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.


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