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.
The EAC Heritage Collection has a wide variety of textiles. Learn more about the collection on the EAC website.

small jacket with embroidered coloured flowers and leaves along the front opening and edges of the sleeves
Shadow Work Baby's Jacket

TITLE: Shadow Work Baby's Jacket

SIZE: Infant Size

Accession Number: EAC-2017-3

  • an off white baby’s jacket, shadow work floral design worked on a fine cotton (?)
  • there are only side seams (none at the shoulder)
  • open front and a white satin ribbon closure at the neck
  • 2 cm lace around sleeves, hem, neckline and front opening
  • very fine and tiny stitching – backstitch and satin stitch
  • floral design around arms, down the front and around the hem
MATERIALS: cotton ground

HISTORY: donated by Murray and Carole Sang from Brandon, Manitoba through the contact of Carol English

“This beautiful jacket is a sample of shadow embroidery. It was given to our daughter, Cheryl, as a baby gift from friends who were living in India at the time. She wore it on her Christening at Knox United Church, Brandon, Manitoba on June 15, 1975.” – Carole Sang

CONDITION: excellent

TREATMENT: store in acid free conditions
submitted by Dina Iwanycky, LCSG

Erma Scrimgeour, 1937-2017 
The Lakeshore Creative Stitchery Guild had the honour of counting Erma as a member for some 25 years.

Even though she’d been doing needlework for much of her life, Erma was always eager to learn more. She travelled far and wide to perfect her skills — embroidery seminars across Canada and the States, whitework classes at the Royal School of Needlework in England, to Germany and to Italy to master Schwalm and reticella embroidery.

She was a wonderful teacher and mentor, so generous with her time and her know-how. Her love of all types of whitework translated into classes in pulled thread, Mountmellick, Schwalm, Hedebo, and Italian drawn thread.

Erma felt a real sense of duty and responsibility to support the guild and took an active interest in all its operations. She served on the guild executive and on the planning committee that oversaw the guild’s education program. She was the driving force behind the celebrations for the guild’s ruby anniversary in 2011, organizing fundraisers and special exhibits and presentations for what proved to be a truly memorable event.

Erma was a master embroiderer — from the tiniest pieces she worked on as part of the miniatures she did with her husband to her exquisite work on full-size tablecloths. She won award after award at guild exhibitions — and also scored one or two from EAC. In our community of stitchers, she was highly regarded for her talent and for her commitment to learning, teaching and promoting embroidery.

Those of us who have had the pleasure and privilege of stitching with Erma will remember her with great affection and deep gratitude for her friendship and for the lasting legacy she left us all.
New Cyber Course
Registration Dates: June 1 to July 31, 2017
Online Lessons Start Date: October 1, 2017

framed embroidery of a stylized flower on canvas in the Arts and Crafts tradition
Kelmscott EAC Cyber Course
Inspired by the drawings of William Morris, “Kelmscott” is a study in colour and texture using common and some not-so-common canvas stitches. Interesting over-dyes and other specialty fibres such as silk and velvet bring this piece to life.

Exciting stitches include bound cross, houndstooth Cross and triple cross and embroidery techniques such as couching and blackwork are taught in this enjoyable class.

As this is a small piece students are encouraged to kit the piece from their stash. The teacher is available to help with colour choices and substitutions.

Learn more about the course on the EAC 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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