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2024 Program: Different Stitches, Common Threads

Around the corner or around the world, this program celebrates diversity in stitching. We will learn from national teachers, local members and community groups with a wide variety of methods and traditions of needle arts. While there are many different stitches to discover, we are connected by this common thread of embroidery.

Click HERE for fillable 2024 registration form.

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Meet Madison Contemporary
Fiber Artists

Fri, Mar 8
9am – 11am
Social time: 11-11:30

Description: Info, Show & Tell by Madison Comtemporary Fiber Artists (MCFA) and MAC EGA getting to know each other as stitching groups in Madison. We will learn about the structure of each group and the types of needle art members are making.

https://www.madisonfiberartists.com/

Presenter: MCFA & EGA Members Lynn Waishwell and Nancy Daly will invite members to talk about the group

Meeting: In Person & via ZOOM

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email:  membership@madisonareaega.org

Detail from “Prismatic Forest” by Chris Thomas, MCFA artist.

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Memories of Survival Lecture

Thurs, Mar 21

7pm – 9pm

Social time: 6:30-7:00

Description:  This meeting will feature Barbara Steinhardt speaking about her mother, Esther, and her needle art (via pre-recorded lecture).  She created 32 fabric landscapes that portray vivid memories of her life in Poland in a Jewish community, during the Second World War. As a self taught artist and expert with stitching, she brings an intensely  traumatic time to life for all of us to learn about  her “Memories of Survival”.

For more information visit Art and Remembrance:  https://www.artandremembrance.org        and American Visionary Art Museum https://www.avam.org/exhibitions/esther-and-the-dream-of-one-loving-human-family

Bonus:  Prior to the lecture, Elizabeth Tucker, co-founder of the Textile Arts Center of our Madison (TAC), will speak to us about this new local resource!  TAC is a new sponsor of our chapter, offering workshops, exhibitions and events, and access to supplies for makers and enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. www.textileartsmadison.org/

Meeting: In Person & via ZOOM

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email:  membership@madisonareaega.org

Detail from “We Fled Across the Fields” Esther Steinhardt

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"Tapas" Stitching
Around the World

Fri, Apr 12
9am – 11am
Social time: 11-11:30

Description: Discover stitching from various corners of the world; Brazilian Dimensional, Hardanger, Greek Embroidery and Sashiko techniques shared by chapter members.

Presenters: Sue Bangert, Kari Beetham, Judy Caruso, Claire DeChristina, and Korinna Hansen

Meeting: In Person & via ZOOM (We encourage members to attend in-person due to hands-on detail of the presentation.)

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email:  membership@madisonareaega.org

 

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WORKSHOP
"Tapas" Stitching
Around the World

Sat, Apr 13

9am – 1:30pm

Description: Learn Brazilian Dimensional, Hardanger, Greek Embroidery, and Sashiko techniques in round robin sessions (includes short lunch break).

Presenters: Sue Bangert, Kari Beetham, Judy Caruso, Claire DeChristina, and Korinna Hansen

Meeting: Bethany United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, First Floor

Registration Fee:  $10

Kit Fee:  $30.00

Class Fee:  $20 – $33

Fees include Mary Ellen Tennis finishing workshop, and materials being held during June meetings.

Registration Deadline: Class closed and filled.

 

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Hmong Needle Art
Here from There

Thurs, Apr 18
7pm – 9pm
Social time: 6:30-7

Description: Learn about Hmong needle art that binds a culture across oceans.  This traditional needlework or cloth embroidery dates back several centuries and is an art form of creating patterns and designs with thousands of needle strokes on a piece of cloth. The compositions usually incorporate motifs symbolizing family clan, nature, or folklore.  

Hmong Princess Shop LLC found on FaceBook

Presenter: Ze X. Yang, owner of Hmong Princess LLC and connector of embroidery artisans in Laos and Madison in order to offer garments for celebrating the Hmong culture.

Meeting: In Person & via ZOOM

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email: membership@madisonareaega.org

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Stitching for the 17th of May Syttende Mai

Fri, May 10
9am – 11am
Social Time: 11-11:30
Thurs, May 16
7pm – 9pm
Social time: 6:30-7

Description: Bunad is the beloved traditional Norwegian dress that many Norwegians own and wear for special occasions. Each bunad colorfully and uniquely tells the story of Norway’s history and plays a special role in tying Norwegians to their heritage. 

Carolyn will discuss the embroidery, her personal experience creating her Bunad and introduce the 17th Mai style show of folk dress celebrated in Stoughton WI.  Info at: https://www.stoughtonfestivals.com/

Presenter:  Carolyn Benforado, is an artist and clothing designer who has been wearing bunad since her youth.  In fact, she joined EGA to insure she would finish the linen counted thread headdress she wears every Syttende Mai in Stoughton.

Meeting: In Person & via ZOOM

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email membership@madisonareaega.org

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Finishing Techniques Tapas
& More

Fri, June 14
9am – 11am
Social time: 11-11:30
Thurs, June 20
7pm – 9pm
Social time: 6:30-7

Description: Mary Ellen Tennis, needlework finisher extroidenaire, will present techniques specific to finishing our spring Tapas projects (Brazilian Dimensional, Hardanger, Greek Embroidery and Sashiko techniques). Mary Ellen will conduct a session for April 13 workshop attendees.  Participation fees were included in the original Tapas workshop registration.

Chapter members are welcome to stay and listen.  

Presenter: Mary Ellen Tennis, Witchery Stitchery, Mt. Horeb, owner and is a chapter member.

Meeting: In Person & via ZOOM  (We encourage members to attend in-person due to hands-on detail of the presentation.)

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email:  membership@madisonareaega.org

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July Social

More Details Coming Soon!

Description: Enjoy a lovely summer Saturday stitch-in & potluck, on the lake!  Our in-person summer social is hosted by one of our members, at her home.  More details to follow.

Host: Madison Area Chapter

Social Location: Ilene Manka’s Home

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email:  membership@madisonareaega.org

Boutique Workshop
Art of the Needle Show

Fri, Aug 9
9am – 11am
Social time: 11-11:30
Thurs, Aug 15
7pm – 9pm
Social time: 6:30-7

Description: Members will finish or work on assorted Boutique items for the Show during this in-person meeting. More specific details will be revealed prior to the workshops.   

This is the perfect time to bring all your stitched donations you’ve been working on throughout the year for Art of the Needle.

Presenters: Show Committee

Meeting: In Person

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email:  membership@madisonareaega.org

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Developing the Will
Through Needlecraft

Fri, Sept 13
9am – 11am
Social time: 11-11:30

Description Join us for a lecture on the  journey through Waldorf Education’s 1- 8th grade Handwork curriculum. Learn how fiber arts can teach the next generations to engage their head, heart, and hands for a better tomorrow. https://madisonwaldorf.org

Presenter:  Lindsay Mason, is a Handwork teacher at the Madison Waldorf School and holds a degree in Fine Art, Art Therapy and Philosophy from Mount Mary University.

Meeting: In Person & via ZOOM

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email:  membership@madisonareaega.org

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Halloween Needlework Journey with Toni Gerdes

Thurs, Sept 26
7pm – 9pm
Social time: 6:30-7

Note: Date Change/Special Date 

Description: Come with Toni Gerdes on this Halloween Needlework Journey to explore the trivia surrounding one of our most popular holidays. Interspersed between the history and trivia of the holiday will be many slides of stitched Halloween designs by Toni and other well-known needlework teachers.

Toni Gerdes holds Level II Teachers’ certification from the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) specializing in canvas embroidery and has earned many awards for her work.

Note this is a special scheduled meeting, and not the usual third Thursday of the month. 

Presenter: Toni Gerdes

Meeting: In Person & via ZOOM

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email:  membership@madisonareaega.org

2 DAY WORKSHOP
Monet Kimono
by Toni Gerdes

Fri, Sept 27

9am – 4pm

Sat, Sept 28

9am – 4pm

Description:  Inspired by the beautiful Impressionist paintings of Giverny by Claude Monet, this is the seventh in Toni’s kimono series. The use of painterly stitches for this beautiful landscape will be created using many different silks, with some added metallics for highlights which will bring the light to this rendition of Monet’s work. The bridge will be done in a raised stem stitch technique.

Presenter: Toni Gerdes

Workshop Location:  In Person

Registration Fee: $20

Kit Fee:  $190.00

Class Fee: $40 – $80

Registration Deadline: June 20, 2024

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The Art of Felting

Fri, Oct 11
9am – 11am
Social time: 11-11:30

Description:  Jarka Sobiskova, local multimedia artist and teacher, will discuss and demonstrate felting techniques and the significance of felting in womens art with this hands on project.

During the meeting, a hands on workshop of felting techniques will be held for registered participants. Materials will be supplied.  

Presenter: Jarka Sobiskova, Artist, creating beautiful creations in wool, clay, and paint.  https://www.instagram.com/jarkas_art/

Chapter members are welcome to stay and listen.

Meeting: In Person 

Kit Fee:  $10.00

Registration Deadline: July 13, 2024

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email:  membership@madisonareaega.org

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Embroider Memories
Bordando Memorias

Thurs, Oct 17
7pm – 9pm
Social time: 6:30-7

Description: The art of embroidery has been used in Latin America for centuries and has given women a platform to create surface designs for pleasure, business, therapy, and even protest.  Presenter, Maria Amalia Wood will discuss her project:  Bordando Memorias/Embroidering Memories she leads with “Latina immigrants” in the Madison area.  

Presenter: Maria Amalia Wood- Worked for many years with product development in Latin American craft communities. Her art practice is built on a foundation that includes a commitment to high quality craftsmanship, intellectual curiosity, and constant searching for authenticity and relevance.

Meeting: In Person & via ZOOM

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email:  membership@madisonareaega.org

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Art of the Needle
Show

Sat, Oct 19

10am – 4pm

Sat, Oct 20

Noon – 4pm

Description: For 45 years, our Madison Area EGA Chapter has hosted Art of the Needle, showcasing members’ stitching.  We invite the community to celebrate our work, talk with members and view hands-on demonstrations in this two day event. 

Members look forward to seeing each other’s work, view the chapter’s 2025 Program, shop Boutique and Stash, buy Drawing tickets and let’s not forget, chat with friends and family! 

For more information, visit our Art of the Needle Show page here.

Stitch-In & Show Reflection

Fri, Nov 8
9am – 11am
Social time: 11-11:30

Description: Time to stitch & share about the Show.

Presenter: Carolyn Benforado & Nancy Daly

Meeting: In Person & via ZOOM

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email:  membership@madisonareaega.org

Chapter Annual Meeting

Thurs, Nov 21
7pm – 9pm
Social time: 6:30-7

Description: At this important annual member meeting we will:

  • Review our chapter’s progress and discuss chapter business for the year to come
  • Elect new officers and approve 2025 budget 
  • Reveal in detail, 2025 Program  

Presenter:  Board of Directors

Meeting: In Person & via ZOOM

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email:  membership@madisonareaega.org

Winter Social

December 14

9am – 12pm

Description: Stitch-in, show and tell with potluck to follow.  

Presenter: Carolyn Benforado & Nancy Daly

Meeting: In Person 

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email:  membership@madisonareaega.org

Past 2024 Program Events

Navigating EGA and Beyond

Fri, Jan 12

9am – 11am

Thurs, Jan 18

7pm – 9pm

Description: Membership has its privileges! Learn more about navigating the online world of EGA using your screen to open a portal to stitching techniques and inspiration.

Presenters and Panel: Carolyn Benforado, Jennifer Horejsi and Andrea Sapon

Meeting:  via ZOOM

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email: membership@madisonareaega.org

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Embroidered Portraits

Fri, Feb 9
9am – 11am
Social time: 11-11:30
Thurs, Feb 15
7pm – 9pm
Social time: 6:30-7

Description: During this ZOOM lecture, national fiber artist and teacher, Patrizia Ferreira shares her artwork and how to prepare for the thread painting portrait workshop. 

“As an artist my main objective is to be a vehicle to develop awareness around certain topics. Very close to my heart are issues regarding the environment and my own personal immigrant story as a South American woman in the United States.”

Presenter: Patrizia Ferreira www.patriziaferreira.com

Meeting:  via ZOOM

Members:  No charge for members and guests.  Guests please email:  membership@madisonareaega.org

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Three-Day WORKSHOP
Embroidered Portrait

Sat, Feb 17

9am – 11am

Sat, Feb 24

9am – 11am

Sat, Mar 2

9am – 11am

Description:  Three Saturday workshops with inspiration from the lecture, participants will learn various techinques to stitch a portrait with surface embroidery. See facebook video HERE 

Supply list will be sent upon registration.

Presenter: Patrizia Ferreira

Meeting:  via ZOOM

Registration Fee: $10

Kit:  Class attendees provide stitching materials

Class Fee: $20 – $30

Registration:  Closed & Class Filled

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