I really, really enjoyed stitching Tanja Berlin's Goldwork Lion. This was my first attempt at goldwork embroidery and I am very pleased with the result. Daughter #2 who had never asked for a piece of anything I've stitched asked if she could have it so I'm doubly happy!

Here is a close-up view of the gold and copper purl purls. They certainly were neat to work with.

 Close-up of all the different couched threads.

And my very messy back view that I have yet to stitch down :)

Forget-Me-Nots are one of my very favourite flowers and they are all in bloom right now and so I had to share a picture with you.

A hungry muskrat paid a call and I was able to get a picture of him as he breakfasted on willow leaves.

Happy Stitching everyone,
Jeannette Luther

As many across Alberta, Canada and the world know by now, many communities in southern Alberta were devastated by severe flooding which started on Friday June 21.  See some before and after pictures of this flood in this link.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/before-after/alberta-floods/

The mountains got lots of snow this winter and heavy rains came down both in the mountains and throughout Southern Alberta.  This resulted in surplus waters in the river ways.  Small to non-existent creeks or streams overflowed their banks. 

Many areas in the Calgary and surrounding areas have experienced flooding in past years, but the Calgary downtown has never flooded to my knowledge and experience since I moved to Calgary in 1982.  Calgary had 24 subdivisions under “Mandatory Evacuation”.   High River, a small community south of Calgary, often floods, but not to the extent this time where the WHOLE town of 13,000 were under “Mandatory Evacuation”.   Canmore, a town outside the Banff National Park, was the first town devastated.  Cougar Creek is normally a trickle of water was inundated with water as a NEW stream flowed across the highway into Banff.  Many of you would have seen the houses that were left precariously dangling from their foundations due to the heavy erosion.   During the “Mandatory Evacuation”, power and natural gas services were turned off to avoid other potential problems.

Photograph by: Gavin Young, Calgary Herald

Flooded homes in the Elbow Park area of Calgary on Friday morning June 21, 2013.


Photograph by: Leah Hennel, Calgary Herald


East Village and other areas of downtown are flooded in Calgary, Ab.

Photographs by: Craig Douce/Rocky Mountain Outlook, Calgary Herald

A row of homes undermined by floodwater line Cougar Creek in Canmore as floodwater in the waterway eases.

Looking west along the Trans-Canada Highway in Canmore.

Today four days (Tuesday June 25) later, the river waters have crested and started to subside.  Most of Calgary’s 24 subdivisions have been allowed back home to access the damage and start the cleanup.  Exceptions are the downtown core where many high rise condos, businesses and Chinatown exist.  Parkades and building generators are often housed underground so you can understand the concerns for the Calgary downtown.  Other areas in Calgary in crisis mode still are the Zoo (animals are safe and were moved if necessary to higher ground) and our Stampede grounds.  People visiting Calgary will recall our Saddledome on the Stampede grounds where our hockey team, the Calgary Flames, play hockey night in Canada, and where our July’s “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” is featured.  These areas were both severely flooded as well.  The Zoo expects to be closed for two weeks, but the Stampede grounds expects to be open “Come Hell or High Water” in time for Stampede starting with the parade on July 5.  So stay tuned to your national news for information on how Calgary is doing in terms of its cleanup.

Calgary downtown offices are closed and employees of the downtown have the time off (some without pay mind you) until their offices or retail locations are cleaned up adequately to re-open.  However, many Calgarians have taken the time to help their “neighbours” as Calgary has a “Can-do” attitude and a wonderful volunteer spirit.  People have opened up their hearts and wallets to help in whatever way they can.  However, not all communities are as fortunate.

High River residents still CANNOT return home.  Waters surged over the land and being a relatively flat community, the waters cannot dissipate and must be pumped out.  Residents are very upset.

Canmore is surviving and like Calgary is working on cleanup and restoration where possible.

In the mountains, we are hearing the mountains have changed in appearance as many have had sections that have fallen off due to the water laden soils, some trails have been destroyed, campsites were underwater à massive devastation throughout the region.  But local residents and other volunteers from other provinces are streaming in to assist.

Southern Alberta will survive but it will most likely look different than your last visit.  Do come to this area of Canada as it still is beautiful and will eventually return to that wilderness beauty.

Jenny Wolter

As Youth Director, it has been a privilege to see the work that our youth members do. They are all so talented and their pieces are amazing, especially the ones they design. I am constantly surprised by their creativity and skill.

So what does a youth member get for their $15 ($20 International) yearly dues? When they first join, they receive a new member's kit. In this kit is a welcome letter, past issue of the Youth Embroiderers' Newsletter with the goodies, a Needlework Notebook with their name, membership number and renewal date on the first page and instructions for making a scissors fob, needle case and pincushion, a questionnaire to fill out and return, a kit with all the supplies for making butterflies in two different techniques, a kit with all the supplies for making a Sampler bookmark, 6 skeins of embroidery floss, a small embroidery kit donated by EAC members, a brochure to give to a friend, and a how-to stitch booklet. Four times a year the Youth members receive a newsletter with goodies attached and the Fall issue of Embroidery Canada. If they answer a riddle from the newsletter, send in a picture or communicate with me in any way, they also receive a goody.

There are four correspondence courses written specifically for our Youth members and the cost is only $5. They receive a kit that includes all the materials they need to complete the course. They are also eligible to take the EAC Group Correspondence Courses. They can also order books from the EAC Library.

The Eleanor Thomas Youth Bursary is available to receive funding for purchasing embroidery-related books for themselves or their Youth group, taking a Youth Embroiderers' Correspondence Course or EAC Group Correspondence Course, attending an EAC or Guild workshop, or attending the annual national EAC Seminar. Email youth@eac.ca for the application forms and eligibility requirements.

Do you know of a child between the ages of 9-17 or a student in college or university who is interested in embroidery? Why not invest $15 and sign them up for a year? You might be surprised by their creativity!

Linda Brenner

Life goes on.   Now that our 40th-Anniversary Seminar has concluded, WEG – the founding and host chapter – seems to be getting back to normal.

Seminar was full of fun and exciting activity.  As we look back over some of the pictures of the week and discuss the various events, everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves.  I am so pleased!

Last week at our June WEG meeting, casual conversation among those who attended Seminar as both participants and volunteers, was all about the things we did, the fun we had, and the people we met. Every Seminar brings different experiences and this Seminar was no exception. Some of our Guild members attended for the first time. Without exception they enjoyed their classes, loved their teachers, and connected with so many stitchers with similar – and different! – interests.

It is also interesting to note that we are all now moving forward.  Plans are underway for a Fall Retreat and talk has turned to Guild workshops and events for the coming year.   While Seminar planning was a big part of our lives over the last year, I wondered what it would be like to put it behind us.  There is still wrap-up work to attend to and these activities continue, but one of the most amusing after-effects of Seminar noticed by our planning committee members is the lack of daily e-mails.  On one notable day as Seminar fast approached, these escalated to more than 50!  Now they are down to a mere trickle; some days there are none!  Whew!

One of the highlights of our "Branching Out" Seminar was the Commemorative Gift of personalized scissors which were provided to each paid participant.   As a special treat to wrap up our 40th-Anniversary celebration, I would like to give away one pair of these special scissors complete with its "ruby" fob. 

If you are an EAC member who was unable to attend Seminar, or if would like to nominate a fellow Guild member who was unable to attend to win a pair, please send me the complete name along with Your name.  All names will be entered into a draw to be made on July 1st.   Good luck!

Happy Anniversary EAC!  Here's to the next 40 years!


Yesterday was the grand reveal for the round robin programme at the Quinte Needle Arts Guild.  This was a voluntary programme that ran from September, 2012, until yesterday.  Ten members took part in the Surface Stitching Group.

At the beginning, we were each given a bag, a little notebook, and a pen.  The bag was for transporting each project, and had a tag stating to whom it should be given each month.  The notebook was for the project owner to record what she envisioned for her project.  My project was called a “Stitcher’s Garden”, and participants were asked to stitch flowers on small pieces of wool felt.

As participants added to the round robin project, they each added a note in the book about what they had stitched.

This was a fun, and often challenging, project.  Since September, I have stitched a rabbit, ducklings, a bamboo branch, an angel fish, a pansy, and a dragonfly;  I have needle-felted flowers, and done designs in silk ribbon.

We were all looking forward to seeing the completed projects.  We had stitched on several pictures, pillows, a bag, and my pieces of wool.

Here are photographs of some of the pieces (watch for the rest later):

During the summer, we will finish off the projects, and get them ready for a final viewing at our September, 2013, meeting.

This was a great way to draw a person out of her comfort zone, and to explore stitching in a group project.

Sue Thomas
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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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