National Academy of Needlearts

The Leader in Needlearts Education

NAN - National Academy of Needlearts

The National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) is a nationwide, non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of embroidery as an art form.

Established in 1985 as a nationwide, nonprofit organization, NAN's goal is to uphold the highest standards in the needlearts by providing excellence in education to all those interested in furthering their embroidery skills as teachers, judges, artists, designers, authors, or technically proficient embroiderers.

Follow the links below or to the left for more information about our programs.

  • NAN annually sponsors its Assembly for Embroiderers, which is an unrivaled needlework seminar for stitchers of all skill levels and interests who are members of the Academy.

  • The Exemplary is NAN's exceptional exhibit of needleart held in conjunction with the Assembly.

  • NAN maintains its outstanding archival collection of embroidery at the Gregg Museum of Arts & Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • NAN's certification programs have produced many of the best-known teachers and judges in the field, and offers post graduate opportunities for exploring creativity and for rigorous research.

  • A Needleart Judge's Reference is our most recent publication, prepared by NAN-certified judges.

  • Our free patterns were designed by candidates and graduates of our certification programs.

We Put the Art in Needleart!


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