Last week, we spent our time on a houseboat, cruising the Trent-Severn Waterway.  What a wonderful, relaxing holiday that was.

The scenery was beautiful: lovely water scenes; lots of different birds; gorgeous sunsets; and trees just begging to be photographed.  I took lots of photos, in the hope that sometime I will stitch a memory of this trip.

I watched the scenery, took photos, read, knitted, and stitched.  My favourite place to stitch in the summer used to be on the deck with a cold drink.  Now it's my second favourite, having been nudged out by the bliss of stitching out on the houseboat's deck.

I'm stitching the Maple Leaf ornaments from the Winnipeg fundraising calendar. In the fall, I am going to a nursing reunion in the UK, and I thought they'd be the perfect little gift for my friends from days gone by.
You can order your calendar from the web-site (  There is a pattern for each month and they are all neat.

Before we left for our trip, I ordered Machine Embroidered Seascapes by Alison Holt.  What a wonderful book.  I'm hoping it will inspire me to stitch a waterscape.  If you enjoy free motion embroidery, I would recommend this book.

I'm busy putting together my box of goodies to pass on to incoming president Joyce Gill.  The last two years have flown by, and were an incredible experience - one I would heartily recommend to other EAC members.  Please think about serving on the EAC Board.

I look forward to two years as Past President, knowing that EAC will thrive under Joyce's leadership.

...and where do YOU read EC magazine?


We had a fascinating time!
On Thursday June 7th The Toronto Guild of Stitchery had their end of year party.  Our Guild members had been enchanted with the lovely fascinator hats worn at the Queen’s Jubilee and William and Kate’s Royal Wedding.  Our program committee challenged members to create a fascinator for our end of year party.  Our lively group did not disappoint!  Our program committee awarded prizes for multiple categories.  Prizes were awarded for “the widest hat, the most stitching on a hat, the hat with the most material, the hat you most wanted to take home, etc. 

One fascinator presented a stitching theme and was decorated with stitching accessories (scissors, spools, measuring tape etc.)  Another very posh fascinator had a beautiful copper base but upon closer inspection it was a copper pot scrubber in disguise!  Another fascinator rose up into the air and with arms outstretched and feet wrapped around the wears chin.  One bonnet was not stitched but an heirloom from Eleanor Kerr’s grandmother from the late 1800’s.  It was incredible and received applause!

We had a wonderful day, a great lunch and it was fun dressing-up.  Fascinating!!

Lisa Carlin



Our National Stitch in Public Day is fast approaching.  September 27th is officially our National Stitch in Public Day but celebrations will be taking place during the days before and after that date.  I have made a contact information sheet to make it easier to get all the details for publicizing the events.   

If possible please take some photos of your event and send them to and our webmaster Tara at  

These past few weeks after the end of Seminar has been a busy time. I had a cross-stitch birth announcement picture that I needed to finish by the end of May. I got it all completed except for my nephew's name and birth date. I couldn't completely finish the picture as I lost the piece of paper that I wrote down the information on eight years ago. Once again, I put it in a safe place and I don't know where that safe place is! I'm glad I didn't stitch my nephew's name on the picture as my sister wanted his nickname stitched, not his legal name. It's done now and I'll block and frame it this weekend and courier it to my sister. After all, I'm eight years late already, so another week or so won't hurt.

At the beginning of June, my mother, sister and nephew paid us a visit. I hadn't seen my sister and nephew for 12 years. They live in Louisiana and we just never seemed able to get together as something always came up in one of our families. My sister found out she had breast cancer in the fall and had just finished with her chemotherapy and radiation treatments in March. This trip to visit relatives in Washington and Oregon and a few days with my family was her gift to herself and from her husband for getting through the treatments. We had a wonderful visit and enjoyed the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Aquarium and several restaurants. It can be tough to come up with places to visit when the age range is 14 to 82, but we managed it. We were even able to take in the new Men in Black 3 movie in 3-D.

Before I left for Seminar, I had finished the Youth newsletter and was going to print and mail it to the youth members when my printer died. By the time we figured out why I couldn't print, a couple of days had gone by and I didn't have the time. Now I have to redo some of the pages with information from the Board meeting and Seminar. I also took pictures of the Youth display at the Members' Exhibit which I want to include. Hopefully I can have the newsletter in the mail by the end of June, if I have no further computer problems.

I had hoped that things would slow down a bit after Seminar, but so far, it hasn't happened. Maybe in July...


Hello fellow stitchers.

You may recall my earlier blog on the composite stitching picture I purchased at Seminar 2011 in Sackville, NB and the challenge behind that “prize”.  I alluded to the latest EAC Board challenge, which I was fortunate to participate in as it will be my last for awhile.  This latest challenge was to complete a needle case – if you made one, you got one in return.  The results were revealed to much anticipation at the Spring 2012 Board Meeting in Victoria, BC prior to Seminar 2012. 

I believe there were 12-15 participants including Board members and Appointees who accepted the challenge and created a needle case.  Photos are included.  The challenge was put forth at the 2011 Fall Board meeting in Winnipeg, MB.

For my needle case creation, I wanted to get outside the box, so I made mine a three-dimensional (3D) cube with blackwork stitching on the six sides.  When open, it can be flattened; but when it is closed, it resembles a cube.  I have been asked to prepare instructions for its construction, so watch for the details in a future issue of Embroidery Canada.

This year there was much oohing and aahing of the beautifully crafted needle cases over the two days of the EAC Board meetings on May 13 and 14.  Each needle case was assigned a number.  Each participant drew a number and “won” that needle case provided it was NOT the one they lovingly created themselves.  I believe Marie Cron “won” my three-dimensional cube needle case and I “won” Linda Brennner’s beautifully stitched blackwork needle case which included her initials and date stitched.  I am sure you will agree they were all beautifully handcrafted.  I hope the other “winners” will send in their comments on which they created and which one they won so everyone can see how creative your Board of Directors are when given a challenge.

As you can see you are missing a wonderful opportunity if you are not a part of the EAC Board and/or Appointees.  The terms are two years and the Board members are elected for the even year terms (e.g. July 2012 – June 2014) while the Appointees are elected for the odd year terms (e.g. July 2013 – June 2015).  So what are you waiting for.  Check out the EAC website to see what each position entails and see where you might be able to assist and join a dynamic group of fellow stitchers devoted to effecting positive changes for ALL EAC members.  We do a lot of hard work, but we also have fun getting to know one another and stepping up to the challenges.  I sure hope you will consider and accept the challenges of EAC and participate. 

I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed my two terms (four years) on the EAC Board as the Prairie Pacific Regional Director.  I got to meet some FABULOUS stitchers, who I now call friends from across our great nation.  I know I will have a place to stay if I am ever in their neck of the woods and vice versa.  I wish all my friends a wonderful summer of fun in creating more unique pieces of ART.  Remember what we do is ART and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Jennie Wolter, outgoing PP Regional Director (going, going, soon to be gone)


There were many discussions about the show as the weeks went by,
and the dates drew closer.
Finally it was time to make the lists...
techniques... individuals.. and to estimate the space needed for the various
How many table would we need? wall space? and on......
Lists began to be drawn up... canvas work, gold work, the various
surface stitches.... and what specific pieces would make good anchor
pieces in the various displays....
which ones would we include...
there were a few that were done with different threads and so the
end results were quite different.
Finally the lists were complete.....
next to collect the pieces and the work began....

Do you ever wonder if the members of your Chapter
have enough finished works to combine for a successful
Needle Arts Show?.. enough variety / different techniques
so illustrate that ‘embroidery’ is not the few surface stitches
so many of us learned many years ago.
These were the thoughts of the members of Alderney Needlearts
Guild and Stitchery Guild of Bedford members when we were first
approached and asked to consider mounting such a display
in conjunction with Quilt Canada 2012. ... would we have enough pieces
that were not duplicates? (so many of us have duplicates because we
have done the Guild projects or taken the same courses)... and what about
variety of techniques?

We took a leap of faith and agreed to mount the display and the die was cast...
and the listing of the needlearts show was included in events section.
And so it began....

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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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