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 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

1 comment:

  1. Linda,You are right,this is a real deal. This would make a wonderful gift for a child any time. Now to see what children I know who may like this.


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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.

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