EAC Board of Directors just wanna enjoy a challenge

Background or history:
Teams including board of directors, especially for a group like EAC that is spread across Canada, need activities to pull the team together.  During the fall board meeting 2009, Carol Storie came up with a challenge project that was accepted by the 2008 – 2010 EAC Board Members to complete a composite landscape in the form of a puzzle.

The only person who knew what the landscape looked like was Carol.  The rest of us simply received a piece of the original photo with the instructions to stitch it using any technique we liked and to make it the exact size of the piece received.  Extra fabric was to be included to facilitate the “construction” of the puzzle. A deadline was provided and we were off!

Those accepting this challenge included Leslie Burrows, Marie Cron, Sue Thomas, Lisa Carlin, Cathie Saunders, Linda Brenner, Joyce Gill, Jennie Wolter, Susan Donn, Madelaine Basta, and Carol Store (11 people in total).  Carol collected the finished pieces and carefully put the puzzle together.

None of us saw the “finished” construction until Seminar 2011 when it was offered in the Silent Auction raising funds for extra scholarships for the 40th EAC anniversary Seminar 2013 in Winnipeg, MB.

Puzzle pieces:
I received my “puzzle” piece and thought about how to approach my “stitching”.  In the end I found some fabric with suitable colouration for my puzzle piece and did my stitching via machine embroidery trying to keep the finished piece in the same dimensions.  Anyone who does machine stitching knows the threads often cause the piece to “shrink” in size.  The photographs attached show my original “puzzle” piece and my finished stitched piece.

Also include are a few of the other original “puzzle” pieces and their corresponding finished stitched piece.  What does each piece look like to you?  Snow? Clouds? Ice?



Seminar 2011 Auction:
I first saw the finished piece framed at the 2011 EAC Silent Auction in Sackville, NB.  It was truly a delight to see such a spectacular finished piece.  I understand Carol Storie took on the daunting task to stitch together the variety of stitched puzzle pieces.  Sue Thomas’ “Manservant” was tasked with matting and framing the composite landscape.  They both did an amazing job and I thank them.

Bids were fast and continued to escalate that evening.  Having participated in its creation, I felt I needed to OWN this piece of art.  Only the 2008 – 2010 executive knew what really went into creating this unique masterpiece and I was determined to be the successful bidder.  So throughout the auction, I kept increasing my bid every time my bid was surpassed.  Well I am sure you can guess that when you are determined, you win that prize.

Above are the participants / puzzle sections, and the photograph of the landscape; below is the finished stitched landscape.  I think you can agree that everyone did a fabulous job with their piece of the puzzle as each puzzle piece used different techniques.  I am amazed how Marie Cron completed her puzzle piece fully using French knots for her clouds, while Lisa Carlin added funky beads into her cloud piece.  Don’t you agree that everyone did a spectacular job with their piece of the puzzle?

I hope everyone appreciates that as your Board of Directors we do accomplish a lot during our two-year terms.  However it is not all work and no play.  We do have fun as we get to know and appreciate everyone’s backgrounds and strengths.  We always try to work cooperatively to ensure the EAC mandate is achieved when we get together twice a year as your Board of Directors. 

I have had a fabulous time as the Prairie Pacific Regional Director for two full terms, met some great stitchers at board meetings, Seminar and the regional meetings.  Email is great as it helps bring us all together.  I have made some wonderful friends from all across Canada and some from the US.  EAC is a great organisation and I hope we all continue pursuing our passions and continue to renew our friendships during Seminar or just emailing or visiting each other when we’re passing through.  I’m in Calgary, so email me before you get to Calgary and I would love to have a visit with you.

The Board Members next challenge (for those choosing to accept it) will be to make a needle case.  The names for those making a needle case will be drawn and those accepting this challenge will get to take a unique reminder of a fellow board member.  Mine is done.  I am happy with it and look forward to this exchange in May at the Spring Board Meeting before Seminar 2012.  I’ll submit another blog on this topic sometime following Seminar.  So stay tuned to see the unique creations.

To see the photographs in a little larger format, click on the following link: http://photoshare.shaw.ca/view/23571134674-1329006879-13385/235711 and then click on the thumbnails (small images).


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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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