Beyond the Edge Seminar 2019
The next EAC seminar is going to be held in Victoria BC from May 14-19, 2019. Entitled “Beyond the Edge”, details of the seminar can be found on the Embroidery Association of Canada website.
Guild Program Speakers
September 12, 2017 – Bill Quick
Bill Quick talked about his wife Elsie May Quick who was well known in Regina stitching circles for her expertise stitching and teaching hardanger. Elsie May passed away in April 2015. Elsie May’s greatest passion was to reclaim and rejuvenate the nearly dying art of hardanger cutwork embroidery. Her students numbered in the thousands and were from all over North America. Her work was featured in the Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. Elsie May was an enthusiastic volunteer and was awarded the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2001.
October 10, 2017 – Anna Marie Winter
In 1977 Anna Marie was looking for a way to interact with people who loved needlework as much as she did and so the idea of a local organization for stitchers to learn from each other and other qualified instructors was born. In 1977 the Regina Stitchery Guild was formed. The first meeting was held in her home. 6 ladies joined her for that first meeting. Anna Marie shared the history of the guild from that humble beginning to where the Guild is today. There have been many milestones along the way
- 1978 – Regina Stitchery Guild became Chapter members of the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada.
- 1982 – the Guild moved to its present location in the newly opened Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Center.
- 1983 – the Guild hosted “Under Prairie Skies” the EAC national seminar.
- 1987 – for the 10th anniversary of the guild the Antique Lace and Conservation Project was established at Government House to conserve a set of lace collars from the Patterson Collection.
- 1987 – the first Victorian Market was held at Government House to raise money for the conservation project. This event was an annual event for 20 years.
- 1993 – Wee Care Program was started. This community project continues to this day and was established through the hospitals of Regina to provide gowns for babies who die at birth.
- 2002 – Guild hosted the 2nd EAC National Seminar
- In the early 90’s Anna Marie started designing using Kreinik embroidery threads. Through her work with Kreinik she traveled to trade shows across Canada, the US and Europe where she show cased her designs and demonstrated techniques using silk and metallic threads.
November 2017 – Beth Andrews
Beth’s history with the Regina Stitchery Guild began in the 70’s. After taking an adult class taught by Eleanor Podl, who was a great promoter of the Guild, she started with cross stitch and joined the Guild. Her fondest memories of the Guild were the fun times at the week-end stitch retreats and the June dinners. She was also so impressed by the extremely knowledgeable and talented teachers who taught workshops for the Guild. Her favorite form of stitching is canvas work. Beth has not been an active member of the Guild for a few years but she continues to stitch. Her current passion is making bears [which she sells], quilting and sewing.
February 2018 – Carol Storie
Carol became a member of the Regina Stitchery Guild after moving to Regina in the mid 80’s. Other than Brownies which she found very frustrating, Carol was not exposed to needlework until she was 25 years old. At a craft sale in Brandon she saw petit point jewelry and asked if she could learn how to do it. So her first real exposure to needlework was 40 count petit point jewelry. After moving to Regina in 1985 Carl attended a few Friday morning stitch-ins before she joined the Guild. Over the years she has taken many EAC correspondence courses and made many friends along the way. Through her exposure to many talented designers and teachers Carol took up the challenge and started designing her own patterns. The Regina Stitchery Guild gave her the opportunity to participate in design challenges and to teach when the Guild hosted the national EAC Seminar in 2002 and 2010. Carol’s designs were chosen as the fundraisers for these Seminars. Carol became involved at the national level as well serving on the Board of Directors as Youth Embroiderer Director for 6 years and she is currently teaching a group Correspondence Course – Canvas Candy Bowl.