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 thoughts to 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.

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