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.
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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