submitted by Lakeshore Creative Stitchery Guild

The Lakeshore Creative Stitchery Guild (LCSG) will host its 42nd exhibition of needle arts!

Stewart Hall Cultural Centre, Pointe-Claire
Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Sunday,  17,  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Showcasing the works of its members, the exhibition will display over 200 pieces of fine needlework, in a wide variety of embroidery techniques and in a range of formats, including framed works, tablecloths and linens, and decorative pieces.

Throughout the weekend event, members will be on hand to demonstrate embroidery techniques including traditional Japanese embroidery, Hardanger, Brazilian among others.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to shop at vendors’ tables featuring embroidery material and supplies. The guild sale table will offer handmade cards as well as a selection of needlework books.

Formed in 1971, LCSG is a non-profit organization aimed at promoting and teaching the art of embroidery in the Montreal area. The guild membership currently stands at about 80 stitchers with a passion for needlework in all its forms. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in embroidery, from novice to expert.

Members meet weekly at Centre Noël Legault (245 Lakeshore Road) in Pointe-Claire from September to May.

A chapter of the Embroiderers' Association of Canada, the guild is run entirely by volunteers who plan and organize a program of activities that include classes in a range of embroidery techniques at beginner to advanced levels, weekly and monthly meetings, needlework exhibitions, and public demonstrations.

For more information on LCSG, visit
submitted by Jennie Wolter, 
Education Director

The Kelmscott cyber course registration deadline has been extended to September 30, 2017!

stylized flower embroidered on canvas with an embroidered background pattern
Kelmscott by Lorene Salt

EAC’s most recent cyber course Kelmscott has not received the excitement I had expected.  I apologise to EAC members for not thinking about the summer period when people are more relaxed and less focused on learning opportunities.  In addition, I forgot to include Lorene Salt’s beautiful canvas work design in the spring issue of Embroidery Canada.  My humble apologies to Lorene for my oversight.  It was on our EAC website under Education.

As your current Education Director, I have been busy trying to make improvements to the EAC educational program, as well as meet the EAC timelines for submissions for Embroidery Canada and the regular eThreads postings.   I hope members will bear with me as I try to add new courses in various styles to entice and enhance increased interest in your stitching passion.

Lorene has agreed to extend the registration for Kelmscott to September 30, 2017 with online lessons starting November 1, 2017.  Three lessons (one lesson per month posted November 1, December 1 and January 1) are planned so this cyber course will run until February 28, 2018.  We normally include an additional month after the final lesson for final cyber discussions and photo. Check the EAC website for all of the details and for easy, online registration!

No kit is available for this cyber course but Lorene tells me that there is minimal thread lengths used in Kelmscott.  So this could be a great stash buster for members.  Lorene will provide a substitution chart and materials list to students as soon as the revised September 30 registration closes.

If you don’t have a particular thread, substitute, change colours.  Be sure to share your photos as your Yahoo group will enjoy seeing the variety of colours and threads used by each participant.  Maybe you can even convince Lorene to have a “Client Gallery” to show off your uniquely stitched Kelmscott in a variety of colours.

I promise I will watch when I write the contracts with the designers so cyber course registration does NOT happen during the prime summer vacation period.
The EAC Heritage Collection has a wide variety of textiles. Learn more about the collection on the EAC website.

small jacket with embroidered coloured flowers and leaves along the front opening and edges of the sleeves
Shadow Work Baby's Jacket

TITLE: Shadow Work Baby's Jacket

SIZE: Infant Size

Accession Number: EAC-2017-3

  • an off white baby’s jacket, shadow work floral design worked on a fine cotton (?)
  • there are only side seams (none at the shoulder)
  • open front and a white satin ribbon closure at the neck
  • 2 cm lace around sleeves, hem, neckline and front opening
  • very fine and tiny stitching – backstitch and satin stitch
  • floral design around arms, down the front and around the hem
MATERIALS: cotton ground

HISTORY: donated by Murray and Carole Sang from Brandon, Manitoba through the contact of Carol English

“This beautiful jacket is a sample of shadow embroidery. It was given to our daughter, Cheryl, as a baby gift from friends who were living in India at the time. She wore it on her Christening at Knox United Church, Brandon, Manitoba on June 15, 1975.” – Carole Sang

CONDITION: excellent

TREATMENT: store in acid free conditions
submitted by Dina Iwanycky, LCSG

Erma Scrimgeour, 1937-2017 
The Lakeshore Creative Stitchery Guild had the honour of counting Erma as a member for some 25 years.

Even though she’d been doing needlework for much of her life, Erma was always eager to learn more. She travelled far and wide to perfect her skills — embroidery seminars across Canada and the States, whitework classes at the Royal School of Needlework in England, to Germany and to Italy to master Schwalm and reticella embroidery.

She was a wonderful teacher and mentor, so generous with her time and her know-how. Her love of all types of whitework translated into classes in pulled thread, Mountmellick, Schwalm, Hedebo, and Italian drawn thread.

Erma felt a real sense of duty and responsibility to support the guild and took an active interest in all its operations. She served on the guild executive and on the planning committee that oversaw the guild’s education program. She was the driving force behind the celebrations for the guild’s ruby anniversary in 2011, organizing fundraisers and special exhibits and presentations for what proved to be a truly memorable event.

Erma was a master embroiderer — from the tiniest pieces she worked on as part of the miniatures she did with her husband to her exquisite work on full-size tablecloths. She won award after award at guild exhibitions — and also scored one or two from EAC. In our community of stitchers, she was highly regarded for her talent and for her commitment to learning, teaching and promoting embroidery.

Those of us who have had the pleasure and privilege of stitching with Erma will remember her with great affection and deep gratitude for her friendship and for the lasting legacy she left us all.
New Cyber Course
Registration Dates: June 1 to July 31, 2017
Online Lessons Start Date: October 1, 2017

framed embroidery of a stylized flower on canvas in the Arts and Crafts tradition
Kelmscott EAC Cyber Course
Inspired by the drawings of William Morris, “Kelmscott” is a study in colour and texture using common and some not-so-common canvas stitches. Interesting over-dyes and other specialty fibres such as silk and velvet bring this piece to life.

Exciting stitches include bound cross, houndstooth Cross and triple cross and embroidery techniques such as couching and blackwork are taught in this enjoyable class.

As this is a small piece students are encouraged to kit the piece from their stash. The teacher is available to help with colour choices and substitutions.

Learn more about the course on the EAC website!

New Swedish Weaving Project

two cushions with stitching that forms patterns on the background fabric
Celtic Sampler Project

The Celtic Sampler project course was created with the idea of it being very versatile. We will focus on the larger design using monk's cloth.  The simplicity of the design lends itself to a variety of decors by changing the colours. This pattern was inspired by the Celtic & Norse traditional designs, with a modern twist. You will learn the basic and popular stitches in Swedish weaving, while making a functional project. Get all of the Celtic Sampler project details on the EAC website.

closeup of patterns formed by stitching on a even weave background fabric
Celtic Sampler Detail

by Kathryn Robicheau
EAC Blog Editor

Thank you to those who are sharing their chapter newsletters! Recently, as I was poking around Your EAC, the members only area of the EAC website, one newsletter really stood out to me for it’s great content.

Although it’s more than a year old now, the Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts’ (CGNA) Gilding the Needle, March 2016, issue has at least one story or idea that would be of interest any EAC member. If you're looking for photos, click the name of the newsletter to see it onscreen and follow along.

There is mention of the guild’s Needle Arts Fair and that the Bags and Purses Collection from the EAC Heritage Collection will be on display. A few years ago, my own guild borrowed the EAC’s 40th Anniversary quilt to form part of our own anniversary celebrations. The quilt was a hit and the steps required to obtain it were easy and the costs minimal. Your chapter might be able to make use of a piece or pieces from the Heritage Collection. Contact Janice Routley, EAC's Heritage Appointee to learn more about the collection.

The Round Robin Doll in a Bag sounds like fun. It might be something your chapter could plan for next year. Speaking of next year, the spring program list has a few ideas that might be new to you. I really like the idea of a new stitch/flower at each meeting to create a fantasy garden.

The article about caring for our eyesight by Dr. Christine Hamilton has some interesting thoughts about lighting. I wonder how LED lights/bulbs fit into the equation, given that there are options for the "colour." Do you have any thought sot share?

The Izzy dolls brought a smile to my face. They are so cute and it’s amazing how much personality they can have. I think the one with the yellow shirt and hat (photo on the left) will be up to mischief!

The Quilt of Belonging looks gorgeous and I’m sorry to have missed the exhibit in Kingston. Thanks to the Quilt of Belonging website information included in the newsletter, I found out that I’ll be able to see it this summer in Ottawa, Toronto, or Hamilton. I’m sure to be in one of those locations while the exhibit is on.

CGNA took advantage of the EAC-paid shipping to order a selection of books that would support their current and future programs. What a great idea! EAC is continuing to pay shipping both ways until the end of 2017. You or your chapter might want to take a look at the list of books in the Leonida Leatherdale Library to see which books might help enrich your fall program.

Next in the newsletter is the Alabama Chanin t-shirts story. This is a great idea that you might want to try – stitching that is relatively quick and that you don’t have to frame. T-shirts like this would make great gifts for the women and girls in your life – maybe even the men! The idea of reverse applique has been around for a long time but Natalie Chanin brought it to fashion prominence over the past several years. You can learn more about this much-lauded company and how it all started at The Bitter Southerner. There are three books written by Chanin that you might want to ask about at your local library.

The blackwork patterns snippet is intriguing. It would make a great stitch exploration exercise, and would form a nice group of samples for an embroidery display. If you haven't been to the Blackwork Journey website, where EAC member Elizabeth Almond is so generous with sharing her knowledge, make sure you take a look. In addition to Liz's beautiful designs, you'll also find lots of free resources, designs, an ongoing sampler for 2017, about which Liz says, "I have always been fascinated by samplers and their history and wanted to design a sampler for the 21st century that reflected my interests and the development of Blackwork Journey and as a result, I have created 'Sublime Stitches' which is the fourth in the series of designs I have created for Blackwork Journey." Liz has PDF blog articles on her website, too. There, she provides tips and hints about stitching her designs and lots of inspiration.

The Eyes of Jesus is an informative story and the author and stitcher, Karen Weagle, makes some great points about colour theory. I am curious by her description of placing threads of various colours beside each other to create the many shades of grey that are necessary to make the piece work. This calls for some colour play.

Beth Mewhort’s article on the guild’s Wessex stitchery has convinced me that I need to explore this style. You can find information about Wessex stitchery, some stitch diagrams and a free pattern on the Nordic Needle website. I see that Pocketmags has digital back issues for those of us who don’t have access to hard copies.

Thank you to Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts – I'm going to be busy – your newsletter has inspired me!

Make sure that you check out the chapter newsletters that are available in Your EAC.
submitted by Calgary Guild of Needle and Fibre Arts

Here in Alberta we are getting ready to host our annual Fibre Potpourri June 2, 3 & 4th, a celebration of the potpourri of fibres we all stitch with. This year the Calgary Guild of Needle and Fibre Arts is hosting the event at the Red Deer College in central Alberta and everyone is welcome.

Our event website is and you can find out all about our classes we are offering and download our brochure.

Registration closes in May so register soon to save your spot in our classes. We are also offering a retreat only option if you want to hang out with fellow stitchers, swap stories and work on your own stash of "Project Half Dones" or PhDs ... we will have four vendors during the event and a charity auction after our banquet Saturday night.
submitted by the EAC Education Committee
written by Jennie Wolter and Faith Cormier

Cyber Courses are similar to Project Courses.  The advantages are working and sharing with a group that can be close to you, or across the country and beyond.  Many of these courses have been taught at Seminars in the past and give other EAC members a chance to participate in doing a Seminar-quality course.

When you register for a Cyber Course, you will have to give your email address or that of a friend who is willing to pass frequent messages to you. A few weeks before the class starts, you will be invited to join a Yahoo group by the Online Assistant. This group will become your shared stitching haven where you will find and download lessons and pictures from the author; ask questions; share with and encourage your fellow students; and post pictures of your progress. Your email address and identity will be visible to all participants, including the author and the Online Assistant who coordinates the course.
Yahoo Home Page for Echoes of Glass Cyber Course

Admittedly, Yahoo is not a perfectly secure system. No one on the Education Committee has ever heard of a totally secure system. Even Canada Post is not perfectly secure; mail can be lost or stolen. However, Yahoo is free and serviceable, and it has all the features we need. We have never had any problems with it in the over ten years we have used it for Cyber Courses.

You do not have to set up and use a Yahoo email. You will be prompted to establish a Yahoo account, but you do not actually have to use it for anything else. You have the choice of specifying the email address at which you wish to receive communications from the group. You could establish a separate email account just to use with Yahoo.  You will also be able to choose whether to receive emails from the group as they are posted or in a daily digest, or to read them online on the Yahoo site.

Yes, you can access Yahoo Groups on an iPad, through your browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome).

Education understands that some participants prefer to purchase a kit, so that option will be offered for specific courses if the author is willing to prepare and send out kits.

Once the course starts, the lessons will be posted into the Yahoo Files section of the group according to the schedule set by the author.

Yahoo Files Area for Lesson 2 of  Echoes of Glass Cyber Course 

After the course is over, the site will be left in place for a few weeks so that students can download anything they want or need before everything is deleted.

Cyber Courses are meant to be a fun way to work with the author and the other students from the comfort of your home, asking questions along the way and sharing photos of your progress. ONLY the registered participants, author and Online Assistant will have access to the sharing involved in a cyber course. We feel this is a clear advantage and one aspect of online learning many are adopting.

Yahoo  Photo Area for Echoes of Glass Cyber Course

Blue fabric embroidered in white with cutout areas filled with thread filling
Bluebell Table Centre Course Project
Registration for this EAC Online Correspondence Course closes in 10 days! Make your plans now to secure your place in this class by Kathryn Drummond!

Blue fabric ornament embroidered in white with cutout areas filled with three different thread filling stitches
Bluebells Ornament Course Technique Sample
Registration Dates:  February 1 to April 21, 2017      
Online Lessons Start Date:  July 1, 2017 (for 5 months)

In this class, the students will begin to learn some of the beautiful techniques of Punto Antico embroidery (also known as Italian Cutwork) while stitching a small ornament to try the new techniques and then a beautiful square table center design.

Three different filling stitching will be explored with the ornament, and then the students will choose which filling or fillings to use in their table center.  Experience with cutting fabric threads is an asset, but not a pre-requisite.

Get all of the Bluebells course details and options on the EAC website.

Learn more about the EAC Heritage Collection on the EAC website. You will find details about how you can request items for your Chapter to use at exhibits and shows!

ecru lace scarf
Honiton Lace Lappet

TITLE: Honiton Lace Lappet of Head Scarf

SIZE: 100.5 cm long X 12.5 cm at widest

Accession Number: EAC-2016-19

DESCRIPTION: an ecru coloured lappet or head scarf of lace, Honiton or Duchesse technique.  The edge consists of a series of acorns.  There is a three-dimensional effect on some leaves along the vein lines.

MATERIALS: cotton thread

  • not sure when this piece came into the collection or who donated it
  • a lappet was first worn across the top of a woman’s head under a cap. It has a narrow area in the center and widens at each end as it would have hung down over the lady’s ears or shoulder area.  
  • there have been recent discussions on the lace lists about why it was worn. It is thought to have helped cover the hair when it had not been washed for a while, or dressed.
  • these pieces were later re-purposed to act as neck scarves when lappets were no longer used
CONDITION: fair, at least two areas in the central portion where the ‘acorns’ are broken and a few areas where the ‘bridges’ between the motifs are missing or broken.

close up of lace lappet
Lace Lappet Detail
TREATMENT: wash in Orvus and store in acid free conditions – with collars and cuffs

Learn more about Honiton lace on Wikipedia. For more about Duchesse lace, check Encyclopedia Britannica and the bobbin lace entry on Wikipedia.

Learn more about lappets on Wikipedia. There is also a romantic article by the Lace Curator, Elizabeth Kurella, about the piece she has called, the "Hothouse Lappet." Check the rest of her site for lots of lace love!
Tracy Lawko is a member of the Toronto Guild of Stitchery. She has an upcoming solo show which will showcase three bodies of work including her finely stitched landscapes, sculpted dimensional still-life, as well as her "Change Enables Growth" installation.

One Stitch at a Time

April 27 - June 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 30, 2017,  2 - 4 PM
Homer Watson House and Gallery
1754 Old Mill Rd.
Kitchener, Ontario

There will be two opportunities to meet Tracy at the show. In addition to the opening reception, she will be giving an artist’s talk on Saturday, May 27 at 1 p.m.

Find out more about Tracy's work and her process on her website.
The 2016 Scissor Fob Exchange was hosted by Alderney Needlearts Guild.  Thanks to Marie Cron for sending along photos of all of the fobs - front and back of most. If you're looking for ideas or to get a better understanding of the exchange, take a look at this video (be patient, it is a large file, best played on a Windows device):


There is lots of inspiration in there! So many techniques and styles, this looks like a lot of fun. A nice small project that let's you use your favourite technique and you get a new fob stitched by another EAC member!

Now that you're inspired, make some time to stitch up a scissor fob for this year's exchange. The Embroidery Guild of Victoria has taken on the hosting duties for this year.

When planning your stitching please keep the following in mind:
  • use the embroidery technique of your choice
  • no larger than 2.5" by 2.5"
  • should fit easily into a regular-size envelope, not too thick
Once you've completed your fob, get it ready for mailing:
  • attach your name and contact information to your fob
  • send with an appropriately sized self-addressed stamped envelope
Mail your fob on or before September 29, 2017 to:

Susan Harrington
823 Old Esquimalt Rd
Victoria BC V9A 4W9

Are you an EAC member? If so, you can access the "members only" area of the EAC website to see the Carnation Smalls pattern , by Linda Brenner. Linda has provided instructions to stitch and finish a scissor fob if you want to learn how. Find out how to set up your access to the members only area in this blog article from September 2016.

Instructions for scissor fobs can also be found online at many of the popular embroidery sites. Mary Corbett has provided a pattern and finishing instructions for a round fob on Craftsy.

The EAC Heritage Collection has a wide variety of textiles.This particular piece is one of three handkerchiefs donated by the Regina Historical Society.  Learn more about the collection on the EAC website.

Honiton or Duchesse Style Handkerchief

TITLE: Honiton or Duchesse Style Handkerchief

SIZE: 37 cm X 37 cm

Accession Number: EAC-2010-10

DESCRIPTION: “This elaborate handkerchief was created by making the different motifs separately and then joining them together through the use of plaits or picot plaits.  The inner edge consists of a traditional cucumber foot edge.  The 4 corner roses have a Tally 4 pin filling for the centers.  Leaves are either a 3 petal clover motif or a multi fingered rose leaf.  Rather than stoppings and starting motifs, threads have been bundled and carried across parts of the design so that the worker could continue on in their work.  One can also see on the multi fingered leaf, where threads have been bundled down the edge of the segment and used to create an attempt at a three dimensional effect.”

close-up of the hand made lace edging on a cotton handkerchief
Handkerchief  Detail

MATERIALS: fine lawn and cotton threads

HISTORY: donated by the Government House Historical Society (Regina)

CONDITION: very good

TREATMENT: wash in Orvus and store in acid free conditions

Learn more about Honiton lace on Wikipedia. For more about Duchesse lace, check Encyclopedia Britannica and the bobbin lace entry on Wikipedia.
The 2016 EAC Winter Ornament Exchange submissions have been featured on the Island Stitchery Guild's Facebook page. For those who can't access Facebook, here is a video slideshow.


Hopefully you'll be inspired to stitch and submit an ornament for 2017. Usually, the mailing deadline is November 1 each year. Watch the EAC website Challenges and Exchanges page and Embroidery Canada for mailing details.

Thanks to the Island Stitchery Guild for hosting this exchange! Take a look at some of their other endeavours!

Find out more at the Embroiderers' Association of Canada website.
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Our aim is to preserve traditional techniques and promote new challenges in the Art of Embroidery through education and networking.

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