We've just learned that the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry is on display now – in Victoria, BC. (The Canadian leg of the tour also includes dates in Winnipeg, Toronto, Charlottetown, New Glasgow and Montreal. See the complete schedule and venues on the tapestry website.)

The panels are at Christ Church Cathedral from May 13 to 30, 2016. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday. The cathedral is in downtown Victoria, Quadra St. at Rockland Ave. Find out more about this exhibit on the Christ Church Cathedral website. Be sure to check out the Cathedral's Facebook page for a fantastic photo (at the top of the page) of the panels.

In the GTA, the exhibit will be from September 19, to October 1, 2016, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 115 St. Andrew's Road, Scarborough, ON.
Blackwork Book, Temari Ball, Trillium Stumpwork Pin

From books, patterns, kits, completed stitched items to temari balls, there are lots of great items, now more than 70, to choose from. The online auction for Seminar is on now and the bids are starting to come in. Check out all of the items up for bid. Click on items you are interested in for more details. At the top of the detail page for the item you want, you will see a >Submit your Bid< button. Click on the button and that should open an email window in which you will need to enter:
  • Your bid amount (must be a dollar or more from the current bid)
  • Your name
  • EAC membership number (if you are a member of EAC)
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone number (landline and/or mobile)
  • Will you be picking your item up at Seminar?
Please note that you need to submit each bid separately and the bid must be submitted from the detail page of the item you want to bid on. (The button will add the subject line to your email and it is specific to the item.)

Don't be disappointed, check back on the auction main page to see the current bid for each item. Bidding ends at midnight EDT on Friday, May 20.

Shadow Work Tablecloth, 3D Embroidery Book and Owl Pincushion that are up for auction

Coming to Winnipeg, June 13- July 3, 2016

by Lorraine Iverach
Winnipeg Embroiderers' Guild

During the past year and a half, the internationally acclaimed art project known as the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Project has been touring the world. The project consists of 305 hand-embroidered panels, all designed by Scottish artist Andrew Crummy. Each panel reflects and celebrates the diverse history of the Scottish experience around the globe, from the settlements and explorations to the many important scientific, architectural, economic, and cultural contributions that continue to the present day.
Scottish Diaspora Tapestry In-Progress Detail
Scottish Diaspora Tapestry In-Progress Detail

Winnipeg, Manitoba will be the second stop on the North American tour of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Project.  You won't want to miss the opportunity to view this spectacular exhibit!

Thirty-four countries, including Canada, and hundreds of international volunteers have participated in the project since its design inception in 2014.  Within Canada, volunteers assisted in the completion of 37 regional panels that are part of the ongoing touring exhibit.

Each embroidered panel measures 20 inches square (51 cm x 51 cm) and took approximately 200 hours to complete.  Most panels were completed by several stitchers, but some were done by only one or two people. Some volunteers were beginner stitchers and some were experts; many guilds and individual members of the Embroiderers' Association of Canada participated. Some stitchers were members of Scottish Highland Dance groups, Scottish Pipe Bands, or other Scottish cultural groups. Some had no Scottish roots at all but just wanted to participate in this exciting project. Every stitcher immortalized their work by placing their initials on each panel on which they worked.

Scottish Diaspora Tapestry In-Progress Detail
Each panel has been stretched and mounted individually for ease of display, but if all 305 panels were stitched together, they would form the second longest tapestry in the world! (The longest would be the Great Tapestry of Scotland at over 150 metres long.)

Join us to view this fantastic display of embroidery and history! You don't have to have Scottish roots to be thrilled!

June 13 - July 3, 2016
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM daily

Main Floor
Manitoba Legislative Building
450 Broadway Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba

For more information on the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Project check out the official website.

For more information on the Winnipeg exhibit or to volunteer during the Winnipeg display,
please contact Lorraine Iverach by email.

This book is one of three that are one of the many listings in the online auction taking place from May 14, 2016 and continue until midnight EDT, May 20, 2016. Get all the details about the auction on the auction page on the EAC website.

Victorian Designs for Needlepoint – by Phyllis Kluger
Find out more about this book and the others in this auction listing

Printed in sepia ink on off-white paper, this handsomely designed book is another of the season's many distinctive needlepoint offerings. Kluger has found her inspiration in disparate British and American sources, both expected--a bit of Crystal Palace carpet--and less likely: a Paine's Celery Compound label.

Several geometric ones--a Pennsylvania railroad bridge, an Eastlake parquet floor--could be handled by beginners; most are more difficult and a few (including a Hiroshige print of moon, waterfall, and maple) will challenge the most experienced hands.

In most cases, the adaptations work well: the William Morris patterns are easily accommodated, and some Frank Lloyd Wright tilework transfers surprisingly well (although the diagram could be enlarged). Also, a gingerbread house (taken from an 1850 copy of the original), some iron tracery from Chicago's Rookery building, and a simple beadwork pattern derived from an 1847 book.

A few designs are less attractively adapted but the book itself is an admirable piece of work: Kluger strays from the original colors but not from the Victorian palette, the designs convey a Victorian sense of decoration, and her asides are diverting.
Once again, Marie Cron has compiled a useful post for those of us who are Seminar newbies. Do you know of any other items that you think I should add to my bag? Here's Marie with Part 2:

The Excitement Mounts! Here we are only two weeks from Seminar, and some of us will already be on site.

Class Supplies

It is now time to think of the stitching supplies needed for the classes. We all received our class information email the end of January, three months ago, “how, oh how were we going to wait!?” And now here we are, ready for final packing.

We will all receive a kit with supplies for our classes. However there are things we do have to provide. The specifics are in the lists we received with our Seminar confirmation information.

Class  Supplies to Pack
I need both stretcher bars and a hoop for my classes, and what else, … 
  • magnifier
  • light
  • gold work cutting mat
  • regular scissors
  • scissors*
  • tacks to hold the fabric/canvas in place on the stretcher bars
  • clamps or weights
  • laying tools
  • needle gripper
  • pen and note book
  • pins
  • magnetic needle keep** 

* If you are taking a gold work class and do not have metal thread scissors, bring an old pair of embroidery scissors to cut the metal threads, because they will be dulled a bit and no longer give you that sharp, crisp cut to your threads after using them on metal threads. Metal thread scissors are serrated along one edge, so the metal thread does not slip when you are cutting it, I consider mine to be a good investment.

** If you are not familiar with this little treasure it is a place to park your needle, two pieces, one below the fabric and one on top, with a magnet on both pieces, it will keep your needles in place when not in use without having to pierce your fabric or distort the threads on canvas.

More class supplies to pack!

If this is your first Seminar you will receive a name tag pouch, if you have been to a previous Seminar, pack one you received at a previous Seminar, otherwise what you will be issued will be a plain plastic one.

Shopping and Paying

Don’t forget there will be a wonderful opportunity to purchase from some of the teachers and others who are there for one night only; Merchant Mall will take place on Thursday evening. Some will be set up to take credit or debit, some Canadian vendors will take cheques however some teachers from outside Canada will only accept cash. Consider your budget and plan accordingly. There are ATMs on campus so you will not have to carry the cash for the days prior to the event.

And … what is any gathering without food? There is no meal plan at Seminar this year, but there are several food establishments where food can be purchased, consider how you will want to pay for these purchases when you plan your spending pattern.

My last tip for packing is to work from a list, listing everything from how many pairs of socks, underwear, tops, pants, shoes, night clothes and anything else you will need for your comfort during the week of Seminar. I have my list and I am partially packed.

See you at Seminar… and until then,
Happy Stitching

Marie Cron
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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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