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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Best of Show: The Exemplary 2022

The Mixed Media entry, A Bleached Coral Reef by Kim Berry-Rogers, was given the Best of Show (Jean Taggart Award) Award at The Exemplary 2022. This award is selected by the judges from the First Place winners in all categories except Japanese…

Best of Show for Japanese Embroidery: The Exemplary 2022

Double Cypress Fans by Toni Marie Fourte was selected by judges as the Best of Show for Japanese Embroidery (The Beverly Booker Award) at The Exemplary 2022. This award is selected by the Japanese Embroidery judge from First Place winners…