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Houston Embroiderers' Guild

HEG Glossary

January 8, 2020


EGA –  Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc. is our national organization and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.  The website is

SCR - South Central Region is our region of EGA and includes Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.  The website is

HEG – Houston Embroiderers’ Guild is a chapter of EGA with monthly meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.   The website is

GCGN Satellite – Gulf Coast Golden Needles is a satellite group of HEG that meets monthly at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday for general meetings at The Freeman Branch Library on Diana Lane in Clear Lake.. Contact to be added to the email group.

Primary and Plural memberships - You can be a Primary member in one chapter.  You can be a Plural member in any number of other chapters in EGA at a reduced cost.

Member at Large – Members at Large have all the benefits of EGA membership, except chapter affiliation.

Chapter Events and Resources

General /Chapter meeting – The regular monthly meetings of HEG are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay St., Houston, TX  77024.

Program – A lecture or hands-on project presented at each of the chapter meetings.

MAGIC Tuesday – My Annual Good Intentions Contract.  At the beginning of the year as an encouragement, choose a project you wish to complete and sign a MAGIC contract.   On the 1st Tuesday of each month from 9:30 – 2:00, MAGIC Tuesday, there is a stitch-in at Tracy Gee Community Center.  An Evite is sent monthly as a reminder and to ensure adequate attendance. Please RSVP.

Stitch-in – An opportunity to get together with friends to stitch.  Held on 4th Tuesday of the month in a member’s home from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Check the newsletter for location and bring your lunch.  Be sure to RSVP.

PIGS – Projects in Grocery Sacks are unfinished projects you have set aside for any reason. On the 4th Thursday of the month we focus on one project, technique or teacher and get together to help and encourage each other. 

Boot Camp and Staytreat – Week long, daytime stitch-ins held annually at Trini Mendenhall Community Center.

Workshop – An in-depth study or presentation of a project or technique.  Workshops are usually led by a visiting teacher and are one or two days in duration.  One or two workshop are scheduled each year.

Petite Projects –  Small projects, usually an introduction to a technique, that are offered by teachers through EGA and can be taught at a scheduled program in our chapter.

Community Outreach Projects – Opportunities to educate and serve the community. Current projects include home dedications samplers for Habitat for Humanity.

Scissor Tales – HEG’s newsletter published 10 times a year.  Double issues are published for July/August and December/January.

Stash Sale – An annual fund-raising event for our chapter.  An opportunity to get rid of your unwanted needlework related stuff and buy someone else’s! 

Opportunity Knocks – A fund-raising event at the SCR Seminar for chapters.   Chapters put together themed baskets for which opportunity tickets are sold.



National and Regional

National Seminar – An annual seminar usually in the fall sponsored by EGA and an opportunity to take classes in many forms of embroidery.

Region Seminar – An annual seminar usually in June sponsored by a chapter in SCR and an opportunity to take classes in many forms of embroidery.

Exhibits – Opportunities to show your work are offered at the national and region seminars.  HEG organizes an exhibit locally every 3 to 5 years.  

Needle Arts Magazine – A quarterly magazine published by EGA.  A subscription is part of your membership.

Other Education Opportunities in EGA


The best place to learn more about education opportunities outside of the chapter is the EGA website. Click on the Education tab from the home page.

GCCs - Group Correspondence Courses are offered by EGA for groups of EGA members and are low cost, high quality learning experiences.  SCR usually sponsors one or two GGCs each year.  HEG occasionally offers GCCs based on interest.  Individuals have the opportunity to take a GCC through EGA’s Lightening Rounds.

ICCs – Individual Correspondence Courses are offered by EGA as an in-depth study program on a wide range of techniques at various skill levels for individuals.

Online Courses – Classes offered online by EGA.  There is a limited enrollment period followed by lessons delivered weekly online.

ESP – Extended Study Programs are intensive programs offered by EGA to encourage creative expression and personal growth.  ESP faculty are experts in embroidery and textiles and are drawn from the academic and museum community.

Fiber Forum – An organization for pushing your creative boundaries.  Members are juried in by submitting original needlework and can exhibit in national settings.


Other Needlework Guilds and groups

ANG – The American Needlepoint Guild, Inc.    


NAN – National Academy of Needlearts.                          


RSN – Royal School of Needlework. 


EG UK – Embroiderers Guild in U.K.                                


SAGA – Smocking Arts Guild of America.


EAC – The Embroiderers’ Association of Canada, Inc.   


IOLI – International Organization of Lace, Inc.


 Guilds in Australia by state.                                                      







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