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.
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