Education

There are many educational opportunities available to members of the Pacific Southwestern Region.

Educational opportunities include:

Region Training

In order to better serve our members, to facilitate region administration, to encourage increased participation, and to empower and educate Chapter leadership, our Region is proud to introduce Region Training Sessions.

Each session will focus on an unique topic of interest to our members. If you have a suggestion for a future training session, please contact a Region Board Member!

Upcoming training sessions will be posted on the Events Page, so please be sure to check back often.

Chapter Workshops

A workshop is an educational opportunity, usually lasting more than four hours. Workshops are commonly held on one or two days over a weekend. A teacher is contracted to work with a limited number of students on an intense, hands-on project. There are numerous workshop opportunities throughout the year, located near the sponsoring Chapter.

For information regarding upcoming workshops, see our Events Page, or contact your local Chapter.

Study Boxes

A Study Box is a collection of materials that have a theme. These materials have been collected in an organized fashion by members of the Region and donated to the Education department. A typical Study Box will contain the history, materials, stitched samples, and program projects.

Study Boxes may be borrowed for a period of five weeks (including shipping time) by any Chapter or individual within the Region.

The Chapter must send the signed Study Box Reservation Form to the Region Education Chairman, along with a security deposit of $50.00, in the form of a Chapter check, made payable to Pacific Southwestern Region (PSR). The deposit check will be sent to the Region Treasurer for deposit into the Region’s account. After checking the inventory and condition of the returned Study Box, the Region Education Chairman will request a check in the amount of $50.00, payable to the Chapter, be sent to the Chapter.

Currently, the Region has seven permanent Study Boxes:

  • Beading Study Box: Beading books, patterns, bead examples – everything beading! Thank you to Azure Verde Chapter for donating this great Study Box.
  • Blackwork Study Box: History of blackwork and books about blackwork, stitched samples and program projects with instructions.
  • Florentine Study Box: Fifty stitched patterns, bibliography and sampler program.
  • Pandora’s Box: Program ideas for new Chapters, including nametag patterns. Good reference for all Chapters. All materials may be photocopied for future reference.
  • Hardanger Study Box: Stitched samples, photos of finished pieces, a four-part teaching program for beginners, and instructions for Hardanger projects and booklets.
  • Pulled Thread Study Box: Stitched samples (131), pulled thread books, two program projects.
  • Youth Projects Study Box: Suggestions for teaching young people; instructions for projects with three samples for those projects.

Needlework Notebooks

Margaret Fleming donated her collection of notebooks to the Pacific Southwestern Region in 2000. Margaret’s design and needlework are outstanding (as evidenced by the numerous awards she has earned). These notebooks are her collection of notes and stitched samples grouped by category. Although there is no formal program associated with the notebooks, they are a tremendous resource for anyone learning or studying a particular technique.

Needlework Notebooks may be borrowed for a period of five weeks (including shipping time) by any Chapter or individual within the Region. The Chapter must send the signed Needlework Notebook Reservation Form to the Region Education Chairman along with a security deposit of $25.00, in the form of a Chapter check, made payable to Pacific Southwestern Region (PSR). The deposit check will be sent to the Region Treasurer for deposit into the Region’s account. After checking the inventory and condition of the returned Needlework Notebook, the Region Education Chairman will request a check in the amount of $25.00, payable to the Chapter, be sent to the Chapter.

In addition, the Chapter will issue an additional check in the amount of $10.00 payable to PSR for shipping and insurance costs. This check will be deposited in the Region’s account. Any overpayment will be returned to the Chapter.

Currently, the Region has seven Needlework Notebooks:

  1. Brazilian Embroidery Notebook: Sampler of 25 stitches worked with Brazilian threads, samples of stitched motifs, many stitch designs, samples of effects of different weights of thread on stitches.
  2. Canvaswork Notebook: Stitched examples of different designs, example and steps of canvas applique, samples of canvas stitches, many stitch samples of canvas stitches, samples of canvas count affecting stitches.
  3. Counted Thread Notebook: Stitched examples of Hardanger, pulled thread and blackwork designs and stitches, pulled thread stitched samples on canvas, stitched Kogin design, many stitched designs for specific uses.
  4. Needlelace Notebook: Many samples of different types of lace, photos of antique needlelace, a number of completed lace samples and projects, some lace patterns, samples of different lace tapes.
  5. Seminole Patchwork Notebook: Pages of paper designs for Seminole patchwork, fabric samples of Seminole patchwork designs, pages of ideas, sample of family quilt.
  6. Smocking Notebook: Sampler of smocking stitches, many smocking design patterns, two books on smocking, pages of stitches and designs.
  7. Design Notebook: Contains examples of the design process. Examples of design, suggestions for various needlework techniques. Samples of experimentation with design elements and methods.

Individual Correspondence Courses

An Individual Correspondence Course (ICC) offers members the opportunity to study a technique under the guidance of an instructor who has demonstrated superior knowledge of the technique. Individual Correspondence Courses are offered by EGA National. For more information about this education opportunity, visit the EGA National website.

Group Correspondence Courses

A Group Correspondence Course (GCC) offers members the opportunity to study a technique with 20 of your closest EGA friends. A GCC is very affordable; the group splits the $150 teaching fee evenly. Each participant purchases their own text (usually less than $30) and supplies (also usually less than $30). Usually done at the Chapter level, a group chooses the piece they want to work on, receives the instructions, and meets as a group to work on the piece and compare notes. You may also take advantage of group pricing by joining an On-line GCC. An on-line GCC is very similar to a regular GCC, but you may take an offered course without the rest of your Chapter. The teaching fee is $20 and you purchase your own text and supplies. To learn more about GCC’s, or to register for an On-line GCC, visit the EGA National website.

Miscellaneous Education Resources

These are additional items that are available from the Education department. To reserve any of these items, submit the Reservation Form to the Region Education Chairman and the Region Director.

  • Pacific Southwestern Region Exhibit at the Margaret Parshall Gallery at National Headquarters. – February 1, 2002 – April 28, 2002. (video)
  • Bunka With Flair Presents Bunka Basics. Canada, 1999. (video) – This is intended to accompany the book Bunka with Flair
  • Bunka with Flair: The Handbook of Bunka, A Complete Encyclopedia of Bunka Shishu (Japanese Punch Embroidery) Techniques. 2nd Ed., Rev. – A resource gift from The United Bunka Embroidery Association.
  • 4-H Sampler: 4-H Band Sampler Introduction to Embroidery. Bishop’s Peak Chapter, The Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc.  San Luis Obispo Chapter, 2000.

We are in the process of compiling a list of current teachers working in our Region, to share with our Chapters. We would appreciate your assistance in this effort. Please make the below form available to your membership, and others who may be interested in new teaching opportunities, and return completed forms to Tru Vianos, Education Chair. Thank you!

Teacher Information Form