Group Correspondence Course Information
We continue to schedule Group Correspondence Courses that fulfill our mission to forward the appreciation of embroidery and recommend courses that encourage the highest standards of excellence in the practice of embroidery. EGA offers educational opportunities through its Group Correspondence Courses. To aid chapters in meeting the needs of their members, the GLR offers a select group of classes each year that will allow chapter members to pursue their interests without having to form a group from their home chapter. However, these classes are also an opportunity to schedule classes for the chapters to share with their members.
You will not have a local group leader and you will be stitching on your own. The GLR GCC Coordinator serves as the facilitator of the GCCs for the class participants and the designers/teachers. In 2024, we will continue with a feature for GCC enrollees to participate in Zoom meetings to meet with others in your GCC, share progress and learn tips from your fellow classmates. These meetings are led by Jana Bass, GCC Online Education Coordinator, and met with good success in 2022, the trial year.
We are featuring four GCCs for 2024, listed in the table below. For details regarding course content and the approximate cost of supplies, refer to the Group Correspondence Course section of the Education Catalog that is available online at the EGA Website. Fee includes cost of the manual plus a $5 surcharge.
|Course Title||Embroidery Type||Designer||Level||Fee||Guanin Gourd Flower||Goldwork||Margaret Kinsey||Beginning||$75||Daydreams||Schwalm whitework||Barbara Kershaw||Intermediate||$50||How Does Your Garden Grow?||Crewel||Carol Currier||Beginner||$40||Hearts for You||Finishing/Counted Cross Stitch||Denise Harrington Pratt||All levels||$57|
Registration Deadline is November 1, 2023!
To register for these courses, fill out the GCC Registration Form and return it to the GLR GCC Coordinator, Terry Butz, at the address provided. Be sure to include your check payable to Great Lakes Region EGA to cover the the cost of the text plus the handling fee.
If you have any questions, contact Terry.
The course fee includes the instruction materials and postage with delivery confirmation. Students are responsible for purchasing their own project supplies. Supply sources are provided with each course. Classes that have too few enrollees may be dropped. Students will receive their course materials by early February 2024.
About GCC Classes
Each year, EGA offers a variety of Group Correspondence Course (GCC) classes. These classes allow a group of stitchers to work on a project together, and have their completed work evaluated by the teacher. A complete list of the courses offered (with pictures!) can be found at the EGA Website.
Sometimes, local Chapters choose a GCC class and appoint a coordinator who acts as a liaison between the students and the teacher. The coordinator orders booklets, sends completed projects to the teacher for evaluation, and returns the projects and evaluations to the students. Students are responsible for their course fees (which are often waived for the Coordinator), and must purchase their own materials and supplies to complete the project.
Under the GLR program, the Region offers a selection of classes each year. The GLR GCC Coordinator handles the usual duties for all of the classes offered. Students stitch on their own, without a local coordinator. Small chapters, in particular, often find this an affordable way to offer GCCs to their members.
The Great Lakes Region covers the $200 group teaching fee. A handling fee of $5 is assessed to the participant for each selected class to cover shipping costs. Texts are forwarded to participants by the coordinator; the GCC coordinator forwards projects received from participants to the teacher for evaluation and then returns them to the participant. Each participant pays for their own text, the materials and supplies for the project, and the initial shipping cost for projects sent for evaluation to the coordinator.