embroidery project kits for the give-away
Some of the kits available in the
Needle 'n' Thread Give-Away
Mary Corbet is holding a give-away on her website Needle 'n' Thread. She has recently reviewed two Inspirations kits and InspirationsMagazine is providing fabulous prizes; three lucky winners will be randomly drawn and will have her or his pick of the current Inspirations kits. The deadline is early on August 1, 2016.

Inspirations kits are known for high-quality materials and thoroughness. Whoever wins will be thrilled. You can read Mary's review of the Chatelaine kit and the Modern Crewel kit on her website.

Don't delay, enter today!
There are a couple of embroidery contests on now, in addition to our EAC challenge and exchanges.

Nordic Needle has its annual hardanger design contest posted. The deadline is the end of March 2017. This contest offers you a chance to be in the published book in addition to Nordic Needle gift certificates.

a hardanger embroidered rose made of stitched and cut-away areas
A Hardanger Example,
Part of the Roses Project for EAC's Presentation-in-a-Box

a rose embroidered with fine strands of thread to indicate the colours of the rose
A Thread-Painting Example,
Part of the Roses Project for EAC's Presentation-in-a-Box
Inspirations Magazine’s biennial Stitch Your Heart Out challenge is also on now. This challenge is not only for original designs, there are three categories to enter and three technique categories, surface, raised and counted/cut/drawn thread embroidery. They are encouraging stitchers of all skill levels to enter. The deadline is September 16, 2016 and the entry must be in Australia by that date. The grand prize is a full set of Au Ver à Soie, Soie d’Alger silk threads.

From May 14 to 19, 2016, the Scarborough Needlearts Guild exhibited members' works as part of their 40th anniversary celebration. Luckily, many of those attending the EAC Board Meeting prior to Seminar were able to attend the exhibit titled "Art of the Needle." Some got to see familiar faces, some got to meet people they've read about in Embroidery Canada, and some got to meet stitchers they have exchanged Christmas ornaments with in the past!

two women standing close together
EAC Members Dale Edwards and Joyce Gill
It was a beautiful exhibit with an exceptional range of works and techniques. There were many guild members on hand to talk about the pieces on display and the guild. From traditional to contemporary, it was very inspiring to see many original designs as well as beautifully executed stitching on some familiar designs.

One of the pieces was the "Tree of Life," of provincial flowers design by Fran Oakley and donated to the Winnipeg Embroiderers Guild as a fundraiser for EAC's first seminar in 1975!

two women looking at an embroidered picture called tree of life; it features Canada's provincial flowers
Sheila Stewart and Beryl Burnett admire "Tree of Life"
designed by Fran Oakley and stitched by Myrna Pagan
Find out more about this beautiful crewelwork design and download the instructions and pattern on the WEG website.

Another familiar image was featured on a small fold-over bag that was entered in the "Ruby Challenge" by EAC member, Ellen Poborsa.  Ellen's piece, "Flower Garden" features the rose pattern that many members are stitching in a variety of techniques for EAC's roses display.

fold-over bag with an appliqued circle with a rose in the centre
"Flower Garden" stitched by Ellen Poborsa
Ellen's rose is very rich, featuring colonial knots and French knots stitched in a range of red threads, outlined with couched gold thread. The variety of knot and thread sizes gives the rose enticing dimension. Find the rose pattern and more about the roses display on the EAC website.

Look for more inspiration from "Art of the Needle" in coming weeks ...

detail of an embroidered leaf with gold purl and green silk thread
Leaf Detail,
Katherine Diuguid
The idea behind World Embroidery Day is to be creative and share your creativity with others. Started in 2011, by a local group of Broderiakademin, the Swedish Embroiderer’s Guild, the day is quickly gathering momentum thanks to the world wide web! Make plans to get together with someone to share your creativity on July 30th.

From the manifesto:

"We want to acknowledge embroidery as an act of free creativity, which can lead to free, creative thoughts and ideas. We want to tie our embroidery threads from the privileged northern hemisphere together with stitches that are sewn by embroidering sisters and brothers all over the world.

We want to be part of a joyfully creative peace movement. […]

The importance of embroidery must be made known and World Embroidery Day will spread around the world.

Make 30th July a day filled with creativity for the sake of Peace, Freedom and Equality.

Download your copy of the manifesto.

colourful butterflies embroidered in a variety of techniques and fibres assembled on a blue mottled background with embroidered leaves and framed
Beryl's Butterflies
During the EAC Board Meeting on May 15 and 16, 2016, a special gift was presented to outgoing President, Beryl Burnett.

Organized by outgoing Past President, Joyce Gill, board members stitched butterflies and sent them to Joyce to be assembled and framed. The result was a thoughtful and heartfelt thank you to Beryl for her leadership of the Board during her term as president.

Stitched in a wide variety of techniques and with a range of fibres, this work of colourful butterflies will be a treasured keepsake of Beryl's time as EAC President.

Thank you Beryl!
Iryna Varabei is a member of Toronto Guild of Stitchery and she was featured in an April blog post. She has been very busy since then so here is an update!

It was very nice to meet Iryna in person during Seminar. She had a lovely, colourful display and was selling her patterns at the Thursday evening Merchant's Mall. As the crowds lessened later in the evening, I was able to talk with her a bit. She told me that she has been doing some teaching in her guild and is always happy to share her interpretation of Belarusan stitching techniques with people who are interested in this two-sided form of embroidery.

Iryna Varabei at her display of embroidered works and patterns for sale
Iryna's Spirit of Belarus Display

Iryna submitted an entry to "Let Your Creativity Out," EAC's annual challenge, and received an honourable mention.
small square turquoise blue and gold geometric embroidery on a white background
Let Your Creativity Out Entry 
If you were at the Members' Exhibit, you probably saw one of Iryna's pieces. She entered "The Lure of Birchwoods," a striking canvas work piece.
embroidered picture of white and black barked birch tree trunks in a stand of birch trees
The Lure of Birchwoods

It was very nice to hear that Iryna had two submissions accepted into the national Threadworks 2016 Flashback show. Information about the upcoming exhibitions will be available on the Threadworks website.

Close up showing Iryna Varabei's embroidery entries, "Kaliada Goat" and "Ripples on Water" in the Threadworks 2016 catalog
Threadworks 2016 Catalog Detail

Find out more about Iryna's work on her website, her Facebook page or her Craftsy page.
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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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