Previously Published Magazines


EGW previously published 10 printed consumer magazines: Popular Woodworking, Veggie Life, Best of Veggie Life, 

Weekend Woodcrafts, Yoga 4 Everybody, Children’s Album, Tole World, Wood Strokes, Holiday Painting and Needlepoint News.  These publications had a combined paid subscriber base of over one million.  They were distributed in over 20,000 stores & newsstands, and to over 20 countries (mostly in the U.S. & Canada). EGW also previously published 15 tole painting books, over 300 tole painting booklets, 3 woodworking books.

Popular Woodworking:  Whether you're an expert woodworker or just a beginner, for challenging projects and skill-building techniques, turn to the pages of Popular Woodworking.  Every issue features:  Shop Tips, Original Projects, Jig Journal, Unique Techniques, Marketing Ideas, Information Exchange, Comparitive Product Review, a Calendar of National Woodworking Events and more!!!

Veggie Life:  The nation’s premiere vegetarian cooking magazine for today’s health-conscious consumer--a seasonal commemoration of “Good Food for Good Health.”  Every issue features exciting tips, techniques, recipes and remedies from cooks, chefs, dietitians, and other health experts on great new ways to prepare creative plant-based cuisine, implement diet programs, and use healing foods for an improved and vibrant lifestyle.


Eatin’ Greens!

By Nanette Blanchard


When I want something earthy, fresh and nutritious, all types of greens-spinach, kale, collard greens, Romaine lettuce, Swiss chard and watercress-all hit the spot.  All of them are easy to grow, inexpensive, quick and easy to cook, and are good sources of vitamins A and C, calcium and potassium.  Just about all leafy green vegetables can be used in salads, grain and bean dishes, soups, stews, souffles, egg dishes and quiches.  The can be poached, braised, steamed, fried, boiled, and when young and tender, eaten raw.  When you buy greens, look for brightly colored leaves that aren’t wilted or yellow.  The tastiest greens are young and fresh, so look for smaller, more tender leaves.  Use greens soon after purchasing, and store them unwashed in plastic bags in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer.

Best of Veggie Life:  A 100-page digest filled with beautiful, full-color photos, showcasing a different theme each time.  You’ll find handy tips and tasty, nutritious recipes for cookies, salads, soups, baked goods, pastas, desserts, and much, much more!  Don’t miss a single issue of this fantastic, categorized collection of recipes.

Weekend Woodcrafts:  provides a wide selection of easy to finish wood projects ranging from decorative home-accents and useful housewares to wooden toys.  Weekend woodworkers of different skill levels will be challenged with an assortment of easy-to-build wood projects that can truly be finished over the weekend.  Weekend Woodcrafts is the source magazine for many hobbyist and craft fair designers.

Yoga 4 Everybody:  A down-to-earth yoga magazine, appealing to all yoga enthusiasts.  Every issue includes fully illustrated yoga asana articles by highly respected yoga instructors. In addition, you will find articles showcasing how yoga is applied to healing (both for emotional conditions as well as extreme physical cases), yoga and stress reduction wellness programs. The special practice of yoga geared toward those in need of a more gentle approach, such as seniors and those whose bodies do not fit the model archetype is also covered in every issue.

Children's Album:  Kid's Creative Fun Magazine

Tole World: The nation’s leading magazine serving painters in the decorative painting field.  Each issue features 10-12 painting projects.  Our readers appreciate the care that goes into publishing each project: beautiful color photography, step-by-step instructions, full-sized patterns and step-by-step color illustrations for many of the designs.  Readers also enjoy our technique and advice columns, new product information, the events calendar and other departmental features.

WoodStrokes:  Easy paint designs for wood.  Provides a wide selection of easy-to-finish decorative wood projects.  Learn painting with help from the industry's leading artists!

Holiday Painting:  The complete resource for seasonal projects.  The country’s top designers bring the very best holiday projects, representing a variety of surfaces, techniques and skill levels complete with an easy-to-use format, full-color, step-by-step photos or worksheets, easy to follow how-to instructions and full-size patterns for almost every project.  Projects focus on holiday designs for Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and more!

Needlepoint News

Needlepoint News, Volume XIII, Number 3, Issue 75, September/October 1986


A Rug That Captured History

by Debra Wittenberg


     Needlepoint belongs to us all.  The steady rhythm of thread to canvas is therapeutic, the unfolding design invigorating.  I know this, you know this, and Barbara Bush, wife of President George Bush, knows this too.

     Making a rug is a much-dreamed-of project for many needlepointers.  After all, a rug is often the focal point of a room.  Entire decors are coordinated around the hues and shapes intertwined in a striking floor covering.  And what could be more riveting than a rug into which memories are stitched, mesh by precious mesh?

     “I love needlepoint,” Barbara Bush explains, “and had made pillows, bags, etc. for years, all expensive and not really lasting.  I decided that this rug would be a lasting project, a real investment.  We were going to China, and I had envisioned myself sitting for hours doing needlepoint.  Not true.”

     Not only has Barbara Bush stitched memories into her flowing, flowered rug…she has created a pilgrim’s progress of personal and national history.  This rug accompanied her through 17 countries and 36 states.  She worked it in eight panels, each 18 inches by 8 feet.  It took her nine years.

     “As I worked the rug, I kept a daily log,” she explains.  “Here I carefully noted the parts-flowers, butterflies, birds, little animals-that I stitched on special days, such as births, graduations, and marriages of our children and grandchildren.”  The bunny, for instance, was done the day of the Ford-Carter debate.  And her initials, BPB (Barbara Pierce Bush), appear in both English letters and Chinese characters.  This commemorates their stay in China when the Vice-President was Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office t the People’s Republic of China in 1974-1975.

     There are also more personal symbols reflecting Barbara Bush herself.  “I have tucked the initials of my first four grandchildren in the rug, along with the initials of Eileen Sterling Crawford [the rugs designer].  I’ve also included the dates I began and finished (1975 and 1983).”  On the rug are many colorful images.  Birds alight on dark-veined leaves as butterflies swirl around; chipmunks peer from behind daisied mushrooms.  A teal frog perches atop a petal and gazes at a pink-eared bunny.  Even a turtle, its shell delineated in olive green to match a nearby ring of leaves, is woven into the woodland setting strewn upon a sea of variegated flowers and baby blue background.  The effect is colorful and natural, like Mrs. Bush herself.


Along the Rug-ged Road

     Barbara Bush decided to pursue this staggering project after a visit to Blair House, the Presidential Guest House for visiting dignitaries.  There she spotted a rug whose beauty of design so enthralled her, she invited Washington D.C. designer, Eileen Sterling Crawford, along for another look.  Barbara Bush was going to stitch a rug like that.

     “I don’t care about the size,” she told Ms. Crawford.  “I just want it big.”  Big it would be.  When done, the rug would measure 8 x 12 feet in actual needlepoint, 10 x 14 feed with border.  She would work in on #10 canvas in basketweave and one complete strand of wool, all in her favorite colors.

     But now that she was ready to begin her rug, how was she going to transport it on her diverse travels?  This proved a challenge, but one she overcame.

     “I had a large canvas case made in China for holding wool, and it just fitted the rug, rolled up.  I stitched the eight panels, using office clamps on each corner to keep it open to the place I ws working on.  This rug traveled with me around the world, serving as a pillow when it was in its case.  I worked on it while listening to people talk, when watching television and movies, etc.”  And every day, she steadfastly logged in her notebook events, both personal and national, alongside the progress of her rug-a tapestry of history. 

     After nine years of globe-trotting, the well-traveled rug was finally done.  It was finished in New York City, where it was lined and backed.  The border was finished in broadloom carpet.

     “This was done for several reasons,” explains Mrs. Bush.  “First, the pattern was too wild and busy to ‘hold’ to the floor without a border.  Second, you must buy all your canvas from the same bolt I order to have it match.”  (Since she didn’t have any more canvas from the bolt she had used for the rug, stitching a matching border would have proven unwieldly.)  “Most important,” she continues, ‘a rug wears on the edge first.  The border saved wear and tear on the actual needlepoint.”  After living with this project for almost a decade, Mrs. Bush still found stitching it exciting.  “I enjoyed every second of working on it,” she claims.

     At this time Barbara Bush has no plans for another project.  After all, what could top this masterpiece which, as she puts it, “now sits happily in our family living room in the Vice-President’s House?”  Believe it or not, the rug in not covered, even though this room is only for special friends.

     As the stunning attraction of this sitting room, the rug is surrounded by furniture that was picked to go with it.  A welcoming sofa and chairs pick up the soft blue tones; multi-colored drapes and pillows continue the floral patterns.  And vases of pink flowers, carefully appointed, accent the needlepoint rug that required years and recorded history.

     “I have tried other needle arts,” attests Barbara Bush, “and I prefer needlepoint.  It is satisfying to me.  Either you like it or you don’t.  I do.” 

     How fortunate for us she does.


Special thanks to Mrs. Bush, for her time, talent and inspiration.