New England Region, EGA

What's Happening

Here’s a sampling of what’s going on and what’s coming up.  Check out the calendar for detailed listings. 

Retreat this fall with Pioneer Valley  October 11-13, 2024

Pioneer Valley Chapter announces its fall 2024 stitching retreat weekend, to be held from Friday October 11 to Sunday October 13 at Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon, CT.  Check out this beautiful, rustic location and think about all the stitching you could do while someone else does the cooking and the dishes!  Cost is $160, which covers two days, two nights, and four meals.  Contact Sue Polumbo to learn more and make your reservation.

"Through the Needle's Eye" comes to New England (virtually): May 21, 2024 at 3pm and 7pm

Join members of the Merrimack Valley Chapter for a "live" tour of "Through the Needle's Eye," EGA's virtual needlework exhibit.  Carole Overton, TNE Committee secretary, will lead the tour.  Non-members are welcome to attend.  Contact Karen Sehl for a Zoom link.  The tour will be offered at 3pm and again at 7pm.

At right: Diversité by Marie-Renée Otis from Through the Needle's Eye

Region Day: A great success

Almost fifty members gathered for NER's 2024 Region Day from 10am to 4pm at the Plymouth Church in Framingham, MA on April 27, 2024.


It was a wonderful opportunity for all members of the New England Region to convene together in a celebration of our hobby. There were three projects, a talk by Pat Olski of Piecework Magazine, open stitching, a luncheon and lots of socializing and fellowship within our community. The day was largely paid for by our region so it was very affordable ($25 NER members/$35 others plus kit fees) for participants.

Congratulations and thanks to NER Education Chair Karen Sehl for making it happen!

MVC leads Calico Dress project at Fuller Craft Museum

Members of Merrimack Valley Chapter recently contributed panels of stitched pieces which will be included in the Calico Dress at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA.  The Calico Dress is being created at the museum in conjunction with its exhibition of The Red Dress.  The MVC submissions are already on display.  The originator of The Red Dress will be at the museum on exhibition closing day (May 19) along with Calico Dresses from US museums.

Click here to learn more about the history of The Red Dress and its connections across the nation and around the world.  

SOME Spring Getaway - another success!

Southern Maine (SOME) Chapter sponsored everyone's favorite mini-seminar on Friday, March 15 to Sunday, March 17, 2024 at the Hilton Garden Inn Riverwatch in Auburn, Maine. The event attracted 35 members who enjoyed excellent stitching time, food, and company.  A special thank you to our three teachers: Kris Andrews, Denise Harrington Pratt, and Patty Smith Gardner.  Hope to see you at the next spring get-away in Maine!

Robbin Douglas wins big at The Big E

Robbin, a member of Merrimack Valley Chapter, recently collected four ribbons, including Best of Department for Creative Arts (Adult) at the Eastern States Exposition, for her needlework.  Congrats, Robbin!

Upcoming NER Group Correspondence Course: Marion Scoular's "Pulled Thread Clover"

The leaves and blooms of the charming clover design contain twelve pulled fillings in a variety of patterns. There are both linear and diaper patterns in which the emphasis is placed on tension. Tension, of course, creates a significant change in the texture of the fabric. In pulled stitches, the effect is achieved by what the stitches do, not the appearance of the stitches themselves.  Please email Education Chair Karen Sehl to be notified when this offering will be launched.  NER pays for the class cost so members are only responsible for the text, postage and supplies used. A major benefit of your region membership!

Give a teacup pincushion to a stitching friend!

SOME Chapter members recently created one-of-a-kind “teacup” pincushions to raise funds for education. Each unique pincushion starts with a vintage teacup.  Browse the full collection at


Each pincushion is $20; postage is additional.  To order, please email Barbara Hepburn

Check out these winners...

Members of the Merrimack Valley Chapter recently exhibited their needlework at the Topsfield Fair - and won a number of ribbons!  Congrats to Robbin D., Barbara A., Rosemary C., Susan McA., Patricia B., and J. Enzmann.

Time to stitch some pears?

Southern Maine (SOME) Chapter announces the release of its latest design book, These Are SOME Pears! You get 15 unique pears, each designed by a SOME member and featuring a different embroidery technique or style.  Each pear has detailed instructions and diagrams, many in color, by Denise Harrington Pratt.


These Are SOME Pears! premiered at the 2023 Boston Stitch Party and is now available for purchase at $29.95 each plus $5.00 postage.  To order please contact Barbara Hepburn