Chapter, Regional and National News


Who's Who for Cyberstitchers with their CyberStitchers emails:

Kathie Morrison may be reached at
Meg Welch at
Kelly Jackson at and
Susan McAndrew at
Demaris Burleson at
Sue Sherburne at and
Ellen Sedlak at
Meg Welch at
Lynn Burshtin at
Rissa Peace Root at
Karen Willett at
Kathie Morrison at
Anne Wilson, CyberPins CyberPins

Payments to the Chapter:

Most payments can now be done through our website. You can pay your dues, register for your BEEs classes, etc. Anyone mailing a check for whatever purpose, PLEASE include your name and EGA # on the memo line for checks, or in the Notes section for PayPal. With our large membership it will make life a LOT easier on any of our volunteers that need to handle payments.


Dues for the 2012-2013 EGA year are as follows:
Primary members of CyberStitchers: $50
Plural members of CS (with the primary chapter being within TVR): $10
Plural members of CS (with the primary chapter being outside TVR): $13
Life Member: $13 (this covers Regional and Chapter dues, as your dues to
National are paid forever)

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at and I will be happy to answer them for you!
Thank you, everyone!

Kelly Jackson
Membership Chair

Chapter Pins:

Cyberstitchers is lucky to have our own Chapter Pin! You can see a picture of what this pin looks like in the files section of this yahoo group. Just go to the file section and look for "cyberstitchers pin". They really are a fun to wear especially when you are attending the National and Regional EGA Seminars.

These pins are $7.00 and that includes the postage regardless of where we are mailing.

If you are interested, you can pay via paying Just be sure to identify "Chapter Pin" somewhere in the payment information. You can also send a check to me, payable to Cyberstitchers, just email me for my mailing address. Regardless, of how you purchase one, please email me (click on my name below) and give me YOUR mailing address and that you are wanting to purchase a chapter pin. As soon as I see payment, I will get your pin out to you.

Anne Wilson, CyberPins
Chapter Pin volunteer

Special Interest Groups:

SIGs are Special Interest Groups and we have a lot of them and more coming all the time. Here are the ones we have at present that you are welcome to join. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR NAME WHEN YOU ASK TO JOIN as it is easier for all of us to check your membership that way.
Searching on email addresses is not always possible and frequently frustrating and often gets members rejected for no reason except "not found in database." (for designers only)

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me. If I don't have the answer, someone else here probably will. These groups are only as exciting as the members who join them make them. If you don't participate, then you won't enjoy much of the experience. We learn by doing and teaching so ask the questions and do the projects or just collect them for a rainy day when you run out of things to do and we will all have fuller lives.

SIGs Chair

Sunshine Committee:

Important request! We need members to go to the Members files in the cyberstitchers-ega group and either create or update their profile in the membership directory for the sunshine committee.


From the Region Director Lois Threlkeld:
Next year we are off to National Seminar in Louisville, Oct. 5-11, 2013. Our TVR Celebration will be on Wednesday, October 9, from 6-8 pm. The logo is a steamboat and we will have a nametag contest with the prize a free registration to come to SAS 34 in Knoxville the following June. We all need to get busy on our nametags to have a
chance at that free registration!

Congratulations to Sandra Sacksteder for achieving Master Craftsman in Smocking. I hope many of you got to see her christening gown which was her step 6. I encourage any of you interested in Master Craftsman to pursue it! Becky Meade told me she had passed step 1 in Counted Thread, so congratulations to Becky too!

Congratulations to Nancy Pardue on being selected as the Gold Thread Award winner for Tennessee Valley Region. The submittals are turned in via the EGA website before May 1 every year. Be thinking of worthy members of your chapters. Criteria for selection is on the EGA website.

Here are several announcements I made at SAS in case you missed them:
EGA headquarters has a new Administrator, Sharon Chatman who comes from a background of marketing and non-profits. Logan Reulet is no longer at EGA, so the staff is just three members. Tonya Parks handles membership and some accounting functions, Brad Cape
handles the collection and Sharon handles everything else. There will be new EGA merchandise at National Seminar. There is an effort underway to redo the EGA website. I understand there will be capabilities for chapters to have their own site. Stay tuned!

We have a full schedule for Share-a-stitch seminars out to 2015 already with hotel contracts. At Louisville, next year Mary Lou Able is chairman for our celebration on Wednesday, October 9, 6-8 pm. At the banquet, Sue Fullgraf invited us to Knoxville on June 26-29, 2014 for a “Foothills Fantasy”. Her Co-chairman is Cathy Elliott who you
may know from past seminars. The logo is a cantilever barn, a unique historical feature of East Tennessee. You will be able to pre-register for the Knoxville Share-a-Stitch 34 at National Seminar in Louisville. In 2015, we will be returning to the Memphis area for Share-a-Stitch 35 to be held June 25-28, 2015, to the Whispering Oaks Conference
Center in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

I have had another suggestion that I need your feedback on. Several members suggested we have a Share-a-Stitch to finish UFO’s (Un-Finished Objects) and that we have 3-4 teachers, each with expertise in a technique, that can provide help in that area for helping us finish the projects that we have not had time or help to finish. Would you be interested in this type of SAS? We would still have merchandise night, bookstore, silent auction, banquet, etc

Finally, Barbara Rakosnik is chairing the Exhibit at Callaway Gardens School of Needle Arts in January 2013 and is seeking exhibit pieces. They also have a silent auction and bookstore there. If you have a piece or two to exhibit, be sure to look for the forms to send in the pieces.


EGA National Headquarters:

The EGA National office has been moved to the following address:
EGA HEADQUARTERS, 1355 Bardstown Road Suite 157, Louisville, KY 40204

New Website:

Over the weekend we upgraded our website to allow for more functionality and benefits for our members! We hope you enjoy the new look, feel and features on our site!

The biggest change will be the member log-in area. Each member now has a unique USER ID and password. This will allow EGA to offer online classes and other member specific content. To login:

User ID is your membership ID #
Temporary password is WEareEGA (case sensitive)

The Members Only area has a discussion group, a great notebook section to overview threads and fabric, pictures of petite projects, a place to update your own profile, form guides and manuals, Board minutes, and info on Outreach programs.

We are still testing all of the features of the new site so additional features will come on line over the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience as we continue to upgrade your online experience. 

National news:

Logo for EGA Santa Fe seminar


Don't miss this important date! Make sure that your Seminar 2012 Registration form is postmarked as of June 1 OR E-mail dated - June 1


See the Seminar 2012 brochure (packaged with the March issue of Needle Arts magazine) OR visit the EGA website to view the brochure and print the registration form.

All registrations postmarked after June 1 will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration CLOSES August 15, 2012


The seminar room block has been expanded. Call 1-800-HILTONS to reserve your room.

The expanded room block offers king bed upgrades with balconies at $169 with two nights prepaid and nonrefundable. And sporadically, a few rooms in our original block become available when Early Registrants regretfully must cancel their seminar plans. Remember to specify our group codes, EGA12 (original block) or EGA12P (expanded block).

Connie Fudge, Registrar EGA 2012 Seminar
PO Box 1728, Blaine, WA 98231-1728
Phone: 208-755-2836

News from EGA National by Susan Hacker Nelson :

Bobby Pilling Award Winners Announced:

The education department is pleased to announce the Bobby Pilling Award winners for 2012

1st: Christine M. Harris, National Trail Stitchers,

Mid-Eastern Region for "Peaceable Kingdom: Tree of Life"

2nd: Barbara Haugaard, Evergreen Chapter, Greater Pacific Region for "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening"

3rd: Catherine Jordan, Gentle Pursuits of Richmond, Mid-Atlantic Region for "New Beginnings"

These pieces will be on display at the education exhibit at the national seminar in Santa Fe in October/November. Please congratulate these ladies on a job well done!

Fiber Forum Retreat 2013 - "Painting with Freestyle Machine Embroidery" with Carol Shinn:

April 21-23, in Wilmington, DE
Students of all levels explore the use of the sewing machine for imagery and surface design. After a few beginning exercises designed to help students understand the process, students work on individual projects.

Carol Shinn, a studio artist who lives in Fort Collins, CO, is known internationally for photo- realistic machine-stitched images. She has taught at Arrowmont, Penland, and Haystack, and at Arizona State and Mesa Community College in Arizona. She is author of Freestyle Machine Embroidery, Interweave Press, 2011. She is represented by Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe. Her work is in public and private collections, the Denver Art Museum, and Museum of Arts & Design in NYC.

Full details can be found on the EGA website and will be available at Seminar in Santa Fe.


Coming this Fall!


The 20th National Exhibit Call to Stitchers


From the EGA National Exhibits Manual:


"The Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. acknowledges the value of needlework in art and history. Its national exhibit, Through the Needle's Eye, is a representative selection of the best in artistic and technical works, embracing both traditional and contemporary needlework while expanding the perception of embroidery as an art form."

This is your opportunity, because you always said;

"Someday I will....
Create an original design
Challenge myself
Show my work to someone beyond my family"

So, while you enjoy your summer break, keep a camera or sketchpad close to hand and find your inspiration. Free your imagination and open your mind because this is your time to shine.

The 20th National Exhibit debuts April 2014. Details will be available later this year at


The RMR of EGA will hold its 2014 Region Seminar at the Hotel Albuquerque, in delightful and historical Old Town, Albuquerque, NM, hosted by North and Central New Mexico Chapters, Sandia Mountains, Turquoise Trail, and Pajarito.

The seminar is July 31- August 2, 2014, with classes held on Friday and Saturday. The seminar theme is Miles of Memories (Route 66 in the 1950s). We encourage you to submit your most enticing pieces for this weekend of stitching fun. Never before presented as well as popular encore pieces are acceptable. The proposals may be for two day or one day classes.

A detailed letter with the proper forms and requirements will be mailed September 1, 2012, to all teachers who request the proposal package. Proposals may be submitted via e-mail or in a returnable mailing envelope. Proposals are due no later than January 1, 2013, with the selection committee convening the middle of February, 2013.

We appreciate your interest. Please send any questions or your request for proposal forms to:

Dean of Faculty, Jane Moses

P O Box 2836, Corrales, NM 87048

emails: &


More Call for Proposals...

June 20-24, 2014
Silver Needles Golden Threads Greater Pacific Region Seminar Nugget, Sparks/Reno Nevada.

We are pleased to announce the Greater Pacific Region Seminar will be held at the Nugget in Sparks/Reno Nevada. Opening events will happen on June 20, 2014. The theme is Silver Needles Golden Threads. Proposals may or may not incorporate the theme.

We are looking for one, two and four day classes in a variety of techniques and difficulty levels. They may have been taught previously in other venues.

We will also be looking for proposals from each proposing teacher as to what they would do if chosen to be the teacher for our Stitchers Sanctum (our revised Studio Time). Each teacher chosen will also be expected to participate a short demo or hands on technique program being designed.

Proposal packages may be downloaded from the GPR website in the next couple days. Proposals may only be submitted via email to


The deadline for submission is January 15, 2013.




Pacific Southwestern Region, EGA, is pleased to announce the posting of the proposal information for EGA National Seminar 2014 on the EGA website.

Teachers are invited to propose a variety of classes at different levels and in different techniques. 4-, 2-, and 1-day classes will be selected.



October 18 - 24, 2014

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort Phoenix, AZ

For proposal information, a flyer with seminar details, and a flyer showing special seminar sales items, go to:(

National Trail Stitchers, the EGA chapter in Wheeling WV is having a month-long exhibit at Friendship Village of Dublin, OH in August.

The show will begin on Friday, August 3 and a closing reception will be held on Thursday, August 30 from 1:30pm until 3:30 pm. The exhibit will be open from 8am until 7pm on weekdays and from 10am until 7 pm on weekends.

Friendship Village is at 6000 Riverside Dr. Dublin OH 43017. The phone # is 614-764-1600 and it is suggested that you call ahead as occasionally other events are scheduled in the room.


When: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Place: Don Halls Guesthouse & Convention Center
1313 W. Washington Center Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
260-489-2524, 800-348-1999
Time: Friday Night Stitch In 7 - 9 pm
Saturday Registration: 8:30 am
Cost: $45

Special Guest Speaker: "Johnny Appleseed"

Our project for 2012 Indiana State Day will be this sweet Blackwork Apple Needlebook designed by Judie Gary, President of the Fort Wayne Area Chapter.

Stitched in black on 18 count aida this design incorporates a number of blackwork motifs and is finished off with an edging of Palestrina knots. Please bring a 5" hoop, scissors, lighting, magnification and electrical extension cord.

Twinned/Sister Chapters

Membership chairman, Patricia Toulouse, is looking to update the files on which chapters are currently in relationships with chapters overseas. If your chapter is currently paired with another organization, please forward that information to Pat at
Additionally, if your Chapter would like to participate, please let Pat know!

Kissing Pillow Update

We are still getting request for the Kissing Pillow Pattern! For more information, please contact Geraldine Trappy at

Finished pillows can be sent to:
Nancy Behrendt
Evergreen Chapter President
280 E Westlake Dr S
Allyn,WA 98524