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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.

April 2014
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Region Board Members

Region Dir/Outreach:
Sharon Beerman
Asst Reg Director:
Gini Adkins
Recording Secretary:
Darla Bohn
Vickie Patchin
Solveig Walstrom
Program Planning:
Ruth Lyon
Nominating Committee:
Ann Bergman
Rita Weinberg
Joyce Furry
Region Fund Raising Chair:
Deborah Powell
Sally Olsen
Marilee Sagat






img s.gifHeartland Region of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc.
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HeartlandMap.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.

Call for Proposals
Spring Into Stitching
Heartland Region Seminar
April 22-26, 2015
Hilton MSP Airport/Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

Click here to download THIS Adobe PDF file with the details.

Events in Heartland Region 

2014 Spring Region Meeting and Mini-Seminar at Lincoln, Nebraska Hosted by Lincoln Needleworkers
Stitching Through Time April 25 - April 27, 2014


Click here to download THIS Adobe PDF file for the welcome letter with seminar details.
Click here to download THIS Adobe PDF file for the schedule.
Click here to download THIS Adobe PDF file for pictures & descriptions of tour and class.
Click here to download THIS Adobe PDF file for the registration form.
Click here to download THIS Adobe PDF file for hotel information.

October 3 - 5, 2014 Fall Region Meeting and Workshop: Fall Stitching Along the Mighty Mo Co-hosted in Sioux City by Siouxland Chapter and Omaha Needle Artists.

  • Needlelace Flower taught by Ann Huelshorst
  • Happy Scissor Fob taught by Becky Rawls-Riley
  • Lost Garden taught by Mary K. Campbell

Future Heartland Region Meetings

  • 2015 Spring Region Meeting and Seminar: Spring Into Stitching hosted by St. Paul Needleworkers April 22-26, 2015 at Hilton MSP Airport/Mall of America, Bloomington, MN
  • 2015 Fall Region Meeting and Workshop: Hosted by Prairie Rose Chapter
  • 2016 Fall Region Meeting and Workshop hosted by Santa Fe Trail
If your chapter would be willing to host a meeting, please contact the Assistant Region Director.

Chapter Events

April 24 - 27, 2014 SHOWCASE OF NEEDLEARTS sponsored by the Cedar Valley Chapter.
An exhibit of traditional and contemporary needlework by our members.
Location: Kirkwood Training & Outreach Conference Center, 3375 Armar Drive, Marion, Iowa.
Thursday, April 24th, Noon through Sunday, April 27th, 4:00 pm.
For more information visit our chapter website. In the upper left sidebar, click on chapters & regions where you will find links to chapter websites.

May 15 & 16 and 18 & 19, 2014 - Kay Stanis will be at Cedar Valley EGA
She will present 2 two-day workshops – projects to be determined closer to the date. One will be a beginner piece and the other Intermediate to Advanced. You can see Kay’s class offerings by clicking on the link in the left sidebar.

Please save the dates August 2-3, 2014 for the Joni Stevenson workshop. "Autumnal Abstraction" is a mixed media canvas piece. It should be a lot of fun. Also, the July picnic will be August 1 when Joni will give a lecture on "Patterns Found in Medieval Cathedrals". Mississippi River Chapter

Patriotic Strawberry on Flag Day, June 14, 2014
Join the Omaha Needle Artists Guild and Sharon Maxwell for a day of learning and stitching. This one day class will be held from 9 3 p.m. at A;; Saints Episcopal Church, 9302 Blondo in Omaha. Cost of kit & class is $40 for Omaha Needle Artists members. Cost of kit & class is $50 for non-members. Registration deadline: May 1, 2014. Contact: Rosanne Fulton.

National Events
Dreams & Legends at Phoenix, AZ October 18-24, 2014
Open Registration: March 1 - April 30, 2014

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 complete details on the scholarship process click here to download THIS Adobe PDF guidelines file. Click here to download THIS Adobe PDF 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.

Through the Needle's Eye

The opening reception of the 20th National Exhibit is Saturday April 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Highway 105, Palmer Lake, Colorado 80133.

A lecture by Cheryl Christian, PhD on "Contextualizing the Architectural Motifs in Samplers" will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Palmer Divide.

Please RSVP attendance for the reception and/or lecture to


The Heartland Region Program Committee is collecting successful chapter program ideas to include in a program packet that will be handed out to all chapters at the May Mini-Seminar in Des Moines. We hope to collect successful program ideas and projects that can be used in other chapters. One of the best ways to attract and keep members is to offer high-quality programs. If your chapter has had one or more programs that really worked well, please contact : Ruth Lyon



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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