Dawn Donnelly is a mixed-media artist with a focus in needlepoint. Dawn holds a teacher certification in canvas with the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) and teaches nationally and locally for NAN, American Needlepoint Guild (ANG), and Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA). Dawn has been recognized for excellence of work in numerous exhibits. Dawn spends her time volunteering as membership chair, registrar, and dean of faculty for NAN and president for ANG’s Magnificent Obsession Chapter. Several of her articles have been published in Needlepoint Now and Needlepointers. Dawn’s work can be seen at https://threadupdd.wordpress.com/
Barbara Ellis is originally from Chicago, IL and graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL. Barbara is an interior designer, artist, and teacher focusing on beadwork as her medium. Barbara specializes in bead embroidery, peyote stitch and off-loom weaving techniques. Her work has been showcased in Beadwork Magazine, Bead Dreams 2017 and Toho Challenge 2016 touring Japan and Germany. Barbara shares her craft by teaching at the Center for the Arts, Bonita Springs, FL, Bead Boutique in Naples, FL, Bead and Button Shows and various EGA events.
Patricia Goaley USN/Ret MS, PA-C is the Chairman of the EGA Judging Program, has completed the Master Craftsman in Surface Embroidery and Crewel. Patricia has completed her RSN certificate with Merit and Diploma with Distinction. She is a teacher, a lecturer, and a fiber artist and she loves sharing the art and history of embroidery with others.
Deborah Mitek is a needlework designer and teacher specializing in silk ribbon embroidery and surface stitching on both fabric and canvas. As a member of NAN, ANG & EGA for over 38 years, Deborah teaches at the national, regional and local levels. Deborah’s work has been featured in both Needle Arts and Needle Pointers magazines.
Bobbi Norris has stitched, embroidered and created for as long as she can remember, making her first dress in second grade. Bobbi fell in love with cross-stitch as a young adult and now has a growing need to thread a beading needle. Bobbi is an active member of the Houston Embroiderers’ Guild and has taught and designed beading projects and programs at guilds within and outside of EGA. Bobbi has recently taught several one-day and two-day workshops through SCR and is scheduled to teach a mini-class before the EGA National Seminar 2020: Boston Stitch Party.
Kathy Rees learned to cross stitch at fourteen and has never stopped using a needle. After earning a business degree and working in the corporate world for eight years, Kathy worked in her family’s needlework shop for eighteen years. Kathy began designing, publishing, and teaching in 2006, specializing in geometrics with an emphasis on color, offering multiple colorways for many of her designs. She closed her shop in 2011 to design and teach full-time.
Laura Smith is an embroidery innovator, nationally known designer, and teacher. Laura’s work has been shown all over the U.S. Laura holds the EGA Master Craftsman in Color and served as chair for the Master Craftsman Program (2006 – 2018). She is past Chairman of EGA Fiber Forum (2011 – 2015), president of Golden Needles Chapter EGA (3rd term), and former director of an arts center. Laura’s website is www.Stitch4Fun.com
Ask Amee K. Sweet-McNamara why her fine-art jewelry business is called “Amee Runs with Scissors,’’ and she usually just laughs and says, “Because it sounds a whole lot sexier than ‘Amee Eats Paste.’” Working out of her New Hampshire home, Sweet-McNamara makes one-of-a-kind hats and pieces of wearable-art textile-jewelry using a variety of techniques including “Soutache & Bead Embroidery” which involves hand-stitching yards and yards of soutache braid and hundreds of tiny beads. She teaches internationally, writes about her craft and is a proud member of the League of NH Craftsmen.
Catherine C. Theron is a graduate of Cornell University studying English, history, & design. She is a self-taught designer & stitcher & has concentrated on counted thread techniques & especially samplers for the past 25 years. Catherine has taught for EGA & ANG chapters, sampler guilds, shops, private groups, museums, & wholesale trade shows & was a founding member of the thread company The Gentle Art.