submitted by Vickie van Lune
The Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts would like to invite you to ...
2018 Needle Arts Fair Saturday, September 29, 2018 10 am to 3 pm Seniors Centre 56 Francis St., Kingston, ON

More info can be found here on the CGNA website with links to all the vendors. Everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there. 
poster with the details for the Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts fair

This year's event, the eleventh, will take place from October 9 to 13, 2018. As always, Amherst is taken over with displays, classes, vendors and more setting up at venues throughout the town!

EAC's Joyce Gill and Faith Cormier will be teaching classes at this popular event. Sheila Stewart will be at the EAC table to tell people our story and encourage them to try embroidery and the EAC!

Fall is fantastic in Nova Scotia! Get all of the details on the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival website!
by Leslie Burrows

On September 8th, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., we will hold our Fifth Annual Maritime Stitch-in at the Fire Hall in Truro. We hope that you will fill a car or two (or even a bus) and come join us!

I am sending out a challenge to one and all in celebration of our fifth year. It is a needle book with four panels. Each panel should be 3 inches square and represent the four seasons. I have attached a template to get you started. The rest is up to you!!

I look forward to seeing many of your creative results.

As usual, bring your lunch and Marigold Guild of Needle Arts will supply dessert, tea and coffee.

We will also have our Show and Tell table to display your completed pieces from the past year.

Looking forward to seeing one and all in September.

Many thanks to Pat Armour for the challenge template which she used at the Toronto Stitchery Guild.

Don't forget to sign up for this wonderful course - registration ends on June 30th! You won't need to stitch on your project over the summer months. The course starts on September 1, 2018, to allow time for the kits to be shipped to those who choose that option.

Brazilian embroidery and soutache are the techniques used to to create this beautiful bracelet and pendant. Students have the option to purchase a kit as well, and it is available in various colours. The class is taught by Nicole GĂ©linas. Online discussions are in both English and French.

Visit the Nicole Eleganza page on the EAC website to view more details and to register.
Shockwave will not be available as and EAC project course after September 30, 2018.

Shockwave is a beginner canvas work piece designed to showcase interesting techniques such as bargello, a layered board, crescent petal flower clusters, and a variety of canvas work stitches. Each corner is different so a lot of stitches are covered.

central diamond shaped medallion surrounded by radiating waves of colour
EAC Course by Lorene Salt
The stitches for this piece fall into the five main categories of straight, diagonal, cross, tied and looped, and decorative.

You will pick a colour of Caron Watercolours, and then pull colours from this thread to build your colour palette using #5 Perle Cotton. Metallics are used as an accent. Get all of the details for Shockwave on the EAC website.
woman holding a completed embroidery project of a red and purple bird, a red prize ribbon and a box with a pendant in it
Patty Hawkins with her Elinor Thomas Award and winning project.
Patty Hawkins of the Winnipeg Embroiderers' Guild (WEG) was awarded the Eleanor Thomas Award for "Flight from Tuscany," one of her seminar 2017 class projects. Patty was the recipient of a 2017 seminar grant and took Alison Cole's "Flight from Tuscany" and the Jane Nicholas "Slate Japanese Butterfly" classes.

two hands holding a stumpwork project of a red and purple bird with am elaborate tail adorned with gold spangles, surrounded by red, purple and small gold flowers and gold vines
Flight from Tuscany
stitched by Patty Hawkins & designed by Alison Cole
Eleanor Thomas was a founding member of WEG and the EAC. She was a vibrant woman who promoted the guild and needlework, bringing suitcases of books for us to peruse and order to every meeting. She attended every seminar, until her health prevented her from doing this, and WEG honours her memory with an annual award voted on by members.
small spiral bound book with a silver thimble picture on the cover
Shuswap Needle Arts Guild Needle Guide
10th Anniversary Silver Thimble Cover

Shuswap Needle Arts Guild will be bringing copies of their needle guide to Seminar 2018: Bridging Stitches/Un pont entre les points in July.

This little book is attractively laid out with various types of needles and a description of their use. The book covers ball point needles to tapestry needles, with eleven in between! The left page shows images of the needles along with a description and use. The right page has an attached piece of felt for needle storage, and underneath, a list of needle sizes and the threads used with those.

They have a limited number of copies each cover - with the guild's 10th anniversary silver thimble or the S.N.A.G. logo. You can pre-order your needle guide by email. Be sure to note which cover you want, your name and the name of the person who will be picking your up during seminar.

small spiral bound book with a colourful thimble design on the cover
Shuswap Needle Arts Guild Needle Guide
S.N.A.G. Logo Cover

Delft Tile Design
EAC Course by Margaret Vant Erve
Margaret Vant Erve's pretty tulip design is an adaptation from a 19th century tile from Delft, Holland, renowned for its distinctive tiles. As of September 30, 2018, the course will no longer be available through the EAC.

The embroidery is worked on a beautiful silk wool blend fabric using Soie d’alger silks and gold thread. Margaret is offering a kit option. Get all of the details about the Delft Tile Design course on the EAC website.
The Valdani Thread Packs for the Flowers of Canada pattern and instruction book, seven colours of Valdani PC8 balls ($40), will be back at seminar and can be pre-ordered until June 1, 2018. Email the committee to pre-order your thread packs! Due to the high cost of postage for parcel these threads will only be available for pick-up at seminar in July. Not coming to seminar this year? Be extra nice to your friends who are - send them with your payment to pick up your order!

book with two coasters appliqued with leaves
Flowers of Canada Pattern and Instruction Book
Get all of the details about the fundraisers for Bridging Stitches/Un pont entre les points on the seminar website. Any remaining fundraisers will be available at Seminar 2018 during the Merchant Mall on Thursday, July 19.

stuffed fabric flower and strawberry wit embroidered details
Summer Berry Kit and Instructions

calendar with an embroidered butterfly on the front
Virtual Threads Designers Calendar

cookbook cover with a bowl of fruit
Virtual Threads in the Kitchen Cookbook

embroidered lady's slipper flower shape formed by pulling threads to create dark and light areas
Lady's Slipper Pulled Thread Kit and Instructions
abstract sky with three orbs and swirling cloud and ribbon-like streamers
And the Heavens Rejoice
Hillary Rice
St. James Cathedral Toronto will be presenting the inaugural showing of Hilary Rice’s new series, “Seeing Visions, Dreaming Dreams”. The exhibit and sale of embroideries by multi award-winning textile & mixed media artist Hilary Rice will take place from May 10-20, 2018. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Donations in support of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund welcome.
swirl ends with an eye-like detail
Grace, deatil
Hillary Rice
A presence in the Canadian textile art world since 2002, Rice is known for her colour- filled, skillfully embellished, flowing, textile-based works. Rice’s innovative techniques and use of unusual materials mark her experimental artistic style. Guided by her faith and her connection to the natural world, Rice’s work is layered with spiritual and earthly themes.

Rice created the fourteen works for the “Seeing Visions, Dreaming Dreams” exhibit as an inspiration and guide for living harmoniously in the world around us. She describes the feeling of the show as “celebration balanced with contemplation.”

abstract circular element surrounded by tree trunks and blue sky in the distance
Deep Calls to Deep, detail
Hillary Rice
After an immensely popular showing at 2013’s “Sacred Stitches” event at St. James Cathedral, Curator & Archivist Nancy Mallett was inspired to bring Rice back for a solo exhibition of her work. “She is a gifted artist and we consider ourselves fortunate to again have the opportunity of showing her work here at the Cathedral” Mallett said.

The exhibit will be open Thursday, May 10, to Sunday, May 20, at St. James Cathedral (65
Church St, Toronto). Daily hours are 7:00am - 5:30pm, Sunday to Friday, and 9:00am - 5:00pm on Saturdays.

Rice will be on site for certain periods giving demonstrations and tours; visit The cathedral's website for dates and times. To arrange a private tour, please contact Nancy Mallett by email  or call 416-364-7865, ext *233.

Carol Storie's popular Canvas Candy Bowl canvas work course will be ending on September 30, 2018. Be sure to sign up for this course before it's too late!

This adorable canvas candy bowl with its abstract design is lots of fun to stitch. Bargello is combined with a variety of textured stitches worked on 18 count mono canvas. When all the stitching is complete, it is backed with fabric and made into a bowl to hold candies, jewellery or whatnot!

bowl shaped out of a square of canvas work embroidery
Canvas Candy Bowl
Carol Storie

Carol designed this course for all skill levels. She is a offering a kit option. Get all of the course details on the EAC website.
screen shot of the Fibrations homepage showing a photo of the exhibit space and photos of some of the works from previous shows
Fibrations Website Screen Shot 

Fibre Content is a biennial juried exhibition held at the Art Gallery of Burlington (Ontario). The call for entries opened on March 1 and closes on May 31, 2018. So there is still time to enter!

Go to the Fibrations website to get the entry form, information about Fibre Content 2018 and galleries of the previous exhibitions.

The Viewer's Choice second place runner up in Fibre Content 2016 was Tracey Lawko, for her piece, Spring Thaw. Tracey is a long-time member of the Toronto Guild of Stitchery. Check Tracey's website, you'll find an engaging article where Tracey shares her process.
This year, the show will be held from September 6 to 16, 2018. Get all of the show details - there will be artist talks and hands-on events.
submitted by
Linda McBain Cuyler

silk painted with a lily-type flower and an abstract background

Fibre Potpourri 2018 is Alberta's  37th annual needlecraft weekend featuring workshops and/or a stitcher’s retreat. It takes place at Red Deer College in Red Deer, Alberta. (formerly at Olds College) It is hosted in alternate years by the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild and the Calgary Guild of Needle and Fibrearts. Get all of the details on the Fibre Potpourri website.

small needle felted fox, beaver and bear in a seated position

Early-bird pricing until March 15, 2018!

Two day workshops and retreat are available, you are encouraged to register early to get your first choice. Registration closes April 15, 2018.

embroidery hoop with colourful birds, leaves and flowers densely stitched with thick threads in a naive style

Friday Evening Social & Market

A market will take place at the Friday evening social. This is a chance for participants to sell fibre art related items. These items will be handmade by the seller or stash supplies that others can use.

four rope-like bracelets with toggle clasps

Merchant Mall

The merchant mall will take place Saturday and Sunday. Confirmed merchants will be announced.

embroidery canvas stretched on a frame, needlework tools and stitch reference books
Canvas Work in Progress
Yes, it's time to think about submitting an application for the Pauline Glover Educational Grant. This grant is available to any EAC member. The grant covers the fee for one of the EAC technique study courses plus the binder review. If you are planning to broaden your skills through one of these courses, take a few minutes to check the grant requirements - you could be the lucky recipient!

EAC offers technique study courses at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. For those interested in continuing their studies, the EAC also offers a teacher certificate program.

Find out about all of the comprehensive embroidery technique study courses on the EAC website.
submitted by Ann Bernard 

horses and soldiers in an embroidered battle scene
Ray Dugan Interpretation: Bayeux Tapestry Detail

I have written a series of blogs on ‘Embroideries that Record History.' Obviously, this includes the Bayeux Tapestry but I have placed the sequence of the events of 1066 in an order which makes sense for the Norman victory. There are other related tapestries/large embroideries all of which record and explain 1066 and how this affected the development of the Western world. The others are contemporary.

I have recently undertaken the enormous challenge to learn the technicalities of drafting and publishing my blog with the assistance of a student volunteer and hope you will take the time to enjoy my new blog series of these historical tapestries/large embroideries.

The first post was on February 1, with 11 additional daily posts on my blog, “Stitching Idyllic.”

I think that the topic of these tapestries will be of interest to stitchers and historians and also to the general public. I have always wondered why the Normans won the Battle of Hastings on foreign ground after having to transport every man, horse, armament and provision to get there. Now I know why.
Four Historic Samplers with Connections to Southwestern Ontario

old sampler with cross-stitched alphabet, numbers and name Hariet Lucinda
Historic Sampler Detail

Presented by Glencoe & District Historical Society
Speaker: Carolyn Beacroft

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
2 to 4 p.m.
Glencoe Railway Station
151 McRae St, Glencoe, Ontario N0L 1M0

What are samplers?

Samplers (the word comes from the French essamplaire meaning a work to be copied) were rough pieces of linen on which the stitcher practiced the various embroidery stitches. These swatches of material became her samples to act as a guide since she lacked books in which the stitches were drawn; hence the sampler word came into use.

Over the centuries, the sampler evolved and today the art form ranges from the humble efforts of young children to the sophisticated and artistic work of more mature women.

Why are they historically important?

Needlework and other textiles are usually passed down through the female side of the family. They document bonds between women who are closely related but whose surnames are rarely the same. In a patrilineal society documenting these connections is especially meaningful not only to the families but also to collectors who search for clues about women’s roles in the family.

Needlework commemorates births and deaths and gives clues to those studying family genealogy. Samplers can provide the researcher with a concept of family and the person’s position in it.

To find out more, please contact Carolyn Beacroft by email.
dragonfly embroidered with metal threads and small gears
2017 Original Design Award Winner "Oh How Time Flies"
Steampunk Dragonfly by Natalie Dupuis
EAC offers members lots of opportunities to improve their stitching skills. If you have been working on your skills, have you thought about entering your works in the members' show at the annual seminar to be eligible for awards?

For some of the awards and the Board Challenge, you indicate your category on the Members' Exhibition Entry Form. For 2018, you can find the exhibition entry details on the seminar website.

  • Board Challenge: Celebrating Canada
  • Seminar Theme Award: Bridging Stitches/Un pont entre les points
  • Viewers' Choice Award

embroidered cloth for the top of a dresser
2017 Pulled Thread Award Winner
Dresser Scarf by Mary Robertson
The following awards require the Members' Exhibition Entry Form and additional paperwork; make sure that you check the requirements carefully. Find the award requirements and submission deadlines on the EAC website

  • Original Design Award
  • Pulled Thread Award
  • Group Project Award

embroidered cushion
Scintillating Snowflake cushion by Barbara Kershaw
Registration for EAC's Scintillating Snowflake cyber course will end on February 28, 2018. Designer and instructor will lead students through Italian four-sided stitch, Italian hemstitching and peahole hemstitching as well as satin stitch and bullion knots. A kit is available.

For this cyber course, lessons will start on May 1, 2018, and instruction and assistance will continue until September 30, 2018.

detail of some of the stitching on the Scintillating Snowflake cushion
Detail of Scintillating Snowflake by Barbara Kershaw
You can all of the details about Scintillating Snowflake on the EAC website. Don't miss out on your chance to stitch this beautiful project by Barbara Kershaw.

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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