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Terri Bay Betsy Morgan
Kurdy Biggs Jennifer Mullins
Jan Blevins Deanna Powell
Sue Cathcart Kathy Rees
Celeste Chalasani Gail Stafford
Barbara Ellis Kay Stanis
Pat Goaley Ann Strite-Kurz
Cindy Hambrick John Waddell
Ruthmarie Hofmann Mary Waldsmith
Judy McGraw  


Terri Bay has never met a needlework technique she didn't like.  Like so many others she began with cross stitch and progressed into Hardanger, Pulled/Drawn work, Blackwork, Ukrainian Whitework, Romanian Point Lace, and many others.  Her designing business was born out of frustration over the very small amount of printed works on Ukrainian Embroidery.  Terri has a degree in Music Education from Indiana State University and has taught music and needlework in many forms. She has taught for many years at various shops, retreats, EGA chapter workshops, and EGA seminars.  She currently lives in South Carolina with her husband, three daughters who flitter in and out of the house on occasion, and specialty fiber donor Taz.   See more at www.terribayneedleworkdesigns.com

Kurdy Biggs is a counted canvas designer, and is a teacher and owner of Threedles Needleart Designs.  After stitching for many years and having progressed through counted cross stitch and canvas, Kurdy ran out of patters that intrigued her so she began to design her own. Kurdy holds a Level II Teaching Certificate from the National Academy of Needlearts. Her Geometric designs have won numerous awards from ANG, NAN, EGA, TNNA and Woodlawn. She has been published in Needlepointers, EGA, NAN, and ANG seminars and in retail shops.

Jan Blevins is an avid stitcher in all areas of needlework.  She has been stitching since childhood - being taught by her mother and various aunts and great aunts.  She has a master's degree in art education and taught art in both elementary school and junior high school for 10 years before retiring to raise her children.  She has been active in the Embroiders Guild of America for some 40 years and has taught various techniques on various occasions for her home guild, DN&TG. 

Sue Cathcart, of Beadiac, LLC has been a member of EGA for over 20 years, in which she was first introduced to the technique of peyote beading with delicas.  From there, a love affair was formed and has only grown!  She particularly enjoys doing 3-D beaded projects and loves bringing others into the world of beading, teaching the techniques in both individual and classroom settings.  A resident of Dallas, Sue also taught a beaded mini-class in the 2016 SCR Seminar.

Celeste Chalasani is a designer and teacher specializing in Stumpwork.  She first learned embroidery, sewing and crochet as a young child from her grandmother.  Her passion for Stumpwork was sparked when she joined EGA in 1999.  A life-long learner, she completed the City & Guilds Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Design and Craft Stumpwork distance courses under the tutelage of Chris Hammacott. Celeste holds a BS in Business Administration.  She is a member of NETA, NAN and a Life Member of EGA.

Barbara Ellis is originally from Chicago, IL and graduated from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. She has received many awards for her work as a licensed Interior Designer and as a creator of fine jewelry. Barbara also creates and designs her own beaded jewelry pieces and patterns. She has been published in Beadwork Magazine several times with her necklace and bracelet designs. Many of her patterns also are available at bead-patterns.com.  She shares her craft by teaching at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs FL, Bead Boutique in Naples, FL, and various EGA events and organizations. Barbara exhibits with the Naples Artcrafters at monthly tent shows and events.  She has several pieces on display at the ACSWF Co-Op Gallery at The Coconut Mall in Estero and the Epic 31 Boutique at The Promenade in Bonita Springs. 

Pat Goaley is an EGA Master Craftsman in both Crewel and Surface Embroidery.  In addition, she completed a Royal School of Needlework Certificate with Merit and a Diploma with Distinction. She is completing her Judging Certification and two Master Craftsman programs in Color and Design. Retired from the U.S. Navy, she is a physician assistant with a B.A. from George Washington University and a Master's degree from the University of Nebraska Medical School. 

Cindy Hambrick loves to create 3 dimensional pieces from beads—Christmas ornaments, vessels, and especially little boxes. A mathematician and computer programmer by profession, her introduction to beadwork came in 2004 when she was making and embellishing cloth dolls.  Beading soon became her passion.  As she gained expertise, she found that others wanted her to teach them as well.  She began teaching beginner classes through Austin Stitchery Guild in 2005 and has continued to teach more advanced classes as the years progressed.  She has taught at many EGA events including National and Regional Seminars.   Her students appreciate her complete kits and her detailed instructions. 

Ruthmarie Hofmann has been a designer and teacher of needlearts for over 30 years in central California, with an educational background in art history and art education. She has taught at national, regional, and local levels of ANG and EGA as well as at fiber arts and quilt events. Her multi-layered past has included designing needlework kits for commercial companies as well as her own line of hand-painted canvases, plus a short foray in co-authoring children's craft sets in beads. Her teaching predilection is encouraging creative endeavor in color and design with beads, form manipulation, mixed media including upcycled materials, and combined needleart genres with fabric or canvas.

Judy McGraw has been a needle worker since she was 4 years old. She started collecting antique needlework tools and accessories in 1973 after inheriting her great grandmother's tatting shuttles. Her love of traveling led her to collecting all types of needlework tools and accessories from around the world. Judy is a member of several EGA chapters and TCI (Thimble Collectors International). She is married to Tim McGraw and has 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Betsy Morgan is an award-winning international teacher who specializes in three-dimensional counted thread designs and stumpwork. She has taught all across the U.S. and Canada as well as in England and Australia. Betsy has been embroidering for more than 50 years and says that she is never happier than when she has a needle in her hand. Betsy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She began designing and teaching needlework for her local EGA chapter in the mid '90s, went professional in 2001, and started her business, Willing Hands Needlework Design in 2003. Betsy also is an avid practitioner of Zentangle.

Jennifer Mullins was happily working cross stitch patterns in 1999 when she stumbled on Jane Nicholas' first stumpwork book and was immediately captivated. A subsequent trip to the shop "Needle in a Haystack" in Alameda, Ca. sealed the deal – she was in love with needlework and wanted to do it all! Through the years her passion has deepened with each new technique learned. She is particularly fond of 16th and 17th century samplers and stumpwork, or raised work. An accountant by training, she has served as treasurer and president of several EGA chapters and as EGA National Treasurer.  She is currently in the position of EGA National Seminar Treasurer.

Deanna Powell is a fiber artist who has exhibited, lectured, and taught needle arts both in the US and internationally for over thirty-five years. She has designed and taught embellished clothing and accessories extensively; in recent years, beads have become an integral part of her clothing and jewelry designs.  She is an EGA certified teacher, certified graduate teacher, and past national president of EGA.  To share her knowledge, Deanna has contributed to numerous publications.

Kathy Rees learned to cross stitch at 14 and has never stopped using a needle (her mother is Jeanette Rees). After earning a business degree and working in the corporate world for 8 years, she moved to Florida in 1993 to work in the family needlework shop, Needle Delights. Time and a hurricane later, in 2011 she closed the shop to commit herself full time to designing and teaching. She especially enjoys working with color, multiple overdyed threads, and developing many colorways for her designs. She has taught classes locally as well as throughout the country, at trade shows, and online. She has taught at EGA Regional and National Seminars, and at ANG Seminars. Her designs have won numerous ribbons and awards in various venues and she has been published in Needlepoint Now.

Website: www.needledelights.com

Gail Stafford teaches mathematics at a small liberal arts college in eastern North Carolina. In her leisure time, she enjoys stitching canvas embroidery projects and creating original needlework designs. In recent years, her focus has been on translating scenic images into canvas embroidery designs. She holds EGA Master Craftsman certifications in Canvas, Color, and Design. She is the author of Bargello Challenge, an EGA correspondence course. She has been on the faculty of ANG national seminars and has presented numerous programs for EGA and ANG chapters. Her work has been published in Needle Pointers, Needle Arts, and Needlepoint Now.

Kay Stanis is an internationally known teacher, fiber artist, designer, Master Craftsman, Certified and Graduate Certified Teacher of EGA and Kurenai Kai Traditional Japanese Embroidery. She has taught in Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, and the United States for: ANG, Callaway School of Needlearts, EGA, JEC, Koala Conventions, South Australian Embroiderers Guild, Embroidery 2000 (NZ), and many independent groups.

Ann Strite-Kurz has been an active teacher and designer for thirty years. She is certified in canvas embroidery by the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) and teaches regularly at seminars sponsored by the Embroiderers' Guild of America and the American Needlepoint Guild. She taught three group correspondence courses for EGA for over a decade and she also holds a Master Craftsman certificate in canvas from EGA. In 1992 she published her first book, The Heart of Blackwork.  Since then she has released six other books on innovative styles of open patterning.  These include Potpourri of Pattern (1995), Backgrounds: The Finishing Touch (2003), Creative Canvas Couching (2005) and Diaper Patterns (2007) and Potpourri of Pattern Encore (2009).  Ann was the recipient of ANG's 2010 Literary Award.

John Waddell has taught for over 40 years and belongs to EGA, NETA and ANG.  He teaches weekly classes in Houston and numerous assignments with EGA, TNNA, Callaway and ANG locally and nationally.   He has been elected to serve as the President of the National Embroidery Teacher's Association (NETA) twice, and is a current member of EGA Fiber Forum.

Mary Waldsmith, a retired attorney, has been designing and teaching small projects for her local EGA chapter for 25 years.  Her project, "Elegant Holiday Tree," is available as an EGA Petite Project.  She designs and writes needlepoint stitch guides for many canvas designers under the name Owl Stitchery.  Her work can be viewed on Facebook and at www.owlstitchery.com.


Legend:  Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA), Embroidery Association of Canada (EAC), American Needlepoint Guild (ANG)
National Academy of Needlearts (NAN),
National Embroidery Teachers’ Association (NETA), Royal School of Needlework (RSN)
Group Correspondence Course (GCC),
Individual Correspondence Course (ICC), Master Craftsman Program (MCP)

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