Terri Bay Deanna Powell
Margaret Bendig Judith Prukop
Joyce Boothe Jeanette Rees
Marcia Brown Michele Roberts
Mendie Cannon Gail Carolyn Sirna
Celeste Chalasani Kay Stanis
Toni Gerdes Catherine C. Theron
Ruthmarie Hofmann Deborah Gale Tirico
Sylvia Murariu Linda Tomelloso
Beth Myrer John Waddell


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

Margaret Bendig has taught needlework for guilds throughout the country, in shops in California and Arizona, as well as for EGA Regional 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 has had the opportunity to teach online classes through ANG and is currently teaching an online class for EGA.  She began designing and teaching over 25 years ago and is an enthusiastic teacher who is 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.  She resides in Santa Ana, California.

Joyce Boothe has been a member of EGA and the chapters Tip of Texas and Rio Grande Valley NeedleArts (retired chapter) for over 20 years.  She has held the office of president, served on various committees including the education committee for many years.  She has taught many classes for both chapters, as well at the LNS, Judy's Stitchery Nook.  She has attended several regional and national seminars.

Marcia Brown has been serving the needle art industry since 1979 providing finishing services for retailers throughout the United States and other countries as well as for private clients, students and designers.  With an average of 500-700 pieces completed each year, the opportunity to work on a wide variety of needle art, both canvas and linen has generated the development of easy finishing techniques that offer professional results.

Mendie Cannon has been stitching for over 40 years.  She discovered Brazilian Embroidery in 1995 and the Brazilian Embroidery Guild in 2005.  Mendie received her teacher certification from the Guild in 2007 and has been teaching classes ever since.  Mendie has been a member of the Ft Worth Chapter of EGA since 1995 and has held a variety of offices.

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.

Toni Gerdes holds Level II Teachers' certification from the National Academy of Needlearts, specializing in canvas embroidery.  She currently serves on the Board of NAN as the Director of Education after serving 5 years as Assistant Director of Teachers' Certification, and on the Board of Directors for Mile High ANG chapter as President.  She is currently the President of NETA.  She has received numerous awards for her designs.  Toni has taught for NAN, EGA, and ANG, as well as guilds & shops.  She has been published in Needlepointers, Needlepoint Now, and in NeedleArts as the Artist Across America.  She enjoys all types of stitching and especially sharing her knowledge with others.  She currently resides in Colorado.  See pictures of her work at www.tonigerdes.com

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.

Sylvia Murariu was brought up in Romania, where she learned the Point Lace technique when she was ten years old.  She has over 50 years of experience in stitching and designing. She is a teacher, designer and has authored 3 books (self-published) about Romanian Point Lace, a DVD, a video tape and countless lace designs, beading designs, and traditional Brazilian Embroidery designs.  She is very enthusiastic in sharing her knowledge in a form of art which is not very well known in the U.S. and Canada.  Sylvia started teaching in 1990 in the United States.  Her work has been in several magazines: International Lace, Piece Works, and NeedleArts.  She is a member of Portland Lace Society in Portland, Oregon, EGA, BDEIG, NAN, ANG.  She has taught at national and region EGA seminars, Brazilian Embroidery national seminars, IOLI conventions, meetings, and workshops. She also gives lectures about Romanian Point Lace.

Beth Myrer began exploration with textiles as a child while sewing shorts for summer, and progressed from there.  She taught herself to knit and crochet, and progressed on to embroidery and lace making.  In the 1990's she was able to take a weaving class, and learned the art of creating cloth.  Weaving exposed Beth to spinning and felt making.  Beth has taught at EGA Rocky Mountain Regional Seminar, as well as local guilds and venues.

Deanna Powell has exhibited, lectured, and taught needle arts for over thirty-five years.  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.

Judith Prukop, a retired science teacher, has been an EGA member for over 23 years. She is a founding member of her local EGA chapter, Tip of Texas, serving in various officer positions and committee chairs, and has taught both needle-art and beading classes at the local level.  Judi has taught a variety of beading techniques in the Rio Grande Valley Area of South Texas.

Jeanette Rees has been teaching canvas work and linen work since 1992, has owned a needlework shop, and currently teaches at National, Regional and EGA and ANG chapters at local levels.  Classes include dimensional embroidery on canvas, canvaswork, hardanger, and mixed media.  She has published designs in both cross stitch and canvas pieces.

Michele Roberts has Senior Certification from ANG and EGA, plus Royal School of Needlework Certification with Distinction and U.K. Embroiderers’ Guild Cities and Guilds Stumpwork certification. A juried Fiber Forum member, she has received the NAN Lifetime Achievement Award. She has taught and lectured for EGA, ANG, NAN, NAGA, Callaway, and art museums.

Gail Carolyn Sirna is a longtime embroiderer, needlework teacher and judge, and author of In Praise of the Needlewoman.    She received her teacher certification in 1982 & judge certification in 1990 from the National Academy of Needlearts. She has taught extensively for over 30 years in the USA and Canada for the National Academy of Needleart, the American Needlepoint Guild, the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, and the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada.  She has also judged numerous exhibits, and has exhibited widely across the country, winning many ribbons.  In 2004 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Needlearts. 

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.

Catherine C. Theron is a graduate of Cornell University, studying English, history, and design.  She resides in Central Pennsylvania.  She is a self-taught designer and stitcher, and has concentrated on counted thread techniques, especially samplers, for the past 25 years.  Catherine has taught for EGA and ANG chapters, sampler guilds, shops, private groups, museums, and wholesale trade shows.  She was a founding member of the thread company, The Gentle Art.

Deborah Gale Tirico is an avid needle artist, designer, instructor and author. She has studied appliqué with national and international teachers and continues to study historical appliqué quilts and coverlets. Her area of specialization is the creation of a sculptural look to felted wool appliqué by using needle tilting techniques and the layering and stuffing of wool pieces. She is an active member of the EGA, EAC, NETA, PA quilters and Loundon Sampler Guild and enjoys teaching at guilds, chapter meetings, regional, national and international seminars.  Her first book, “Gorgeous Wool Appliqué: A visual guide on adding dimension and unique embroidery” was released in October 2015 and she is currently working on her next book which translates traditional Baltimore Album blocks into her own felted wool style. Examples of Deborah’s work can be found on her website at  http://deborahtirico.com

Linda Tomelloso has been a member of EGA chapter Tip of Texas for many years. She has held the office of secretary, as well as served on the education committee for many years.  She has taught many classes for the chapter, as well as teaches at the LNS, Judy's Stitchery Nook.

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.


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)
The National NeedleArts Association, a community of professional needlearts businesses (TNNA),
Japenese Embroidery Center (JEC) , Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild (BDEIG)
National Alter Guild Association (NAGA), International Organization of Lace, Inc., (IOLI)

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