Karen Rowan and Marilyn Bird organized a fun and play type workshop for us recently on marbling fabric and paper.

Using Pebeo marbling paint, Karen is demonstrating how to drop/float the paint on the surface of the sodium alginate base.

The cotton material we used had been soaked previously in soda ash to act as a mordant so the paint would adhere to the fabric.

Karen's beautiful marbled design has adhered to the fabric. The colours are exceptionally vibrant and do not wash off after rinsing.

Carol Storie and Ellen Basler floating their paints.

After swirling and creating a design, Carol is adding a few more drops.

 Ellen is swirling her paints using a hair pick.  We also used skewers and combs.

Carol lifting off her fabric and the finished design.  The fabric was then rinsed and will be heat set.

We also played with marbling on shaving cream.  This is Wanda Paul's tray and one finished piece. 

Andrea Laturnas is laying out one of her shaving cream marbled pieces.

Drop's of Dye-na-flow paint on shaving cream.

Swirled paint using a skewer.  Looks like icing on a cake :)

One other type of marbling we tried was with the shuminagashi marbling inks.  The base is water and the tip of the paint brush with ink on it is lightly touched to the water to float on the surface.  To swirl the inks we used straws to gently blow across the water.  Here Corrie Beyer Koopman is marbling rice paper.  We also marbled various weights of water colour paper.

We took turns at the various types of marbling that was set up for us and here Sandra Preikschat and Sheree Sentes are marbling away.

A small sampling of our fabric and papers on the floor.

It was such a fun afternoon and we all left with some beautifully marbled fabrics and papers.  Karen and Marilyn challenged us to make something with our pieces to bring to our next guild meeting.  

Thank you Karen and Marilyn for a wonderful workshop!

~ submitted by Jeannette Luther
We are very excited that the Stampeding Stitches will be underway in less than two months. Our cowgirls are busy polishing their boots and wrangling our cattle to make sure this is a seminar for the books. We still have some great ways to participate.

Will you have some free time and like to volunteer? We need helpers with the Member Show. Please contact Rhonda at seminar2015@eac.ca. Include Member Show Volunteer in the subject line please.

Would you like to bring a piece of Seminar home with you? There are still 2015 Rut Buster Calendars (which contain 12 beautiful designs, including designs from Tanja Berlin and Freda Murfin of Freda’s Fancy Stitching) available and Goldwork Brooch or Pendant Kits. The order form is available on the seminar webpage: http://www.eac.ca/seminar/forms.html. 

There are also two opportunities to get your own Moo! We have found she is incredibly expensive to ship on her own ($20 for shipping and envelop, plus $5 for Moo), but if you group her up with a bunch of friends the shipping is much less expensive per Moo. Contact Amanda at fundraisers2015@eac.ca to determine shipping costs. Moo can also be combined with other fundraiser purchases.

The second way is to come to Seminar! She will be available in Seminar Central for $5. If you cannot make it to Calgary ask a friend who is to bring you one back.

There is still time to get your travelling Moo picture in to the contest! Send me (moo2015@eac.ca) your best picture of Moo by April 7th, 2015 for a chance to win a great prize. The winner will be announced at the banquet, but does not have to be at Seminar to claim the prize. All of the pictures of Moo and her friends will be showcased during Seminar.



Seminar 2015 Co-Chair
submitted by Tracey Lawko

Creating Futures is a textile art exhibit organized by the Omas-Siskona (Grandmothers Together) of Kitchener-Waterloo in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Subtitled “Threads of Hope for African Grandmothers” the exhibit seeks to raise funds for African grandmothers caring for children orphaned by HIV and AIDS.

I responded to a call for quilt and fibre artists to create textile artworks on the themes of “hope, caring, celebrating and inspiring” that would be auctioned in support of this cause. (See auction and show details below.)

I chose the theme of “hope” for my piece “Snowdrops”:

Snowdrops, 7” x 9” by Tracey Lawko
To me, snowdrops symbolize hope. In our part of the world they are the first flower of spring. These resilient blossoms poke their delicate heads through layers of fallen leaves and crusted snow as soon as the sun starts to warm the cold earth. Despite setbacks of heavy spring snowfalls, sleet and freezing rain, they persevere to remind us that more favourable life-supporting times will come.

I created these blossoms using a technique I call “Modern Stumpwork”. I started with a simple drawing of snowdrops in my garden to lay out the composition. That drawing became my base pattern. I stitched the background using my longarm sewing machine. I then longarm machine stitched each of the leaves and petals individually and cut them out. I then appliqued the leaves to the background. I formed the flowers by hand stitching the petals together and attaching them to a copper wire. I then wrapped the wire and some paper yarn with floss to form the stems. In this way, I combine centuries-old dimensional hand embroidery techniques with modern machine stitching.

Creating Futures is a bright and colourful exhibit of contemporary representational and abstract artworks that celebrate this important cause. I’ve picked just a few figurative pieces to give you a taste of the show:

“Nyanya” 21” x 19” by Judy Pearce is painted with ink on cotton fabric and augmented with stitched detail to tell its story.

“Women do the Walking While Men do the Talking” 21” x 29” by Dorothy Holdenmeyer captures the posture and movement of these two women.

“Unconditional Love” 44” x 54” by Joyce O’Connell is carefully pieced and enhanced with lovely machine quilting.

You can visit the show and see all of the 29 artworks in person:

March 16 – 30:  Oakville Community and Cultural Centre, Oakville, ON
April 11 – 19:  Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, ON
April 21 – 25:  Studio 404, Guelph, ON
May 1st:  Gala & Live Auction, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON

To see the artworks and bid online go to: http://www.omas-siskonakw.org/exhibit-photo-gallery--follow-the-bidding.html

To purchase tickets for the final Gala go to:  http://www.omas-siskonakw.org/gala--auction-may-1-2015.html

For more information or to contact Tracey go to:  www.traceylawko.com

Calgary is excited as Seminar 2015 is ONLY two months away!  Calgary members are busy getting the final touches complete to welcome participants to the SAIT campus this May.  Two years ago when we started, it seemed so far off.  Soon it will be a memory.

Our Seminar Committee selected teachers from Calgary, Canada, United States and internationally.  EAC assisted with asking our foreign teachers if they were interested in teaching across Canada and then offered the interested teachers to the other Canadian chapters.  Hazel Blomkamp, our African teacher, will also be teaching in Nanaimo, BC; Saskatoon, SK; Montreal, QC and Ottawa, ON during her cross Canada tour.  Alison Cole, our Australian teacher will be teaching in Nanaimo, BC; Vancouver, BC; Winnipeg, MB and St. John’s, NL.  So these teachers will be busy and we hope everyone enjoys the opportunity to learn from our international teachers. 

EAC stepped up and will be completing the necessary CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) paperwork required for each foreign teacher.  I am very thankful that EAC has taken over this task as it was one less task for me as Faculty Chair to figure out and ensure it will be done properly so our teachers enter Canada without any issues.

Being the Faculty Chair has been a rewarding yet daunting experience over these two years.  It is amazing the logistics needed to bring teachers into your location.  Seminar Committees do a lot of work to make the whole event appear seamless and I certainly appreciate all the efforts of past, current and future committees.

Calgary looks forward to welcoming the teachers and students to the SAIT campus from May 12 – 17.  It will be a whirlwind event as it is every year, renewing friendships, making new friends, SHOPPING, stitching, sightseeing, etc.  So the countdown is on.  See you in Calgary for Stampeding Stitches Seminar 2015.

Jennie Wolter, 
Seminar 2015 Faculty Chair

TGS Fabulous @ Forty

The Toronto Guild of Stitchery will be meeting a wonderful milestone, we have been creating and stitching for forty years strong! In honour of this accomplishment we are celebrating all year! 

In January we kicked off the year with the distribution of specially designed red self-closing card stock envelopes that revealed a calendar of events for the year, as well as a carefully designed wrought plate booklet. The wrought plate booklet was hand bound by two of our talented members, Christy Thomasson and Victoria Moorshead, with a decorative cover of red print Japanese paper. These wrought plates are meant to go on the back of framed stitching projects to identify the stitcher, describe materials and patterns used, as well as the date it was hewn.

In February, one of our many talented members, Diane Scott, designed a nine-sided three-dimensional ornament celebrating our 40 years of stitching together. She chose a 28-count white linen with a variety of red threads. Knowing the many interests of our Guild members she provided a variety of choices for stitching – hardanger, cross-stitch, blackwork, rice stitches, etc., as well as encouraging us to create our own designs. So each ornament will be unique as members embellish each ornament with their own interests or experiments.

In March, we are stitching in public at a wonderful pub in downtown Toronto – the Duke of York. It has wonderful natural lighting, great food, and atmosphere.

On 2 May 2015, we are having an open house at Blythwood Road Baptist Church from 1-4 pm. We are inviting Guild members far and wide, friends and family to come for light refreshments and to admire the wonderful work that our members do.

May 2nd, 2015
Blythwood Church, Toronto

In June we are planning a visit to Montgomery’s Inn in the west end of Toronto. Montgomery’s Inn was built for Thomas and Margaret Montgomery in 1830 but its heyday was 1847-1859 when so many Irish immigrants came to Canada. It has been well cared for and recently restored. Guild members will have a tour of the Inn and an opportunity to have tea and stitch for an afternoon.

If you are interested in our Open House, or any other parts of our year of celebration, please visit www.tgsweb.ca

 ~Submitted by Pia Kallas-Harvey, TGS VP & 40th Anniversary Chair
Cheri Ward is our Public Relations person on the Regina Stitchery Guild Executive.  As we continually try to attract interest and new members, Cheri recently contacted our Public Library and arranged to have a showing in the display cases at the Sunrise Branch Library.

Library books are also on display to go along with the various techniques.

A few close up views of some of the items on display include:

Yellow Daisy embroidered by Shelley Rayner-Hubick.

Blue Blossom Stumpwork embroidered by Eleanor Podl.

A sampler stitched by Cheri Ward.

and items from our Mixed Media Explorations program taught by Leann Clifford.

The display cases look wonderful with all the beautiful and varied items on exhibit. 

Great job in putting it all together Cheri!

 ~ submitted by Jeannette Luther

Marie-Renée Otis, artist in residence in Paris, 
Fellow of the Council of Arts and Letters of Quebec 
The Seventeenth Week

- apologies from the blog editor - Part 2 did not post at the proper time. -

Embroidery on the Street

Do you have the habit to notice ends of thread on your way?

I mean every kind of waste threads: short, long, thick or thin, over which we walk on the sidewalk, without paying attention. For myself, I see ends of thread everywhere, all the time, in Quebec or in France.  I don’t only notice ends of threads, I also see embroidery everywhere, I imagine this is because of my profession. You think I am obsessed, that I am a little bit delusional.  Here are three examples:  

- On Rivoli Street (an important street in Paris, near the Museum of Louvre), the new store showcase decor displays Running Stitch. There is Running Stitch all over the place, almost the main element of the decor, stitched on thick pieces of cotton. 

- In the subway, there are big advertisement posters. The store Printemps (Spring) displays a mannequin clothed with gold wire, a thin glittering golden string. The same kind of thread/wire that I usually employ for my Gold Work.

- My last example, along the Seine’s docks is held the exhibition Photoquai (DockPhotos). Over 50 photos from 32 countries illustrate the day to day life in different locations. There are pictures of industrial pollution; a village massively hit by AIDS; modern commodities used by traditional nomadic tribes, etc. Some photos are poetic, others are whistle blowers, but all of them show off the mutation of life styles. Those photos look like European typical urban scenes but none of them have been taken in Europe.

Here too I notice embroidery, the photos from Chili exhibit traditional costumes worn at festivals.  You see, embroidery is simply all over the World.

The photo research and the translation are made by Lucie Daigneault
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Our aim is to preserve traditional techniques and promote new challenges in the Art of Embroidery through education and networking.

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