It was a beautiful Fall day in September 2014.  As usual, I was running late.  Would anyone have come join the members of the Marigold Guild of Needle Arts at the first ever Maritime Stitch-in?  As I topped the last hill, the sight that greeted me was wonderous – a parking lot full of cars and one large bus!  The First Ever Maritime Stitch-in was off to a roaring success!

As I entered the meeting place, there was a bustle of people setting up displays, organizing food treats and drinks, greeting friends old and new, and setting up stitching areas.  It was magical!

President Leslie Burrows welcomed the 42 people present – one Guild from New Brunswick and three Guilds from Nova Scotia and two guests.  The Prince Edward Island Guild had to cancel when their driver was unwell.  People introduced themselves but the name tags, hand-stitched by the owner, were most welcome!

How does one describe the display of embroidery offered to us that day?  It was truly a feast for the eyes, a lesson in creativity, and an inspiration for the soul.  Many techniques were on display and many more were worked throughout the day.

One person brought her knitting, embellished with embroidery.  What a lucky baby to receive these little socks!

Others spread their wings in less traditional ways.  One used various fibre yarns stitched into a backing to create a colourful abstract hanging.  Another felted rocks and accented them with embroidery. 

No matter in which direction I looked, people were using embroidery to create their very own masterpieces.  Whether it was Goldwork, canvas work, cross stitch, mixed media or something else, the day was filled with voices sharing their stories, their ideas, and their expertise while their hands worked tirelessly on their projects.  What a day of caring and sharing!

As we gathered on the steps for a group photo before we said our last good-byes, we unanimously agreed that this was a day well-spent.

So here we are - in 2015.  A year has passed and we are again preparing for the Maritime Stitch-in – not the First Ever, but the Second Annual, to be held September 12, 2015 at the Truro Fire Hall in Truro Nova Scotia.  May these events continue!  There is nothing like the exchange that happens when a group of stitchers get together!

Sheila Stewart

Marigold Guild of Needle Arts


  1. What a fantastic array of stitching techniques all being done in one place! It must have been such a great inspiring time for all in attendance! (wish I was there...)

  2. It was great fun last year and sorry I missed this year. Is there a third MSI planned?


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