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 http://fibre-potpourri.wixsite.com/2017 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

HISTORY:
  • 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):

video


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.

video


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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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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