If you haven't taken the opportunity yet, there is still time! Log into Your EAC and you will find print-and-post PDF ballots and, new this year, online voting.

We have two members who have been nominated for the Vice President position, Kerry Leslie and Dianna Thorne. Two members have been nominated for the Prairie-Pacific Regional Director position, Andrea d'Haene and Rachel Janzen. On the Board of Directors Elections webpage, you'll find:
  • biographies of each of the nominees
  • a link for a print version of the ballot for those who prefer to mail their vote in
  • a link for online voting at the bottom of the webpage (it's very easy to do!)
Get your vote in now for Vice President and for those in the region, the Prairie-Pacific Regional Director. Voting ends April 8, 2016!

If you are having trouble accessing Your EAC, the "members' only" area of the website, please contact the Membership Director or your guild/chapter president for the username and password.
Florentine Fancy by Carolyn Mitchell

If you've ever wanted to stitch Carolyn Mitchell's group course, Florentine Fancy, now's the time. The course will be retiring on June 30, 2016! Learn more on the EAC website.

The subjects covered are the choosing of canvas, needles, use of a variety of threads, decision-making on choosing thread colour combinations, diverse Florentine patterns, mitering of corners and compensation stitching.

Have you taken this course yet?

Throwback Thursday: Revisiting an Embroidery Canada Project
by Linda Brenner

In the March 2003 issue of Embroidery Canada was a Reticella sampler called Strawberry Delight by Lorna MacDonald. The sampler continued in the June, September and December 2003 issues. I really liked this Sampler because it had a variety of techniques and stitches. But what really drew me was the queen stitch band. I really wanted to try that. Beads and charms could also be added. Even though I really wanted to do this sampler, I couldn't because of other stitching commitments, but I kept it in mind.

In 2005, my guild wanted me to teach Pulled Thread. I wasn't going to as I just didn't have the time to work up a sample. But, then I thought about Strawberry Delight. I could change the Reticella parts to pulled thread and this way, I got to do the sampler I'd wanted to do for two years and teach pulled thread at the same time. What could be better! The guild agreed and I started working on the sampler. I was only one lesson ahead of the guild so it kept me on my toes and focussed.

Strawberry Delight Finished

I followed Lorna's order and everything was stitched before doing the pulled thread sections. I also left the bottom strawberries and border for last. I found the queen stitch band particularly enjoyable to stitch and it went quickly. I just loved the red, yellow, green and white combination.
Detail: Queen Stitch Band

 The strawberries in the band below were worked in Brick Stitch and looked so plump and juicy, it was hard to believe they couldn't be picked and eaten.
Detail: Strawberry Plants

For the top pulled thread section, I wanted two horizontal patterns on either side of a vertical pattern. Out came the books and I copied out various patterns that I thought would work. I cut them the same size as the sections they'd fill and started moving them around until I found a combination that I liked.
Detail: Pulled Thread Band 1

On the bottom section, I knew I wanted two diagonal patterns on either side of a square pattern. Again, patterns were copied from a book, cut and arranged until I found the right combination.

Detail: Pulled Thread Band 2

Last, but not least, I finished the bottom with the four-sided stitch initials and date and added some strawberry and bee buttons.

Detail: Initials and Date Band

I had a lot of fun stitching this piece. I am a big fan of Celtic interlocking and enjoyed the different types that were on this sampler. I loved each band that I stitched and after finishing, it was really hard to say which one I enjoyed the most. I seemed to develop a nice rhythm because I was so enthused. Now, if I could only decide how I want to finish this piece. Should I frame it, finish it like a bell pull, put it in a quilt? One of these days, it'll come to me.

For those of you who do not subscribe to Trish Burr's blog, I heard, through Virtual Threads, that for Easter, she is generously offering a free, lovely PDF pattern for "Miss Dior." The pattern is an outtake from her next book called Whitework with Colour. To get the pattern go to Trish's blog and see the March 15th article.

While you're on Trish's site, you can subscribe to her blog on the "Home" page of her site. She also has a nice tutorial for needle painting, several other free patterns and an informative article about fabric care and how to block your embroidery.
Detail of a Round Robin Sampler
Some of us come into an embroidery guild after having stitched on our own for a long time. There are always lots of new terms, including the actual names of techniques we may have only guessed at or have been pronouncing improperly. Another “new language” is the language of acronyms. Here are just a few that come up at meetings and online:
  • LNS - Local Needlework Shop
  • ORT - Old Raggedy/Ratty Threads or Odd/Orphaned Random Threads
  • PHD - Project Half Done
  • RAK - Random Act of Kindness
  • RR - Round Robin (a project passed from person to person, each doing some “work” on the project, until completed and returned to the owner)
  • SAL - Stitch ALong
  • SIG - Special Interest Group
  • STASH - Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden
  • TOAD - Trashed Object Abandoned in Disgust
  • UFO - UnFinished Object
  • WIP - Work In Progress
Today is the Ides of March and we don’t need to fear - let's celebrate the middle of March and do some stash-busting. Can you see spring in the distance?

Kathrin Ellison is once again allowing us to link to her posts. This time we are featuring a 15-sided biscornu project. Kathrin has a supply list in the first project post and in subsequent posts she shares photos of each completed side and links to downloadable patterns.

Take a look through all of the project posts to see some of the alternate colour options. I know that I have enough supplies in my stash to make at least one of these! This looks like a nice, carry along project but I know I'll be doing the beading at home!

Thank you to Kathrin of Gitta's Charted Petit Point for allowing us to share this resource with EAC blog readers.

Pat Keppler
Calgary Guild of Needle and Fibre Arts 
Originally published in The Frayed Edge

Every time I would go to the sewing fairs and stop at the Calgary Guild of Needle and Fibre Arts table and listen to them talk about becoming part of the group, and every time I left I said I should join. But by the time I got home it was but a small memory of the whole day that faded.

This went on for a lot of years. When I was on a retreat that the Stitching Corner put on, they talked about their Guild and then I thought I should look up the Calgary one again. So I did and contacted them and was invited to the pot luck, however I couldn’t make it but I thought I should join the group in September but I wasn’t sure I would really do it. Is my work good enough? This question I asked myself a lot.

In July, my Dad passed away and being the executor I was swamped with this duty however the closer September I thought I really should join the group. If I put it off again I would never do it so I decided to bite the bullet and join. I also enlisted my friend Jane to join with me.

I was really nervous to go to the first meeting, would this be like high school where all the people sat in their own little groups and there would be no room for new comers?

My first meeting was in September and Jane and I were welcomed into the group. Members came up and introduced themselves to us and we felt welcomed. I didn’t know what to expect but it was really fun.

I loved the show and tell where we could see all the beautiful work people had done. There is a shopping area where you can buy something someone else does not want with a donation to the Guild. There is an actual meeting and presentations.

One should not be afraid to think that what you do is not good enough it is about the love for what you do that shows through. If you can’t stitch but can knit or crochet or quilt, this is the group for you, it is all about keeping the art of handwork alive.

I am really happy I decided to stop procrastinating and try something new. Thank you to the CGNFA for being there, I look forward to many years of being part of an organization that keeps our art alive.
by Pat Keppler
Calgary Guild of Needle and Fibre Arts

What has approximately 30,929 stitches and is complete.  My first PHD (Project Half Done).Hurrah!!
Pat with her completed PHD
On February 28th, I finally finished my Lake Louise PHD (Project Half Done). I can't even remember when I started this project. It has traveled a lot with me; it has been to Tucson a couple of times and has gone camping with me and for many drives into the country with my husband. I know that I bought it from the Beehive stitching store that was down by Chinook Centre. Those that remember that store know it burned down a long time ago.

Finishing this project is a bit bittersweet, it has been like an old friend who knows all my secrets and never complains if I don't work on it, it is always there just waiting  patiently for me to pick it up. When I joined the CGNFA they proposed a PHD program to finish the projects that don't seem to get done. This is one I chose because I felt I really needed to finish it.

A holiday in Tucson is conducive to lots of stitching.

So thank you Lake Louise for being there for me and now all I need to do is, clean you and get you framed. I promise to do that when I get back to Calgary. So now while I say good bye to this project I now say, "time to work on you, Celtic Banner, you have been sitting in my closet way too long".

by Sue Thomas
EAC Brazilian Group Correspondence Course
Many things shape our lives. This starts with friendships as we grow up, and progresses to career choices and life partners chosen.

My life so far has included many different experiences and places lived. Along the way, I have always had my very portable stitching hobby. In the early days, I stitched from books and magazines and the kits that were so popular in the 1970s. During the years that my children grew, I continued to stitch and sew using whatever resources were available.

Mountmellick Class: Sackville Seminar
taught by Pam Cousins
Imagine my delight when in 2000 I discovered the organization EAC. Even better, that we could start a chapter where I lived in northern Saskatchewan. Pine Needle Arts Guild led to friendships with women in my small town that I would not have met if it had not been for this chapter.

I had always stitched, but now I had so much more available to me. I took group correspondence classes, I did an individual course, I took the first cyber classes offered and also discovered Seminar. Over the years I have tried many techniques, some I return to regularly, some I tried only once.

EAC has provided me with ongoing learning experiences and life long friendships. I believe that we get out of an organization what we put into it. This means I have been active at different levels of EAC over the years.

A bird stitched from a project in EC magazine
With today’s technology, there are courses, websites and blogs available to stitchers without belonging to EAC. Yes, I take cyber courses from some of these sites and could manage my stitching hobby without belonging to EAC now.

Will I give up on EAC? No, certainly not! I love receiving Embroidery Canada magazine, being able to keep up with EAC happenings online and I would not want to miss Seminar where I meet old friends and make new ones. Besides, I certainly still have lots to learn from the wonderful teachers EAC provides.
Seminar, Kingston: Class with Sue Goodman

I do not always enjoy everything I read or like all the decisions made, but EAC is an organization that has to meet the needs of all of its members not just me.

At different times in our lives we need different experiences and have to make different choices. For my part, I choose to stay a member of EAC as long as I can.
Kookaburra: Regina Stitchery Guild
taught by Gary Clarke

The deadline is April 30, so there’s still time to stitch up a scissors fob and get it in the mail for the EAC’s annual exchange. The maximum size is only 2.5 by 2.5 inches so it won’t take long to stitch up a little something. You can find details about the exchange on the EAC website.

To finish the scissors fob, you can use the PDF instructions on Kathrin Elliot’s blog (look for the link just under the photo of the beautiful box). The tutorial was prepared by Kathrin and EAC member, Kim Beamish. Kathrin is the daughter of Gitta Al-basi and the owner of Gitta's Charted Petit Point. Thank you to Kathrin for allowing us to share this resource with EAC blog readers.
Norfolk’s Own Needle Arts Guild

Lotte's Stitched Sample
Our guild is currently working on Kathryn Drummond’s Lily Biscornu as published in the Spring 2015 issue of Embroidery Canada. This project is part of our program for this spring. Lotte von Wuerzen is one of our Program Co-Chairs and she stitched the sample in preparation for our meeting.

This introduction to Punto Antico works up fairly quickly and it is a nice starting point for our new member who is a long-time cross-stitcher. 

Heather's and Tanoo's WIP
Heather Hollands is working her biscornu on a dusty mauve linen. Tanoo Angus is stitching hers with an overdyed pearl cotton.

(l) Image of Kathryn Drummond’s in EC and (r) Kathryn R.’s WIP 
Kathryn Robicheau is working hers on blue linen and will use periwinkle Wildflowers for the accent stitches, Miyuki Delica 0135V beads and white glass pearls.

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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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