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


  1. Congratulations...
    I am sure this Delights Linda Brenner.. the Youth Director... this is fantastic news.. hoping they keep with it and when the time is right.. transfer their membership to full adult membership..

  2. A wonderful post and so nice to hear that there are a few young people interested in stitching. Kudos to Kristin for all her hard work!

  3. A great post! Wonderful news! Welcome!

    Happy Stitching!

  4. Well done Kristin! Every time we inspire a new stitcher we ensure that our beloved art will not die. :)

  5. It is great work to keep young people involved in the things that we love to do! I really enjoyed seeing the accompanying graphic with the post - I have this book in my own library - I believe it's a Lux Knitting Book from 1951. Such a sweet cover. Happy Stitching!


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