Our aim is to preserve traditional techniques and promote new challenges in the art of embroidery through education and networking.
- To encourage and promote the practice and knowledge of the art of embroidery in all its forms.
- 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.
The idea for a national embroiderers' association began with a small group of dedicated embroiderers who met in Winnipeg, in the studio of Leonida Leatherdale. Letters were sent to needlework groups and guilds across Canada. The first formal organizational meeting was held September 27, 1973. With the aid of competent legal advice, bylaws were drafted and approved by the federal government, and in November of 1974 the The Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc. officially came into existence. The head office was in Winnipeg, Manitoba — the geographic centre of Canada — where, it was felt, EAC could grow to the east and to the west.
The first EAC chapter was the Winnipeg Embroiderers' Guild, which sponsored the first two seminars with participants from across Canada and the United States. Annual seminars were held at various Canadian locales thereafter, and EAC began to gain members and chapters.
Now more than 40 years old, with 45 chapters and more than 1,500 members from all across Canada and beyond, we have grown into a vital and exciting organization. Membership in EAC has many wonderful benefits:
- An annual seminar held in a different Canadian location each year with an opportunity to take classes from accomplished national and international designers and teachers, and meet and share knowledge with a wide variety of stitchers.
- A quarterly magazine, Embroidery Canada, featuring needlework news, articles, and designs that are insightful and inspiring.
- Individual and group correspondence courses and cyber courses in every needlework technique imaginable.
- Membership in local chapters which meet regularly to study and interact with other stitchers.
- A cyber chapter with membership available to anyone, anywhere.
- Youth chapters to encourage young people to learn embroidery as art or hobby.
- Grants, contests, and fun activities available to all members to further their knowledge of needlework, support educational opportunities, sponsor travel to the annual seminar, etc.
- A lending library, available to all members, with extensive holdings in a wide variety of needlework techniques.
- A comprehensive website that includes a "Members' Only" section featuring content geared to enhance our main goals of education and fellowship.
- . . . and the list goes on.