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Patty Hawkins with her Elinor Thomas Award and winning project.
Patty Hawkins of the Winnipeg Embroiderers' Guild (WEG) was awarded the Elinor Thomas Ward for "Flight from Tuscany," one of her seminar 2017 class projects. Patty was the recipient of a 2017 seminar grant and took Alison Cole's "Flight from Tuscany" and "Flight from Tuscany" classes. 

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Flight from Tuscany
stitched by Patty Hawkins & designed by Alison Cole
Elinor Thomas was a founding member of WEG and the EAC. She was a vibrant woman who promoted the guild and needlework, bringing suitcases of books for us to peruse and order to every meeting. She attended every seminar, until her health prevented her from doing this, and WEG honours her memory with an annual award voted on by members.
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Shuswap Needle Arts Guild Needle Guide
10th Anniversary Silver Thimble Cover

Shuswap Needle Arts Guild will be bringing copies of their needle guide to Seminar 2018: Bridging Stitches/Un pont entre les points in July.

This little book is attractively laid out with various types of needles and a description of their use. The book covers ball point needles to tapestry needles, with eleven in between! The left page shows images of the needles along with a description and use. The right page has an attached piece of felt for needle storage, and underneath, a list of needle sizes and the threads used with those.

They have a limited number of copies each cover - with the guild's 10th anniversary silver thimble or the S.N.A.G. logo. You can pre-order your needle guide by email. Be sure to note which cover you want, your name and the name of the person who will be picking your up during seminar.

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Shuswap Needle Arts Guild Needle Guide
S.N.A.G. Logo Cover

Delft Tile Design
EAC Course by Margaret Vant Erve
Margaret Vant Erve's pretty tulip design is an adaptation from a 19th century tile from Delft, Holland, renowned for its distinctive tiles. As of September 30, 2018, the course will no longer be available through the EAC.

The embroidery is worked on a beautiful silk wool blend fabric using Soie d’alger silks and gold thread. Margaret is offering a kit option. Get all of the details about the Delft Tile Design course on the EAC website.
The Valdani Thread Packs for the Flowers of Canada pattern and instruction book, seven colours of Valdani PC8 balls ($40), will be back at seminar and can be pre-ordered until June 1, 2018. Email the committee to pre-order your thread packs! Due to the high cost of postage for parcel these threads will only be available for pick-up at seminar in July. Not coming to seminar this year? Be extra nice to your friends who are - send them with your payment to pick up your order!

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Flowers of Canada Pattern and Instruction Book
Get all of the details about the fundraisers for Bridging Stitches/Un pont entre les points on the seminar website. Any remaining fundraisers will be available at Seminar 2018 during the Merchant Mall on Thursday, July 19.

stuffed fabric flower and strawberry wit embroidered details
Summer Berry Kit and Instructions

calendar with an embroidered butterfly on the front
Virtual Threads Designers Calendar

cookbook cover with a bowl of fruit
Virtual Threads in the Kitchen Cookbook

embroidered lady's slipper flower shape formed by pulling threads to create dark and light areas
Lady's Slipper Pulled Thread Kit and Instructions
abstract sky with three orbs and swirling cloud and ribbon-like streamers
And the Heavens Rejoice
Hillary Rice
St. James Cathedral Toronto will be presenting the inaugural showing of Hilary Rice’s new series, “Seeing Visions, Dreaming Dreams”. The exhibit and sale of embroideries by multi award-winning textile & mixed media artist Hilary Rice will take place from May 10-20, 2018. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Donations in support of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund welcome.
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Grace, deatil
Hillary Rice
A presence in the Canadian textile art world since 2002, Rice is known for her colour- filled, skillfully embellished, flowing, textile-based works. Rice’s innovative techniques and use of unusual materials mark her experimental artistic style. Guided by her faith and her connection to the natural world, Rice’s work is layered with spiritual and earthly themes.

Rice created the fourteen works for the “Seeing Visions, Dreaming Dreams” exhibit as an inspiration and guide for living harmoniously in the world around us. She describes the feeling of the show as “celebration balanced with contemplation.”

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Deep Calls to Deep, detail
Hillary Rice
After an immensely popular showing at 2013’s “Sacred Stitches” event at St. James Cathedral, Curator & Archivist Nancy Mallett was inspired to bring Rice back for a solo exhibition of her work. “She is a gifted artist and we consider ourselves fortunate to again have the opportunity of showing her work here at the Cathedral” Mallett said.

The exhibit will be open Thursday, May 10, to Sunday, May 20, at St. James Cathedral (65
Church St, Toronto). Daily hours are 7:00am - 5:30pm, Sunday to Friday, and 9:00am - 5:00pm on Saturdays.

Rice will be on site for certain periods giving demonstrations and tours; visit The cathedral's website for dates and times. To arrange a private tour, please contact Nancy Mallett by email  or call 416-364-7865, ext *233.

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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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