scene of a field of lupine flowers and a mountain background
My Secret Garden/Mon jardin secret by Nicole Gélinas

Are you thinking about attending Seminar 2018: Bridging Stitches/Un pont entre les points? Have you daydreamed about stitching the extraordinary class projects being offered? If so, you might also want to think about applying for one of EAC’s Seminar Grants.

There are three $500 grants available, one for the east, one for the west and a grant for a member who has never attended an EAC seminar. The candidate’s place of residence will determine which grant they should apply for.

two embroidered chipmunks sitting on a bed of little purple flowers
Chipmunks by Tanja Berlin

Take some time today to review the Seminar Grant Guidelines and start your application! The grant applications must be delivered to the EAC Vice President, Dianna Thorne, no later than November 1, 2017.
two small dolls with curly hair, embroidered faces and fabric clothing
Mini Misses by Edwina Sutherland

Once again, the Seminar Committee has done a fantastic job of finding teachers this year. In all, there are 27 classes on offer at BridgingStitches/Un pont entre les points. Instructors from Australia, the UK, the US and Canada are coming to offer classes in a wide range of contemporary and traditional techniques – some of them combined!
  • Canvas work
  • Surface embroidery
  • Stumpwork
  • Thread painting
  • Goldwork
  • Montmellick with stumpwork
  • Brazilian embroidery with trapunto
  • Brazilian embroidery
  • Tambour beading
  • Counted thread specialty stitches
  • Blackwork
  • Hardanger
  • Shadow work
  • Crewel
  • Pulled thread
  • Beading
  • Doll making

embroidered magnolia flower applied to an embroidered background with leaves
Magnolia Revisited by Pam Cousins
Have you taken a look at the classes yet? If so, have you made your choices?
Award-winning EAC member and teacher, Lorene Salt, has a display at the Colleen Abbott Gallery in the Aurora Public Library, Aurora, Ontario. Titled Needlepoint Taken to the Nth Degree, this show features several pieces of Lorene’s colourful works. The show runs from September 5 to October 6, 2017. Please confirm the times at the Aurora Public Library website

For those who aren’t able to travel to Aurora, the Aurora Public Library has posted a video to YouTube, where you can see and hear Lorene talking about some her pieces on display. 

As part of the show, Lorene will be stitching in public on Saturday, September 30 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. It’s so appropriate that this event is part of the library’s Culture Days events!

To experience some of the Lorene Salt design magic, you can join her in any of her three project courses currently available through EAC.


For those looking for a short project (that is a great stash-buster, too), Lorene’s upcoming cyber course through EAC is Kelmscott. Register soon so you don’t miss out – the deadline is September 30, 2017! 
This cyber course is offered in three lessons, one a month for three months, plus an extra month for "life"! Classes begin November 1, 2017.

framed embroidery piece stitched in the shape of a flower  with each petal in a different pattern
Kelmscott by Lorene Salt


Included in the display is Awahnee, an intermediate level project course, over 12 months, available to EAC members. 

canvas work embroidered abstract pattern in nine sections
Awhnee by Lorene Salt


Lorene is also offering a beginner level project course, Shockwave, over the course of a year. Six lessons every two months allow ample time for people with busy and hectic work schedules to take this course.  The timeframe can be adjusted.

canvas work embroidery in a diamond shaped abstract design
Shockwave by Lorene Salt

Learn more about Lorene’s designs, teaching schedule and teaching pieces, and what inspires her on her website at Lorene Salt Needle Arts

submitted by Lakeshore Creative Stitchery Guild

The Lakeshore Creative Stitchery Guild (LCSG) will host its 42nd exhibition of needle arts!

Stewart Hall Cultural Centre, Pointe-Claire
Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Sunday,  17,  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Showcasing the works of its members, the exhibition will display over 200 pieces of fine needlework, in a wide variety of embroidery techniques and in a range of formats, including framed works, tablecloths and linens, and decorative pieces.

Throughout the weekend event, members will be on hand to demonstrate embroidery techniques including traditional Japanese embroidery, Hardanger, Brazilian among others.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to shop at vendors’ tables featuring embroidery material and supplies. The guild sale table will offer handmade cards as well as a selection of needlework books.

Formed in 1971, LCSG is a non-profit organization aimed at promoting and teaching the art of embroidery in the Montreal area. The guild membership currently stands at about 80 stitchers with a passion for needlework in all its forms. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in embroidery, from novice to expert.

Members meet weekly at Centre Noël Legault (245 Lakeshore Road) in Pointe-Claire from September to May.

A chapter of the Embroiderers' Association of Canada, the guild is run entirely by volunteers who plan and organize a program of activities that include classes in a range of embroidery techniques at beginner to advanced levels, weekly and monthly meetings, needlework exhibitions, and public demonstrations.

For more information on LCSG, visit
submitted by Jennie Wolter, 
Education Director

The Kelmscott cyber course registration deadline has been extended to September 30, 2017!

stylized flower embroidered on canvas with an embroidered background pattern
Kelmscott by Lorene Salt

EAC’s most recent cyber course Kelmscott has not received the excitement I had expected.  I apologise to EAC members for not thinking about the summer period when people are more relaxed and less focused on learning opportunities.  In addition, I forgot to include Lorene Salt’s beautiful canvas work design in the spring issue of Embroidery Canada.  My humble apologies to Lorene for my oversight.  It was on our EAC website under Education.

As your current Education Director, I have been busy trying to make improvements to the EAC educational program, as well as meet the EAC timelines for submissions for Embroidery Canada and the regular eThreads postings.   I hope members will bear with me as I try to add new courses in various styles to entice and enhance increased interest in your stitching passion.

Lorene has agreed to extend the registration for Kelmscott to September 30, 2017 with online lessons starting November 1, 2017.  Three lessons (one lesson per month posted November 1, December 1 and January 1) are planned so this cyber course will run until February 28, 2018.  We normally include an additional month after the final lesson for final cyber discussions and photo. Check the EAC website for all of the details and for easy, online registration!

No kit is available for this cyber course but Lorene tells me that there is minimal thread lengths used in Kelmscott.  So this could be a great stash buster for members.  Lorene will provide a substitution chart and materials list to students as soon as the revised September 30 registration closes.

If you don’t have a particular thread, substitute, change colours.  Be sure to share your photos as your Yahoo group will enjoy seeing the variety of colours and threads used by each participant.  Maybe you can even convince Lorene to have a “Client Gallery” to show off your uniquely stitched Kelmscott in a variety of colours.

I promise I will watch when I write the contracts with the designers so cyber course registration does NOT happen during the prime summer vacation period.
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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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