Hello folks, it has been some time since I shared my stitching and non stitching endeavours with you. 

Here we are only a day plus some hours from December, and with December comes The time for reflecting back on the past year and consider our successes and those parts of our lives that were a bit less than stellar. I seem to have more of the latter and fewer successes this year. Why I wonder…

One reason (excuse) is that I have managed to get myself ‘hooked’ on the number puzzles Sudoka, and what an addiction it is! Oh.. I have used all the rationalizations one can imagine… good for the brain etc, but none the less, less time spent on stitching, reading and other things I enjoy. On the positive side, the books are not particularly costly, so it will not prevent me from attending Seminar etc. .. but …

We had our son and his family visit for a week in mid June so I had to make the house ready for our granddaughters who were ages 4 and almost 2 at the time. That meant a major emptying our of the spare bedroom and moving a lot of my stitching things which had migrated into my son’s bedroom, all in bankers’ boxes for sorting after their visit; this of course was all in the name of re-organizing. As the question goes, how is that working? The visit was great but the post visit organizing is still a work in progress. I call this ‘deconstructing organization’ because it sounds so much better than ‘sorting through stuff’.

This is also a good exercise in seriously examining the projects and considering if I really do want to work on the project and then questioning When will I work on it. So far there are very few things I have decided to part with, but baby steps are better than being stuck in a bucket of cement.

As I previously said, Tuesday is December 1st, and my Guild will be holding our annual ornament exchange. This year’s shape is a cylinder and I am not at all pleased with the results, and of course .. I left it too late to start over, so I will enjoy a lovely lunch with lovely ladies but not have an ornament to bring home. But not all is lost, I have signed up for the Virtual Threads ornament exchange so there will be a new addition to my collection.

What do I  hope  2016 will bring? More time for stitching for sure and I want to get back to doing some needlefelting. Some of you may recall from previous posts that I am fascinated with clouds. I have been taking photos of clouds as I travel between my son’s home in Quebec and mine here in Nova Scotia, and I hope to use some of them as the inspiration for some needlefelted pieces. 

I will end by sharing some of these images with you as I wish you a good end to your 2015 and an even better 2016. Enjoy the various celebrations you participate in and always leave a bit of room for dessert!

Until the next time, Happy Stitching

Welcome back!  Thank you for visiting the EAC blog and I hope that you are enjoying collecting these lines for your very own Band Sampler!  We have three more patterns for you today!

This first line for your sampler is provided by Helen Bartel, our Membership Director for EAC.  If you have ever had a question about your membership and have spoken to Helen, you will already know what a gem she is and her sampler line is just as lovely as she is!

Bonnie-Lynne Ceriko is the Education Director for EAC:  “I have chosen the shoes as my motif for the EAC Board Sampler, as I have been obsessed with shoes all of my life. I love the creativity that goes into the designing of a shoe, and craftmanship as well. As my friends know, I really enjoy combining my passions – my obsession with shoes and my love of embroidery. I have stitched many projects that have a shoe theme. The two outside shoes are stitched with blackwork patterns, and I have left the middle shoe blank so that you can express your inner designer – find another blackwork pattern that you like, or even stitch it in another technique. Enjoy!”

The third pattern this week comes from Kerry Leslie, Prairie Pacific Regional Director of EAC:  “I love trying new stitches and this is a very pretty one I found lately. Enjoy!”

Band Instructions:
Work shell stitch over six threads in four journeys as follows:

1. Work vertical straight stitch over six threads, using one strand Kreinik fine braid #8; use your choice of colour. Diagram 1.

 2. Work vertical straight stitch over six threads, using two strands DMC floss. Diagram 2.

3. Gather thread groups making two back stitches over one thread in center, using two strands DMC floss. Diagram 3.

4. Working left to right, interlace one strand Kreinik braid #8, your choice of colour, through the row of back stitches without piercing fabric. Repeat from right to left in alternate manner. Diagram 4.

Have you started stitching your Band Sampler yet?  We hope that these patterns are inspiring you!  

Check back in two weeks for the next three patterns.
By Janice Routley

This course is designed to teach you, the beginning Metal Thread student, the basic skills in the techniques and handling of the various kinds of metal and metallic threads, and the tools and materials to be used. You will be shown correct methods of transferring pattern to fabric, mounting fabric ready for stitching, mounting finished project and encouraged to use these techniques in a creative manner; to gain a perspective on the historical aspects of Metal Thread embroidery. For the last lesson you will design and stitch a project.

Prerequisite: None.

Lessons: 6.

Time: 12 months.

Fee: $125 CAD, optional binder review on completion, $45. Please note, your binder must be submitted if you intend to pursue Intermediate, Advanced courses and the Teacher Certificate Programme.

Note: No refunds once registration is complete.

visit http://www.eac.ca/basic_metal.html for more information on this and other courses offered through EAC.

Are you ready for the patterns for three more lines in the Meet the Board Band Sampler?

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Our first sampler line today is from Dianna Thorne, the Treasurer for EAC.  For her contribution, Dianna has provided diagrams for some miscellaneous stitches you might enjoy using for a line.

The second pattern this week is provided by Janice Routley, Heritage Appointee of EAC.  Janice has provided this pattern from the EAC Intermediate Pulled Thread Correspondence Course and and it is for the shadow work band in the centre  Leave 6 threads on each side of shadow work and do a row of satin stitch over four threads. Leave 6 threads and stitch another row of satin stitches. Add satin stitches at both ends and cut the threads against these end satin stitches and withdraw the horizontal threads. The remaining vertical threads can then be woven. A good reference book is Moyra McNeill’s Drawn Thread Embroidery.

The third pattern this time around comes from Joyce Gill, Past President of EAC: 

“My name is Joyce Gill and here is my band for the EAC Sampler 2015. I have been enjoying making Temari Balls over the last few months and thought that my band should show this. The top and bottom bands are done in Slanted Gobelin Stitch. They should be completed first as the threads for the diamond band are started and finished off in the back of these bands. The diamonds are each completed like a Herringbone Stitch. Each side is four stitches wide and is completed from inside to outside. The starburst is completed as a Half Diamond Eyelet.”

We hope you will enjoy these latest instalments in the Meet the Board Band Sampler! 

Please come back in two weeks’ time to get the next set of patterns.
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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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