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.

EAC has set up a national day for stitching in public to help make the general public aware that yes, people do still do needlework. The last Saturday in September has been chosen in hopes that it will help guilds attract new members at the traditional start of a new season of stitching. If the last Saturday in September - the 24th this year, doesn't work for your group, feel free to set another date.

National Stitch-in-Public Day resources have been added to the new EAC website. The resources are provided in such a way that you can edit and use them to suit your needs.

If your group chooses to stitch in public, please share your story!

From Croft to Clearing: Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Project © Prestoungrange Arts Festival
The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry will be returning to Canada in September. The exclusive Ontario stop will be in Scarborough at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 115 St. Andrews Road.

The exhibit runs from September 19 – October 1, 2016. Admission is free.

Weekdays: noon to 8 pm
Saturday, September 24 – 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, September 25 Sept. – 2 pm to 6 pm
Saturday, October 1 – 10 am to 4 pm

Find out more about the exhibit on the official Scottish Diaspora Tapestry website. You'll also find a list of the other Canadian dates and locations:

  • Charlottetown
  • New Glasgow
  • Westmount (Montreal)

To learn more about the project, here are some additional resources:
embroidery project kits for the give-away
Some of the kits available in the
Needle 'n' Thread Give-Away
Mary Corbet is holding a give-away on her website Needle 'n' Thread. She has recently reviewed two Inspirations kits and InspirationsMagazine is providing fabulous prizes; three lucky winners will be randomly drawn and will have her or his pick of the current Inspirations kits. The deadline is early on August 1, 2016.

Inspirations kits are known for high-quality materials and thoroughness. Whoever wins will be thrilled. You can read Mary's review of the Chatelaine kit and the Modern Crewel kit on her website.

Don't delay, enter today!
There are a couple of embroidery contests on now, in addition to our EAC challenge and exchanges.

Nordic Needle has its annual hardanger design contest posted. The deadline is the end of March 2017. This contest offers you a chance to be in the published book in addition to Nordic Needle gift certificates.

a hardanger embroidered rose made of stitched and cut-away areas
A Hardanger Example,
Part of the Roses Project for EAC's Presentation-in-a-Box

a rose embroidered with fine strands of thread to indicate the colours of the rose
A Thread-Painting Example,
Part of the Roses Project for EAC's Presentation-in-a-Box
Inspirations Magazine’s biennial Stitch Your Heart Out challenge is also on now. This challenge is not only for original designs, there are three categories to enter and three technique categories, surface, raised and counted/cut/drawn thread embroidery. They are encouraging stitchers of all skill levels to enter. The deadline is September 16, 2016 and the entry must be in Australia by that date. The grand prize is a full set of Au Ver à Soie, Soie d’Alger silk threads.

About EAC

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The Embroiderer's 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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