About Celeste Celeste Chalasani is a graduate of the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) Teachers’ Certification Program specializing in Stumpwork. Her piece “Tidal Treasures” was accessioned into the NAN Permanent Collection at the Gregg School of Art & Design at North Carolina State University.
Celeste has taught extensively for the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA) at chapter workshops, regional and national seminars; for Blue Bonnet Studio Time and for the National Academy of Needlearts. She currently teaches an online class for Craftsy and an Individual Correspondence Course on Stumpwork for EGA. Celeste designed and donated her “Poppy Remembrance Pin” in 2019 to EGA’s National Outreach Project supporting America’s wounded service members.
Celeste first learned embroidery, sewing and crochet as a young child from her grandmother. Her passion for Stumpwork was sparked when she joined EGA in 1999. A life-long learner, she completed the City & Guilds Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Design and Craft Stumpwork distance courses under the tutelage of Chris Hammacott. She has also taken classes through EGA with Chris Berry, Judy Jeroy, Jane Nicholas, and Marsha Papay-Gomola.
Celeste was the featured Designer Across America in the March 2015 issue of Needle Arts and her project “Christmas Rose” was in the December 2016 issue of Needle Arts. Celeste’s article on the history of Stumpwork and supplemental project, “The Dragon” was published in Piecework Magazine’s March/April 2013 issue. Her work has also been published in the “GPR Designers 2012” book, at CQMagOnline.com, and on the “Focus on Finishing” blog.
“Teaching Stumpwork is a labor of love for me. I am passionate about sharing what I know. I approach teaching from the understanding that different people learn in different ways. I strive to provide clear written instructions with step by step color photos, orally explain the technique with color coded visual aids, demonstrate stitches and techniques, and work one on one with each student as they practice their techniques.”
Celeste holds a BS in Business Administration. She is a member of NETA and NAN, and a Life Member of EGA.