The National EGA Seminar 2015 Committee is looking for a few good needleworkers to replicate our beautiful logo above in a stitched piece. The piece will be featured on the cover of NeedleArts. We may also kit the piece and sell it at upcoming events as part of seminar merchandise. So, take all of your great ideas, beautiful fibers and fascinating fabric and create your one of a kind piece to celebrate Stitchin’ Fiesta in San Antonio, TX in 2015!

DUE DATE: The submitted pieces will be displayed at SCR Seminar 2014 in Baton Rouge.
If mailing: Send to Carol Parker, 6125 Sheridan Oaks Drive, Beaumont, TX 77706 to arrive no later than May 31, 2014
If coming to SCR Seminar 2014: Must deliver it to the Registration Desk no later than 5:00 PM June 10 JUDGING: SCR Seminar 2014 attendees will be casting ballots for the winning design
PRIZE: The winner will receive a check for $100.00 and have their winning piece featured on the front of the NeedleArts magazine.


Here are the rules:

  • There is no specific size requirement, but if we will be kitting it, smaller would be better than really large
  • While the stitching has to be completed, the edges of your piece do not have to be finished when you submit it. It is up to you.
  • Pieces that have a great deal of height and/or dimension are more difficult to photograph
  • The color of the fabric you use does not matter as the colors of the design will stand out against almost any fabric
  • Beads, metals, shiny surfaces and fabric can be somewhat difficult to photograph well because they reflect the light, but use your judgment here
  • Since we may be kitting this, please keep good notes that we can turn into instructions
  • The EGA Logo, the letters EGA or Embroiderers’ Guild of America must appear on the piece


National Seminar 2015 News and Events

EGA Seminar 2015 Wants You!

The EGA Seminar 2015 committee is looking for someone living in theSan Antonio area to be hospitality liaison for next year’s national seminar in San Antonio. This person will work with the San Antonio Visitors and Convention Bureau and other organizations in the hospitality industry to explore activities that might interest our seminar participants. San Antonio is a tourist town, and we have a lot to offer our visitors. The participants in this seminar will be staying at the Marriott River Center, just minutes away from many tourist attractions. Our seminar in 2015 will be the first held in the new shortened format. There
will be no organized tours offered as part of the seminar. So participants will be relying on us to provide them with information on where to go and what to see. That’s where you come in. We need a person (or persons!) to seek out opportunities and get information (maybe work a deal?) for things like the double-decker bus tour, or the river barge, or discount tickets to the wax museum. (Did you know VIA offers special rates for one-day and multi-day passes? And in some cases they could be free?) A contact at the Visitors Bureau is already in place, so a big step in the process has already been taken.

If you are interested in participating in the planning side of EGA Seminar 2015, either this opportunity or some other to be determined, please contact me by email at

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye… March 2014

We all have enough projects to last us without ever buying another but we keep buying every one that strikes our fancy. I hope to get Debbie Stiehler’s Berkshire Revisited that she taught at ANG. It is a front door with a tiny American Flag. I just fell in love with it. She is not teaching now and is selling the kit. She is to email me with the cost.

Ruth Owens was stitching an Ilse Altherr blackwork piece, Fantasy Garden, at the last retreat. My sister wanted to stitch it also. I remembered taking the class but did not finish the piece. I enjoyed going through all my tote bags with partially started projects looking for Fantasy Garden. I used to put pieces in X-ray boxes from when I was working. The boxes were great for projects on the stretcher bars and were heavy cardboard. Then I was talking to my sister on the phone and spied an X-ray box and knew that was where it was. I told Carol “I will call you back” and bee lined it for the box and there it was, a partially started blackwork Fantasy Garden from 2000. Problem solved.

We are delighted to have Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph.D., from UTSA speaking at our May 3 luncheon at Ft. Sam Golf Course. Her article on Huipiles is in the September 2013 Needlearts. Huipiles are beautiful woven blouses. Make your reservations now. Coupon is in this newsletter.

Tawney has some great projects lined up for technique class and meeting programs. Mark your calendars for our retreat October 29 to November 2 at Inn of the Hills in Kerrville. There will be more info soon in this newsletter.

Take me out to the ball game on May 15 for stitch and pitch at a Missions game. The coupon is in this newsletter. Come and bring your family and friends and your stitching that night.

Joan Vanderbrink

Important Upcoming Dates!

 Feb. 1, 2014 – National Stitch in Public Day.

 Feb. 15, 2014 – Chapter annual financial reports due to National EGA office.

 Mar. 1, 2014 – SCR Mid-year Meeting, Dallas,TX.

 April 1, 2014 – deadline to register for 2014Seminar Stitching Gumbo. Registration is open at

 June 11 – 14, 2014 – SCR 2014 Seminar, Stitching Gumbo

 October 18 – 24, 2014 – EGA 2014 National Seminar in Phoenix, AZ, Dreams and Legends. Open registration begins Mar. 1, 2014.

 June 4 – 6, 2015 – SCR 2015 Seminar in Lubbock, TX, In Stitches. More information will be available soon.

 October 28 – November 2, 2015 – EGA 2015 National Seminar in San Antonio, TX, Stitchin’ Fiesta.

News and Notes


Jill Stoeber 210-493-8906 cell 210-421-3420 She has quite a few beautiful painted canvases, some with yarn. She has DeGrazia hand painted canvases. Well worth the drive to her house off De Zavala and Lockhill Selma. She is selling her aunt’s stash and they are beautiful.


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Joan Vanderbrink

Stitch in Public Day

February 1, 2014 is EGA’s Stitch in Public Day. We have several opportunities to stitch: Tuesday, February 4 Maverick Library from 6-8 pm, Wednesday, February 5 Northwood Presbyterian Church 9:30 am – 11:00am, lunch, stitch 12:30-3:00 pm, Monday, February 10 Forest Hills Library, 6-8 pm, Saturday, February 15 Memorial Library, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Tuesday, March 4 at Maverick Library, 6-8 pm, Wednesday, March 5 Northwood Presbyterian Church 9:30 am – 11:30 am, lunch, stitch 12:30 – 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 15 Memorial Library10:00 am -1:00 pm. Here are 6 opportunities to stitch in public with SANG in two months.

Joan Vanderbrink

President’s Message February 2014

hort Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

SANG’S name gets around. Stitches from the Heart gave Jill Stoeber my name. Jill has quite a few handpainted needlepoint and De Grazia handpainted canvases. I went to see them and they are beautiful. Some could almost be framed as they are. They don’t make hand painted Aida so that lets me out. (I stitch mostly on Aida but I have advanced to some canvas and linen.) I could appreciate the talent in these canvases and they would be beautiful stitched. More info in this newsletter.

Saturday, February 1 is EGA Stitch In Public Day. I have listed the dates in this newsletter and I will send EGA pictures and info on our stitch ins.

Forest Hills Library is a nice facility with good light. If you have not seen our exhibit there yet, Joyce did a great job of putting it up. They want us to continue a February exhibit with hearts and red and pink pieces

Can you believe it? We’ll be celebrating 40 years of SANG at our May luncheon. Big plans are in the works, so you won’t want to miss it. Details in our next newsletter (I’m such a tease!)

Tawney is planning on having a technique class on Tanya Berlin’s lace bell pull.

I hope to see you at a stitch in or meeting soon. I am still working on Amadeus and enjoying it. It is new stitches for me like the dart stitch and Amadeus stitch.

Joan Vanderbrink

President’s Message January 2014

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

Star Trek and cross stitch on a flight from Milan, Italy to Newark, N.J. It doesn’t get better than that. I watched the movies Star Trek and Into Darkness. It was hard to hear over the plane noises but I almost know them both by heart. I worked on bookmarks on the flights over and back. A gallon baggie held the pattern, floss, Aida, needle and a pair of scissors. On the way back, the flight attendant stopped to see. My sister was doing a metallic thread Christmas design that she was interested. I did not see any needlework stores in Milan or Varese where my cousins live. Carol and I did do some stitching at night. – No TV in the apartment where we were staying. (It would have been in Italian anyway and neither of us understands it anymore). We really enjoyed visiting with our family.

We have a new year of stitching ahead of us. Watch this newsletter for info on upcoming meetings and workshops. We have the third Amadeus workshop on Saturday, January 11 at Chandler Senior Center at 9:00 am. The January meetings will be doing bookmarks for the Region. I can bring several patterns that are easy and some may be stitched in one sitting.

I hope you all have been to see the exhibit at Forest Hills Library. As I write this, I have not gotten there yet, but will do so tomorrow. The library is anxious for us to meet there. The second Monday of the month sounds good from 6-8. We can add that stitch in date to our calendar.

I wish a Happy New Year to all of you and a year of starting and finishing new projects and finishing some in our collections. Live long and prosper.

Joan Vanderbrink

Stitch in Public Day

February 1, 2014 is EGA’s Stitch in Public Day.

We will be having our Stitch In Public Days on Tuesday, February 4from6-8pmat

Maverick Library, Monday, February 10 from 6-8 pm at Forest Hills Library and Saturday, February 15 from 10 am-1pm at Memorial Library.

We have several stitching opportunities coming up: January 7 from 6-8 pm at Maverick Library, January 13 from 6-8 pm at Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road, and January 18 from 10-1 at Memorial Library with lunch afterwards. I hope to see you at one of these libraries.

Joan Vanderbrink

President’s Message December 2013

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

It is hard to believe Christmas is almost here. I still have not finished the knitted Christmas stocking for my third great grandchild, Hawk. He will only be 18 weeks old so he won’t know he may not have a stocking hanging for Santa but Grandma will know. I only have six weeks to go.

Yesterday when I was anxiously waiting for a repair man to come to my house, I picked up my Christmas ornament and started stitching the last part. I could see out my front window for his truck, but just the feel of the fabric and needle in my hands calmed me down. I may not be stitching but I just like a project bag close by in case I have a few minutes to pick it up. I try to take my bookmark bag with me everywhere. It just helps to know it is there and I can keep calm and cross stitch.

I came across my first EGA Membership card in a drawer. Judy Jeroy was EGA President and it expired 1993. I just passed my twentieth anniversary with EGA. Have I had a good time these past 20 years and look forward to more years and finished projects. Amadeus is first on my list to finish, next Great Grandchildren Complete life’s circle of love. Then I want to start Pat Rosendal’s “The Needle is My Immortality.” It is kitted and just waiting to see the light of day.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year. Keep those hoops and needles in your hands.

Joan Vanderbrink