Education Programs

CRESS Award Roxie Hodgkin Scholarship Correspondence Courses
Challenge Program Gold Thread Award EGA Lending Library Research Grant


EGA offers both Individual Correspondence Courses (ICCs) and Group Correspondence Courses (GCCs), as well as on-line courses. More information about these courses is at under "Education". If anything catches your eye, please notify Region Education Coordinator Margaret Wiesemann at

Typically a short, inexpensive education opportunity is offered at the Fall Carolinas Region Meeting. These are "learn, do, teach" experiences which can be brought back to a chapter for a monthly program.


CRESS stands for Carolinas Region Embroidery Study Scholarship.

The Region offers a $300 scholarship annually to a member for the purpose of embroidery study.

Who is eligible: Applicants must be members of the Carolinas Region.

What kind of class is eligible: Almost any embroidery class, including an EGA Extended Study Program or Individual Correspondence Course.

Not eligible: EGA Carolinas Region Seminar classes.

How to apply: Submit your completed application to the Education Coordinator, by May 1.

CRESS Application Form: available in PDF. The PDF form can be filled out online, printed and mailed, or saved to your computer and sent via email attachment.

See page 4 of the Carolinas Region Policies and Procedures for additional information.

Roxie Hodgkin Scholarship

This Carolinas Region scholarship was established to honor the memory of a former treasurer of the Carolinas Region, Roxie Hodgkin, late of the Golden Needles Chapter. We know Roxie would want to promote education since she loved to take classes. A close friend of many long-time EGA members, Roxie was an active and able member of EGA, an excellent stitcher, and a friendly, helpful, and cheerful individual. She is sorely missed.

All members of the Carolinas Region are eligible. The scholarship covers the registration fee and kit cost for the annual Region Seminar, Stitchin' on the Ridge. The recipient is guaranteed her or his first choice class. The drawing is held one month before seminar registration closes to allow the recipient time to make plans to attend. Registration for the seminar is not a requirement for entering the drawing. It was awarded for the first time in 2005.

Correspondence Courses

EGA offers a number of Individual Correspondence Courses (ICCs) and Group Correspondence Courses (GCCs) to provide members with opportunities to enhance their technical skills in keeping with its commitment to "fostering the highest standards of excellence in the practice of the art of embroidery through an active program of education and study."

Carolinas Region has disconginued sponsoring GCCs for region members. Instead the region is encouraging CAR chapters to choose a GCC suited specifically to chapter members.

The Challenge Program

Under the EGA Challenge Program, participants receive one-on-one encouragement, guidance, and evaluation on color and design from a nationally recognized consultant.

The Gold Thread Award

The Gold Thread Award is bestowed annually on outstanding individuals who, on a local and/or regional level, have given freely of their time and talents to best exemplify the purpose of this organization: “to foster the highest standards of excellence in the practice of the art of embroidery through an active program of education and study.” A total of thirteen individuals may be acknowledged – one from each of EGA’s regions, with the national recipient selected from among the region recipients.

Gold Thread Award Recipients

EGA Lending Library

EGA has an extensive library of needlearts books which is open to all EGA members who may use the reference library in Louisville or borrow from the lending library by mail.

Research Fellowship Grant

Have you ever wanted to have some money to research an embroidery technique, a historic embroidered piece or pieces, an embroidery designer, or and embroiderer? Does a museum or an individual in your area have an interesting collection that has not been documented? EGA has established a permanent fund to promote in depth research, and makes an annual grant of up to $1,000 annually to a successful candidate.

Additional information about the grant, include how to obtain an application form, is in the EGA Education Catalog. You do not have to be a member of EGA to apply.