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Amee Sweet McNamara

Ask Amee K. Sweet-McNamara why her fine-art jewelry business is called “Amee Runs with Scissors,’’ and she usually just laughs and says, “Because it sounds a whole lot sexier than ‘Amee Eats Paste.’” Working out of her New Hampshire home, Sweet-McNamara makes one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable-art textile-jewelry using a technique called “Soutache & Bead Embroidery” which involves hand-stitching yards and yards of soutache braid and hundreds of tiny beads.

Bobbi Norris

Bobbi Norris has stitched, embroidered and created for as long as she can remember, making her first dress in second grade.  Bobbi estimates that nearly everything sheI owned during high school had some type of embroidery on it.  She fell in love with counted cross-stitch as a young adult and now has a growing need to thread a beading needle.  Bobbi is an active member of the Houston Embroiderers’ Guild, and has taught and designed beading projects and programs for her chapter and local needlework.  Now with encouragement from friends, Bobbi is spreading her love of beading to others.

Catherine Theron

Catherine was born and raised in a Connecticut household filled with antique quilts and a lovely New England   sampler created by one if her great great great grandmothers.  Surrounded by two grandmothers who sewed, stitched crewel and canvas pieces, crocheted, and knitted; becoming a passionate needlewoman was an easy career path for Catherine.

Catherine has been designing counted thread needlework for more than 30 years under the company name Theron Traditions and was a founding partner in the popular thread company The Gentle Art.  Her interests lie primarily in samplers and the many stitches used to create these beautiful pieces.  She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of various counted thread stitches.  Her pieces range from 17 Century inspired band samplers to primitive American-style pictorial samplers.  She has never met a sampler or a sampler stitch she didn't love!

Catherine has caught for EGA and ANG Chapters, EGA Regional Seminars, sampler guilds, private groups, museums, and wholesale trade shows.  Her designs have been featured in Just CrossStitch and Fine Lines magazines.

Celeste Chalasani

Celeste Chalasani is a graduate of the National Academy of Needlearts Teachers’ Certification program specializing in Stumpwork. She was invited to accession her piece “Tidal Treasures” into the NAN Permanent Collection at the Gregg School of Art & Design at North Carolina State University. Celeste teaches at chapter workshops, regional and national seminars, online for Craftsy and also teaches an EGA ICC on Stumpwork. She has been published in Needle Arts, Piecework Magazine, and GPR Designers 2012. Celeste designed and donated her “Poppy Remembrance Pin” in 2019 to EGA’s National Outreach Project supporting America’s wounded service members.

“Teaching Stumpwork is a labor of love for me. I am passionate about sharing what I know. I approach teaching from the understanding that different people learn in different ways. I strive to provide clear written instructions with step by step color photos, orally explain the technique with color coded visual aids, demonstrate stitches and techniques, and work one on one with each student as they practice their techniques.”

Cynthia Hambrick

Cynthia Hambrick's first introduction to beadwork came in 2004, when she made and embellished cloth dolls.  Beading became her passion and she gained experience in many different techniques.  Cynthia  soon found that others wanted her to teach them as well.  Cynthia began teaching beginner classes through Austin Stitchery Guild in 2005.   She continued on to teach more advanced classes as the years progressed.  Cynthia has taught at many EGA events including National and Regional Seminars.

Cynthia's background in computer programming and mathematics (BBA in Information Science from the University of Texas with a focus on math) was excellent training for developing very detailed instructions for her patterns.  Students also appreciate Cynthia's attention to detail as her kits contain everything needed to complete the project, including dowels, tins, fringe beads and other hard to locate items.

Cynthia says "I particularly enjoy creating 3 dimensional shaped pieces such as Christmas ornaments, vessels and especially boxes! "

Debbie Rowley

Debbie Rowley lives in Conway, AR, with her husband of 40+ years, Rod, and two Shelties, Misty and Spirit. She has two married adult children, three grandchildren and four granddogs. Debbie dreamed of being a writer and received a BA in journalism from Central State University, Oklahoma (now University of Central Oklahoma); she employs that desire to write in her charted instructions. Debbie has stitched for almost 30 years, been in business as DebBee’s Designs for 14 years, and a needlework teacher for 14 years. She has published designs in several magazines and publications, including Needlepointers and Needlepoint Now.

Jeanette Rees

Jeanette Rees is a passionate, dedicated and self-taught needleworker who endeavors to help all stitchers achieve! Jeanette owned a Bernina Sewing Center and then a needlework and framing shop for 13 years. She currently teaches workshops and classes on multiple platforms. As a member of ANG, EGA, NAN and the National Embroidery Teacher Association; Jeanette enjoys being a “member” herself! Thinking outside the box is a specialty; her creativity inspires her to bring in the many places she has lived. Jeanette is published in both cross stitch and canvas mediums. Jeanette currently resides with her husband John in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

Jennifer Riefenberg

Jennifer is an accomplished needleartist, meshing her love of the arts into new and varied mediums. She loves teaching, both skills and the pure love and joys of art and creativity. Jennifer holds certifications through National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) as a Teacher/Designer and Judge. Jennifer serves on the board of NAN as the Assistant Director of Judging. She teaches at national, regional, and local seminars. Jennifer has won numerous awards for her needleart and other artwork. She has a piece accessioned into the permanent collection at the Gregg School of Art & Design at North Carolina State University. Jennifer is also the photographer for NAN and EGA Seminars.  The visual journey continues as Jennifer is also a winner of national and regional awards with her paintings. Jennifer paints in various mediums – but is most at home, outside with nature and oil paint. She is a fourth-generation Colorado native and has degrees in engineering and mathematics.

Kim Sanders

Kim Sanders is an EGA Certified Teacher in crewel and surface embroidery and a Master Craftsman in surface embroidery and smocking. She has taught at seminars and shops and is the author of three GCC and an ICC. Kim has worked in textile conservation and been published in Inspirations, Australian Smocking and Embroidery, and Needle Arts.

Kurdy Biggs

Kurdy is a counted canvas designer, teacher and owner of Threedles Needleart Designs. 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, Needlepoint Now, and Cross Stitch and Needlework. Kurdy has taught for national ANG, EGA and NAN seminars and in retail shops.

Margaret Bendig

Margaret Bendig resides in Santa Ana, California. She teaches needlework throughout the country and in Canada, in shops in California and Arizona as well as for EGA Region and National Seminars and ANG National Seminars.  Although she loves all needlework, her focus is on counted thread techniques and counted canvas designs.  Her designs have been featured as programs and workshops for many EGA and ANG chapters as well as in Needlepoint Now and Needlepointers magazines.  Margaret began designing and teaching over 25 years ago.

Margaret is an enthusiastic teacher and very willing to share her knowledge. She is always looking for an opportunity to use a skill or method in a new way. Margaret believes that we are never finished with our education and should pursue new ideas daily.

Patricia Goaley

A Surgical Oncology Physician Assistant retired from the US Navy, Pat has her Certificate and Diploma with Distinction from the Royal School and A Master Craftsman in both Crewel and Surface Embroidery. She is a Master Judge and is Chairman of the EGA Judging Program.


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