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2023 Program: New Beginnings for Traditional Skills

This year we celebrate our 45th year as a chapter in the Embroiderers’ Guild of America.  In those 45 years we’ve learned many types of embroidery techniques.  In this program we want to build upon those traditional skills as we explore new ways to think about our stitching in our ever-changing world. We will continue to offer our programs both in-person and via ZOOM. See our Home Page calendar for in-person/hybrid meeting updates.

Art of the Needle Show Review and Brainstorming

Fri, Nov 10th

9am – 11pm

DescriptionReview of the annual Art of the Needle Show, and brainstorm ideas for future programs.

Come prepared to discuss what you like about the show and/or ways to improve it.  Also, what ideas do you have (or would like to see) for up-coming programs.

Host: Member Discussion

 

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Madison Area Chapter Annual Meeting

Thu, Nov 16th

7pm – 9pm

Description:  At this meeting members review our chapter’s progress and discuss chapter business for the year to come.  Members elect new officers and approve the 2024 budget. We will also hear about our new chapter logo.  Finally, the chapter’s 2024 Program will be revealed in detail.  This important chapter meeting will be held in-person and via ZOOM.

Location: Bethany United Methodist Church, 3910 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, Room 228, Second Floor

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Winter Social

Sat, Dec 9th

10am – 1pm

Description: Let’s end off our 45th anniversary year on a high note!  We will get together for an informal stitch-in as we share some lite refreshments made by all of you.  We can reminisce about the reasons we joined EGA and what it is about this chapter that keeps us going.  AND, we can look forward to the new year and another exciting program year.

Non-perishable goods or monetary donations are requested for Second Harvest Food Pantry.

Location: Bethany United Methodist Church, 3910 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, Fellowship Hall, First Floor

Past 2023 Program Events

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Russian Pearl Brooch Hands-On

Fri, Oct 13th

9am – 11am

Description: Natalia Frank will teach us to make a small Russian style brooch at our morning meeting.  The round brooch has a blue bead (sapphire is the color for 45th anniversary) and is embellished with pearls.  

Natalia Frank, is a self-taught stiticher and an award-winning needlework miniaturist.  She is a member or our chapter.  Natalia specializes in petit point in miniature and works with silk gauze (from fifty-six-to ninety-count) and fine silk floss.  

Host:  Natalia Frank

Kit Fee:  $20

Registration Fee: $20

Registration Deadline: September 1, 2023

Virtual Tour of "Through the Needle's Eye" (Zoom only)

 
Thu, Oct 19th

7pm – 9pm

Description:

Through the Needle’s Eye,  the 22nd annual national EGA exhibition, tells the stories of the stitchers’ cultural journeys toward developing their masterpieces. Join us for a tour of the remarkable virtual exhibit!

Format: Online via Zoom

Art of the Needle Show

Sat, Oct 21th

10am – 4pm

Sun, Oct 22th

Noon – 4pm

Description: For over 40 years, the Madison Area EGA Chapter has hosted a show in October showcasing members’ stitching. Each year we look forward to seeing each other’s work, shopping Boutique and Stash, buying Drawing tickets and let’s not forget chatting with friends and family!

Registration Fee: None

Registration Deadline: See the Show page for registration forms 

Madison Area Chapter 45th Anniversary Celebration

Sat, Jul 15th

10am – 3pm

Description:  Members will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Madison Area Embroiderer’s Guild chapter with a social, luncheon and presentation at Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton.

Mike Schmudlach will present some of his collection of Banded Bandolier bags from Ojibwa, Potowatami, and  Ho-Chunk Tribes.  These beautifully beaded bags are also known as pony or friendship bags, and were made mostly for ceremonies, special ocasions, trade and gifts.  Mike’s collection are mostly from circa 1880 to 1900.   

Host: Madison EGA & Mike Schmudlach

Registration Fee: None

Registration Deadline: June 15, 2023

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Art of the Needle Show Boutique Workshop

Fri, Aug 11th

9am – 11am

Thu, Aug 17th

7pm – 9pm

Description:  Members will work on an assortment of boutique items, including a small Owl pillow, mini Christmas stockings and work on an assortment of donated stitchery.  Bring your current boutique project to stitch on if you prefer.

Bring: In addition to your usual stitching supplies bring anything in your stash that could be used to add sparkle to mini stockings and embellish Owl eyes and wings.  “Stash” supplies will also be available.

Host: Lois Hubert & Colleen Lytle 

Registration Fee: None

Registration Deadline: None

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Cyanotype Printing Demonstration

Fri, Sep 8th

9am – 11am

Thu, Sep 21st

7pm – 9pm

Description:  Kat Polewski will show how to use the sun as a photo-developing technique to develop blue backgrounds on fabric revealing the shapes (flowers, leaves, rocks, etc) that are placed on top of the fabric.

Host: Kat Polewski

Registration Fee: None

Registration Deadline: None

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Black Berries Box
3-Day Workshop

Day 1
Sat, Apr 22nd

1pm – 4pm

Day 2
Sat, Apr 29th

1pm – 4pm

Day 3
Sat, May 6th

1pm – 4pm

Description: Zentangle inspired patterning and traditional black work embroidery combine with color, shading, highlights, and shadowing effects to add dramatic contrast to this design.

Catherine Jordan holds Master Craftsman certifications in Counted Thread, Crewel, Color and Design programs from EGA. She is a Certified Zentangle Teacher.

This is a ZOOM workshop.

Host: Catherine Jordan

Kit Fee: $68

Registration Fee: $10

Registration Deadline: Feb 11, 2023

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Freestyle Embroidery Design as You Stitch

Thu, May 18th

7pm – 9pm

Description: Blank page is the same as blank fabric.  How do you start? What happens next? Is inspiration necessary? Our conversation will focus on stitching within the lines you make as you go. Explore how to connect your thoughts, feelings and reactions to the fabric via your hand and thread. We will experiment with the concept of designing while you stitch. Please bring paper and “pen” so you can practice.

Sandra Brick is a trainer, coach and educator with over 20 years of experience, and has designed and developed 35+ workshops and courses. Her explorations in new materials and techniques have inspired her innovative body of work in surface design, stitching and mixed media, which has been widely exhibited. 

Host: Sandra Brick via ZOOM

Registration Fee: None

Registration Deadline: None

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Star Spangled Puzzle Ball
On-Going Project
Part Three

Fri, Jun 9th

9am – 11am

Thu, Jun 15th

7pm – 9pm

Description:  Discover the joy of taking counted thread embroidery into three dimensions by creating a “puzzle ball” in this EGA Group Correspondence Course from designer Denise Harrington Pratt.

Part 3 – Faggot stitch, Ohio Star stitch, Pinwheel stitch, Finishing Tips

Host: Kathie Zwettler

Kit Fee: Use your own stash or purchase kit from Denise Harrington Pratt for $60.00 

Registration Fee: $40

Registration Deadline: November 19, 2022

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Star Spangled Puzzle Ball
On-Going Project
Part Two

Fri, Mar 10th

9am – 11am

Thu, Mar 16th

7pm – 9pm

Description:  Discover the joy of taking counted thread embroidery into three dimensions by creating a “puzzle ball” in this EGA Group Correspondence Course from designer Denise Harrington Pratt.

Part 2 – Two-sided insertion stitch, nova stitch, leviathan star

Host: Kathie Zwettler

Kit Fee: Use your own stash or purchase kit from Denise Harrington Pratt for $60.00 

Registration Fee: $40

Registration Deadline: November 19, 2022

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Freestyle Embroidery Design as You Stitch

Fri,  Apr 14th

9am – 11am

Description: Blank page is the same as blank fabric.  How do you start? What happens next? Is inspiration necessary? Our conversation will focus on stitching within the lines you make as you go. Explore how to connect your thoughts, feelings and reactions to the fabric via your hand and thread. We will experiment with the concept of designing while you stitch. Please bring paper and “pen” so you can practice.

Sandra Brick is a trainer, coach and educator with over 20 years of experience, and has designed and developed 35+ workshops and courses. Her explorations in new materials and techniques have inspired her innovative body of work in surface design, stitching and mixed media, which has been widely exhibited. 

Host: Sandra Brick (in-person)

Registration Fee: None

Registration Deadline: None

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Plan to Finish First

Thu, Apr 20th

7pm – 9pm

Fri, May 12th

9am – 11am

Description:  As much care and thought should go into the planning of the finish as goes into the beginning design process.  Catherine Jordan will join us via ZOOM giving a  presentaton on unique finishes for needlework other than framing.   Learn how to combine the focus of designing a piece of needlework with the possibilities of creative finishes to ensure everything works together for spectacular results! 

Catherine Jordan holds Master Craftsman certifications in Counted Thread, Crewel, Color and Design programs from EGA.  She is a Certified Zentangle Teacher.

Host: Catherine Jordon

Registration Fee: None

Registration Deadline: None

Reflection on 45 Years of Chapter Existence

Fri, Jan 13th

9am – 11am

Thu, Jan 19th

7pm – 9pm

Description: What were you doing 45 year ago?  What changes have you experienced in 45 years? Tell us about your EGA experience. 

There will be an introduction of 2023 chapter on-going project, Star Spangle Puzzle Ball, and a special Challenge for the year.

Host: Virtual Event, to attend as a guest, email your name and interest to info@madisonareaega.org

Registration Fee: None

Registration Deadline: None

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Lettering for Surface Embroidery Workshop

Sat,  Jan 28th

9am – 4pm

Description: This is a methods class to teach the skill of professional lettering for non-counted embroidery techniques. There is no set project although the class sample could be made into a nametag or included in a crazy quilt square.  

This is a ZOOM workshop.

Host: Canby Robertson

Kit Fee:  $60

Registration Fee: $10

Registration Deadline: December 10, 2022

Kit includes Soie d/Alger silk, ground fabric, photo, instruction booklet with alphabet copies, stitch direction chart, needle, and tracing paper.  Students to provide extra fine black sharpie marker, glue stick, paper scissors, ruler, and light box (or equivalent)

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Star Spangled Puzzle Ball On-Going Project
Part One

Fri, Feb 10th

9am – 11am

Thu, Feb 16th

7pm – 9pm

Description: Discover the joy of taking counted thread embroidery into three dimensions by creating a “puzzle ball” in this EGA Group Correspondence Course from designer Denise Harrington Pratt.

Part 1 – Kite eyelet, Algerian eyelet, double running stitch, fancy eyelet, diamond eyelet, symrna cross, double straight cross

Host: Kathie Zwettler

Kit Fee: Use your own stash or purchase kit from Denise Harrington Pratt for $60.00 

Registration Fee: $40

Registration Deadline: November 19, 2022

Registration

Access the 2023 Program Registration Form in the password protected on the Members Only page. The Registration Fee is what holds your place for the project or program. In some instances that will be the total fee for the project. In other instances, an additional amount is needed before taking the class. This information is included on the Registration Form. 

2436 Pennsylvania Avenue Madison, WI 53704 (map)

4281 West Beltline Hwy
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 422-5449

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