosity of time and spirit.

I would also like to thank those individuals who contributed to the gift basket we donated to the Seminar: Pat Sweet, Kay Foster, Jeanette Rees, Mary Hodges, and Stitches from the Heart. I asked you to give and you did so in abundance. I am so glad that I am a part of this fabulous guild.

The guild will be stitching at San Antonio Bead Market at Pedrotti’s Ranch on November 7th and 8th. If you are interested in attending, contact Joan Vanderbrink for details.

Candy Jepson’s Peyote Bracelet will be the last technique class of the year. I am so glad that we brought back

the techniques classes even if it was in a limited capacity. When I first started with the guild I looked forward to these classes every month we offered them. Please consider attending one of these classes in the New Year. The classes are a great way to try out something new without a huge investment in a project you may or may not want finish after trying the technique.

As the New Year approaches the guild will be having four scheduled stitch-a-longs (SALs) to encourage significant progress on a focus project of your choice. Each SAL will last about two months with a one month break between SALs. More details will appear in this newsletter. You do not have to buy anything new to participate in the SAL unless you want to. SAL projects can be something you have kitted up in your stash, a work in progress, or a UFO. You choose a project that fits a theme, take a BEFORE picture prior to SAL start and take an AFTER picture (after you have finished stitching on the piece) just before time runs out for the SAL. If you do not like the piece you choose for a particular SAL you can pick something different for the next SAL as long as it fits into one of the themes. The length of the SAL was designed to be long enough that you can make the SAL your focus project and still have time to stitch on other items. I want to encourage you to bring your projects to meetings in order to show us what you are working on and tell us something about the journey you are on with your project.

If you have ever wanted to try peyote beading but were reluctant to try it on your own… Well, here’s your chance to try this fun technique at a low cost with all supplies included. On November

14, SANG’s beader extraordinaire Joyce McCoig will lead us in making an even count peyote bracelet, designed by former region director Candy Jepsen. Inspired by a crazy patchwork quilt, this bracelet is made of size 11 Delica beads in a variety of colors. It would make a great last-minute Christmas gift. Kit cost is $10, and all you need to bring is a pair of scissors. Class will be from 9am to noon at the Chandler Senior Center at 137 W. French Place.

As always happy stitching,

Jessica Jones