Meetings and Activities
Who We Are
The Embroiderers Guild of America
(EGA) was organized in 1958 in New York by three members of the Embroiderers
Guild of London. Today, EGA has grown to include 13 regions across the
US and Canada comprised of 345 chapters, with a total of nearly 18,000
The purpose of the EGA is to foster the highest standards of excellence
in needlework through an active program of education and study to preserve
the needlearts heritage of our country.
EGA defines embroidery as that which is done with a threaded needle.
EGA studies include quilting, counted thread, canvas, crewel, machine
embroidery, beading, silk and metal thread, and much more. Each are is
treated with respect and as an art form.
The Show-Me Stitchers chapter of the EGA was chartered in 1988. Our chapter
has monthly meetings.
These programs include hands-on demonstrations, group stitching projects,
videos, and lectures by local and nationally known teachers. In addition,
we hold special stitching workshops. These workshops are conducted by
nationally recognized teachers. Special interest groups may also be formed
On the region and national levels, members can participate in seminars,
exhibitions, and competitions. Correspondence courses ranging from silk
embroidery and lace making, to hardanger and fine hand sewing are available.
Newer courses include machine embroidery and beading.
Also available to members are certification programs for teachers and
judges, and a Master Craftsman program. The national resource library
in Louisville, Kentucky houses historical and modern works, study boxes,
and hundreds of books and videos available for loan to members and chapters.
Membership is open to all stitchers regardless of expertise. We encourage
beginners to join, along with more advanced stitchers. Annual dues are
$45 per year and include NeedleArts magazine published quarterly
by EGA, the chapter newsletter, ThreadLines, and attendance at
all chapter meetings. A national seminar is held every year hosted in
cities around the US. Guests and visitors are welcome to attend two chapter
meetings free of charge before being invited to join.
For more information about EGA, see the national
website. For local membership information, contact the chapter membership chair.
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