Terry Bay began her needlework with cross stich 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. Terry has a degree in Music Education from Indiana State University and has taught music. She has taught needlework in many forms at various shops, retreats, EGA chapter workshops and EGA seminars. She currently lives in South Carolina.
Celeste Chalasani is a designer and teacher specializing in Stumpwork. She first learned embroidery, sewing and crochet as a young child from her grandmother. She has taught extensively for EGA at chapter workshops, regional and national seminars, for the National Academy of Needlearts, and for Blue Bonnet Studio Time. She currently teaches an online class for Craftsy. Celeste has also written an Individual Correspondence Course on Stumpwork for EGA.
Sandi Cormaci-Boles has a passion for learning and sharing her knowledge about all forms of embroidery but particularly counted work, samplers and the history of needlework. She has taken many courses and classes from ANG and EGA. She has been designing and teaching embroidery professionally to children and adults for over 25 years.
Cindy Hambrick loves to create three dimensional pieces from beads. 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. She began teaching beginner classes through the Austin Stitchery Guild in 2005 and has continued to teach more advanced classes. She has taught at many EGA events including national and regional seminars.
Deborah Mitek is a needlework designer and teacher specializing in silk ribbon embroidery and surface stitching on both fabric and canvas. Learning embroidery and knitting at an early age gave her a lifelong passion for all things needlework. As a member of EGA and ANG for over 30 years, she teaches at the national, regional and local levels. Her work has been featured in both Needle Arts and Needle Pointers magazines. Currently, she is the owner of Island Stitchery & Studio, a retail needlework shop. She is also enrolled in the NAN teacher’s certification program.
Sallie Pate holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre. She taught a variety of classes and designed and made the costumes for over 100 University productions before leaving academia. She designed several stained-glass Block of the Month quilts that were sold all over the world. For the last 15 or so years, her focus has been on embroidery. She has taught Casalguidi Assisi and crazy quilting classes for past SCR seminars.
Jennifer Riefenberg teaches her designs locally, regionally, and nationally and has won numerous awards for her works. She holds certifications through the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) as a teacher/designer and judge, and serves on the board of NAN as the Assistant Director of Judging. She has won numerous awards for her needle art. She has a piece accessioned into the permanent collection at the Gregg School of Art & Design at North Carolina State University. She is also an artist, painting primarily in oils, and a winner of national and regional awards.
Debbie Rowley lives in Conway, Arkansas with her husband of 40+ years, and two Shelties. Debbie dreamed of being a writer and received a BA in journalism; she employs that desire to write in her charted instructions. and has stitched for almost 30 years, been in business as DebBee’s Designs for 14 years, and a needlework teacher for 14 years. Debbie has published designs in several magazines and publications, including Needle Pointers and Needlepoint Now.
Kim Sanders is an EGA-Certified Teacher in Crewel and Surface Embroidery and a Master Craftsman in Smocking and Surface Embroidery. She has taught at national and regional seminars, guilds and shops as well as ICC AND GCC. Her designs have been published in Needle Arts, Inspirations, and Australian Smocking and Embroidery.
Gail Sirna received her teacher certification from NAN, is certificated by ANG at the Fellow Level and has completed the Certified Graduate Teacher Program from EGA. Gail has completed Honors, Teacher cum Laude, and Master Teacher at NAN. She has served NAN in numerous capacities, including Director of Education and treasurer and in EGA as Director for the Great Lakes Region. Gail has taught extensively for over 40 years. She is the author of In Praise of the Needlewoman.
Laura Smith, who has been stitching for over 47 years, is an embroidery innovator who teaches internationally. She is the author of three popular correspondence courses for EGA and chairman of EGA Fiber Forum, a group of original designers. She holds the EGA Master Craftsman in Color and has chaired the Color program since 2006.
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. Her embroideries have received numerous awards and have been shown on the covers of Kurenai, Inspirations, Needle Arts, and Needle Pointers. She has studied internationally: in Paris, at The Royal School of Needlework in England, and she was invited to Japan to study with Master Saito at Kurenai Kai.She has taught in Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, and in the U.S. for ANG, at Callaway School of Needle Arts, EGA, JEC, Koala conventions, and many independent groups. She is presently teaching three correspondence courses for EGA.
Catherine C. Theron is a graduate of Cornell University studying English, history, & design. She resides in Central PA. She is a self-taught designer & stitcher & has concentrated on counted thread techniques & especially samplers for the past 30 years. Catherine has taught for EGA and ANG Chapters, EGA Regional Seminars, sampler guilds, shops, private groups, museums, and wholesale trade shows. She is also a former partner in the thread company The Gentle Art. Catherine loves to bring samplers to life with her combination of color and rich variety of stitches. She has never met a sampler she didn’t like!
Deborah Tirico, educated as a graphic designer, began quilting in 1993 when she took her first quilt class at a local high school. Once her job as a creative director went completely digital, she longed for a creative outlet. Quilting gave that to her. She studied applique at the Elly Sinkeiwicz Applique Academy. Deborah also studies quilts and coverlets at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Antonio Ratti Textile Center. She joined EGA in 2002 and began learning embroidery techniques and then moved into wool applique. She has taught at regional, national and international seminars. In 2015 she published her first book, Gorgeous Wool Applique, and in 2016 her second book, Dimension in Wool Applique Baltimore Style.