When all of the Christmas presents were wrapped and the cards sent this year I found that I actually had some time left for myself. It had been a while since I had picked up a stitching project and I was missing it more than I realized. I had started Random Thoughts by Cynthia Zittel (The Drawn Thread) a couple of years ago and it caught my eye again. There really wasn't much work left on it, so I finished it off before Christmas. What a fun piece to stitch! (http://www.drawnthread.com/Chart%20Pages/randomthoughts.html)

When I was at the regional meeting in Montreal , I had purchased a kit for a sweet little Christmas ornament from Carolyn Mitchell and it was my second completed piece before Christmas and even made it to our tree. (http://www.mrstwitchett.mb.ca)

Then I got inspired by Kathy Taylor's blog entry about giving herself a gift of a new project, and decided it was time to start "Catherine Agnes". I had first seen this piece by Indigo Rose at Seminar 2011 as an entry in the Member's Show, stitched by Pam Benckhuysen. I finally found the pattern and purchased it this summer. A visit to Traditional Stitches (http://www.traditionalstitches.com) this fall was just what I needed to get my own colour scheme. Someone asked me once if I ever used the suggested colours in anything I ever stitched... well... probably not!! 

So, now that Christmas 2011 is a memory, I've settled in for an enjoyable time with Catherine Agnes. The snow is falling outside my window. My "To Do List" can wait for a few more days. May you all be able to snatch some time from your hectic schedules to enjoy our shared hobby.

Happy New Year!!

Joyce Gill

Christmas is a time for celebrating with family and friends, and I am delighted to be spending the time with my son and his family.  I’m really looking forward to watching our 2-year-old grandson, Henry, open his presents. (Yes, I got him one!).

 I love the Christmas season for the memories that come to me as I put special ornaments on the tree, and hang my Christmas stitching.

Those memories have been enriched in the years since I became a member of EAC.  Spending time with like-minded women where I live, at Seminar, at EAC meetings, and through challenges and email has provided me with many irreplaceable moments to remember.

A very special thank you goes to Joyce Davis who came to Nipawin, Saskatchewan, to introduce EAC to what is now the Pine Needle Arts Guild.

I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.  Enjoy making more memories.


A little EAC business to start off.  I just want to remind everyone that the EAC membership dues will be going up as of 01 Jan 2012.  The new dues will be:  Canadian - $40/year; International USA - $50/year; and International outside of the USA - $60/year.  All membership payments are due in Canadian dollars.

                  We are into that hectic time of year when time to sit and leisurely stitch seems elusive.  When I think back to my youth, my favourite memories of Christmas are of the lull after the excitement of opening gifts.  Mum always made sure we got something to do whether it be colouring book, paint by number, doodle art or whatever was the latest craze.  I am sure it was just a coping measure, hoping we would have something to keep us quiet and entertained while she prepared Christmas dinner.  For many years I lost that euphoric post-madness feeling as I became the one either preparing or assisting in preparing the Christmas dinner.  About 10 years ago I found a way to get that feeling back.  Every year under the tree is a gift from me, to me.  It is a new stitching project to start complete with fabric, threads, hoop and accessories.  It may be an old pattern which has waited for years or a new acquisition, but it serves to drag out the excitement and anticipation of Christmas morning until I can sit down to stitch and then I am just happy to be working on something new.  These projects don’t necessarily get completed right away as they often have to be put away after a few days so I can concentrate on something I need to get finished for a gift, but to the best of my recollection, only 2 of them have reached the UFO pile, one of them being the project from last year which I don’t think technically qualifies it for UFO status yet.  Maybe I should start a new tradition and use New Years day to revisit any unfinished projects from previous Christmases…

From our house to yours, a very Merry Christmas and much health and happiness in 2012!

Kathy Taylor
It is a beautiful sunny day here in Lakefield; difficult to believe Christmas is only two weeks away.
I am delighted to tell you that we have a new web master Tara Kohinski. Tara is a long time member from Winnipeg with great website skills and has volunteered to look after our website.
 Tara is busy reformatting our website and wants to include as many photographs of needlework as possible. Could you take a few moments and photograph some of your pieces  and send them to Tara at webmaster@eac.ca? This would help to make our site look more visually appealing.

I just looked at the Hearts for Christchurch web-site again - I haven't looked for some time. What an amazing number of hearts they received. The display is wonderful to look at. Go to Hearts for Christchurch  to see the display and hearts sent from around the world, including from EAC .

Enjoy this day


Eight, nine, ten, eleven... mark… twenty-three, twenty-four… mark….
Yes, I Can count, but letting you know that is not the purpose of this message.

Did you notice the lovely ornaments on Lisa’s tree included in the last post? Did you look at them? …. not just look at them, did you Look at them? Do You see what I See? Different shapes and techniques … such diversity… have you even wondered why your friend choose That particular item to stitch and Why she choose the technique(s) she worked the piece in?

I recall a conversation I had sometime ago with someone who creates the most wonderful pieces.. all of which are done with surface stitches. She shared that counted work is not what she prefers. In fact I think she would go to just about any length to avoid counted work. … for others, oh Dear, you want Me to do That? Referencing a piece that does not come with a grid chart. Then there are those of us who are content to stitch both,

It seems that for many, sharing their creativity is part of the practices of this time of year. Christmas trees, wreaths, snowmen  .. and the list goes on. I am sure most of you have browsed through more than one Christmas Ornament magazine. There are many ready to stitch projects for those who prefer to stitch the things they see and like. These same projects can be the starting point for those who like to personalize their pieces.. make them ‘an original’ but, for whatever reason, they do not start with a blank piece of fabric and a threaded needle wondering what they might end up with, but as they begin to stitch (or sketch, depending on the individual).  For those who are not yet ready to try their hand at designing, the ready to stitch projects are perfect; and when someone gets an idea for modifying the pattern to make it uniquely theirs, that is good. For others they might browse through the project magazines, but when the time comes to stitch .. they like to see what they can design, be it a simple tree shaped Christmas ornament or a more complex project.

Such were the end products brought to the Alderney Needlearts Guild Christmas lunch and ornament exchange. Ten of us arrived with our stitched pieces for sharing. Do you see the many techniques, surface work, beaded work, some are from Christmas Ornament magazines from past years, some are a compilation of stitches and ideas from several different ornaments and projects and yet others are the result of the stitcher starting with a blank piece of paper.. and an idea. No matter how you decide to stitch a piece, a little bit of yourself gets stitched into the piece. When we give a gift of stitched Christmas ornament, a little bit or ourselves go along with it, and in years to come, when they are unwrapped, thoughts will wonder back to the time and person who gave that ornament.

As we approach the winter solstice and the many holidays that are clustered around that date.. may you and yours enjoy a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah,  Blessed Kwanzaa..
And hopefully winter will be good to all of us, dropping some extra time for stitching in our laps!

Marie Cron

This week our guild had their Christmas Holiday Parties.  I am a member of the Toronto Guild of Stitchery.  Our guild has both a day and evening group therefore we celebrate twice.  I’ve been a member since 1995 however due to employment I have never been able to attend the day group.  Now that I am retired with my husband I had the opportunity to attend both celebrations.

Traditionally our group exchanges hand stitched ornaments.  The process by which we select our gifts is by receiving half a playing card, the other half goes into a hat.  When your card is drawn you select a gift from the pile being sure not to open the gift until everyone has selected their gift.  After opening your gift one person begins by speaking about the wonderful gift they have received.  They then ask “who made the gift”?  The stitcher acknowledges that he or she has made it.   Expressions of gratitude are exchanged and that person explains about the gift they have received.

This year in the evening group instead of half a playing card we received a word.  My word was “pipe”.  One of our eloquent members read the Christmas classic story “The night before Christmas”.  As your word came up in the story you went to select your gift.  What I found especially wonderful was that everyone enjoyed the story so much that after everyone had received their gifts our group asked the reader to continue reading the story to the end.  There was such a peaceful appreciation for being together and enjoying the moment.

As I decorated my tree I looked at all the beautiful stitched ornaments that I had received over the years from different people.  Every piece of stitching we do expresses our personalities, interests and sense of flair.  To receive a stitched gift is an especially wonderful thing for a stitcher.  Stitching and sharing brightens our days and our lives.

As you celebrate your traditions I want to wish you and your loved ones a happy and joyous Holiday.

Lisa Carlin

I know everybody is beginning to think about Christmas gifts and shopping.  With that in mind, I want to tell you about a stitching ebook that is now available: Stitching Idyllic Spring Flowers by Ann Bernard.  It is available at ebookit and amazon.com.  You may want to add it to your Christmas wish list.

The book gives detailed instructions for stitching many spring flowers and trees, and costs $26.99.

Sue Thomas

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home;
.............................................John Howard Payne

It's amazing what you can find on the Internet. I wanted to use the quote above so I searched for "No place like home." Did you know there is a cat sitting service, a home furnishings store, a video game, and a home care service with that name? That's not to mention the music selections from Perry Como to DEVO, the dramas from a 1980 sitcom to Dr. Who, or the books from Wizard of Oz to Mary Higgins Clark. WOW!!
Anyway, back to the reason I was hunting... I'm home again!! This Fall has been a bit crazy. As part of the position of EAC Vice President, I was the representative of the Board at both Regional meetings, in September in Calgary and in October in Montreal. Both weekends were absolutely wonderful!! Our hosts outdid themselves and the meetings with the representatives from the EAC chapters in the regions were very productive. Such a wonderful group of ladies.
At the beginning of November, Winnipeg Embroidery Guild hosted the Board for our Fall meeting and we had the chance to approve the classes for Seminar 2013 in that lovely city. The Winnipeg chapter hosted a wonderful weekend and out billets were very gracious. I was part of the Board that made a side-trip to North Dakota before this meeting and that was a thrill as well. We accomplished a great deal in our meeting. The Minutes will be coming out soon and we will each be tacking our "to do" lists.
On top of these trips, my other job as a Tour Director took me in September on a bus trip to Boston to join a cruise to Bermuda and in November on a bus trip to New York. What a wonderful Fall!!
But, now I think I'm home on PEI till Spring, except possibly a couple of visits to Truro, Nova Scotia to visit family. I'll now have time to try out the goodies from the shopping opportunities this fall. In Montreal we had an amazing Market Night with some local shops (L'Atelier de Penelope, Au Fil des Points, Books for You, Carolyn Mitchell Designs, La Cigale Brodeuse, Le Fil Apprivoise, NF Hand Embroidery Design, and Quilte Classique). In Calgary the group was taken to visit Traditional Stitches and Jenny introduced me to The Stitching Corner in Cochrane. Then there was Nordic Needle - my first visit and quite a thrill. So, as you can imagine, I have more than enough in my new stash to fill long winter hours.
Joyce Gill    

I sure didn't know what to write about in this blog and so I kept putting it off and putting it off and now I have no more time left. I have to come up with something to write. So, I started thinking about what I've been doing lately. As usual, it mostly had to do with being the EAC Youth Director.

Mostly I've been re-organizing the Youth goody supplies. I need to find items quickly and embroidery floss, yarns and fabrics weren't as organized as I needed them to be. Did you know that I send a newsletter to our Youth members four times a year? And did you know that a stitching-related goody goes with each and every newsletter? So what do I have to give to the youth members as goodies?

I have a box full of embroidery floss, sorted into colour groups and divided into 1/4 skeins and a box of Tapestry and Crewel yarns. There is a box of Aida cloth in assorted count sizes, a box of linen and Hardanger fabric and another box of canvas in assorted count sizes. I also have 3 boxes of assorted kits and patterns. And I'm not talking about little dinky-sized boxes here, but the size that can hold 10 reams of paper! You'd think I have enough on hand for the next few years, but I find that I don't always have the right count size fabric or enough of a floss colour, which is why I am always ready to accept donations from our members. If you have any stitching-related items that you no longer want, please consider donating them to the Youth Program. The only cost to you is the postage.

I also got a wonderful idea from one of our members. She wanted to give her granddaughter a membership in the Youth program and asked if I could send the package near her granddaughter's birthday. I got the new member's package ready, she sent me the birthday card and I was able to mail everything to arrive around the granddaughter's birthday.

So, do you have a young relative who is interested in stitching and you don't know what to get them for a Christmas or birthday present? Why don't you buy a year's membership in the EAC Youth Program? For the $15 annual membership fee, your young relative will get 4 newsletters with goodies included, access to special Youth correspondence courses that cost $5 with all the fabric and threads included and an evaluation from a counsellor, and all the advantages that an adult member receives. You really can't get a better deal anywhere else.

Now, I have to get back to sorting the Tapestry and Crewel yarns into colour groups.

Talk to you later,

Linda Brenner

Our EAC booth at the CreativFestival in October was a wonderful success.  It was great to see the various needlework techniques as well as, the areas of stitching interest of the artists, who allowed us to display their work.  We had many positive comments from attendees and many requests for guild information.

Our passion is our stitching and we are fortunate to be able to share this with stitchers and non-stitchers alike.  On a recent trip to Winnipeg I made a brief trip to Fargo, North Dakota, with some stitching buddies.  We had an awesome time wandering though “Nordic Needle” a full service needlework shop.  We leisurely explored the multitude of fabulous fibres eagerly sharing our favourites.  We examined the needle minders, needle cases, wooden boxes for displaying needlework, scissors, needles, thread holders, ornamental perle cotton threadwinders, leather-bound bead cases, tatting needles, tatting shuttles, and patterns and magazine galore.  After making our purchases we had the pleasure of show and tell.  A great time was had by all.

While in Winnipeg it was a delight to enjoy the needlework on display in stitchers’ homes.  I was excited to see pieces that, I had completed myself, as well as designs from familiar designers.  Each stitcher reveals though their stitching, their interests in colours, techniques and even subject matter.  It was interesting to learn that some stitchers’ rotate their favourite needlework every season or even every couple of weeks. 

We are so fortunate to have an interest that brings us together and give us such satisfaction.  I’d like to extend a big thank you to all the people who participated in the National Stitch Day across Canada this past September.  It was great to hear all the wonderful stories of our stitching pride.  So if you happen to notice someone new visiting your guild, take a moment to say hello and make them feel welcome!

Lisa Carlin

I recently attended Creativ Festival, where EAC had a booth. This was a great event: a place where like-minded creative people met to learn, shop, and visit.

We, at the EAC booth, were delighted with the interest that there was in stitching and in EAC.  We gave out many bookmarks and lots of information about guilds across Canada.  We offered specific classes to attendees.  Many thanks go to Colleen Darling, Pat Armour, Lorene Salt, Carolyn Mitchell, Kim Beamish, and Lisa Carlin for teaching those classes.

I was delighted to meet so many ladies who are interested in needlework.  It was a pleasure to show off the work on display, to meet the members from EAC guilds who stopped by the booth to say hello, and to meet the ladies from the Toronto Guild of Stitchery who worked at our booth.

The Toronto guild deserves an enormous thank you for their help in making our booth possible.  Without their help, it would not have happened.

Creativ Festival has a large variety of booths that vary according to current trends.  I was pleases to see booths selling needlework patterns, supplies such as specialty threads, buttons and beads, and, of course, books.

Ladies, there is more interest in embroidery, and Creativ Festival is reflecting that interest.
I hope that everybody has received their magazine by now!   Canada Post did take a long time to get it around the country this time.  If your copy has not yet arrived, please email Kathy Taylor (membership@eac.ca) and let her know.

My copy of Inspirations #72 arrived this week.  That magazine is having a competition called Home for My Needle.  All you have to do is create an inventive, beautiful, and exciting home for your needles and pins.  Entry is free, and the deadline for entries to be at Country Bumpkin (the publisher) is January 15, 2012.  Go to www.countrybumpkin.com.au to download your entry form.  They love Canadian entries!!!

Have a look at this postcard challenge.  Some of you may like to take part.  It’s on my To Do list.  Looks like fun.

Greetings Everyone –The Sussex Artist Co-op rents a 3 story Victorian house from the town of Sussex. Then we rent out space to help with the up keep. There is a small Gallery and Museum and a small cafe where customers are able to view the members art. We also have a great work shop area ( that can be rented for workshops) and other spaces available. Most recently we have a Weaver in residence. Below is a call for submissions to our SMART project. Hoping I will see your post card (and maybe you) at the opening. 

Call for Submissions! Sussex Mail ART project!

You are invited to participate in SMART (THE SUSSEX MAIL ART PROJECT) Create an original piece of art work, any medium, post card size and mail it to us! No envelope, no cover, just stamp it and send it off! Anyone can participate, emerging artists, students, anyone who can get their hands on some art supplies! Tell your friends! All of the SMArt work we receive by the deadline of December 31st , 2011 will be collected into a catalogue, available at the opening reception. Enter more than once if you wish. JUST MAIL IT? Yes! That's the fun part about mail art. You don't put it in an envelope or protect it. You just mail it. Think of all the character it gains through the mail!!. Please send to:
Sussex Artists’ Co-op14 Maple Ave., Sussex NB Canada E4E 2N5

*****ART WORK SIZE*****
Your work must be Post Card Sized 4x6 inches or 5x7 inches. Art Work may be done in any medium as long as it meets the size requirements. Please write your full name, email and any other contact info you want on the back of the artwork.

Deadline for entries is December 31st, 2011. The Sussex Mail ART show will be on display at the Sussex Artists’ Co-op Gallery February March 2012. All participants are invited to our opening reception Saturday February 4th. We will also post many of the works at sussexmailart.blogspot.com.PLEASE NOTE : If you are submitting art work it may be used on promotional materials for the Sussex Mail Art Project. All submissions will become part of the Sussex Artists’ Co-op Gallery’s permanent collection and will NOT be returned. 

I’m off to the fall board meeting this weekend.  It will be great to meet members from Winnipeg, and to catch up with fellow board members.

Oh, I forgot to mention that some board members are taking a side trip to Nordic Needle, in Fargo, ND.  How neat is that!


I had the privilege of chairing my second Atlantic/Central Regional Meeting, hosted by the Lakeshore Creative Guild of Stitchery in Pointe Claire, Quebec. Joyce Gill, EAC Vice President, joined me for the meeting. The Lakeshore Guild had their Ruby Anniversary this year and the hosting of this meeting was a part of their celebrations and they did it in fine style. The meeting was held in the historic Stewart Hall Cultural Centre where the guild has their meetings. Their anniversary show of work was still on display there for us to enjoy, they arranged a guided tour of the center and to round thing off they even had a Merchants Mall on Saturday night! The guild members showed us they were not only great stitchers but great cooks as well as they fed us wonderful food all weekend.

 All of the guilds who were in attendance brought displays of their guild’s work for the past year….what talented members we have!!There was every type of embroidery and many original creations that we all enjoyed being able to view. The representatives were willing to share the success and the problems that sometimes occur in our guilds.

Carol Rand, Lorna Anderson and I had the pleasure of being hosted by Helen Ansell and her husband Bert. I had met Helen several years ago when she accompanied her husband on a business trip to St. John’s. She had contacted me beforehand expressing a desire to meet someone from the St’ John’s Guild. My friend Jill Kirby and I met her at the Rooms for coffee and enjoyed a pleasant afternoon enjoying the view of the Narrows and Signal Hill and talking about embroidery. I remember that her guild was the test group for a correspondence course authored by Barbara Kershaw and she had brought her piece she was working on with her. Helen and Bert live on an island off an island, Ile Mercier and are set up for a B&B and mainly host friends and friends of friends. What a wonderful location, we were just sad that it rained all weekend and we didn’t get to enjoy the hot tub .Despite the rain Helen took us on a driving tour of Montreal by night.

Congratulations to Helen and Bert who became grandparents again, this time to twins, a boy and a girl!

This was my first visit to the Montreal area and look forward to a return visit.

Margaret Adey
Phew, I just finished my last phone call with the Nominating Committee. I put my name up for a second term as Youth Director. Knowing I would be talking to two members of the Nominating Committee, I got to thinking about why I like being on the Board of Directors. After all, it is a lot of work and I seem to do something EAC related every day. Wouldn't my time be better spent stitching? I have a closet full of kits and "someday I'll stitch that" projects and that doesn't count the projects I cut out of magazines and filed away for the future. By June 2012 I will have served six years on the Board. So, why am I putting my name up for another term?

The simple answer is: I like it!

Even before I became a Board member, I attended several Board meetings at various Seminars. Going a few days early meant I actually got to see the Board in action and became familiar with the problems they encountered and the policies they were working with. Having that knowledge really helped when I was first elected to the Board in 2006. 

I also picked positions that enabled me to use the skills I've developed over 35 years as a secretary and office manager. After all, if you know what you're doing, it makes everything easier. I didn't have to learn how to use the software and I was able to go right to the stuff that makes any job fun. Both of the positions I've held require a lot of computer skill and I love working with databases and desktop publishing programs.

Board members from all over the country have become friends. Chatting with them via e-mail and seeing them at Seminar has made my life richer. After all, we all joined EAC because we love embroidery and we all want to improve our skills. I love hearing how problems encountered while stitching were solved and seeing other members' projects is always inspiring.

I have also enjoyed meeting members at Seminar and the fall Board meetings. Bringing their suggestions and concerns to our meetings makes our discussions lively and interesting. I like listening to other opinions and have found that sometimes I change my mind just because someone else approached the issue from a different angle. We all try very hard to be respectful of each other's opinions. I think all of our Board members are very conscious of the fact that we are working for the members. We all want to make EAC the best organization it can be.

So, after all this, why haven't you put your name up for nomination? We'd love to have you join us.

Linda Brenner
Paul (my husband) and I spent a couple of days at a lakeside resort in the Muskokas over Thanksgiving.  This gave me both the time and the opportunity to visit EAC member Kim Beamish again, with whom I'd developed an email friendship before moving from Saskatchewan to Ontario.  I'm not sure how we initially connected, but it was probably through the first postcard group.  We very quickly recognized that we both loved challenges, and, through our email communications, inspired each other to enter various challenges.

Kim and I met, in person, shortly after Paul and I moved to Ontario.  I am in awe of Kim's stitching ability -  the number of pieces she completes, and the number of correspondence courses she has triumphed over.  All this while working fulltime as a school teacher.  My husband even remarked on what a genuine person she is.

We (Kim and I) went to Gitta's Retreat last spring; we stitched, and got to know each other better.  Kim will be teaching at Creativ Festival next weekend, and I'm looking forward to spending more time with her there.

A Word about Creativ Festival

Creativ Festival (October 21-23, 2011) is at the Metro Centre, in Toronto.  EAC has a booth there, and we shall be showing off our members' skills with a varied display of embroidered pieces.  The Toronto Guild of Stitchery is helping with the booth, and providing most of the stitched pieces that will be on display.

Our teachers are Pat Armour (crewel), Kim Beamish (hardanger), Carolyn Mitchell (canvaswork), Lorene Salt (canvaswork), and Lisa Carlin, Colleen Darling and Sue Thomas (ATC's).

Come and visit us at the booth.  Put faces to names, and perhaps even make a new friend.

Sue Thomas

I was privileged to be asked to take part in the 2009 – 2011 Post Card Exchange.
When the first image was shared there were so many elements calling to be included. The line ‘The woods are lovely dark and deep’ kept running through my head.. but I could not focus … the light playing in the clearing at the end of the path ….  the colours …. the path ….

Then on a windy day when the leaves were swirling in the wind and the colours blended into each other resulting in a mass of bright colours moving in the wind .… I knew That
was what I wanted to capture …. so I went to work …. and when I was satisfied with my results sent it off.

However .… as I saw all the other images created with their crisp, sharp lines .… my blur of colour somehow paled by comparison .… and I felt intimidated by the work that the others in the group were creating …. not to mention how so many were being inspired to create images that were .… well what can I say .… beyond what my imagination could imagine …. and so I started to question if my work was up to the standards of the rest of the members in the group.

However .... giving up is not something I do .… (though I Do procrastinate quite well)
I continued .… experimented with some silk paper .... and again was quite pleased with my efforts .... and that image seemed to be in line with how most were interpreting the second image.

Fast forward …. But not too long …. When one image was shared … mine was more or less similar .… so I sent it to her .... just so she could see that it Was almost done when she shared her work. However .… there remains a post card floating in the bottomless pit that is Canada Post .…  by then the others were again sharing such wonderful creations .... and felt my plans for the image paled by comparison .… so there you go .... I was ‘off the wagon’.

This past spring one member brought the cards she and another member had received to Seminar to share with some of the other members of the group. You can not imagine how great I felt when I heard I like this, who did this one, referring to my blur of colour. Not That was a quick reminder that we are too quick to compare our work in a bit of a negative way with similar work of others. We are all different, we all see things through different eyes, even the same image. The completed post cards are a Wonderful example of the different ways of seeing that we bring to any project or organization. That is what makes us such a divergent and vibrant organization.

I have now laid out all my bits and pieces, notes and the photos … And I am ready to finish the ones that are works in progress and start the ones that are only a few notes capturing my preliminary thoughts. As I said, I do not give up, I do procrastinate … but for this project .... procrastination is over. Canada Post will soon be busy delivering my creations to the members who have been waiting so patiently to receive them.  I hope they like what I have created with my threaded needle, just for them.

Stay tuned …. I will share some of the process and photos in the next installment. 

Marie Cron
The Embroiderers' Guild of Peterborough took part in National Stitch in Public Day on September 27th., with a coffee shop crawl in downtown Peterborough.

Members met at the first coffee shop at 9:30 a.m., drank coffee, and stitched.  Several other coffee drinkers were interested in what we were doing, and one young lady working in the coffee shop thought she'd join us after her shift.

We stitched and drank coffee in five different coffee shops until 4:30 p.m.  All of us thought it was a great way to spend a day.

We spoke with several interested people throughout the day, and we felt that we had achieved our goal of raising awareness of the art of embroidery by stitching in public.

A day of stitching, coffee, and fellowship!

Take a look at this website: http://lcsg-gtal.ca/  Way to go Lakeshore Guild a wonderful site.

Sue Thomas

I've become much more content with my stitching since I discovered that I'm a "process" person. I'm not always trying to finish a project; I'm content with enjoying the ride. It will come then as no surprise when I tell you that I have a lot of UFO's, unfinished projects. Some, like "Thistle Stop" from The Crossed Wing Collection haven't been touched in quite a while, but I do so love it!! Then there's the big canvaswork "Tranquil Dreams" from Carolyn Mitchell. I work on it in fits and starts as I find it is quite a big piece to get my arms around.
I am working on a Richelieu cutwork basket liner that struck my fancy, but it will also take a long time to finish. I think there are about 100 coronnes (little stitched rings) in the piece altogether.
Stumpwork is one of my major loves. I've started a piece from the Australian Embroidery and Cross Stitch magazine. It has all sorts of insects living among the grass and weeds - sort of a memory piece that brings back growing up in the country and wandering through hayfields and along the creek (We called it a "crick".) My sisters and I used to catch tadpoles there in the Spring with Mom's kitchen strainer. Of course, true to form, I had to change some of the insects in this needlework piece into ones that we might see in this part of the country. Nothing is simple is it? ... Now that we are talking about it I'm excited about that piece again. It might come out of the drawer for a while.
A couple of years ago I thought that the Stitch Along from Papillion Creations would be a great project as it came out in small pieces every couple of months. I surely could keep up with that! Well, life got in the way and it has become another of my UFO's. I love it and will continue it, and will finish it someday.
This only scratches the surface of my started pieces, my ready-to-go pieces, my waiting-in-the-wings pieces, my design ideas, my should-do-some-day ideas, and so much more! I will never be bored! Isn't it great that I enjoy the ride!  

Joyce Gill

At the beginning of 2011, I was going through my kits and found two Samplers. I was at loose ends and wasn't sure what I wanted to stitch next, so I took "Gathering Pinecones" and started to stitch. It was really interesting to see how each new element made the Sampler become richer and more pleasing to the eye. I was so happy with the results, I started "The Acorn Sampler" and the same thing happened.
By this time, I was getting ready to go to Seminar in Sackville and remembered that one of my classes was "Creative Stitches Sampler" by Jeannette Douglas. By now I wasn't surprised when it happened again and within a month of getting home, I finished the Sampler. Three different Samplers and with each one I couldn't stop stitching until it was finished.
What intrigued me first on each of the Samplers were the colours. Each one of them "popped" and made me want to stitch them. But I need more if I'm going to stitch a Sampler. The next thing I think about is: Am I going to learn something new? Is there a large variety of different stitches? Are there some stitches I've never done before? If I answer "Yes" to any of those questions, I will pick up the pattern and really look at it.
I also liked the different stitches used on these Samplers. Queen, Cretan, Jerusalem Cross, Fly, Fishbone, Point Oka, Satin, Pulled Pin, Hemstitching, Buttonhole Bars, Arrow Head, Eyelet, Four-sided, Two-sided Italian Cross and Long Arm Cross were some of the stitches used. I really had to think about what I was doing on several of the stitches or I got it wrong and had to do the Frog Stitch (rrrrrip it!).
After doing three Samplers in a row, I thought I was through with Samplers for awhile, but no, I had to start a reproduction Sampler in green and red. It's a big one, so I'll be working on it when I'm kind of tired and want something easy to stitch. I also picked up another reproduction Sampler when I attended the Prairie Pacific Regional Meeting in Calgary.
Being on a Sampler kick during the summer also made me think about what I was going to put in the Fall issue of the Youth Embroiderers' Newsletter. You got it right! The Fall issue is a Sampler issue with 3 Sampler patterns. The kids are also getting a Sampler titled "ABC Come Stitch With Me" by Janice Routley with the fabric and threads included.
I didn't think so before, but I'm starting to believe that stitching Samplers can be addictive. Luckily, I don't need to go to the doctor for that. The nearest stitching or online store will be all I'll need.

Linda Brenner

Well, good news!  For any of you who read my blog of Aug 19th, I have found my wayward projects.  They were right there where I put them in the top drawer of the new storage unit I bought, because they were supposed to be the next projects I worked on.  It was not a bad thing though, because I finished the birth sampler I started when I could not find the wayward one and have now carried on working on the one in progress.  I made the mistake of thinking I should work on the tablecloth too, but the lesson I learned from that is not to work on a large project like that in 30 deg weather.  That is definitely a winter project when you need the extra warmth on your legs.
I spent today on a road trip with three other ladies.  We decided to take the ferry from Comox to Powell River to do our part for the economy of the east side of the Strait of Georgia.  One of the ladies, Carol, is a person who does not have unfinished projects.  Seriously, I just did not think there were any such people around, but I have met one.  She constantly teases me about my unfinished Christmas tablecloth.   I made the huge mistake today of telling her about another UFO I have.  In 1979 when one of my sisters was expecting, I decided to knit a sweater for my soon to be niece or nephew.  Now I had done very little knitting before that and have done even less since, but I gave it an honest try.  Three years ago when that niece was expecting, I decided to dig out that half finished sweater and finish it for my soon to be great niece or nephew.  All was going well.  I got some help from some knitter friends to get back on track and was rather proud of the progress I was making, although I didn’t think it looked much like the picture.  Another friend, who coincidently is also a knitter came for a visit one evening as I was working on it.  She asked what I was working on.  I held up the in-progress sweater in one hand and the pattern picture in the other.  As her laughter died, I looked from the picture to the sweater and back several times.  Turns out that as I switched to different sized needles, I went to a larger size rather than the required smaller size to make the sweater bodice.  Who knew that US and UK sizes went in opposite directions?  Certainly not me, a very green knitter.    I put the project back in the bag and replaced it in the trunk from which I had taken it.  Carol kind of smiled at me at the end of the story and said, “why don’t you take it apart and get someone else to knit it?” No.  I couldn’t do that because then it was not Auntie Kathy who had knit it.  Her second solution was, “why don’t you put it in a bag and donate it to the Salvation Army?”  Although this solution sat a little better with me, it still was not what I wanted to do.  So my friends, I will hit the send button on this blog, then I am heading upstairs to take apart that sweater.  I am not sure if I will knit it again or use the wool for something else, or just donate it all to a worthy cause, but 32 years is long enough.  This sweater will no longer be a thorn in my side.

Kathy Taylor

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