by Carol Storie

EAC’s cyber chapter, the Virtual Threads, facilitated round robin samplers for willing participants in 2015.  There was a counted thread one and a surface stitchery one.  I, of course, wanted to do the counted thread.  Read on about the additions to my sampler and to see the final picture.

With each piece added, the stitcher wrote about it, and I am relaying their words, with their permission.  I’m sure other stitchers will be able to identify with our words.

Carol Storie, Regina, SK:

My base fabric is 25 count Lugana, colour Lavender Bliss.  I chose the parameters by stitching eyelets for the top and side borders.  I have left the bottom open so as not to limit anyone or to expect extra stitching to fill in the space.  I will finish it after it comes back to me.

I used DMC Colour Variations #4240 to stitch the eyelets and am enclosing it with this.  Not that I expect you to use it, but you may find it helpful with matching threads and I will find it helpful to finish off the eyelets and not have to try to find it again in my stash!

Stitch whatever you please.  Looking forward to working on everyone’s pieces and seeing the final result!

Anne Rowlands, Torbay, NL:

Treeband at the bottom
- withdrew 18 threads – rewove ends
- trees in DMC 801
- leaves in DMC 4045 & grass
- flowers - 798
embroidered trees with green leaves, brown trunks and roots. The tree trunks are drawn thread work
Anne Rowland's Stitching
Delivered to Marg Adey.

Marg Adey, St. John’s, NL:

It took me a long time trying to decide what to stitch.  First I was going to do black work but I couldn’t get the pattern to print.  So I did a pattern from a 1991 EGA magazine I found while at Seminar last month.

I used DMC floss in these colors. Greens 520, 522, 523. Gold 676, 677, 745 and blues 797, 953, 800.  Hope you like it Carol.

row of cross-stitched tulips in blues and yellows, with leaves of green
Marg Adey's Stitching
Diane Scott, Oakville, ON:

Blackwork leaves and celtic chain border.

I wanted to try some blackwork motifs, but I wanted to add a twist.  I love celtic knot designs, it reminds me that my stitching career started in Nova Scotia with the Marigold Guild.  I found some folded leaf designs that I modified and overlayed on the chain border.

The chain is DMC 336 crossed with JL Walsh silk perle floss 392.  The leaves are Threadworx 11611 with veins of DMC 500.  I thought these colours blended with the DMC 4240 eyelet border.

After I had stitched the two design, I thought the contrast wasn’t quite ‘poppy’ enough, so I wrapped the leaves with an additional strand of the Threadworx.

You didn’t say your intentions for the finished piece, but I hope you enjoy it.

By the way, the trees are just gorgeous. Tough to find something as spectacular.

row of celtic knots with swirls of green leaves in a "w" shape
Diane Scott's Stitching
Kerry Leslie, Brant, AB:

Hi Carol!  I hope you like what I added.  I had a magazine I have been holding onto for about 20 years – Linen Quarterly – Fall 1990 – because I loved these sampler bands.  Finally, a chance to stitch them!  My stitching goes from the blue Greek key band down to the blue long-armed cross stitch under the red floral motifs.

Colours used:  DMC 3807, 523, 3803, 336. Sorry, the other skeins grew legs and walked away before I got to write down the #’s.

Hugs, Kerry.
row of Greek key design in blue, a row of acorns, a line of blue, a band of leaves in an "m" shape with red flowers in the triangular spaces, a row of blue
Kerry Leslie's Stitching
Janet Greenslade, Elliott Heads, Queensland, Australia:

Hi Carol,

I’ve stitched under the blue bar.  Two celtic knots and a triskele.

Big Hugs, Janet G

a band with a blue celtic know, a three-armed circluar element with eagle heads as the "points" in yellows, and another blue celtic knot
Janet Greenslade's Stitching

Fran Vidal, Belleville, ON:

When Fran receive the piece, she decided, very wisely, not to add to it.  She sent an e-mail saying:  I have looked at your round robin piece and there really is no place for me to stitch on it without spoiling the overall effect.

And now, the completed piece!  I think you’ll agree it’s gorgeous!  Lucky me!!

framed embroidery sampler with cross-stitch, blackwork and drawn thread techniques
Carol Storie's Finished Round Robin Sampler

submitted by Leslie Burrows
Stitch-in Chair, 3rd Maritime Stitch-In

At the third annual Maritime Stitch-in in Truro, September 10th, random packets of donated crewel wool and pieces of canvas were given out to those interested in a Needle Book Challenge. The end of October was given as a deadline and below you will see the results. We have very talented and imaginative embroiderers who love to practice their art and take on any challenge. Thanks go out to those who answered the challenge and to those who wanted to but life got in the way!

embroidered canvas in gold, brown and blues
Marie-France Breton

embroidered canvas worked in a variety of filled squares in green, pink and burgundy
Sheila Stewart

Beverly Parsons: I had finished the Bargello piece the Tuesday after the stitch-in. I did the flame stitch with the Hungarian point. Couldn't send it as I'm having camera problems. (Use your imagination!! – L)

worked in a bargello pattern with blues and pinks
Peggy Paddon

sqaure needle book worked on canvas, yellow, pink, burgundy, blue, cream, purple
Janet Copeland

square folding needle book with a bargello/flamr pattern on the back and a series of diamond patterns on the front, colours are blues, pinks/burgundies
Lyn Young

canvas work embroidered needle book with pumpkins and vines growing up a fence on the front, the back has as square filling stitch, colours are cream, orange and greens
Karen Hennessy
square folded needle book, canvas work embroidery in blues and cream
Wendy MacPhee

embroidered canvas work round needle book in greens and cream
Jocelyn Keeping

Submitted by the Rock Vandal

There comes a point in every crafter's life when they think, what will I do with another handmade project? This is a crafting milestone. Some turn to their friends, others turn to charities and others still, to the streets.

Street-craft is a gentle form of street-art. It involves beautifying public spaces with traditional, crafty techniques. Often it involves a social or political message but it can also be done just for fun. It may involve knitting, embroidery, cross stitch or even gardening. Truth be told, there are no rules. In this paradigm, the world is a gallery and everyone is welcome to contribute.

gold rocks filling a hole in the pavement with a ocean scene in the background
Pothole of Gold: Twillingate, Newfoundland
My street-craft journey began with yarn bombs and has included experiments with embroidery and cross stitch. I was initially drawn to it and inspired by its accessibility. It provided a creative outlet with the resources available in my tiny, rural town. With the Internet for craft tutorials and a small craft shop for supplies, Twillingate had everything I needed to get started.

knitted yarn vine with colourful flowers attached to a wooden utilty pole on the side of a snow covered street with homes and a car in the bcakground
How D'Vine in Twillingate, Newfoundland
The first real project I made was a flower vine. My intention was to lift the communities' spirits in the dead of winter. It worked, and sparked a bit of a mystery as I knit it anonymously! I felt as if I had discovered a magical ability to surprise and delight those around me. I was hooked. I have been consistently making street-craft for over two years now. I even brought it with me on a year-long trip through southeast Asia, making something special for each country.

hand holding out a knitted globe with a old stone arched, roofed bridge; the roof is decorated with dragons and red circles
Knitted Globe at the Japanese Bridge in Hoi An, Vietnam
I am starting to look forward to returning home now though. By finding an unexpected passion in street-craft, I also found an enclave of street-craft enthusiasts in a rather unlikely place - outport Newfoundland. Once together again, we can resume 'crafting' an even more beautiful province!

yarn heart stitched on a chain link fence that is on top of a concrete support wall at the top of a slope
Cross Stitch Heart in Twillingate, Newfoundland
If you'd like to see more of my projects pop over to my blog, Rock Vandal, and be sure to follow my crafty adventure. I'd also love to hear about your adventures in street-craft. Have you ever seen any? Do you fancy giving it a go? Do let me know if the comment section below or through the Rock Vandals blog.

If you'd like to read more about this emerging urban art keep an eye out these two great reads, Streetcraft by Rikka Kuittinen (ISBN-13: 978-0500517840) and Craftivism by Betsy Greer (ISBN-13: 978-1551525341).

Editor's Note: Thank you to the Rock Vandal for reaching out to EAC and preparing this thought-provoking article for our readers. Read previous posts on our blog about yarn bombing in Vulcan, Alberta and a review of Hoopla - The Art of Unexpected Embroidery
submitted by Sheila Stewart

The morning of September 10, 2016 dawned sunny and warm – a super day for leaving our cares behind and travelling to Truro, Nova Scotia for the Third Annual Maritime Stitch-In.  Thirty– four EAC members from around the Maritimes gathered at the Fire Hall in Truro, Nova Scotia; it was that kind of day one dreams of but rarely experiences.  

By 10:00 a.m. women from four Nova Scotia Guilds and one New Brunswick Guild were busy storing their brought-from-home lunches, setting up the various treasures they had brought to display, and finding the perfect spot to stitch.  The Hall was a-buzz with activity and talk, talk, talk as friendships were renewed, new friendships were forged, and embroidery techniques were explored and discussed.

Four women looking at the camera and holding a white, punto antico piece of embroidery
Showing work on Seminar 2016 "Bluebells", Kathryn Drummond class

Leslie Burrows, President of the host Guild, Marigold Guild of Needle Arts, welcomed everyone and set the tone for the relaxed and inspiring day.  She made each person feel special as they stood with the other members of their Guild – Alderney Needlearts Guild, Stitchery Guild of Bedford, Town Clock Stitchers, Embroiderers’ Guild of Fredericton, and Marigold Guild of Needle Arts.  Included in the attendees was Faith Cormier, newly appointed EAC Atlantic Central Regional Director. (Read Faith's article about the 3rd Annual Maritime Stitch-In.)

three women standing together and smiling at the photographer
A few of the event organizers

A highlight of the day was the display table.  What exquisite stitching!  What talented stitchers!   A potpourri of colours, threads, and techniques offered a feast for our eyes and temptation to our hands – which had to be held in check as we longed to touch and feel these marvelous offerings.   How generous everyone was!   Not only did they share their finished pieces but also related stories of where they found the pattern and how they learned the technique!  We were so incredibly lucky to be able to indulge in this feast for the eyes!

three women looking at a embroidered project
A member from Town Clock Stitchers shares ideas on how to complete a project with 2 Marigold Guild members

Works in progress lured many of us.  We travelled from table to table, chatting with the stitchers and admiring the work they were painstakingly doing.  Some were working on pieces from EAC Seminar 2016.  A few Carol Storie’s “Candy Bowls” were on the go.  There was cross stitch and canvas work and hardanger and mixed media and... No question was too inane to be answered, no one was too busy to share – everyone was relaxed and willing to share!

two women discussing two pictures
Lots and lots of sharing

No day would be complete without the fellowship of a shared meal.  Attendees reluctantly left their stitching when, “Coffee and tea is ready!” rang out.  Although each had brought a sandwich or salad for lunch, the dessert repast tempted us to make a meal of dessert!  What a feast!  From fruit kabobs to pie to cookies and loaf and sweets of all kinds, there was something to tempt everyone’s appetite!

two women hold up their embroidery projects that are stitched on black fabric
Bedford member and Marigold member agree that working on black fabric is a favourite!

As the day drew to a close, President Leslie circulated among the chattering and busy stitchers to challenge those interested to create a needlebook using the kits of canvas and Appleton wool she distributed.  She asked that photos of completed work be sent to her and pledged to circulate the photos in the late Fall. Stitching on the challenge brought back memories of the wonderful day we all had and the finished piece – as well as the photos - will be a lasting reminder of the fun and fellowship we all experienced.  And we can dream of coming back next year on September 9th – maybe you will dream too and join us!

three women one stitching and two chatting
Always time for talk!

This was a magical day – a day that proved once again that stitchers are indeed very special, caring, sharing, talented people.  How lucky we are to be part of this magical circle!
by Carolyn Mitchell

The Morse Museum houses  a huge collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany art. This includes many of his famous Tiffany lamps along with furniture and a gorgeous baptismal font. The top panel in my Echoes of Glass was inspired by the beautiful lamps as the colours blend, one into the other in many of the pieces.
canvas work embroidery canvas work embroidery in an art nouveau style, two triangles in blue within a square
Echoes of Glass - Top Panel

The second panel represents the glass used in our skyscrapers today. As you drive along the 401 in the Toronto area there is a group of buildings with this style of windows at the top.
canvas work embroidery in an art nouveau style, round shape with a triangular at the top within a square
Echoes of Glass - Middle Panel

The third panel represents French doors of years ago that had the crackle style of glass with wood and brass around them.  My grandmother had these doors between the living room and hallway and I can remember taking my finger and tracing the little patterns on the glass to amuse myself.

canvas work embroidery
Echoes of Glass - Bottom Panel
So in designing this piece, with the theme of glass, and I use beautiful metallic threads and crystals to catch the light as each panel flows to the other. Though each panel  could stand on its own, I have designed them to fit together creating a design that could be hung in a narrow space.

Thank you to Carolyn for describing her inspiration for Echoes of Glass. I can remember the type of door she describes and finding the same fun when I was a little girl. The Echoes of Glass Online Correspondence Course is open for registration only until November 30, 2016. - Kathryn, Blog Editor
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