About NAN

The National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) is a nationwide organization devoted to the advancement of embroidery as an art form. Established in 1985, NAN’s goal is to uphold the highest standards in the needlearts by providing excellence in education to…

Assembly for Embroiderers

NAN’s Assembly for Embroiderers is an annual needlework seminar open to all stitchers—not just those aspiring to become teachers and judges. We offer a diverse and interesting array of classes each year, including canvaswork, surface embroidery, various counted thread techniques,…

The Exemplary

The Exemplary is an annual showcase of needle arts held in conjunction with NAN’s Assembly for Embroiderers. It is open to all forms of creative needlework, from embroiderers at all levels of expertise—beginners to highly experienced. You do not need…

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The Virtual Exemplary 2021: Popular Choice Award

Patchwork Elephant by Toni Gerdes was selected by viewers as the winner of the Popular Choice Award at The Virtual Exemplary 2021. “This charming Patchwork Elephant explored many different stitches to create a happy addition to my needlework decorations. The…