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.
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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