Laura Smith:  Embroidery and Color

 

 

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I enjoy teaching classes that relate to color and integrating embroidery with mixed media work.  My teaching approach is to encourage students to move gently forward from where they are, growing both skills and confidence.

My grandmother taught me to stitch when I was nine.  Early work included huck embroidery, counted cross stitch, crochet, hardanger, and beading.  In the early 1980's, I discovered the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc (EGA) and the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG).  Silk and metal thread embroidery, needlepoint, open canvaswork, Casalguidi embroidery, quilting and many other classes followed.  My first teaching experience, other than chapter programs, was a Hardanger embroidery class in 1987.  In 1999, I took Mary Shipp's ANG Cybercourse Color for Needlework and began a journey into color and design  which continues today. Working as a volunteer leader for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, I developed an interest in landscape embroidery through hiking and outdoor Scouting activities.

In 2005, I earned the Master Craftsman in Color from the Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA) and have served as Chairman of the Master Craftsman in Color Program since 2006.  I juried into EGA's Fiber Forum in 2006 and again in 2009 and 2013.  I'm a Life Member of EGA and have held every office in Golden Needles Chapter in Concord, NC. For Carolinas Region EGA, I ran Merchandise Night/Teacher Showcase and the Annual Region Challenge program for three years. I am a founding member of Cyberstitchers Chapter EGA. I served as bylaws chairman for Lake Norman Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild for which I was also founding president. 

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