Much has been written about the camaraderie of gathering with like minded individuals and sharing time doing what we all love… needlework in all its many forms. As we meet to stitch we share not only our love of the Needlearts but also our progress on the project we are working on, whether it is the group project or one that we are working on individually. These are truly the moments of sharing and bonding that comes with spending time with others who enjoy the same things.

December 1st is knocking on the door .. arriving tomorrow. Many begin to seriously think about Christmas when December arrives, along with beginning to play Christmas music and decorate their homes. As I unpack my various decorations and ornaments, my thoughts wonder back in time to when I acquired the different ones.. who gave it to me .. or what motivated me to make it. … it truly is a time when I take a trip down memory lane.  I think fondly of the many people I have been fortunate enough to work with and with whom I exchanged gifts each year. Some searched craft shows for something unique to add to my collection,  others stitched their gifts for me, each is precious in its own special way and I am reminded of the full life I have been privileged to live.  This coming Tuesday we will have our annual Christmas lunch and ornament exchange. This year’s shape is a mitten, I am sure that they will all be wonderful and different and will be one more memory when I unpack it in coming years.

Here in Nova Scotia, as we meet each week to stitch, we are in our own little bubble without the many cares and concerns so many in other parts of the world are experiencing.  Our primary concerns are not made of thoughts of finding a safe place when the sirens/alarms go off, wondering when the bombing will end or worrying about being ‘caught’ learning to read and write. The US and Japan have both recently celebrated their Thanksgiving and the Christmas season is quickly approaching; in this window of time we are reminded once again that we Do indeed have so very much to be grateful for.

As you put the finishing touches on gifts, stitch something for yourself, or just work on one of your projects, take a minute to recognize that the time spent stitching is a gift we give to ourselves. Be thankful that we have the freedom to make the decisions we make and to enjoy the company of those we choose to spend our time with.

From my home to yours.. I wish you a wonderful December with just enough stress to keep you on your toes… but not so much that you are not able to enjoy the anticipation of waiting for Christmas followed by preparations to greet the New Year. Don’t forget to take a bit of time for yourself, to stitch or just be in the moment enjoying all that the Christmas season brings to your life.

Best wishes for the coming year
Marie Cron
Sorry for any confusion or concern spurned by my last blog entry which I submitted with incomplete information.  Thank you to our sharp eyed readers for picking up my omission.  

The membership cards are not disappearing altogether.  As indicated in an e-mail sent to all Chapter Membership Chairs, I will continue to e-mail the membership cards to them to print out as required.  The issue of membership cards for National members will be worked out in a manner which works best for them.  The ones with e-mail addresses will be contacted as required to see if they  would like a card or not.  National members without e-mail will be sent a membership card.

Kathy Taylor

As any of you who deal with Canada Post know,  our postage rates rise every year.  The largest expense membership-wise for EAC is the cost of postage.  Every time someone pays their membership, I was sending them a membership card,  many of which were put somewhere and never seen again.  What was proposed and passed at the Fall Board meeting was that we no longer mail out membership cards.  Your membership number and expiry date are on the cover of your EC magazine,  so you will know that your membership has been paid and you will have a record of your membership number in case you have any questions.  I will continue to e-mail payment confirmation letters out to Guild Membership Chairs and to National members who have e-mail addresses.  Payment confirmation letters will be snail-mailed to National members who do not have e-mail addresses.  Your Board continues to look at ways to decrease costs and I believe this is one that not only makes sense cost-wise but will also lessen the time commitment for the Membership Director. Please see the November 26 blog posting for clarification.

And now to the fun!  Christmas is coming.  Remember to give yourself a gift and start a new project Christmas Day,  whether it is something that has been sitting around waiting for you to start it or a new project all together.   I know many of you feel up to your armpits in projects already, but start something fresh anyway,  even if you can only work on it for a day for now.  You will be surprised at how great it feels to sit down after the hectic build up to Christmas with a project for you.  It makes me smile just to think of it.  It is even fun to wade through the prospective projects to decide which one you are going to start and to get your supplies ready.  I made my list last night of supplies I need to start my new project, Dragon Dreams ‘Not Forgotten’.  I know it will end up in my UFO pile for a while as I have several birth and wedding projects on the go, but I am enjoying the anticipation of starting it and will have fun with it Christmas Day…and maybe even all Christmas week if I am really good. 

Kathy Taylor 

Mountain River Stitchers, the newly named Youth Embroidery group, began because of Kristin, a member of the Calgary Guild of Needle and Fibre Arts.  Kristin started by approaching the public library near her and asking if they were interested in having her hold some stitching classes in their branch.  Their answer was positive and there was soon a waiting list for the classes! Starting on September 24, 2011, the new EAC Youth Embroidery Group was formed with five members. It was a year later before a name was decided on and the Mountain River Stitchers were born. Two new members have now been added bringing the membership total to 7. 

At their recent one year anniversary meeting on September 29th, the group worked on the leaf project that was featured in the spring and summer Embroidery Canada. Kristin gave each youth member linen fabric and a variety of threads: over-dyed floss, Impressions wool and silk, sateen mohair, pearl cotton, Kreinik ribbon, braid, and blending filament in fall colors. The members went outside and collected different fall leaves for the project. Kristin had them choose one leaf to start with. They outlined the leaf with stem stitch (outline stitch), and then began to do the satin stitch. The other side of the leaf is going to be done in seed stitch. The leaves were beginning to be filled in with satin stitch by the time the meeting ended. Kristin presented the youth members with one year Charter membership certificates and then the meeting was adjourned for the social half-hour and snack. In honor of the one-year anniversary, they had grapes and DQ ice cream cupcakes. The meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 12 noon. The social half-hour follows from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. 

Five of the youth members were recruited through Kristen's teaching the youth needle arts classes at the Calgary Public Library. The others are a result of the Bring A Friend meeting in January 2012. Kristin also encouraged the youth members to participate in the Stitch in Public Week during September 24-30, 2012.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newly named group to the EAC family. Kudos to Kristin for stepping up and using her ingenuity and hard work to help bring the love of stitching to another generation!

Kerry Leslie
Congratulations to two EAC members who have designs featured in magazines.

Jenny Wolter, a member from Calgary, Alberta, has this design in  the current issue of American Needlepoint Now.

Kim Beamish, from Severn Bridge, Ontario, has three different pieces in three different publications. This reversible blackwork piece is in A Needle Pulling Thread:

A Valentine biscornu is in the UK's Stitch Magazine:

And a Christmas biscornu appears in Just Cross Stitch:

Way to go, ladies!  Can you imagine going into a book store and seeing your needlework in a magazine?  I'd want to tell everybody in the store!

Are there other EAC members who have pieces being published?  Let me know so that we can share the news. (

As I mention sharing, I'd like to share with you one of my favourite stitching blogs:  Susan Elliot was recently in Stitch Magazine, and creates incredible pieces.  Check out her crazy quilting blogs; I'm sure you'll become a follower.

Happy stitching,

Sue Thomas

In my last blog, I talked about the major reorganization I did in my sewing room. I have spent the last couple of months enjoying the reorganization and tweaking aspects of it. For example, I have a wardrobe cupboard where I kept my embroidery kits, threads, fabric, beads, etc. I decided I wanted to be able to see my fabric and threads, so I moved them to the old bookshelf I kept. Now they are within arms reach and being near the window, I get natural light to see what I'm looking for. I also enjoy finding the book or magazine I'm looking for easily. I am designing some smalls using carnations and was able to find the design samples I wanted to use in making up my own designs.

I also have eight portfolios to make up for new youth members and what a joy it was to be able to find easily everything I needed. I am taking a few days off after the Board meeting and I will be able to mail the kits before I go back to work. It takes a lot of time to make up the portfolios as the new youth members receive a Needlework Notebook with their name, membership number and renewal date, a sampler kit designed by Janice Routley, a butterfly kit with two techniques of embroidery, a questionnaire, a previous issue of the Youth Embroiderers Newsletter with goodies, a youth brochure for a friend, a welcome letter, a membership card and Coats & Clarks 100 Embroidery Stitches book. It's a lot of work, but I know the youth members enjoy receiving everything. One new member sent me a picture of the surface stitched butterfly she embroidered within a month of receiving her portfolio!

So, in the end, it was worth it for me to spend about $400 in new shelving. My sewing room is a joy to work in now and I am even managing to keep it neater than I used to. I actually have room to put them on the shelf until I have time to put the item back in place.

Until next time,

Linda Brenner

The winner of the calendar is Jenny Penny poppy. 

Her comment was:

Thank you for the opportunity to win one of these lovely calendars. Seeing beautifully stitched pieces made by our members every month would be delightful :)

To everyone who added comments thank you so much. We all enjoyed reading them.

Could Jenny Penny Poppy  please e-mail me with the details of where to send the Seminar 2013 Calendar.

Beryl Burnett
Vice President
Seminar Chairperson 2013

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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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