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 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.
submitted by the EAC Education Committee
written by Jennie Wolter and Faith Cormier

Cyber Courses are similar to Project Courses.  The advantages are working and sharing with a group that can be close to you, or across the country and beyond.  Many of these courses have been taught at Seminars in the past and give other EAC members a chance to participate in doing a Seminar-quality course.

When you register for a Cyber Course, you will have to give your email address or that of a friend who is willing to pass frequent messages to you. A few weeks before the class starts, you will be invited to join a Yahoo group by the Online Assistant. This group will become your shared stitching haven where you will find and download lessons and pictures from the author; ask questions; share with and encourage your fellow students; and post pictures of your progress. Your email address and identity will be visible to all participants, including the author and the Online Assistant who coordinates the course.
Yahoo Home Page for Echoes of Glass Cyber Course

Admittedly, Yahoo is not a perfectly secure system. No one on the Education Committee has ever heard of a totally secure system. Even Canada Post is not perfectly secure; mail can be lost or stolen. However, Yahoo is free and serviceable, and it has all the features we need. We have never had any problems with it in the over ten years we have used it for Cyber Courses.

You do not have to set up and use a Yahoo email. You will be prompted to establish a Yahoo account, but you do not actually have to use it for anything else. You have the choice of specifying the email address at which you wish to receive communications from the group. You could establish a separate email account just to use with Yahoo.  You will also be able to choose whether to receive emails from the group as they are posted or in a daily digest, or to read them online on the Yahoo site.

Yes, you can access Yahoo Groups on an iPad, through your browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome).

Education understands that some participants prefer to purchase a kit, so that option will be offered for specific courses if the author is willing to prepare and send out kits.

Once the course starts, the lessons will be posted into the Yahoo Files section of the group according to the schedule set by the author.

Yahoo Files Area for Lesson 2 of  Echoes of Glass Cyber Course 

After the course is over, the site will be left in place for a few weeks so that students can download anything they want or need before everything is deleted.

Cyber Courses are meant to be a fun way to work with the author and the other students from the comfort of your home, asking questions along the way and sharing photos of your progress. ONLY the registered participants, author and Online Assistant will have access to the sharing involved in a cyber course. We feel this is a clear advantage and one aspect of online learning many are adopting.

Yahoo  Photo Area for Echoes of Glass Cyber Course

Blue fabric embroidered in white with cutout areas filled with thread filling
Bluebell Table Centre Course Project
Registration for this EAC Online Correspondence Course closes in 10 days! Make your plans now to secure your place in this class by Kathryn Drummond!

Blue fabric ornament embroidered in white with cutout areas filled with three different thread filling stitches
Bluebells Ornament Course Technique Sample
Registration Dates:  February 1 to April 21, 2017      
Online Lessons Start Date:  July 1, 2017 (for 5 months)

In this class, the students will begin to learn some of the beautiful techniques of Punto Antico embroidery (also known as Italian Cutwork) while stitching a small ornament to try the new techniques and then a beautiful square table center design.

Three different filling stitching will be explored with the ornament, and then the students will choose which filling or fillings to use in their table center.  Experience with cutting fabric threads is an asset, but not a pre-requisite.

Get all of the Bluebells course details and options 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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