New England Region - The Embroiderers' Guild of America

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont





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SEPTEMBR 24-25, 2022

The New England Region is very excited to be able to offer International Traveling Teacher Hazel Blomkamp from South Africa to teach The First Sip.  Hazel’s two classes at the National Seminar in NYC in August have sold out.

We will also have STUDIO TIME for those who are looking to get together to stitch in person with our stitching friends.
The weekend will be at the Holiday Inn, 300 Woodbury Ave, Portsmouth, NH – that’s at the Portsmouth Circle at the junctions of US rt 1, US rt 95, and NH 4.  Guest room price is $179 per night plus tax.

To make your reservation – call The Holiday Inn, Portsmouth, NH at 603-431-8000 and say you are with the Embroiderers’ Guild.  Rooms at this rate are available Thursday thru Monday – 9/23-9/26.


Please read carefully as there are several dates involved with the registration.


From Hazel’s book, Crewel Intentions, The First Sip measures approximately 10” x 8” and is worked with a variety of both needle lace and weaving techniques. Along with these signature techniques, it includes backstitch, buttonhole stitch, chain stitch backstitch combination, detached buttonhole stitch, fly stitch variations, French knots, long and short stitch, split stitch, satin stitch, stem stitch as well as several other embroidery stitches plus bead embroidery techniques.

Because this class will cover all of the stitches and techniques used in The First Sip design, participants will be taught on a fabric sampler. This will make it possible to cover everything in class and will mean that each person will go home with a reference for what is needed to do when working the project.

Using perle, #80 and stranded cottons, rayon threads and Miyuki beads the project is worked on a winter white cotton linen blend fabric.

Embroidery Techniques: embroidery, needle lace, weaving and bead embroidery
Length of class: Two-days
Maximum Class Size: 22

Skill Required: Basic knowledge of embroidery techniques, other than cross stitch. It is important to note that this class covers a variety of techniques which need to be taught in a relatively short space of time. The class will move quickly and participants should be competent needleworkers.

Design Size: 10” x 8”
Cost of Kit: US$71 (includes postage to US)
Kit Contents: print on cream cotton hopsack, DMC/Anchor stranded cotton, rayon thread, perle, Lizbeth #80 thread, Miyuki seed beads and needle pack plus a teaching kit.

Student Supplies: 12” hoop, sharp scissors, notebook with pen/pencil, lighting/magnification if needed and usual stitching supplies.

Note: Participants will be required to own a copy of Hazel’s book, Crewel Intentions and should bring that book with them to class. (Cost of this book is approximately US$29.95.)

Registration form here



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