I have been browsing through the Fall Creativ Festival brochure. What a wonderful variety of classes being offered. If you live within driving distance of Toronto consider attending this great event. Take a look at the class selection:  www.creativfestival.ca  It is a big brochure so you need time to browse, I just printed the pages I was interested in.

You will see that EAC is taking part again. We attended in the Spring and we were amazed at the interest shown in our booth.  We are again having a booth and teaching classes during the show. Any EAC members who are attending and who would be willing to help at the booth please contact Lisa at:  communications@eac.ca   She will be delighted to have your assistance and will slot you in for a time convenient for you.

At the booth, we will be showcasing the benefits of being an EAC member and displaying examples of our members' work and examples of the correspondence classes. We have EAC members teaching classes. Lorene Salt, Carolyn Mitchell, Kim Beamish and Pat Armour are teaching for us. We are also holding an ATC  Round Robin class taught by Colleen Darling, Lisa Carlin and me. ATC's were very popular at our booth in the Spring, so we decided to share our techniques.

I am pleased to be helping with this class as it will get me started with my cards for the EAC exchange in February 2012. This exchange will be hosted by Aldernay Needlearts Guild. Watch for details on the web-site and in EC magazine. Summer is a good time for small outside projects. I find I can turn little bits of stitching, UFO's, doodle cloths and special little pieces of fabric into ATC's sitting on the deck. ATC's  remain very popular and if you have never made one, how about making just one for this next exchange? To get some ideas look at the cards from previous years posted on the EAC  web-site. Let's make 2012 the best year yet for ATC's.

Take time this week to enjoy your stitching. Think about what you are stitching and who you are stitching for. This week, forget about the deadlines we all make for ourselves with our stitching, and enjoy the process.

Dance of the Dragonflies

Camy Poulin from Nipawin Sask, stitched these Dragonflies. She started it in a workshop with Janice Routley. The piece is stitched on ultra suede and does really look like the Dragonflies are dancing. Way to go Camy, a great job.
Camy originally joined Pine Needle Arts Guild just to get sometime to do her cross-stitch! She did eventually finish the cross-stitch , but along the way she has tried many other techniques. She has become accomplished at Blackwork, Hardanger, Crazy Quilting, Canvas work, Stumpwork and learned to quilt. More importantly, Camy has realized she can try any number of techniques and her guild members can help her, or now, she can help them.

Pine Needle Arts Guild is the guild I belonged to until we moved to Ontario. I miss you ladies, we learned a lot together.

My EC magazine arrived last Friday; hopefully, all of you have received your copy by now. This warm weather is perfect for sitting in the cool or shade reading. I am not sure what I liked best about this magazine. I really enjoyed all of it. I was really pleased to see some letters from readers; keep them coming. Way to go, Armande! I saw this piece when it was still in the design stages when I stayed with Armande for the  Prairie Pacific meeting. I knew you would enjoy it as much as I did.
The article about the Heritage Collection is a real insight into what treasures we have from the past. Reading this article reminded me of my visit to the collection and I am so grateful that we have such a dedicated volunteer as Janice to look after our collection. Think about borrowing a box for an event in your Guild. it would be a great display for an anniversary celebration...
Reading Ulla's experiences as a scholarship winner in Regina was interesting. Are you inspired to apply for the scholarship for Victoria? I hope so. Look at the on-line brochure and I bet you will want to go. The information is all on the web-site and the deadline is October 1 st. 2011.
Take a moment and look at page 14. Would you consider offering to help EAC  by serving on the board? I have to tell you it is an experience I would not have missed. I have met the most amazing stitchers from across Canada and my stitching life and my stash continue to be enriched by this opportunity.
I am just thinking about starting my last postcard for the postcard group. The two years we have stitched as  a group exchanging cards has flown by. This postcard is of part of the Eiffel Tower and I am having difficulty deciding just what I want to do with this image. I think the time is here to start though, I have been thinking and talking about it for two weeks now, so it is time to get something on paper and then on fabric.
As this group draws to an end, Colleen Darling is getting ready to start another postcard group. The group will start sometime in September and there is still room for more members to join. To refresh your memory about the process read the article in EC Winter 2010. Remember, it is an easy deadline: one card every two months. If you are interested in joining, send me your name and I will forward it to Colleen. You can e-mail me at president@eac.ca

Have a few spare moments at your computer? Take a look at this site   http://frenchshoretapestry.com/en/news.asp. This came from Carolyn Beacroft and is well worth looking at.

Have a great week.
It has been a beautiful summer week here in Lakefield. I have managed to take advantage of the weather and spend time outside, gardening and stitching.

I have been very conscientious about working on UFO's, but on Friday evening I just had to have a new project. I am beading now! But I will complete the projects so that I do not add to the UFO list! Whilst I was at Gitta's Retreat I bought two bracelet kits and extra beads  from  Roxann the Beadaddict. I am very impressed with the directions.  I have made both bracelets and they look like the photos on the patterns. I am now playing with different beads to design my own bracelet. Take a look at the web-site www.beadaddict.ca.

Many Guilds are making plans for our first National Stitch In Public Day on September 27th. This super idea came from the ACRAM meeting last fall. If your guild has not yet started making plans, please consider celebrating this day in some way. I have heard of...Stitching in the Library, Stitching in the Mall, Stitching in Chapters and Stitching in a Coffee shop so far. I am looking forward to seeing the photos and details of the different events held across Canada. Remember if you are working, take your stitching to work and stitch on your coffee break or at lunch time. If you would like posters to advertise this event, contact Lisa at communications@eac.ca. Bookmarks for a free magazine would be a good hand out. E-mail Joyce  vicepres@eac.ca to get these.

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Enjoy the heat {if you are lucky enough to have any}

Welcome to the EAC blog, this is a new experience for all of us, I hope the growing pains are few!
The plan is to post something EAC or stitching related each week, Board members and Appointees will be all helping.We hope this will help to keep you up to date with EAC events and give you a place to share your thoughts and comments.
I have been reviewing the Seminar 2012 brochure which is now live on our main site. Take a look , this is going to be another 'don't miss event'. You have lots of time to come to a decision regarding classes as registration opens September 6th 2011.
I have been browsing through the cookbook which is one of the fund-raisers. There is a great variety of recipes. I made the Mars Bar Squares from Maria Skelly for my grandson and probably his Dad and Grandpa! This is a great quick recipe , but do buy 4 Mars Bars so you can eat a few pieces whilst cooking.
I am also making the Watermelon Salad from Barbara Gilbert , so easy and looks great. Both recipes leave time for stitching which we all know is important.
I am enjoying reading who contributed recipes and am amazed at how many of these ladies I have met or know because of their stitching or ATC's.
As I look at Seminar 2012, I have to extend a big thank-you to the nine Atlantic provinces that hosted Seminar 2011 in Sackville. I had a wonderful time and all I have heard has been praise for this event. Ladies all your hard work certainly paid off.
If you are poking around on your computer, check out http://justpostcards.wordpress.com these ladies are all EAC members.
Have a great weekend.
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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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