Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc.


Group Correspondence Courses & Education Classes
The current GCC in progress is "More than a Rose" with 12 participants. The submission date for completed projects is end-March 2018.  Please see your education catalog or EGA National at to determine possibilities and suggestions to make to the group.

Visiting Teacher

Joan Thomasson's  Marigolds and Moorish Tiles class was great fun even with a fractured wrist on February 7-8th, 2015. 14 members registered for this challenging class and many have now finished the project. Photos will be published soon.
Shading with Judy Jeroy

In this Group Correspondence Course students learned "nine stitches useful in shading,
defining “shade” to mean “vary the transition of a color hue from light to dark.” Stitches are
chain, coral knot, burden, fly, outline/stem, raised outline/stem, crescent spider, French knots, and long & short.  Whatever [is] submit[ed] will be evaluated. History of the technique is given in some detail: how this form of needlework moved from Europe to America, and how it was adapted to fit the conditions of the colonial world. Why not step into the World of Shading Stitches, make some choices, and take some chances!"  Alternative threads can be used for those not wanting to use wool or those allergic to wool. 
Ikebana with Ilse Altherr

"Ikebana is a sampler of composite, pulled thread stitch patterns. The central floral
composition, created in the style of Japanese flower arrangement, is worked in counted
diagonal satin stitches and pulled Scotch stitches. It introduces a touch of color to the
sampler, bringing out the textural pulled thread patterns of the frame."  As with the
other two pieces color has been the inspiration of the moment.  The students in this
class varied the hues in the flowers as well as the pulled thread frame. 
It was quite a show when the projects were completed.
Roses with Carol Algie Higgenbotham

"Roses takes one of our favorite flowers and uses them to teach you one method of
working blackwork. Using a floral motif is in keeping with historic pieces done in one
period of blackwork. [Students] will be introduced to the history of blackwork, materials,
design transfer and a method of working blackwork patterns. [Students] will discover
the difference between dark, medium and light density blackwork patterns. The original is worked in black and a gray to give some contrast and interest to the piece. The use of
gold for the enhancement of the piece echoes the historic use of gold."

While traditionally, the work is stitched in black, the ladies of our chapter have decided to expand the color pallet and stitch this piece in many other colors. 

Photo Album:

Roses GCC

Ikebana GCC

Ladies stitching on other projects

Pictures of some of our work in stages.


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