New England Region - The Embroiderers' Guild of America

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


MARCH 30-31, 2019



Welcome to NER’s Spring Break!  “What is Spring Break?” you may ask.  It is not a seminar.  Spring Break is two days of stitching bliss, with or without a teacher.  It is two days without the obligations of home, two days of having your meals prepared for you, two days of having your bed made and your bathroom cleaned, two days where your only responsibility is to yourself.  We have classes presented by Denise Harrington Pratt, Amee “Runs With Scissors” Sweet-McNamara, Judy Jeroy, and Gail Sirna plus Studio Time for those who don’t want a new project at this time.

It is a time to gather as a region for stitching before we become immersed in preparations for our “Boston Stitch Party” National Seminar 2020!

We will be meeting at the Holiday Inn Springfield/Enfield March 30-31, 2019.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sue Polumbo, NER Education Chair


Lovely Leaves Sampler

Lovely Leaves Sampler

by Denise Harrington Pratt
A two day class in counted thread embroidery

Class Description and Goals: This lovely sampler is a celebration of fall. The inspiration for it was the verse which I wrote several years ago. 

With my needle I can make,
Lovely leaves, I need not rake, 
Luscious hues of gold and red, 
Stitched with love, in silken thread.

This sampler is stitched in warm fall colors with touches of foresty greens. A veritable host of stitches is included in this sampler to give the counted thread enthusiast much to learn and many hours of stitching pleasure. The verses are done in cross stitch over one. The bands and leaves are stitched in a variety of counted thread stitches, some that students may not have encountered before. Some are my own inventions or variations.  The stitches include; Half Hatbox Eyelet, Bosnia Stitch, Satin, Arrowhead Cross, Backstitch, a variety of Herringbone stitches, Double Alternating Stem Stitch, Double Back, Rail Fence, Triple Back, Diamond Leviathan, Alternating Double Back, Tricky Eyelet, Diagonal French, Diagonal Leviathan, Plaited Double Cross, Round Eyelet, and more!

Options and Dimensions: The student has two options for stitching in class; to work on the full sampler or the mini-sampler. The full sampler is approximately 4 1/4" x 14" on 32 count Sandstone Linen and approximatley 5" x 15 1/2" on 28 count Sandstone Linen. The mini-sampler which can be made into a lovely bell pull is approximatley 1 5/8" x 15 1/8" on 32 count and 2" x 17 1/2" on 28 count.

Kit Cost: $90

Students need to bring: Usual stitching supplies, frame or hoop if desired, magnification and lighting if desired, binder and sheet protectors for organizing pages. 

Kit: Kit includes 32 or 28 count linen with a piece for the full sampler and a piece for the mini-sampler, seven full skeins of Watercolours hand dyed silk and two half-skeins of Soie Cristale silk, both from the Caron Collection, needles, complete and detailed instructions. 



Rocaille Refinement Necklace

Calling all Lily-Gilders, Tassel-Hangers and Glitter-Sprinklers… this is SO your kind of jewelry!

Achieve elegant results in Soutache & Bead Embroidery. Adventurous Beginners will learn all the Basics including Aligning & Stacking, Shaping Stitches, Ending Stacks, Backing & Edge-Beading and creating Peyote Stitch Bezel. Those with more experience will be fascinated by new techniques including sculpting with Shibori ribbon, connecting components and creating a sturdy-but-delicate-looking captured-bead chain – a technique that can be used again and again in future soutache projects.

Students should come to class with a surface to bead on (bead board or bead blanket), good, sharp scissors and any magnifiers or extra task lighting desired. To complete the work, students will also need pliers, flush-cutters and looping or rosary pliers. Projects will not be finished in class but every kit comes with Amee Runs with Scissors’ full-color, “Whole Story” step-by-step instructions making it easy to finish the project at home. Kits will be provided in five different color-ways.

24-page instruction booklet, shape template, Ultrasuede, Beading foundation (Nicole's Bead Backing), 5 different colors of BeadSmith brand Soutache (including a textured metallic), shibori silk ribbon, 18mm x 24mm German acrylic cabochon, glass pearls (2 sizes), firepolish beads (3 sizes), freshwater pearls (mult. Sizes), bicone crystals (2 sizes), Duracoat galvanized seed beads sizes 6o, 8o, 11o & 15o, bobbin Nymo thread, soldered jump rings, head pins, toggle clasp, #10 beading needle, API brand “Crafters’ Pick” Washable Fabric Glue

Kit cost:  $64        Proficiency level: Adventurous Beginner



Lily of the Lake


Lily of the Lake


The water lily is beautiful flower, fairly common, but always enchanting.  They evoke the Orient yet are found around the world.

Lily of the Lake is a single beautiful specimen floating in a tranquil pool of water and accompanied by its characteristic round leaves, unusual and evocative.  The lily is rendered in this year’s chosen color, radiant orchid, but it will be attractive for years to come. A beautiful butterfly comes to visit our lily.

The lily petals are worked in a number of canvas stitches, each one chosen to affect a slight bit of perspective in the design.  Thus, the student will learn to depict foreground and background, by the choice of stitches, plus values of the chosen hue.   The lily and its leaves are subtly reflected in the simple darning that depicts the water of the lake.

Framing the lily are two elaborate borders of differing width.  Each is carefully constructed of a variety if interesting, and in some cases, challenging canvaswork stitches

Ground Fabric:  Pale blue congress cloth                               Kit Cost:  $100

Proficiency Level: Intermediate                                               Time:  2 days



daffodils and pansies


by Judy Jeroy

Class Description


Advanced beginner


This delightful workshop featured spring blossoms – pansies and daffodils – in crewel embroidery.  Enjoy the class as Judy guides you through her painless method of shading with Appleton crewel wools.   Other stitches will include outline/stem, over buttonhole, whipped chain, fly and more.  Each stitch will be taught with ample time for practice stitching.  Blocking and finishing will also be covered.

The kit materials will include linen twill fabric, 12-15 skeins of Appleton crewel wools, DMC 6-strand, needles, graphite carbon paper, and instruction booklet (with color).

The students should bring a 5” or 6” screw-adjustable hoop, scissors, and other ordinary embroidery supplies as well as optional magnification and light source.  The design size is 6.5” x 7”.  There is no pre-work required.
Kit Cost:  $65


Registration Form -Part 1
New England Region Spring Break
March 30-31, 2019    Enfield, CT

Please print or type all information.  Please be sure to complete all sections of this form.  It is important that you fill out the form completely and correctly.  Please contact the Registrar if you have any questions regarding this form. Registration is open immediately and closes on February 1, 2019.

First and Last Name:                                                                                                                         

Street Address:                                                                                                                       ______

City, State and Zip:                                                                                                                                     
Phone (       )                                       Email                                                                                     

Primary EGA Chapter, if applicable:                                                                                     ______

EGA Region, if applicable:                                                                                                               

EGA Membership Number:_______________________________________________________
Emergency Contact:

Name:                                                                         Phone (      )                                                   

  I am willing to be a class angel.
  I need a roommate.  Please include me on the roommate list.

Dietary restrictions cannot be filled at the event.  Please list any requests on this form. 

  I have dietary restrictions.  Please list:                                                                           



     Please indicate
1st, 2nd and 3rd choices                     CLASS                        INSTRUCTOR
1st     2nd    3rd                  Rocaille Refinement            Amee Sweet-McNamara
1st     2nd    3rd                 Lovely Leaves Sampler       Denise Harrington Pratt                       
1st     2nd    3rd                 Lily of the Lake                     Gail Sirna                                
1st     2nd    3rd                 Daffy Pansies                       Judy Jeroy
1st     2nd    3rd                 Studio Time  


Registration Form – Part 2
MARCH 30-31, 2019   ENFIELD, CT
Registration Fees

Non-Refundable Registration Fee


Two-day Class Tuition, Friday Night Welcome Reception, Saturday and Sunday lunches, Saturday Evening Banquet, Favors, and Nametag













EGA out of New England Region member




Non EGA member




Guest Ticket(s)
   Saturday Lunch
   Saturday Dinner
   Sunday Lunch










GRAND TOTAL – Please add Total Registration Costs and Options Total
Payment is to be made by check or money order in US Funds
payable to: NER EGA



Release Form

I release The Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. and the New England Region EGA from any liability for any related financial loss, theft, property damage, or personal injury resulting from registering or participating in, attending any or all functions at Spring Break, and traveling to and from Spring Break. I understand that a cancellation request must be made in writing by February 2, 2019.  A refund, less $25.00 fee, will be made through that date.  Cancellations between February 3 and March 15, 2019 will result in a refund minus $25.00 fee and kit fee.  After March 15, 019, no refunds will be made.






Mailing Instructions

Be sure to include the following:
❀   A completed Registration Form with BOTH Parts 1 + 2
❀   Check or money order payable to: NER EGA for the total amount due.
❀   Confirmation will be made via email.  If you do not have email, send a self-addressed postcard for confirmation that the registrar has received your registration.
   Kit cost will be emailed after registration closes.  If you do not have email, you will be contacted with your kit cost.



Fo information on where to send the registration form, please email Spring Break Chair: Sue Polumbo.

When emailing, please include Spring Break in email subject line.

Just a reminder to bring your usual stitching tools and equipment including scissors and lighting and magnification.

blue scissors lamp magnifier spectacles

NER Spring Break: Embroiderers’ Guild of America                                    Room Block Information
Room Block Information for Holiday Inn Enfield-South Springfield
Rooms are available at a discounted group rate of $89 (plus 15% occupancy tax) for March 28- April 1, 2019(Check-out date)
Reservations can be made by calling: 800.HOLIDAY • Reference Room Block Code: NER or NER Spring Break- Embroiderers’ Guild
Check-In Time: Any time after 3:00pm • Check-Out Time: Any time up until 11:00am
        *Early Check-In cannot be guaranteed*
Please make reservations by February 28, 2019 in order to secure a room at the group rate.                                                     
Rooms may not be available after February 28, 2019.
Complimentary airport transportation is available to/from Bradley International Airport.  Please call the hotel directly at 860.741.2211 to schedule your pick-up in advance and to confirm availability.
Indoor & Outdoor (Seasonal) Pools • Fitness Center • Business Center • Snack Shop • Spacious Grounds                                       In-House Restaurant and Bar (Open for Breakfast and Dinner) • Basketball Court • Guest Operated Laundry                                                                            


Directions from Southern Connecticut & New York City
I-84 East, or I-95 North to I-91 North to Exit 49
Bear right at the end of the ramp, and take your immediate right onto Bright Meadow Boulevard.
The hotel will be on your left.

Directions from Springfield, Massachusetts
I-91 South to Exit 49. At the end of the ramp, take a left at the lights.   
Go through one set of lights and at the 2nd set of lights, take a right onto Bright Meadow Boulevard.
The hotel will be on your left.

Directions from Boston, Massachusetts
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) West to Exit 6.
Take a left onto I-291 to I-91 South.  Take I-91 South to Exit 49.  
At the end of the ramp, take a left at the lights. Go through one set of lights and at the 2nd set of lights, take a right onto Bright Meadow Boulevard.
The hotel will be on your left.

Holiday Inn Enfield-South Springfield • 1 Bright Meadow Boulevard, Enfield, CT 06082 • Direct Line: 860.741.2211



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