Guild Workshops and Program 2017-2018

Welcome back to another exciting year in the Regina Stitchery Guild.  Canada turned 150 years old and the Regina Stitchery Guild turns 40.  These are two wonderful events to celebrate. This year workshops and program will celebrate these two amazing events.

At each monthly meeting, excluding December and June, there will be a surprise guest speaker and a corresponding stitching activity.  Bring a basic sewing kit and a 4″ embroidery hoop to each meeting.

Also part of the monthly program we encourage everyone to stitch Artist Trading Cards [ATC]. Artist Trading cards are small pieces of art 2.5 by 3.5 inches, about the size of a hockey trading card that can be traded at each meeting if you like.  These cards are being made to include in Martha Cole’s up coming workshops. Be sure to check back in the weeks and months ahead for more details about Martha Cole’s classes.  More information about the ATC  program is is available at a Guild meeting.

Martha Cole is a Saskatchewan fibre artist. Martha Cole will be facilitating workshops for the Regina Stitchery Guild for the next 18 months.  To get more information about Martha Cole visit her website at 

  • January 13 & 14, 2018 – Making Something Old New Again – Martha Cole
  • March 3, 2018 – Accordion Book – Martha Cole
  • April 7 & 8, 2018 – mini seminar weekend – 4 classes over 2 days

Guild Program Speakers

September 12, 2017Bill 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.