About NAN

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…

Assembly for Embroiderers

The full brochure for Assembly 2020 will be available online early in September, 2019. Registration opens October 1, 2019. NAN’s Assembly for Embroiderers is an annual needlework seminar open to all stitchers—not just those aspiring to become teachers and judges….

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…


The Exemplary 2019 Best of Show – Japanese Embroidery

Clematis Flower Circle by Arlene Altman received the following awards at The Exemplary2019: Best in Show – Japanese Embroidery (The Beverly Booker Award) 1st Place Non-Professional Japanese Embroidery

The Exemplary 2019 Best Of Show

The Big Horn Sheep by Rachel Watkins received the following awards at The Exemplary 2019: Best in Show – Jean Taggart Award 1st Place Non-Professional Adaptation Popular Choice

The Exemplary 2018 Best of Show – Jean Taggart Award

    The Garden Box by Marsha Papay Gomola (click on the small images for a larger view). The Garden Box received the following awards at The Exemplary 2018: Best of Show – Jean Taggart Award 1st Place Professional Original…