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!

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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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