The Colonial West Jersey Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. (EGA) was formed in June of 1969 and received official
acceptance from the National Headquarters on September 18, 1969. Thus, it became one of the original 13 chapters with 1,200
members of what was then the American branch of the London Embroiderers' Guild. Our nucleus consisted of ten women interested
In 1970, the American branch of the Embroiderers' Guild declared its independence from the London Guild and became
the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc., with headquarters in New York City (later moved to Louisville, Kentucky). The Guild
is divided into regions. Our chapter is part of the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Membership in every EGA chapter is open to all
who are interested in any form of needlework. It is a non-profit, non-discriminatory organization whose purpose is to stimulate
interest in needlework by promoting interchange of ideas and techniques, and encouraging creativity while maintaining a high standard
of technique and design. All areas of stitchery are explored -- from classic crewel embroidery and canvas work to varieties
of blackwork and other counted embroidery, shadow work, applique and creative stitchery.
Colonial West Jersey meetings consist
of lectures, workshops, slide presentations, "Show and Tell", and field trips. Speakers and teachers are professionals and non-professionals,
all well versed in their areas of interest. Colonial West Jersey is blessed with a talented and congenial group, all willing
to learn and share their expertise and ideas.