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.
swirl ends with an eye-like detail
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.”

abstract circular element surrounded by tree trunks and blue sky in the distance
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.

Carol Storie's popular Canvas Candy Bowl canvas work course will be ending on September 30, 2018. Be sure to sign up for this course before it's too late!

This adorable canvas candy bowl with its abstract design is lots of fun to stitch. Bargello is combined with a variety of textured stitches worked on 18 count mono canvas. When all the stitching is complete, it is backed with fabric and made into a bowl to hold candies, jewellery or whatnot!

bowl shaped out of a square of canvas work embroidery
Canvas Candy Bowl
Carol Storie

Carol designed this course for all skill levels. She is a offering a kit option. Get all of the course details on the EAC website.
screen shot of the Fibrations homepage showing a photo of the exhibit space and photos of some of the works from previous shows
Fibrations Website Screen Shot 

Fibre Content is a biennial juried exhibition held at the Art Gallery of Burlington (Ontario). The call for entries opened on March 1 and closes on May 31, 2018. So there is still time to enter!

Go to the Fibrations website to get the entry form, information about Fibre Content 2018 and galleries of the previous exhibitions.

The Viewer's Choice second place runner up in Fibre Content 2016 was Tracey Lawko, for her piece, Spring Thaw. Tracey is a long-time member of the Toronto Guild of Stitchery. Check Tracey's website, you'll find an engaging article where Tracey shares her process.
This year, the show will be held from September 6 to 16, 2018. Get all of the show details - there will be artist talks and hands-on events.
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Linda McBain Cuyler

silk painted with a lily-type flower and an abstract background

Fibre Potpourri 2018 is Alberta's  37th annual needlecraft weekend featuring workshops and/or a stitcher’s retreat. It takes place at Red Deer College in Red Deer, Alberta. (formerly at Olds College) It is hosted in alternate years by the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild and the Calgary Guild of Needle and Fibrearts. Get all of the details on the Fibre Potpourri website.


small needle felted fox, beaver and bear in a seated position


Early-bird pricing until March 15, 2018!

Two day workshops and retreat are available, you are encouraged to register early to get your first choice. Registration closes April 15, 2018.

embroidery hoop with colourful birds, leaves and flowers densely stitched with thick threads in a naive style

Friday Evening Social & Market

A market will take place at the Friday evening social. This is a chance for participants to sell fibre art related items. These items will be handmade by the seller or stash supplies that others can use.

four rope-like bracelets with toggle clasps

Merchant Mall

The merchant mall will take place Saturday and Sunday. Confirmed merchants will be announced.


embroidery canvas stretched on a frame, needlework tools and stitch reference books
Canvas Work in Progress
Yes, it's time to think about submitting an application for the Pauline Glover Educational Grant. This grant is available to any EAC member. The grant covers the fee for one of the EAC technique study courses plus the binder review. If you are planning to broaden your skills through one of these courses, take a few minutes to check the grant requirements - you could be the lucky recipient!

EAC offers technique study courses at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. For those interested in continuing their studies, the EAC also offers a teacher certificate program.

Find out about all of the comprehensive embroidery technique study courses on the EAC website.
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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