by Fran Vidal

yellow flower with a red centre and several green shaded leaves, stitched with long and short stitch
Random Seminar 2016 Photo
Alison Cole WIP
Seminar 2016 was a first time experience for me. As an introvert, I don’t usually do well away from home for long periods of time. I had a fantastic roommate whom I had never met before and we found we had a lot in common, software programming, early riser, early to bed, and eat healthy. Everyone at Seminar were very welcoming, everybody was included in all the activities, nobody was left on their own. It didn’t matter if you had never met the person before, you were welcomed to the table. There was a large variety of places to have meals and even early breakfast at Tim Hortons at 7 a.m.

There is a large variety of classes, techniques etc. The teachers were very accommodating, patient and professional. Seminar central was the place to ask questions and get directions. The boutique had 3 major vendors and you were able to find just about everything there and if they didn’t have it, you could order it. The Vendors Mall was a great success, lots to look at and buy to enhance your stash whether it was books, fabrics or threads.

I took classes for five days and thoroughly enjoyed myself. It is an experience that everybody should try at least once. If you don’t think you can afford it, make sure you apply for a scholarship. There are a total of four scholarships available, one from Virtual Threads and three from EAC. As a scholarship recipient, you are guaranteed first choice in your classes and it also includes the cost of activities, such as AGM luncheon, the Banquet and the reception BBQ.

I am already planning on how I can go again, either next year in Newfoundland or Prince Edward Island in 2018.

(Editor's Note: Fran has already signed up for Seminar 2017: Rock, Needles, Scissors!)

With the new website, we have a system that allows every member to set up a personal "member's only" account. You choose your own user name and password!

  1. Starting from the "home" page on the EAC website find the "Create an account" link.
    Look for the "Create an Account" Text-Link
  2. Click on the "Create an account" link on the right hand side of the screen, it's just below the dark blue "Log In" button. In the screenshot provided, it is indicated with a red arrow.
  3. Once you click on the "Create Account" button a new page will open, titled "User Registration."
    Complete All of the Boxes
  4. Enter your first and last name in the first box. Think of a username and a password that you'll use to sign into the Member's Only area from now on. It should be unique to you and something you can remember. Confirm your password by entering it again. Enter your email address and confirm it by entering it again. A confirmation email will be sent to that email address once your account has been approved.
  5. After completing all of the boxes, click "Register," as indicated with the yellow arrow. (If the screen doesn't change, it's likely that you forgot to complete one of the boxes. Complete the missing information and click "Register.")
  6. Your request will be sent to the EAC Web Team for approval. You'll receive an email notice with your approval pretty quickly - usually within a day.
Please note that the username and password are not used for any other purposes within EAC. If you write them down to remember them, there is no way for people to use them to access any personal information you've provided to EAC.
by Faith Cormier, Atlantic-Central Regional Director

The Marigold Guild of Needle Arts held its Third Annual Maritime Stitch-in on Saturday, September 10, at the Fire Hall in Truro, NS.

Around thirty stitchers spent all or part of the day at the Fire Hall. All the Guilds in Nova Scotia (Alderney Needlearts Guild, Stitchery Guild of Bedford and Town Clock Stitchers), as well as the Embroiderers’ Guild of Fredericton, were represented. We brought our own lunch, but were treated to delightful desserts made by Marigold Guild members. Tea, coffee, juice and water were also provided.

Many participants had brought display items. Between looking at them and checking out what everyone else was working on, one could easily have spent the day wandering from project to project without ever putting needle to fabric oneself.

Near the end of the day, organizer Leslie Burrows passed out the Stitch-in Challenge kits, canvas and wool to make a needlebook. The first prize is bragging rights, as are all the other prizes, and the deadline for sending Leslie a picture of our masterpiece is the end of October.

The Fire Hall is a great venue. It’s fully accessible and has free parking, lots of windows and strong artificial light as well.

Thank you, Marigold, for this new Maritime tradition.

La Marigold Guild of Needle Arts a organisé la troisième Journée des arts de l’aiguille le samedi 10 septembre à la caserne des pompiers à Truro (N.-É.).

Une trentaine de brodeuses ont passé au moins une partie de la journée à la caserne des pompiers. Toutes les Guildes de la Nouvelle-Écosse (Alderney Needlearts Guild, Stitchery Guild of Bedford et Town Clock Stitchers), ainsi que la Embroiderers’ Guild of Fredericton, y ont envoyé des représentantes. Nous avons apporté nos propres dîners, mais nous avons raffolé des desserts exquis préparés par les membres de la Marigold Guild. On a aussi servi du thé, du café, du jus et de l’eau.

Un bon nombre des participantes avaient apporté des projets à exposer. Il aurait été tout à fait possible de passer la journée à regarder ces articles et à se promener entre les projets en cours, sans mettre aiguille sur tissu.

Vers la fin de la journée, l’organisatrice Leslie Burrows a distribué les trousses pour le défi de la Journée. Il s’agissait de canevas et de laine pour faire un étui à aiguilles. Le premier prix est le droit de se vanter de sa réalisation. Idem pour les autres prix. Nous devons envoyer une photo de notre chef d’œuvre à Leslie avant la fin octobre.

La caserne des pompiers est un excellent endroit pour de telles activités. Elle est entièrement accessible, le stationnement est gratuit, il y a de nombreuses fenêtres et l’éclairage artificiel est bon.

Merci, Marigold, d’avoir établi une nouvelle tradition dans les Maritimes.
written by Faith Cormier, Atlantic-Central Regional Director
as told by Lucie Daigneault

Guilde Repentigny members and some of the works on display at the 10th Anniversary celebration
Guilde Repentigny - 10th Anniversary Special Exhibition - Members' Hidden Talents


La Guilde de Broderie repentignoise (Eastern suburb of Montreal) had a problem that many other guilds have faced over the years, but they managed to find two solutions that may be of use to others.

As Lucie Daigneault tells it, “At the end of May we held elections. We were on the verge of having to close our Guild for lack of Board volunteers. We spent two months identifying and wooing potential new Board members, but nobody was interested. I was preparing the funeral in my head.”

On election day, Lucie laid it on the line: if no one stepped forward the Guilde would close. That reality check put the members into shock, and they finally awakened to the danger. And guess what? Instead of having to bury the deceased guild they finished off with an overloaded Board!

Even more importantly, at this last AGM they changed their old bylaws. The former ones had all the Board renewing at the same time. Very risky! So from now on only half of the Board is elected each year.
Pink cake decorated and shaped like a purse with small pieces decorated as eye makeup compact, lipstick, rouge and a brush, keys, nail polish bottle, and a string of pearls
Guilde Repentigny - 10th Anniversary Cake - Created by Danielle Vézina


La Guilde de Broderie repentignoise (en banlieue est de Montréal) faisait face à un problème qui a touché bien d’autres guildes au fil des ans, mais le groupe a trouvé deux solutions qui pourraient être utiles pour les autres.

« Les élections ont eu lieu à la fin mai. Nous craignions devoir fermer la Guilde, faute d’administratrices bénévoles. Nous avions passé deux mois à cibler et à courtiser de nouveaux membres du conseil d’administration, mais personne ne s’y intéressait. Moi, je planifiais déjà les funérailles dans ma tête », de dire Lucie Daigneault.

Le jour fatal, Lucie a parlé franchement : si personne ne se présentait, la Guilde fermerait boutique. Cette réalité crue a créé un état de choc parmi les membres, mais elles se sont réveillées au danger. Savez-vous quoi? Au lieu de devoir enterrer une guilde décédée, elles ont fini par avoir plus qu’assez de volontaires!

Chose encore plus importante, la Guilde a modifié son règlement lors de la dernière AGA. Celui en vigueur prévoyait que toutes les directrices soient remplacées en même temps. Quel risque! Dorénavant, seulement la moitié des mandats viendront à terme chaque année.

Seminar 2017 Home Page
The website for Rock, Needle, Scissors: Seminar 2017 is up and running. You can take your time reviewing the classes and free-day tours. You won't be able to register for your choices yet - the registration component is set to start on September 1. As always, all registrations postmarked or received by November 15, 2016, will be treated equally for preference of classes.


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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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