BDEIG Chapters- Locations

and Meeting Times

Look for a Chapter Near You or Form a New Chapter


British Columbia

Black Creek: Vancouver Island Brazilian Embrodery Stitchers (VIBES). Tuesdays 10-2. Contact:  Darlene McLellan

Port Coquitlam/Mission: Bullion Babes. Wednesdays. Contact:  Joan Harrison or Connie Elsdon

Vancouver Island: Vancouver Island Nice and Easy Stitchers (VINES). Contact:  Marg Horton


Port Colborne: PC Lighthouse Stitchers. Contact:  Pauline Richard



Sun City: Bell BE Belles. Contact:  LaRene Garmize

Yuma: Cocopah Yuma-Hummers. River Front RV Park. Contact:  Gleta Perry


Murieta: Murieta Ladies Needlework . 2nd Monday. Contact:  Lois Podschadel

Walnut Creek: DEARS. Contact:  Carolyn Horvath or Phyllis Friesen


Castle Pines North: Heavenly Stitchers. 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Contact: Pam Cole

Colorado Springs: Enchanted Needlers. 3rd Wednesday. Contact: Collette Hoelting

Denver: Brazilian Embroidery Guild. 1st Saturday. Contact: Christine Hause


Largo/Dunedin: Hurricane Stitchers. Monday thru Thursday. Contact: Agnes Davis

St. Petersburg: DBELA Stitchers. Tuesday PM, Saturday AM. Contact:  Debbie Goff


Kalaheo Kauai: Humulau Anaina (Embroidery Group). Contact:  Patti Lee


North Idaho: Brazilian Embroidery Enthusiasts (BEES). Tuesdays and 2nd Saturday. Contact:  Susan Jones


Billings: Billings Brazilian Embroiders (BBES). Contact:  Sandy Velin



Las Vegas: Silver State Wrappers. 2nd and 3rd Saturday. Contact:  Kaaren Arndt

Reno: Knotty Knotters. Contact:  Maureen Zimmerman

New York

Canton: North Country Stitchers. Wednesdays, 10-Noon. Contact:  Alma Garner

Jamestown: Brazilian Art Beautiful Embroidery Stitches ( B.A.B.E.S.). 2nd Saturday 10-12. Contact:  Frieda Dewey

Johnstown: Royal BE's. Fridays at Johnstown Library. Contact:  Jean Quick

Poughkeepsie: Twisted Stitchers. 4th Monday. Contact:  Joan Artz or Lynn Schamberger


Portland Area (Canby): Western Oregon/Washington (WOW). 1st Tuesday. Contact:  Ruby Scruggs

Portland Area (Tigard): Palestrina Knotters. Every Wednesday evening. 1st & 3rd Monday afternoon. Contact:  Bonnie Fletcher

Portland Area (Tigard): WOW. 4th Friday. Contact:  Bonnie Fletcher

Prineville: Why Knots. Contact:  Mary Sawyer

Roseburg: Brazilian Embroidery 'Sew'cial Time (BEST). 1st and 3rd Fridays. Contact:  Joanne Bohm



Dickinson: GAL BABES. Thursdays. Contact:  Charlotte Walker


Kitsap Penninsula Area: K-BE's. 1st Tuesday. Contact:  Virginia Chapman

Marysville-Arlington: Doodle BELLS. Contact:  Joan Stevens

Port Angeles: Juan de Fuca. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays AM. Contact:  Joanne Morrison

Seattle Area: Beautiful, Elegant, Lovely Lady Stitchers (BELLS). 2nd Saturday. Contact:  Pat Campbell or Loretta Holzberger

Spokane: Inland Empire What Knots. 4th Saturday. Contact:  Janis Krepcik

Wenatchee: Valley Girls 2nd Tuesday. Contact: Doni Palmgren


A click on any contact person's name will start an email so you can ask for more information.

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Starting a New Chapter

Members are encouraged to form local chapters to share their interest in Brazilian embroidery with others who live nearby.

As a new/beginning embroiderer (or even a more-experienced one),  the ability to connect with other embroiderers who share your enthusiasm and of whom you can ask questions, is a big key to learning (stitches, techniques, solutions that are not obvious to a beginner). And connected to this are good learning resources, whether in the form of stitch dictionaries, stitching groups (or a friend or relative) and of course, online learning resources.

The Guild suggests that chapters make as few "rules" as possible.

It is important to set a regular meeting date and place that is convenient for the members. Small groups often meet in members' homes, but as they grow a larger community space may be needed.

Officers are optional, but someone needs to be in charge of keeping the chapter "organized". Some groups have several officers like president, secretary, treasurer and newsletter editor. Others just have a chairman.

Some groups send out a monthly newsletter. Others just remind members of the upcoming meeting by e-mail.

Chapter dues are optional and strictly up to the group. Some collect dues to pay for chapter newsletters, meeting space, or special workshops. Other chapters may have fundraising activities instead of dues, and still others do both.

Chapters pay no dues or fees to BDEIG. However, individual BDEIG membership by all chapter members is encouraged.

Most chapters spend part of each meeting on a "lesson". Many use the education pages from the BDEIG newsletter for group learning experiences, and members of groups usually take turns presenting lessons. It is unfair to expect the most knowledgeable member of a group to do all the teaching free of charge.

Workshops can be planned with an outside "traveling" teacher. Class fees are negotiated between the chapter and the teacher. Travel expenses and accommodations are generally expected by the teacher in addition to class and kit fees.

Chapters should send news of their activities, meeting times and contact person to the BDEIG newsletter editor regularly so new people in their area can find them and join the chapter.

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