Seminar 2012 in Victoria, BC was so-o-o much fun! I always look forward to the annual EAC event, and Victoria is such a beautiful city. It was my first time on the UVic campus so that was really a treat as well. At home on PEI, Spring has been early so we were starting to see some blooms, but on the UVic campus the Rhododendrons were in full glory!

Our Class! Instructor Dale is third from the left in the back row.
My classes this year were completely outside my stitching box - "An Artful Journey" with Dale Rollerson from Australia and "Imagery on Fabric" with Susan Purney Mark from BC.  I'm not much of a machine-stitcher but I gained quite a bit of practice in Dale's class, in free-motion and fancy stitching on paper napkins, felt and all sorts of fibrous materials. I had a fun four days working with spritzes, silk, stencils, rubber stamps, metallic flakes, leaves, threads and everything else under the sun.

Then there was the jam-packed day with Susan Purney Mark! I had done some screen-printing years ago, but Susan's techniques with Thermofax screens and an open screen with stencils or soy wax were so much faster and more creative, and certainly didn't need so much equipment. I'm really intrigued with thickened dyes, but also learned to work with other paints and inks. It was a wonderfully productive day with a very knowledgeable instructor.

Hard at work

Add to these "play-dates", the general atmosphere of Seminar - meeting with old friends and making new ones; great shopping opportunities; outstanding needlework displays; lots of excellent food; beautiful weather; a totally wonderful experience!! There was also the peek at the offerings for next year's seminar in Winnipeg - Making a choice between all those awesome classes will be a hard one!

Amazing things - paper napkins!

Recovering and dreaming,
Joyce Gill

1 comment:

  1. A wonderful post and great pictures! I wasn't able to make the Seminar this year but definitely will be going to Winnipeg :)


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