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Now playing – a picnic near you!

Once again, we will be having our summer gatherings at various parks in the region. The difference this year is that we will run them weekly on Thursdays:

 

July – at Elk/Beaver Lake, contact is Lexa Shaw.  

August – Playfair Park, contact is Karen Dearborn.

Each month a map will be published with the location of the stitching, plus parking.

**** If it’s raining, the picnic will be automatically cancelled.

 

From the EAC website:

(click here to go to the EAC website directly; the links below are clickable as well)

CELEBRATING 50

In 2023, we will be celebrating EAC/ACB’s 50th anniversary. We are already in the planning stages for unique events and projects to mark this exceptional milestone.

More information will be coming about a chapter group challenge, a round-robin sampler stitching in 2022, a display in 2023 and a celebration charm.

If you would like to join the 50th-anniversary committee, contact our team at celebrating50@eac-acb.ca!

Call for Fundraiser Projects

EAC/ACB is requesting submissions of embroidery projects to be sold to members and the public as fundraisers on our website from January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2024.

We are looking for original embroidery designs that are suitable for stitchers at different levels (youth, beginner, intermediate, advanced or all) and that feature various techniques.

Depending on the materials required, the project pattern may be sold on its own as a downloadable PDF or may be made into kits to be sold.

Members whose projects are chosen will receive an honorarium of between $300 and $350. EAC/ACB will have the exclusive right to sell the project for two years, with the designer’s copyright notice. After December 31, 2024, all rights will revert to the designer.

All submissions must be accompanied by a completed and signed submission form, at least one good quality photograph and written project instructions. Please consult the Guidelines for Written Project Instructions when preparing your instructions.

Call for Take 50 Sampler SAL Designs

EAC/ACB is looking for members to design a portion of a stitch-along (SAL) sampler project to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2023. Are you a new or beginner designer who has designed only for yourself or for your chapter members? We are especially looking for you. We would also like the expertise of our experienced designers. We want to promote all of our member designers, so this is your chance to show the world what you can do!

This stitch-along will be available to everyone – members and the general public. We are planning to offer four different, small designs each month for the whole anniversary year – January 2023 to December 2023 – with two bonus designs to make up a total of 50 designs for our 50th year! We will post the four designs on the EAC/ACB website and Facebook page each month. The idea is to have designs in various techniques so that stitchers can choose which and how many to add to their sampler. 

We are looking for original band designs and spot motifs for surface stitchery, canvaswork and various counted techniques (blackwork, cross stitch, Hardanger, pulled thread, etc.). Create your design to be suitable for stitching on 28-count fabric or 18-count canvas. People choosing to work their choices as surface designs will be instructed to back their fabric with muslin.

Design dimensions:

  • band design maximum width: 5 inches (13 cm)
  • band design maximum height: 2 inches (5 cm)
  • spot motif maximum: 3 inches (7.5 cm) square

Spot motifs may be square, hexagonal or free form and may include a small border within the three-inch boundary.

Members can submit more than one design in more than one technique. How about submitting one design for each month of the year? Your designs can be in different techniques. You can suggest colour choices or leave it up to the individual stitcher.

There is no monetary award for the designs selected for the Take 50 Sampler. We will be promoting your name with your design on our website and Facebook page. After the anniversary year, the designs will be moved to My EAC/Mon ACB and available only to members. You will retain your design’s copyright and can use it as you wish even during the anniversary year. We would appreciate it if you let everyone know that your design is part of the EAC/ACB’s Take 50 Sampler Stitch-Along.

The closing date for submission of designs is January 31, 2022. The committee will decide on the final 48 designs by March 31, 2022. You will be notified if your design is selected and asked to submit the instructions/pattern no later than September 30, 2022.

  • Submission Form: Take 50 Sampler Design (fillable PDF)
    • Download and save the submission form to your device. Complete the form, save it, print and sign it. Then take a photo or scan both pages for submission.
  • Submit your design/pattern, a photo of the stitched design and your completed and signed submission form by email to Celebrating50@eac-acb.ca.
  • Submissions are due January 31, 2022.

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January 2021 Information found on eac-acb.ca

  1. Check out the newsletters in MyEAC/MonACB. The newsletters are no longer distributed to chapter presidents by email as there is private information in some of them. If you have an account, you can see them here: https://eac-acb.ca/my-eac-mon-acb/chapter-newsletters/. If you have not set up an account yet, you can do so here: https://eac-acb.ca/wp-login.php?action=register.

Cataraqui has photos of the Ornament Exchange 2020. Read about the exciting events some of our EAC/ACB Chapters are engaged in.

  1. 2021 Coaster/Trivet Exchange hosted by York Chatelaines are to be mailed to Shonna Froebel, 83 Meadowview Avenue, Thornhill, Ontario L3T 1K8 by April 30, 2021. There is no limit on the number of coaster or trivets that you can submit, however you must include a stamped self addressed envelope with your entries. Details can be found on page 15 in Embroidery Canada, Volume 48, Number 1 (Fall 2020).
  1. Education Courses – registration is now open for Carolyn Mitchell’s Canvaswork Course “On the Edge”. Details can be found on the eac-acb.ca website along with all the other courses available for EAC/ACB members, such as Jennie Wolter’s Canvas Finishing Techniques, Basic Crewel Embroidery, Hems and Edges by Barbara Kershaw plus many, many more. Please encourage your membership to pursue the advantages of learning a new technique.
  2. EAC pins are available from the Membership Director (membership@eac-acb.ca). The EAC Pin with Member Dangle is $10.00 and Chapter President Dangler Pin is $8.00. Photos can be viewed on the website in MyEAC/MonACB.
  3. Congratulations to Seashell Stitching’s recent opening an online needlework shop in Moncton, NB. Check out the listing/links to many more Needlework Shops on the EAC/ACB website as well as links to Needlework Designers.

 

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Note – Due to COVID-19, meetings have been cancelled until further notice. Stay tuned for updates.

 

 

Come stitch with us!

Whether you’re an intermediate stitcher or just wanting to get started, the Embroiderers’ Guild of Victoria (EGV) invites you to join us at a monthly meeting. Share your skills and creativity within a friendly, structured group.

We’re a group of people with an avid interest in all the needle arts. These include techniques such as crewel, canvas work, hand embroidery, machine embroidery, smocking, counted thread work, cross stitch, surface embroidery, quilting – literally anything done with a threaded needle.

Meetings

We hold monthly meetings in the daytime and evening. They include a short business meeting, a “show and share” time, and either a speaker or a program related to the needle arts. Learn more about our meetings and other benefits of membership. Location to be determined.

Events

We hold regular events, activities, and education workshops. Check our calendar to see what’s coming up.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Expand on your area of interest with our Special Interest Groups:

  • Sampler Saturday
  • Rapt Threads
  • Canvas SIG
  • Lace SIG
  • Hardang-it Stitchers

Community Involvement

Guild members are involved in:

  • sponsoring prizes at the Saanich Fair
  • producing embroidered pieces for a variety of charitable organizations
  • conducting workshops for Brownies and Guides
  • the “Wee Care” outreach project at the Victoria General Hospital
  • mentoring young stitchers at monthly Youth Group meetings
  • hosting members’ exhibitions

 

Thursday SAL (Stitch-a-long)

Are you looking for a group to help you learn some basic embroidery stitches or refresh your stitching skills? Or just a group of like minded friends to stitch with?

Join a few of the members of the Embroiderers’ Guild of Victoria in the café area of the Cedar Hill Rec Center on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from September to June.  This group is open to anyone, with any stitching level.

Time: 7:00 pm till 9:15 / 9:30 pm                     

If you need further details or clarification or if you are interested in attending some or all the sessions, or know anyone else who might be interested, please contact one of us. 

 

Karen Dearborn                                             Barbara Gilbert

Karen.dearborn@shaw.ca                            Barbara_Gilbert@telus.net

Note the new start time for our Evening Meetings (7:00pm) effective Feb 6/20.

 

NOTE – The Day Meeting scheduled for Thursday, Jan 16 has been cancelled due to the snow. 

 

EGV Zoom meeting – Tuesday May 25, 2021 at 7:30pm.

Check your email for a Flying Needle flash with the link to join the meeting (same day/time as the Tuesday KIT meetings).

Please submit photos for Show and Share to Karen Dearborn.