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									           EGA SEMINAR 2011: FLAMINGO FANDANGO
                  SEPTEMBER 11 - 16, 2011

                               TEACHER BIOGRAPHIES

Tanja Berlin is a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework and an expert on various
techniques of embroidery as they applied to restoration, conservation and commission projects.
She has had embroidery articles published in Embroidery Canada and Inspiration Embroidery
Magazine and designs featured in A-Z of Thread Painting and A-Z of Goldwork.

Marie Campbell retired after thirty years teaching American culture and literature and has since
focused on creating fiber and bead art and is a Fiber Forum member. Marie has taught region and
chapter groups. Her beading classes provide a springboard for the student’s inspirations.

Gary Clarke studied at Launceston Matriculation and Art Colleges. Began an apprenticeship
with Universal Textiles, Hobart, Tasmania and served under Rudy Jenny from the Bauhaus
School of Design, Germany. Proficient at water colors, oils, pen and pencil, printing, fabric
painting and embroidery. Has written books on embroidery and textile art, co-written books on
embroidery and numerous embroidery magazines. He has taught in Australia, UK, NZ and

Nan Euler has taught at national, region and local seminars. Nan’s passion is research and
sharing the social history of women through embroidery and samplers. She was featured in
NeedleArts, Designers across America, NeedleWorker magazine and author of retired EGA
Individual Correspondence Course, The 17th Century English Band Sampler. She is an EGA
Certified Teacher in Crewel and Surface Embroidery.

Jette Roy Finlay-Heath speciality is Hedebo and Danish Counted Thread White Work
Embroidery. She is certified in The Further Education by the City and Guilds of London Institute
with Distinctions. Jette has been teaching and lecturing to Embroidery and Lace Guilds at
numerous Colleges and Institutions in England and internationally including EGA and EAC.

Marsha Papay Gomola has taught needlework for EGA, NAN, TNNA, Christmas in
Williamsburg, and Callaway. She has been published in Fine Arts, NeedleArts, Needle Pointers,
and Sampler and Antique Needlework. In 2008 she received the Jean Taggart Award and The
Exemplary award from NAN. She specializes in raised embroidery emphasizing the use of silk
shading to create realistic contemporary designs. Marsha is NAN-Certified, Level II in Raised
Susan Goodman has taught at region seminars and for national EGA, NAN, Callaway, ANG and
EAC seminars. Her original embroidery pieces have been exhibited in national EGA Biennial
Exhibits, several of which have traveled to galleries around the country. Susan’s specialty is
creative embroidery design with an emphasis on transfer methods and use of computer

Judy Jeroy is an EGA certified teacher of crewel embroidery and canvas embroidery as well as a
Certified Teacher Graduate and a Certified Needlework Judge. She has her Master Craftsman in
Crewel and in Canvas and has served on the faculty of numerous national and region seminars.
Judy is the author of Creative Crewel Embroidery, published by Lark Books in 1998.

Catherine Jordan holds Master Craftsman certifications in the EGA Counted Thread, Crewel,
and Color programs. She is the current president for the EGA Gentle Pursuits of Richmond
chapter and a juried member of EGA’s artist’s group, Fiber Forum.

Margaret Kinsey is an EGA Certified Teacher in Silk and Metal Thread Techniques. She is
certified to teach Japanese Embroidery. She is the designated US teacher for the Kunimitsu
Studio, and studies Rozashi with Fumiko Ozaki. She has taught at all levels for EGA, EAC and
ANG seminar and chapters. She is chairman of EGA’s 2011 IEC.

Carole H. Lake is an EGA-certified teacher who specializes in manipulating common and
uncommon threads and stitches to create textured effects, with a special interest in the effect and
symbolism of color. Her award-winning work has been displayed in exhibits throughout the
Southwest. She has been teaching and designing for over twenty years.

Dorothy Lesher is a designer and teacher who has taught at EGA, ANG and EAC National
Seminars, Callaway Gardens School of Needlearts, NAN, and region seminars. She has been
featured in EGA Designers Across America, Needlepoint Now and her article, “The Faces of
Needlework”, was published in Needle Pointers.

Janice Love has been designing and teaching Hardanger since 1979. She is the author of
books/leaflets on Hardanger, including "Basics and Beyond" and "Fundamentals Made Fancy".
Her books and designs have led to numerous awards for both her and her students. DMC honored
her with their first "Designer of the Year Award" in 2000.

Sylvia Murariu is a teacher, designer and has authored books about Romanian Point Lace, a
DVD, videotape and countless lace designs, beading designs, and traditional Brazilian
Embroidery designs. Her work was presented in Needle Arts, International Lace magazine and
Piece Work. She taught at the national and region EGA seminars, Brazilian Embroidery national
seminars, IOLI conventions, meetings, and workshops.

Jane Nicholas specializes in stumpwork and goldwork embroidery . She has written books and
contributed to journals and magazines on the subject. Jane was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to
further her studies in stumpwork in the United Kingdom and was awarded the Order of Australia
Medal (OAM) for her “services to hand embroidery as an artist, teacher and author”. She teaches
for Embroiderers’ Guilds and businesses in Australia, New Zealand and USA.

Lynn Payette’s has been teaching for 40 years at the chapter, region and national level for EGA,
ANG, EAC, Callaway, NAN and Quilt guilds; and for continuing education and shops. She has
won numerous awards and her work has been published in numerous magazines. She teaches
mixed-media, multi-fiber, Crewel, Silk/Metal, Stumpwork, Brazilian, Needlelace and Silk ribbon.
Barbara Rakosnik is an award-winning designer specializing in counted thread sampler and has
taught for national and region seminars for EGA, ANG, ECA and the 2000 International
Embroidery Conference in New Zealand. Barbara has authored several correspondence courses
and a cyber course for ANG. She has been published in NeedleArts, Just Cross Stitch and several
other magazines and newspapers.

Jeanette Rees teaches classes in all types of canvas work, dimensional embroidery, hardanger,
needlepoint, linen stitching, quilting, and finishing. She has taught for region seminars, guilds,
chapters and retreats. She has published designs in both cross stitch and canvas pieces.

Marnie Ritter has taught at national and region seminars for ANG, EGA, Callaway , Kent State
University, NAN, guilds and shops national and international. Her certification in Surface
Stitchery from The Council of Embroiderers as well as experience in judging, television and
publishing offers a teacher well versed in the subject of needlework. In 2006 she was awarded
the honorable Lifetime Achievement Award from NAN.

Michele Roberts specializes in historical research, stumpwork, and goldwork. She is an EGA
Graduate Teacher, a Fiber Forum juried member, an ANG Senior Master Teacher, with RSN
Certification with Distinction and Cities and Guilds Certification in Stumpwork. She received the
NAN Lifetime Achievement Award. She has taught at many seminars, including ANG, EGA,
NAN, Callaway Gardens, and NAGA, written books and articles and won awards in the US and
the UK.

Kim Sanders has a B.S. in textiles from the University of Tennessee with independent research
in historic costume. She is a Master Craftsman in Smocking and chair of the Master Craftsman in
Smocking program. As well as teaching at seminars and shops, she is the author of the GCC, Silk
Ribbon Pond. Kim has worked in textile conservation and published in several magazines.

Marion Scoular is a three year, Mark Excellent graduate of The Royal School of
Needlework and a City and Guild’s Silver Medalist. She has taught in English High
Schools; taught adult education for Clemson University; owned The Robin Hood Wool
Shop; taught worldwide. She is the author of many booklets and articles on embroidery

Gail Carolyn Sirna is a embroiderer, needlework teacher and judge, and author of In Praise of
the Needlewoman. She has taught throughout North America for ANG, EGA, and EAC. She has
judged numerous exhibits, and has exhibited widely across the country, winning many ribbons.
She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from NAN.

Kay Stanis is an internationally known teacher, fiber artist, designer, Master Craftsman, Certified
and Graduate Certified Teacher of EGA and Kurenai Kai Traditional Japanese Embroidery. She
has taught in Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, and USA for: ANG, Callaway, EAC,
EGA, JEC, Koala Conventions, SAEG, Embroidery 2000 (NZ), and many independent groups.

Carol Lynn Stratton has lectured and taught for extension service, area shops and guilds in CT,
PA, and OH. Carol is an EGA Mastercraftsman in counted thread, an EGA certified Master
Needlework Judge, member of the Judges Certification Program Committee, Chairperson of
Fiber Forum, and Jury Chairperson for the 19th National Exhibit. Her work has won two Bobby
Pilling Awards and been accepted into the EGA permanent collection.
Elizabeth Ann Talledo has a BFA in Fine Art. She has taught on national and regional level for
EGA, ANG, TNNA, Celebrations of Needlework, sampler guilds, shops, and retreats. She has
been published in Fine Lines, Just Cross Stitch, and Cross Stitch and Needlework. She teaches
finishing, surface embroidery, wool appliqué, counted work on linen and canvas.

Joan Thomasson teaches needlepoint nationally, regionally and locally. She is an active member
and past president of NETA and past chairman of ICNA. Her work has been featured in
Needlepoint Now, NeedleArts, Needle Pointers, Neiman Marcus Horchow Collection, and the
Bush White House. She graduated from NAN Honors Program and her piece Creation Sampler:
In the Beginning was accepted into the permanent collection of the Gregg Museum of Art and
Design at North Carolina State University.

Deborah Tirico studied appliqué with Elly Sienkiewicz, Jane Townswick, Judy Severson and
Mimi Dietrich among others. She also studied surface embroidery, counted thread, hand and
machine quilting, earning awards of excellence along the way. Deborah teaches hand quilting and
appliqué classes for quilt shops and guilds. She has merged her love of appliqué with her
embroidery skills and is designing in felted wool with embroidery embellishment.

Gale Washington is EGA Teacher Certified in Canvas Work with a degree in art and specializes
in combining traditional canvas work stitches with various techniques from other embroidery
sources in the creation of her designs. She has taught, won awards and judged during her career
as a needle artist.

Carolyn Webb of Salt Lake City, has a degree in education. An EGA member, she has been a
needlework designer and teacher for over twenty years; teaching on the local, region and national
levels. Several pieces of her work have been published in magazines and she has won a number
of prizes for her needlework. She has her Master Craftsman in counted thread.

Shirley Kay Wolfersperger specializes in design and color, and in modern techniques
embroidery. She has been a long-time teacher of embroidery and has taught at many venues
across the United States and England to include EGA national and region seminars, chapters, and
at businesses. Shirley Kay is an EGA Certified Teacher in counted work, a Graduate Teacher, and
a Mastercraftsman in Color. She has won many prizes for her artwork.

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