What a wonderful, wonderful experience I had at the EAC Seminar in Winnipeg.  Everything was so well organized, the teachers were terrific and everyone was so very friendly.  It was truly a memorable and absolutely delightful 5 days. 

Windy October taught by Sylvia Murariu was the 1st of my 2 days classes.  It was a Brazilian Embroidery technique class and I had a lot to learn.  We began by padding the tree trunk and covering it with stem stitches.  We also learned how to pad, stitch and cover with bullions a small hedgehog.  The Ed Mar rayon embroidery threads were wonderful to work with and have such a nice sheen to them.

The Windy October design by Sylvia Murariu.

Me diligently stitching away.

A group photo of our class.

Sylvia Murariu also teaches Roumanian Point Lace and gave us a bit of a demonstration on how it is done.  It's absolutely beautiful work.  I purchased one of her beginner Roumanian Point Lace books as well as a kit :)

On the Friday of Seminar I had booked to take a 5 hour city tour.  Our first stop was seeing Louis Riel's grave site and the St. Boniface Cathedral.

We also had a very informative tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building and here is a picture of the famous Golden Boy aka Hermes atop the dome as well as a photo of the beautifully designed and painted dome ceiling from the inside.

At the banquet on Saturday evening everyone received a wonderful gift of an engraved pair of sewing scissors, a scissor case and a pencil from the Ottawa Guild for Seminar 2014.  The meal was delicious, awards for amazing designs and stitching were given and Carolyn Mitchell gave an interesting and well-done presentation and slide show on past Seminars.  It was such a lovely evening!

My other 2-day class was Tanja Berlin's Goldwork Lion which was also a first for me.  Tanja had sent us the pre-work to do before Seminar which was transferring the design to the 25 count black Lugana.  This was my first experience with using all the different gold and copper Kreinik threads used in the face as well as working with gold pearl purl.

I still have much to do with both of my wonderful pieces and I'll definitely post pictures of them in later EAC posts!

A huge thank you to the Winnipeg Embroiderer's Guild for all the hard work they did in hosting this wonderful and most enjoyable Seminar.

Jeannette Luther


  1. Love your pictures. Thank you for the wonderful comments. I will be sure to pass them on to the ladies who worked so hard. We really enjoyed hosting this special event. Thanks for sharing

  2. It was a wonderful 'happening' to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of EAC... the class offerings did not make our choices easy.. so many offered... and only so much to fit into the 2 x two day classes.. and the free day .... thanks for a job well done to the Winnipeg folks...


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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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