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, color and design classes, art classes pertinent to the needlearts, and Japanese Embroidery taught by the incomparable Shay Pendray.

Assembly 2017 begins Friday, March 24 with a tour of the Detroit Institute of Art in the morning, and a welcome dinner that evening where you will be greeted by NAN Board Members and featured teachers. Classes are held Friday through Tuesday, and are of various lengths. During your time at Assembly you will enjoy lunch with your fellow attendees, and a festive Awards Banquet on Monday evening. Assembly also features a fun Merchandise Night with one-of-a-kind offerings.

The Exemplary, our annual needlework showcase, is held in conjunction with the Assembly. Both events are housed in a boutique hotel—the Somerset Inn located in suburban Detroit, MI—that caters to our needs, and as a bonus, has an excellent restaurant.

Registration for Assembly 2017 is now open. Click on the links below for complete information.

If you have questions about Assembly 2017, please contact our Registrar at

For information about The Exemplary, contact The Exemplary Administrator at