Next week the Regina Stitchery Guild will have an exhibit up for 5 days as well as a few members sitting and stitching at our city fair called The Queen City Exhibition.  Unfortunately I won't be able to attend but here are my pieces that will be on display:

I did this small piece last year which was my first attempt at wet felting.

For our stitchery guild program this past year we worked on a mixed media book.

Various pages from my Mixed Media Textile book.

Book pockets for a few atc's.

 A bit of Tyvek, painting, soldering and stitching on these 4 atc's.

Postcard size experiment with painting on cotton. The kokopelli & swirls are pieces of organza.

Another book page

and another bit of painted cotton with a salamander made from a candy wrapper fused onto a piece of black felt. 

It sure would be great if we had a few people join our guild from seeing our presence out in public and stitched pieces on display.  Here's hoping! 

Wishing you delightful summer days,
Jeannette Luther

One of the definitions of the word “Retreat” given by The World Book Dictionary is “a retirement, or period of retirement by a group of people . . .” The opportunity to enjoy such a time has been offered to members of the Marigold Guild of Needle Arts each June for twenty-four years.  Members make the week-end trek to Victoria’s Historic Inn and Carriage House in Wolfville, NS for a week-end of fun, stitching, laughter, friendship, eating and visiting, all centred around a theme chosen by the hosting team.  The Theme this past June was “Victoria’s Cowgirls” and was hosted by Lasso Leslie, Deadeye Diane, and Shotgun Sheila. 

The weekend officially began after supper on Friday evening but most attendees set out early Friday morning to enjoy stops that have evolved over the years:  Avonport Discount Fabric Centre (a shop known to every quilter in NS and beyond and a source of Sashiko threads, needles and kits), Tangled Garden to get our supply of herb jellies, Rita’s House of Fashion to check out the latest clothing trends, Gaspereau Valley Fibres to find yarns of all description, and many others.  The trip would not be complete without stopping for lunch; the traditional stop is the Evangeline Inn in Grand Pre but many are seeking out the Gaspereau  vineyards and the offerings they have. 

By 4:00, people had started registering for their room in the lovely Inn – 3 stories of Victorian charm – and in the Carriage House – rooms mostly on the ground floor and continuing with the Victorian d├ęcor.  The hosting team had been hard at work.  The lobby of the Inn had signs directing people to places such as the Outhouse (which was complete with appropriate moon-on-the-door covering) and the stable (which had a horse -hobby-horse, that is).  Each door had a wanted poster and photo fastened to the door.  Mine read:

On our beds, we found a fabric bucket fashioned from cowgirl patterned fabric and filled with lots of keepsakes – lots to keep us talking and looking forward to the remainder of the weekend.

At the appropriate hour, we gathered at the Chuckwagon, all dressed in Cowgirl hats, vests and boots.  We enjoyed Hay Switchel , salsa and taco chips, and iced tea served in mason jars while being entertained by a group local of musicians who came in and shared their music with us.  After they left we played games – Cowgirl flavoured, of course; one of the most fun helped us learn all the participants’ Cowgirl names (names like Calamity, Corral’em, Lariet, Jesse, and so on).  We also heard a few stories (like the Cowboy who was going to town and his wife asked him to buy some[lady] things for her).

After breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday, those who had opted to work on the Retreat Project
gathered in the Cookhouse while the others took the things they were working on to other rooms in the Inn.  It rained buckets so people did not stray too far!  The Retreat Project was a knot sampler (because Cowgirls always need to know how to tie knots!), designed by Deadeye Diane and stitched on a 28 count linen band with Waterlilies and perle.   The Waterlilies had Western sounding names like Prairie Grass and Chili and Succotash.   We were asked to come with the outside Celtic Knot completed so we would be ready to start on the various rows of knots :  Coral Knot, Rosette, Basque Knot, Knotted Cable Chain Stitch, Diamond Knotted Lattice, Palestrina, Knotted Cretan, and Portuguese Knotted Stem Stitch.  The words in the sampler really told what our weekend Retreat was all about:  “Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.”

The weekend had other special moments – prizes for everyone, favours  (stitched rope scissor fobs, hot pepper jelly, cowgirl boot shot glasses, western recipes, dishcloths folded like a bandana, and others), gift exchange, and the traditional group photo on the front doorstep.  But the very best moments were always those when we caught up with each other, when we had time to meet the person inside the stitcher, when we learned and laughed with each other.  Indeed, our time of retreat was that time of retirement by a very special-to-me group of people!  I can hardly wait for next year when we have been invited  to enjoy “Victoria’s Silver Jubilee”.  Until then, I can visit the Colchester Historeum in Truro and relive the 24 Retreats we’ve had so far – the projects are on display and each has special memories of Retreat for those lucky enough to take the weekend to build friendships and skills.

Sheila Stewart
Marigold Guild of Needle Arts

Oh, how I admire those single-minded stitchers who start one project and do not stray from that project until it is finished.

I’m the stitcher who has a project on the go for all occasions.  Sitting in a waiting room, or in the car, or at an airport, I have canvaswork Christmas ornaments to work on.  At the present, they are from Sisters and Friends by Carolyn Mitchell.

Going to a chapter meeting or stitching on the deck, I can have something that involves more bits and pieces, but still allows me to visit.  ATC’s and postcards are what I have for these occasions.

For stitching without distraction at home I usually have a bigger, more involved project.  At the moment, this is my Seminar piece, Branching Out by Alison Cole.  I usually stitch on this while watching TV as well.

The deadline projects, of course, sometimes interfere with this system.  Then, of course, I have not learned to resist the challenge projects!  Currently, I am taking part in a leaf challenge with some friends.  So far, my leaf is still a design in my head.  I’m hoping to keep it that way until I have finished the postcard for the postcard group.

I also like time to play and create with my sewing and felting machines.  In the summer, when it is really hot, I retreat to my studio and stitch away in the cool.

Yes, I do finish projects; this year, all of them!  This has been an exercise in restraint for me, but it is working.  I made a New Year Resolution to finish everything I start this year.

Now, I need to finish a few more items so I can start the ones that are calling my name…

Sue Thomas

So... summer is finally here… for awhile I was not sure we were going to have summer.. but now it has fully arrived…  we should enjoy it before the blizzards return!!

Stitching and summer time… where do you stitch? What do you stitch?
Do you start new projects or work on some of your Works In Progress?
Do you stitch inside by a bright window or outside or a combination of both?

You will note I did not include ‘do you put your stitching away for the summer’ because our stitching is not like our winter coat ... to be put away until another season arrives!

Do you recall the call for ‘where do you read Embroidery Canada from last summer? Why not send along photos of where You read your copy of Embroidery Canada.. so that others can share in the beauty of your surroundings… or perhaps of the outside locations where you do some stitching.

Personally, I have not found any outside location that is conducive to stitching on larger projects. Small items like Artist Trading Cards (remember the upcoming exchange will be the last one) are easy to stitch anywhere. I prefer to stitch in the shade but in good light.

Happy Summer, Happy Stitching... until the next time


Many of us remember Gitta from shopping in her namesake-store, either in person or online, from attending a stitch-in or class in the store, or from her ever-popular Getaway Weekend in the spring of each year.

My suggestion to all EAC members who knew Gitta is to make a donation in her memory to the EAC Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Collectively, $5.00 from each of us who would like to remember Gitta, a great ambassador of needlework, would be a worthy contribution to the Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Please send your donation to me.  My address is in EC Magazine.

At the end of August, I will submit all moneys received to our treasurer, along with the names of donors.

Sue Thomas
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