submitted by Dina Iwanycky, LCSG

Erma Scrimgeour, 1937-2017 
The Lakeshore Creative Stitchery Guild had the honour of counting Erma as a member for some 25 years.

Even though she’d been doing needlework for much of her life, Erma was always eager to learn more. She travelled far and wide to perfect her skills — embroidery seminars across Canada and the States, whitework classes at the Royal School of Needlework in England, to Germany and to Italy to master Schwalm and reticella embroidery.

She was a wonderful teacher and mentor, so generous with her time and her know-how. Her love of all types of whitework translated into classes in pulled thread, Mountmellick, Schwalm, Hedebo, and Italian drawn thread.

Erma felt a real sense of duty and responsibility to support the guild and took an active interest in all its operations. She served on the guild executive and on the planning committee that oversaw the guild’s education program. She was the driving force behind the celebrations for the guild’s ruby anniversary in 2011, organizing fundraisers and special exhibits and presentations for what proved to be a truly memorable event.

Erma was a master embroiderer — from the tiniest pieces she worked on as part of the miniatures she did with her husband to her exquisite work on full-size tablecloths. She won award after award at guild exhibitions — and also scored one or two from EAC. In our community of stitchers, she was highly regarded for her talent and for her commitment to learning, teaching and promoting embroidery.

Those of us who have had the pleasure and privilege of stitching with Erma will remember her with great affection and deep gratitude for her friendship and for the lasting legacy she left us all.
New Cyber Course
Registration Dates: June 1 to July 31, 2017
Online Lessons Start Date: October 1, 2018

framed embroidery of a stylized flower on canvas in the Arts and Crafts tradition
Kelmscott EAC Cyber Course
Inspired by the drawings of William Morris, “Kelmscott” is a study in colour and texture using common and some not-so-common canvas stitches. Interesting over-dyes and other specialty fibres such as silk and velvet bring this piece to life.

Exciting stitches include bound cross, houndstooth Cross and triple cross and embroidery techniques such as couching and blackwork are taught in this enjoyable class.

As this is a small piece students are encouraged to kit the piece from their stash. The teacher is available to help with colour choices and substitutions.

Learn more about the course on the EAC website!

New Swedish Weaving Project

two cushions with stitching that forms patterns on the background fabric
Celtic Sampler Project

The Celtic Sampler project course was created with the idea of it being very versatile. We will focus on the larger design using monk's cloth.  The simplicity of the design lends itself to a variety of decors by changing the colours. This pattern was inspired by the Celtic & Norse traditional designs, with a modern twist. You will learn the basic and popular stitches in Swedish weaving, while making a functional project. Get all of the Celtic Sampler project details on the EAC website.

closeup of patterns formed by stitching on a even weave background fabric
Celtic Sampler Detail


by Kathryn Robicheau
EAC Blog Editor

Thank you to those who are sharing their chapter newsletters! Recently, as I was poking around Your EAC, the members only area of the EAC website, one newsletter really stood out to me for it’s great content.

Although it’s more than a year old now, the Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts’ (CGNA) Gilding the Needle, March 2016, issue has at least one story or idea that would be of interest any EAC member. If you're looking for photos, click the name of the newsletter to see it onscreen and follow along.

There is mention of the guild’s Needle Arts Fair and that the Bags and Purses Collection from the EAC Heritage Collection will be on display. A few years ago, my own guild borrowed the EAC’s 40th Anniversary quilt to form part of our own anniversary celebrations. The quilt was a hit and the steps required to obtain it were easy and the costs minimal. Your chapter might be able to make use of a piece or pieces from the Heritage Collection. Contact Janice Routley, EAC's Heritage Appointee to learn more about the collection.

The Round Robin Doll in a Bag sounds like fun. It might be something your chapter could plan for next year. Speaking of next year, the spring program list has a few ideas that might be new to you. I really like the idea of a new stitch/flower at each meeting to create a fantasy garden.

The article about caring for our eyesight by Dr. Christine Hamilton has some interesting thoughts about lighting. I wonder how LED lights/bulbs fit into the equation, given that there are options for the "colour." Do you have any thought sot share?

The Izzy dolls brought a smile to my face. They are so cute and it’s amazing how much personality they can have. I think the one with the yellow shirt and hat (photo on the left) will be up to mischief!

The Quilt of Belonging looks gorgeous and I’m sorry to have missed the exhibit in Kingston. Thanks to the Quilt of Belonging website information included in the newsletter, I found out that I’ll be able to see it this summer in Ottawa, Toronto, or Hamilton. I’m sure to be in one of those locations while the exhibit is on.

CGNA took advantage of the EAC-paid shipping to order a selection of books that would support their current and future programs. What a great idea! EAC is continuing to pay shipping both ways until the end of 2017. You or your chapter might want to take a look at the list of books in the Leonida Leatherdale Library to see which books might help enrich your fall program.

Next in the newsletter is the Alabama Chanin t-shirts story. This is a great idea that you might want to try – stitching that is relatively quick and that you don’t have to frame. T-shirts like this would make great gifts for the women and girls in your life – maybe even the men! The idea of reverse applique has been around for a long time but Natalie Chanin brought it to fashion prominence over the past several years. You can learn more about this much-lauded company and how it all started at The Bitter Southerner. There are three books written by Chanin that you might want to ask about at your local library.

The blackwork patterns snippet is intriguing. It would make a great stitch exploration exercise, and would form a nice group of samples for an embroidery display. If you haven't been to the Blackwork Journey website, where EAC member Elizabeth Almond is so generous with sharing her knowledge, make sure you take a look. In addition to Liz's beautiful designs, you'll also find lots of free resources, designs, an ongoing sampler for 2017, about which Liz says, "I have always been fascinated by samplers and their history and wanted to design a sampler for the 21st century that reflected my interests and the development of Blackwork Journey and as a result, I have created 'Sublime Stitches' which is the fourth in the series of designs I have created for Blackwork Journey." Liz has PDF blog articles on her website, too. There, she provides tips and hints about stitching her designs and lots of inspiration.

The Eyes of Jesus is an informative story and the author and stitcher, Karen Weagle, makes some great points about colour theory. I am curious by her description of placing threads of various colours beside each other to create the many shades of grey that are necessary to make the piece work. This calls for some colour play.

Beth Mewhort’s article on the guild’s Wessex stitchery has convinced me that I need to explore this style. You can find information about Wessex stitchery, some stitch diagrams and a free pattern on the Nordic Needle website. I see that Pocketmags has digital back issues for those of us who don’t have access to hard copies.

Thank you to Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts – I'm going to be busy – your newsletter has inspired me!

Make sure that you check out the chapter newsletters that are available in Your EAC.
submitted by Calgary Guild of Needle and Fibre Arts


Here in Alberta we are getting ready to host our annual Fibre Potpourri June 2, 3 & 4th, a celebration of the potpourri of fibres we all stitch with. This year the Calgary Guild of Needle and Fibre Arts is hosting the event at the Red Deer College in central Alberta and everyone is welcome.

Our event website is http://fibre-potpourri.wixsite.com/2017 and you can find out all about our classes we are offering and download our brochure.

Registration closes in May so register soon to save your spot in our classes. We are also offering a retreat only option if you want to hang out with fellow stitchers, swap stories and work on your own stash of "Project Half Dones" or PhDs ... we will have four vendors during the event and a charity auction after our banquet Saturday night.
Find out more at the Embroiderers' Association of Canada website.
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The Embroiderers' Association of Canada (EAC) is a national non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to have a fellowship of persons who enjoy needlework and wish to learn and share their knowledge; and thereby to work towards maintaining higher standards of design, colour and workmanship.

Our aim is to preserve traditional techniques and promote new challenges in the Art of Embroidery through education and networking.
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