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Read the next issue of Heartbeats for detailed information about:
  • seminar, meetings, exhibits & workshops
  • membership & dues
  • Heartland on Facebook
  • scholarhips & awards
  • chapter outreach activities
  • committee reports
  • meeting minutes
  • registration forms.
Contact Marilee Sagat for a copy of the newsletter.

Region Board Members

Region Dir/Outreach:
Sharon Beerman
Asst Reg Director:
Gini Adkins
Recording Secretary:
Darla Bohn
Vickie Patchin
Solveig Walstrom
Program Planning:
Solveig Walstrom
Nominating Committee:
Anita Wilde
Rita Weinberg
Joyce Furry
Region Fund Raising Chair:
Deborah Powell
Nancy Crow
Marilee Sagat






img s.gifHeartland Region of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc.
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HeartlandMap2.jpgWelcome to the Joys of Needlework!                               

Heartland Region of The Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. is one of thirteen regions across the United States and Canada. Heartland Region has 21 chapters; they are located in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Heartland Region joins other EGA Regions in welcoming all stitchers to the Joys of Needlework! Whether through Chapter affiliation or as a Member-At-Large, this is your opportunity to make new friends with stitchers of all skill levels! Heartland Region has a Facebook page. To find it on Facebook, search Heartland Region Embroidery. Take a look and let us know what you think. Our purpose is to foster the highest standards of excellence in the practice of the art of embroidery through an active program of education and study as well as to preserve the heritage of the art.

JOIN US ! Membership is open to all stitchers interested in the study of various embroideries, amateur or professional, beginner or advanced, regardless of age, gender, or national origin.

Events in Heartland Region 

April 22-26, 2015
2015 Spring Region Meeting and Seminar -"Spring Into Stitching"

Hosted by St. Paul Needleworkers
Hilton MSP Airport/Mall of America, Bloomington, MN.
Click for "Spring Into Stitching" Seminar Booklet and Registration Form.
Click on link in LOWER LEFT SIDEBAR to view St. Paul Needleworkers website.

Future Heartland Region Meetings

  • October 2-4, 2015 Fall Region Meeting and Workshop - Waterloo, IA (Prairie Rose Chapter)
  • April 29-May 1, 2016 Spring Mini-Seminar - Shalom Retreat Center Dubuque, IA (Tri-States Needle Arts Chapter).
  • Fall, 2016 Fall Region Meeting and Workshop - Kansas City, MO (Santa Fe Trail Chapter)
If your chapter would be willing to host a meeting, please contact the Assistant Region Director.

Chapter Events Publicize your chapter event here.

National Events
Dreams & Legends - Phoenix, AZ - October 18-24, 2014
Stitchin' Fiesta - San Antonio, TX - October 27-November, 2015
Alexandria, VA - November 2-6, 2916

Correspondence Courses

At the fall 2013 region meeting, Heartland Region decided to suspend sponsoring an EGA correspondence course for a year. Instead, Heartland Region will encourage members to take advantage of the “The GCC Lightning Rounds”. Quoting from the national website, The latest BIG news in the GCC Program is the introduction of “The GCC Lightning Rounds”! These are four rotating courses that are offered quarterly for all EGA members to register for without a group. This is particularly favorable for Members-At-Large and small EGA chapters that have difficulty filling a larger group in order to take a Group Correspondence Course. “The GCC Lightning Rounds” will include four courses every three months. The schedule for these quarterly courses is as follows: March to May, June to August, September to November, and December to February. The time to complete your course remains the same – just the window for registration is limited. Generally there will be four courses available each quarter, however look for "Bonus Rounds" to be added some quarters and the newest twist in the GCC Program - "Flashback Lightning Rounds"! Look for courses that you may have seen before coming back for a limited time.


TRI-STATE Needle Artists are working on samplers for Habitat for Humanity.

From Bernice Borsterler, Wichita Needle Artists:

In December, Habitat for Humanity reported that they were completing two houses and since Ann Smith had delivered the final four samplers to them, there should be two samplers ready for this year.

Marge Sweeney delivered the last of our kissing pillows to Hazel Jack while at the Dubuque seminar and we received a thank you note from her. Marge will continue to collect the pillows.

We were able to complete additional dolls and port-a-cath pillows in November. Our items were delivered and well received. We had received a thank you note from Victory in the Valley for the port-a-cath pillows.

 Heartland Region Scholarship
Heartland Region is providing a $200 scholarship to any EGA member whose primary chapter is within the Heartland Region. The intent of the scholarship is to assist a member in broadening or continuing her study in an area related to needlework. The scholarship can be used for an Extended Study Program sponsored by EGA, personal research of some aspect of needlework or fiber arts conducted with the EGA Collection or at a museum or similar facility, toward cost or fees associated with travel to another country to study needle art, or other activities approved by the Education Chair and Region Director.

For details on the scholarship process review the complete Scholarship Guidelines. Click to download the Scholarship Application Form.

EGA Scholarships, Grants, Awards

There are many awards and opportunities available from EGA. Detailed information is available in the Education Catalog or on the EGA website.
Mary-Dick Digges Scholarship – to study surface embroidery defined as crewel embroidery, Japanese embroidery, and stumpwork. Deadline is April 1.
Penny Evans Memorial Scholarship – for an embroidery-related class, study project or similar education offering by EGA, The Royal School of Needlework or the City and Guilds of London Institute, in the US or UK. Deadline is April 1.
Research Fellowship Grant – for in-depth research in all areas of embroidery and allied textile arts, and to create a basis for dialogue between EGA and other grand and research institutions. Deadline is June 1.
Bobby Pilling Memorial Award – for an original piece of needlework, titled, in any technique accompanied by a short description of what inspired the piece and inspired the stitcher “to go outside the line.” Deadline is May 5.
Marjorie Jones Scholarship – for the benefits of students of crewel embroidery taking a crewel class at EGA’s National Seminar or an EGA region seminar. Deadline is April 15.
Gold Thread Award – for a person in your chapter or region you think should be recognized for their efforts for EGA? The Gold Thread Award is given to a member of each region annually to recognize outstanding individuals who have given freely of their time and talents, and best exemplify the mission of EGA. Deadline is May 1.



Newsletters & Contact Information

If you would like to receive a copy of the EGA E-Newsletter from National, contact Tonya Parks , to have your name added to the list.

The Heartland Region newsletter, Heartbeats, is available electronically to any Heartland Region member. If you wish to receive an email with the link to the newsletter, contact Marilee Sagat, editor, and she will add your name to the yahoo group.

Any changes to a member's contact information should be directed to the member's membership chair AND to Tonya Parks at This includes name, address, email address and telephone numbers.

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