Through the Needle’s Eye: 21st EGA traveling exhibit

Through the Needle’s Eye

January 14 – March 30, 2019
Museum open during EGA: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-2pm

Opening reception Thursday, January 17, 2019, 6-8pm

The Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA)* acknowledges the value of needlework in art and history. The National Exhibit is a representative selection of the best in artistic and technical works. It is through the needle’s eye that the EGA embraces both traditional and contemporary needlework while expanding the perception of embroidery as an art form. For more information about the Guild visit:

Your Stevens County History Museum has a terrific fiber arts extravaganza in the works for your enjoyment!  Check out this line up—mark your calendars for lots of events, and check back for updates! Stay tuned for details on a jumble sale of fiber arts materials and open stitching sessions!  Ask about our scholarships for kids!

Call the museum at 320-589-1719 to sign up for classes!

Full list of EGA related events
Related links
Class details
Bus Trip to St. Cloud details
Visiting Morris

Full list of EGA related events

January 2019
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 11am: Needle and Thread exhibit opens at Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA)*
Monday, Jan. 14, 9am: Through the Needle’s Eye exhibit opens at the museum
Thursday, Jan. 17, 6-8pm: Through the Needle’s Eye exhibit reception at the museum
Thursday, Jan. 17, 6-8pm: Needle and Thread exhibit reception at PRCA
NEW DATES! Friday & Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, 9am-4pm: Amy’s Ribbons, a 2-part embroidery class taught by national EGA teacher Barbi McPhee

February 2019
Saturday, Feb. 2, 9am-noon: Intro to Hardanger class taught by Clarice Dieter
Feb. 4-16: Prince Cherrywood Challenge Quilt Exhibit on display
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2pm: Reception and presentation by owner of Cherrywood Fabrics, Karla Voorhees Overland
Saturday, Feb. 16, 10am-2pm: Embellished wool appliqué needlecase class taught by Jean Back
Saturday, Feb. 23, 10am-1pm: Embroidered MN bookmark class (for kids!) taught by Carole Johnson and Susan Gilbert

March 2019
Saturday, Mar. 2, 10-11:30am: Drop spindle spinning class taught by Alisande Allaben
Saturday, Mar. 2, 1-2pm: Spinning demonstration by Alisande Allaben
Monday, Mar. 4: Historic Fantastic Fibers exhibit from museum collection begins
Saturday, Mar. 9, 10am-noon and 1-3pm: Needle felted pin cushion class taught by Jenny Nellis
Saturday, Mar. 16: Fiber arts Bus Trip to St. Cloud area (back up date is March 23)
Saturday, Mar. 23, 1-2:30pm: Hand crochet class (kid friendly!) taught by Hannah King
Saturday, Mar. 30: Last day to view EGA in Morris

*The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA) is located at 630 Atlantic Avenue in Morris.
**EGA are initials for the Embroiderers’ Guild of America.

Call the museum at 320-589-1719 to sign up for classes!


Related Links

Embroiderer’s Guild of America:

Cherrywood Challenge:

Prairie Rennaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA):

PRCAs call for submissions to Needle and Thread

Class Details


Amy’s Ribbons: Embroidery class
Dates: Friday & Saturday, January 25 and 26
Time: 9am-4pm
Taught by: Barbi McPhee
Cost: $95
Brown bag lunch needed: Yes, both days (we have a fridge and microwave)
Class size: max 10
Students: People with basic embroidery experience such as diagonal tent and satin
Supplies to bring: scissors, magnification and/or additional light if needed, etc

Sign up soon for this 2-part embroidery class taught by national EGA teacher Barbi McPhee!  Amy’s Ribbons is an 11” x 11” needlepoint piece stitched on linen canvas.  This canvas has a beautiful patina only available with linen so you use designs that don’t completely cover the ground.  The fibers include Au ver à Soie Silk, DMC cotton floss, and perle cotton.  You will weave ribbons that are created with satin stitch patterns and pulled work stitches which create lace on canvas. A golden butterfly, stitched with DMC light gold Argent or Keinik #8 gold braid gently lands on the soft ecru ribbons.  The kit includes the canvas, all fibers, needles, stretcher bars, and instructions with full photos of the piece.  Linen canvas (17 threads to the inch) is no longer available to purchase so you will be using fabric provided by Barbi from her private stash.  The student should bring ‘the usual stitching supplies’ (scissors, magnification and/or additional light if needed, etc) and be familiar with basic canvas stitches such as diagonal tent and satin.  Homework will be needed between the Saturday lessons.

Barbi is the President of the Bellavista EGA Chapter and Chair of Faculty for the EGA’s SCR Regional Seminar 2019.  She has been a member of the EGA since 1976 and served as President for three different Chapters, on the National Board of the EGA, and been recognized as a national teacher.  She has volunteered her embroidery and quilting skills for many museums including: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.

Intro to Hardanger class
Date: Saturday, February 2
Time: 9am-12noon
Taught by: Clarice Dieter and Evelyn Lindstrom
Cost: $40
Brown bag lunch needed: No
Class size: max 6
Students: adults

Clarice is an experienced teacher of hardanger, which is a type of needlework from Norway that includes cutwork, drawn work, and needle weaving.  It is sometimes referred to as white work, as it uses white thread on a white background.  The project will be small, with an image of a cross.

Embellished Wool Applique Needlecase class
Date: Saturday, February 16
Time: 10am-2pm
Taught by: Jean Back
Cost: $40
Brown bag lunch needed: Yes (we have a fridge and microwave)
Class size: max 10
Students: teen to adult; Stitching experience preferred but not required
Supplies to bring: scissors to cut threads, (optional supplies: thimble, glasses, light, extension cord, needle threader), your own brown bag lunch

Join Jean in learning wool applique embellished with embroidery stitches. Leave with a needle case (5″x12″ open) to use in your future projects. This project covers: basic wool appliqué technique, embroidery embellishment, and buttonhole stitch assembly.  Six stitches will be taught!  The kit (included in the cost of the class) includes: recycled felted wool, batting, threads, buttons, buckram, and needles.

Embroidered MN Bookmark class (for kids!)
Date: Saturday, February 23
Time: 10am-1pm
Taught by: Carole Johnson and Susan Gilbert
Cost: $15
Brown bag lunch needed: No
Class size: max 10
Students: kids ages 8-12
Supplies to bring: none

The Minnesota Bookmark Class is a beginning embroidery class for kids! The design includes a variety of Minnesota symbols and patterns.  We will introduce a number of basic techniques and stitches, for example: embroidery floss stripping, cross stitch, and long and short satin stitch.  The kit will include: a 14 count Aida bookmark, all necessary threads and a needle.

Drop Spindle Spinning class
Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 10am-11:30am
Taught by: Alisande Allaben
Cost: $60
Brown bag lunch needed: No
Class size: max 5
Supplies to bring:

Learn to make your own hand spun yarn for knitting, weaving, and other fiber projects. Hand spinning is an ancient craft which, until very recently in human history, supplied all the yarn for clothing, home linens, bedding, rugs, and even sails. Using drop spindles and wool, we will learn the basics of hand spinning: how to draft out fibers, twist the fiber into yarn, produce a plied yarn which is suitable for knitting or weaving. Alisande has 30 years of spinning experience and thinks everyone will enjoy learning about this meditative fiber art.

Needle Felted Pin Cushion class
Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 10am-12noon, and 1pm-3pm
Taught by: Jenny Nellis
Cost: $40
Brown bag lunch needed: Yes, or go out for lunch during the 12noon-1pm break (we have a fridge and microwave)
Class size: max 12
Students: ages 14+
Supplies to bring: Any 100% wool fibers you have at home!

Join Jenny to make your own pin cushion through needle felting! Felt is a textile material made by matting, condensing, and pressing fibers together.  All materials will be provided but participants can bring any “100% wool fibers” they’d like to use.  Many colors of wool fibers, a felting pen tool, and a foam pad will all be included in the workshop.  Participants will leave with a finished pin cushion, tools, and the skills to confidently needle felt.

Hand Crocheted Basket or Rug class
Date: Saturday, March 23
Time: 1pm-2:30pm
Taught by: Hannah King
Cost: $15
Brown bag lunch needed: No
Class size: max 15
Students: all ages – kid friendly
Supplies to bring: If desired, your own t-shirt yarn

Make a basket or rug!  We will have materials or bring your own clean “t-shirt yarn” — any color t-shirts pre-cut into long strands approximately one-inch wide.

Bus Trip to St. Cloud Details

Tentative Needle Arts Bus Trip Schedule March 2019

Cost: $48 per person
Max: 20 people

Tour at St. Benedict’s in St. Cloud
Gruber’s Quilt and Yarn Shop
Gruber’s Cafe
Bonnie’s Spinning Wheel

Visiting Morris

We would love to have your group at our museum! Let us know if you plan to bring 10 or more people. Also, kindly call ahead to the dining establishment of your choosing for your group for lunch!

Hotel discounts:
GrandStay Hotel & Suites
(320) 589-4000
Use 10% discount code: EGA19

Super 8
(320) 589-8888
Mention EGA for a 10% discount!

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