Marnie Ritter

2006 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Marnie Ritter, 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Marnie Ritter has been a needle artist for over four decades, working as a teacher, lecturer, judge, and designer. During her career, she has worked continuously to integrate innovative techniques with a plethora of conventional approaches–such as silk and metal threads, canvas and crewel embroidery, and surface stitch–resulting in works with an aesthetic that sets them apart in needle art. Marnie is certified as a teacher by the Council of American Embroiderers (CAE) in Surface Stitchery and has been a juried member of EGA’s Fiber Forum. Her teaching philosophy encourages students to put aside their fears, enabling them to try new concepts. She has taught nationally and internationally for guilds, regional seminars, and for national seminars including those sponsored by NAN, ANG, EGA, The Council of American Embroiderers (CAE), and Callaway Gardens. Among her many publications, Marnie counts several books, including “Marnie Ritter’s Canvas Patterns” and “Embroidery My Way”. Her designs were featured annually on the front cover of Needlepoint Now and the inaugural issue of needlepoint now.

In 1990-91 Marnie was the Co-Host for the public television series “The Needle Workshop” produced in a joint venture with the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc. and WKPC-TV, Louisville, Kentucky. She has served as the President of the Colorado Chapter of EGA. For more information visit her web site,