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Houston Embroiderers' Guild

Glossary of Terms


  • Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc. (EGA) is the national organization and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.  The website is

  • South Central Region (SCR) is one of 12 regions in EGA and includes Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas.  The website is

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

  • Primary and Plural Memberships – Chapters offer regular occasions to meet face-to-face, attend programs and get more involved with EGA.  You can be a member of multiple chapters.  Your Primary membership dues are paid in one chapter. Plural membership dues are paid to all other chapters.

  • At-Large Membership – If chapter membership is not for you, EGA At-Large membership may suit you better.


Chapter Events and Resources

  • General /Chapter meeting – The regular monthly meetings of HEG are held the 2nd Tuesday.  Normally a program is presented which can be a lecture or hands-on project.

  • Show and Tell – Bring your completed stitched projects to show others at any chapter meeting.

  • Gulf Coast Golden Needles (GCGN) is a satellite of HEG and meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday via Zoom for a program on various needlework topics.

  • MAGIC Tuesday (My Annual Good Intentions Contract) – MAGIC Tuesday is a monthly stitch-in on the 1st Tuesday in-person and also via Zoom.  Choose a project at the beginning of the year, complete it by the end of the year and receive a little gift.     

  • Stitch-in – An opportunity to get together with friends to stitch.  Several scheduled opportunities are presented each month.

  • Projects Half Done (PhD) – Unfinished projects you set aside for any reason. On the 4th Thursday of the month meet with others and stitch on one of your PhDs.

  • Beads and More! (BAM!) – monthly beading interest group which meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

  • Boot Camp and Stay Treat – Weeklong, daytime stitch-ins held annually.

  • 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. 

  • Community Outreach Projects – Opportunities to educate and serve the community, usually stitching-related.

  • Scissor Tales – HEG’s emailed newsletter published 10 times a year.  Double issues are published for July/Aug and Dec/Jan.

  • Stash Sale – An annual fund-raising event for the chapter.  An opportunity to weed out your no longer wanted needlework supplies to donate and to purchase that treasure you’ve always desired.   

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


National and Regional

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

  • Region Seminar – An annual seminar usually in June sponsored by a chapter in SCR providing  an opportunity to take classes in many forms of needlework, often closer to home than the National Seminar.

  • Exhibits – Opportunities to show your work offered at the national and region seminars.

  • 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.

  • Group Correspondence Courses (GCCs) - 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.

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

  • Online Courses – Classes hosted on the EGA website.  Each course consists of two to eight lessons spread across four months with discussion groups.

  • Virtual Education Courses – Live classes conducted over Zoom.

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


                                                                             Updated 4-5-2024

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