The 2016 Scissor Fob Exchange was hosted by Alderney Needlearts Guild.  Thanks to Marie Cron for sending along photos of all of the fobs - front and back of most. If you're looking for ideas or to get a better understanding of the exchange, take a look at this video (be patient, it is a large file, best played on a Windows device):


There is lots of inspiration in there! So many techniques and styles, this looks like a lot of fun. A nice small project that let's you use your favourite technique and you get a new fob stitched by another EAC member!

Now that you're inspired, make some time to stitch up a scissor fob for this year's exchange. The Embroidery Guild of Victoria has taken on the hosting duties for this year.

When planning your stitching please keep the following in mind:
  • use the embroidery technique of your choice
  • no larger than 2.5" by 2.5"
  • should fit easily into a regular-size envelope, not too thick
Once you've completed your fob, get it ready for mailing:
  • attach your name and contact information to your fob
  • send with an appropriately sized self-addressed stamped envelope
Mail your fob on or before September 29, 2017 to:

Susan Harrington
823 Old Esquimalt Rd
Victoria BC V9A 4W9

Are you an EAC member? If so, you can access the "members only" area of the EAC website to see the Carnation Smalls pattern , by Linda Brenner. Linda has provided instructions to stitch and finish a scissor fob if you want to learn how. Find out how to set up your access to the members only area in this blog article from September 2016.

Instructions for scissor fobs can also be found online at many of the popular embroidery sites. Mary Corbett has provided a pattern and finishing instructions for a round fob on Craftsy.

The EAC Heritage Collection has a wide variety of textiles.This particular piece is one of three handkerchiefs donated by the Regina Historical Society.  Learn more about the collection on the EAC website.

Honiton or Duchesse Style Handkerchief

TITLE: Honiton or Duchesse Style Handkerchief

SIZE: 37 cm X 37 cm

Accession Number: EAC-2010-10

DESCRIPTION: “This elaborate handkerchief was created by making the different motifs separately and then joining them together through the use of plaits or picot plaits.  The inner edge consists of a traditional cucumber foot edge.  The 4 corner roses have a Tally 4 pin filling for the centers.  Leaves are either a 3 petal clover motif or a multi fingered rose leaf.  Rather than stoppings and starting motifs, threads have been bundled and carried across parts of the design so that the worker could continue on in their work.  One can also see on the multi fingered leaf, where threads have been bundled down the edge of the segment and used to create an attempt at a three dimensional effect.”

close-up of the hand made lace edging on a cotton handkerchief
Handkerchief  Detail

MATERIALS: fine lawn and cotton threads

HISTORY: donated by the Government House Historical Society (Regina)

CONDITION: very good

TREATMENT: wash in Orvus and store in acid free conditions

Learn more about Honiton lace on Wikipedia. For more about Duchesse lace, check Encyclopedia Britannica and the bobbin lace entry on Wikipedia.
The 2016 EAC Winter Ornament Exchange submissions have been featured on the Island Stitchery Guild's Facebook page. For those who can't access Facebook, here is a video slideshow.


Hopefully you'll be inspired to stitch and submit an ornament for 2017. Usually, the mailing deadline is November 1 each year. Watch the EAC website Challenges and Exchanges page and Embroidery Canada for mailing details.

Thanks to the Island Stitchery Guild for hosting this exchange! Take a look at some of their other endeavours!

a canvas work cushion and stitched piece
EAC Group Correspondence Courses: Florentine Fun (left) and Ahwahnee (right)
Remember, EAC is offering two new group correspondence courses:
  1. Florentine Fun by Catherine (Kit) Gates 
  2. Ahwahnee by Lorene Salt
In addition, Carol Storie's popular Canvas Candy Bowl Course has been extended and a kit is now being offered.
canvas worked with a variety of stitches and formed into a bowl shape
Check out all of the EAC course offerings on our website!
by Carol Storie

EAC’s cyber chapter, the Virtual Threads, facilitated round robin samplers for willing participants in 2015.  There was a counted thread one and a surface stitchery one.  I, of course, wanted to do the counted thread.  Read on about the additions to my sampler and to see the final picture.

With each piece added, the stitcher wrote about it, and I am relaying their words, with their permission.  I’m sure other stitchers will be able to identify with our words.

Carol Storie, Regina, SK:

My base fabric is 25 count Lugana, colour Lavender Bliss.  I chose the parameters by stitching eyelets for the top and side borders.  I have left the bottom open so as not to limit anyone or to expect extra stitching to fill in the space.  I will finish it after it comes back to me.

I used DMC Colour Variations #4240 to stitch the eyelets and am enclosing it with this.  Not that I expect you to use it, but you may find it helpful with matching threads and I will find it helpful to finish off the eyelets and not have to try to find it again in my stash!

Stitch whatever you please.  Looking forward to working on everyone’s pieces and seeing the final result!

Anne Rowlands, Torbay, NL:

Treeband at the bottom
- withdrew 18 threads – rewove ends
- trees in DMC 801
- leaves in DMC 4045 & grass
- flowers - 798
embroidered trees with green leaves, brown trunks and roots. The tree trunks are drawn thread work
Anne Rowland's Stitching
Delivered to Marg Adey.

Marg Adey, St. John’s, NL:

It took me a long time trying to decide what to stitch.  First I was going to do black work but I couldn’t get the pattern to print.  So I did a pattern from a 1991 EGA magazine I found while at Seminar last month.

I used DMC floss in these colors. Greens 520, 522, 523. Gold 676, 677, 745 and blues 797, 953, 800.  Hope you like it Carol.

row of cross-stitched tulips in blues and yellows, with leaves of green
Marg Adey's Stitching
Diane Scott, Oakville, ON:

Blackwork leaves and celtic chain border.

I wanted to try some blackwork motifs, but I wanted to add a twist.  I love celtic knot designs, it reminds me that my stitching career started in Nova Scotia with the Marigold Guild.  I found some folded leaf designs that I modified and overlayed on the chain border.

The chain is DMC 336 crossed with JL Walsh silk perle floss 392.  The leaves are Threadworx 11611 with veins of DMC 500.  I thought these colours blended with the DMC 4240 eyelet border.

After I had stitched the two design, I thought the contrast wasn’t quite ‘poppy’ enough, so I wrapped the leaves with an additional strand of the Threadworx.

You didn’t say your intentions for the finished piece, but I hope you enjoy it.

By the way, the trees are just gorgeous. Tough to find something as spectacular.

row of celtic knots with swirls of green leaves in a "w" shape
Diane Scott's Stitching
Kerry Leslie, Brant, AB:

Hi Carol!  I hope you like what I added.  I had a magazine I have been holding onto for about 20 years – Linen Quarterly – Fall 1990 – because I loved these sampler bands.  Finally, a chance to stitch them!  My stitching goes from the blue Greek key band down to the blue long-armed cross stitch under the red floral motifs.

Colours used:  DMC 3807, 523, 3803, 336. Sorry, the other skeins grew legs and walked away before I got to write down the #’s.

Hugs, Kerry.
row of Greek key design in blue, a row of acorns, a line of blue, a band of leaves in an "m" shape with red flowers in the triangular spaces, a row of blue
Kerry Leslie's Stitching
Janet Greenslade, Elliott Heads, Queensland, Australia:

Hi Carol,

I’ve stitched under the blue bar.  Two celtic knots and a triskele.

Big Hugs, Janet G

a band with a blue celtic know, a three-armed circluar element with eagle heads as the "points" in yellows, and another blue celtic knot
Janet Greenslade's Stitching

Fran Vidal, Belleville, ON:

When Fran receive the piece, she decided, very wisely, not to add to it.  She sent an e-mail saying:  I have looked at your round robin piece and there really is no place for me to stitch on it without spoiling the overall effect.

And now, the completed piece!  I think you’ll agree it’s gorgeous!  Lucky me!!

framed embroidery sampler with cross-stitch, blackwork and drawn thread techniques
Carol Storie's Finished Round Robin Sampler

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