EAC 50th Anniversary
TAKE 50 SAMPLER
Calling all EAC/ACB Designers, Teachers and Individual Members
EAC/ACB is looking for members to design a portion of a stitch-a-long sampler project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of EAC/ACB. Are you a beginner or “secret” designer who has designed only for yourself or for your guild members? We are especially looking for you! If you
have been designing for years, we need your expertise as well.We want to promote our “Member Designers”, so this is your chance to show the world what you can do!
We are planning to offer 4 different, small designs each month for the whole anniversary year (January 2023 to December 2023), with 2 bonus designs to make up a total of 50 designs for our 50th year! The idea is to have designs in different techniques so that the stitcher can choose which to add to their own sampler. We are looking for designs in the following
techniques: surface stitchery, canvaswork, various counted techniques to include: Blackwork, Cross Stitch, Hardanger, Pulled Thread etc. The designs will be posted on the EAC-ACB website and the EAC-ACB Facebook page each month.
This stitch-a-long will be available to anyone visiting our media – both members and the general public.
The designs should be based on 28 count fabric or 18 count canvas. Anyone choosing to work all surface designs will be instructed to back their fabric with calico or muslin. The designs could be in the form of a band or a spot motif. The maximum length of a band design is 5 inches (13 cm). The maximum width of a band design is 2 inches (5 cm). The maximum size
for a spot motif is 3 inches (7.5 cm) square. Spot motifs could include a small border within the 3 inch boundary. Spot motifs can be square, circular, hexagonal or free form. Designers can submit more than one design. How about submitting one design for each month
of the year? Your designs can be in different techniques. Colour choices for the design can be suggested by you or left up to the individual stitcher.
There is no monetary payment for this project: we will be promoting your name in all of the EACACB media sources. Your design will be on the EAC-ACB website for the duration of the anniversary year and will then be moved to the members only section where it will remain. You
will retain copyright of the design and can use it as you wish even during the anniversary year. We ask that if you use it you also promote EAC/ACB when you do.
Closing date for submission of designs will be January 31, 2022. Decisions on the final 48 designs will be made by March 31, 2022. Instructions/pattern will be requested for submission if the design is selected and are due by September 30, 2022.
Submit your design and a submission form (found on the members site) and email it to Celebrating50@eac-acb.ca by January 31 2022
EAC Project Fundraiser
EAC/ACB is looking for projects to be sold as association fundraisers via the EAC/ACB website. The projects can be patterns only or they may be made up into kits. Any project may be submitted as a proposed project. We are looking to choose a project for every embroidery level (Youth, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced or All levels) and that showcase a variety of techniques.
EAC/ACB would have the right to sell the project for two years. The rights would then return to the designer to be used as they wish. Projects chosen will result in an honorarium of between $300 – $350 for the project rights for the 2 year period.
See EAC/ACB members site for full guidelines and submission form. All submissions to be made via email to Celebrating50@eac-acb.ca and due by March 31 2022.
EAC-ACB Seminar: Magical Mystery is going Virtual!
The seminar committee is working with the teachers to make this happen. Changes will be made to the web site in due time. Teachers created the courses to be taught in person, that being said not all courses will translate well to online, so some courses will not run.
People who have pre-registered will be contacted by January 25th to confirm their classes. Those who have not pre-registered will be able to start registering on February 1st.
Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from September to May, 7:00 PM at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Center 2420 Elphinstone Street. Meetings are open to the public, for information on attending a Zoom meeting contact the webmaster. Meeting dates for 2021 are:
- January 12, 2021 – Zoom meeting
- February 9, 2021 – Zoom meeting
- March 9, 2021 – Zoom meeting
- April 13, 2021 – meeting format to be announced
- May 11, 2021 – meeting format to be announced
- June 9, 2021 – meeting format to be announced
Friday morning Stitch and Chat
The Neil Balkwill Arts Center is closed once again for stitching on Friday mornings due to increased COVID 19 restrictions.
Stitching Stories September 5, 2020 to February 28, 2021
A large number of items from the EAC Heritage Collection are currently on display at Government House in Regina. The exhibit, titled Stitching Stories, is an introduction both to the Embroiderers Association of Canada and to the wide range of needlework techniques practiced by its members. Story boards are arranged throughout the exhibit to describe the type of needlework displayed in the exhibit as well as providing information on the Embroiderers Association of Canada, which reads in part:
“In these unprecedented times there is solace in tradition and creativity. The Embroiderers’ Association of Canada preserves traditional techniques and promotes new challenges in the art of embroidery.
The Embroiderer’s Association of Canada is now almost 50 years old. They have almost 40 chapters and more than 1,500 members from all across Canada and beyond. They have grown into a vital and exciting organization. They also maintain a Heritage Collection with over 1000 items. The collection began in 1991 with the donation of textiles from the Leonida Leatherdale estate. One of the oldest pieces in the collection is a sampler from 1758. In 2003, chapter members the Regina Stitchery Guild (RSG) partnered with Government House as a place to house and care for this collection.
Embroidery in various forms has existed as long as man has been able to produce fabric. Come and explore the Heritage Collection items and their stories featured in this exhibit.”
This introduction to needlework provides the viewer with visual dictionary of needlework techniques that includes Counted and Surface embroidery, Needlelace, Hardanger, Cutwork, Quilting, Bobbin Lace and Knitting that have been worked into a wide variety of items from framed pictures, dolls and quilts to clothing and household items.
The exhibit is open to the public from September 5, 2020 to February 28, 2021
Share information about your favorite embroidery arts resources with Guild members by emailing your recommendations to email@example.com.
- The Embroidery Association of Canada: a national non-profit educational organization to promote and support development of needlework arts