Have you had PROJECT 150 in your area yet?
The Embroiderers’ Association of Canada has a huge project underway (in case you have had your head buried under a pile of embroidery hoops!)
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation, EAC has undertaken a big embroidery project in the form of two panels, each 61 x 92 centimetres (2 x 3 feet). They represent what it is to be Canada and the design is focused in the centre on a mighty maple tree. From the Northern Lights in the north to the forests, mountains, streams and lakes, from the abundance of wild provincial birds, to mining, farming, fishing — all the many facets of Canada are featured on these two fine linen canvases. One is based in the West and the other is based in the East of Canada.
The plan is to present the finished panels to the National Capital Commission in Ottawa, as a gift to the country of Canada in 2017.
Many members have stitched motifs on these panels to date, but there are many more opportunities for more members and guilds to add their flair. Our goal is to have all embroidery finished by December 2016.
There is still time to book a segment of time for your area to have the panels in your town or city. All the directions and materials are provided! EAC pays for transportation from one area to the next.
National members are welcome to stitch with their closest guild. Youth members are also encouraged to stitch on it.
Interested groups should have the panels set up in a place where members can book in for a morning, afternoon or evening of congenial stitching. It could be in someone’s home!
A Project Update from Helen
One year ago my Vancouver team was putting together the many packages of threads and wools that would be needed to embroider the two panels of the project that will celebrate Canada’s entry into Confederation in 1867. Last May the Committee launched the project in Calgary at Seminar 2015 and ever since then, the two panels, one in the East and one in the West, have been circulating around the many guilds of our organization.
Hundreds of hours were spent designing, colouring, transferring the design and writing directions for the creation of this project.
The panels have gone through four seasons of the year. The summer was spent in Vancouver looking out over floral gardens, in the Maritimes looking out over seascapes. Fall brought stitchers on Vancouver Island and Eastern stitchers in Ontario. Winter came with a vengeance to the embroiderers in Ottawa and Quebec, and western stitchers in Alberta and Manitoba. Through it all the panels have travelled in all weather conditions! The spring now entices the Fraser Valley embroiderers and Regina and Edmonton to put in their embroidery stitches in the West, and Montreal and St. John’s in the East.
Now, we look forward to Seminar 2016 in Toronto at Humber College, where the two embroidered panels will meet for the first time. Seminar participants will be able to spend time stitching on them. After Seminar the Eastern Panel will go West and the Western Panel will travel to the East of Canada.
I want to thank all members, young and not so young, who have spent some time translating the vision of the artist, Catherine Nicholls, into a tapestry of what it means to be Canada into stitch. May we continue throughout 2016 to complete the work. We hope to present the finished panels to the Government of Canada after our Seminar in 2017 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
I look forward to the finished embroidery!
Project 150 Team Leader
West Panel: Launched in May 2015 at Seminar in Calgary
- Chatham-Kent, ON (Tulip Tree Needlearts): August 2016
- Prince Edward Island: September 2016
- St John's, NF (St John's Guild of Embroiderers): October 2016
- Ottawa, ON (Ottawa Valley Guild of Stitchery): November 2016
- Toronto, ON (Toronto Guild of Stitchery): December 2016
East Panel: Launched in May 2015 in Truro, NS
- Vancouver Island (Victoria, Nanaimo, Qualicum): July-August 2016
- Winnipeg, MB (Winnipeg Embroiderers' Guild): September 6-26, 2016
Eastern Panel Stitchers
Simcoe County Embroidery Stitchers
Kim Beamish, Phyllis Borgdorff, Colleen Clark, Colleen Darling, Dorothy de Silguy, Barbara Dietrich, Kathy Farr, Sandra Jupp, and Sharon Pollack participated in stitching the panel.
The Moncton Stitchers
Front row, left to right:
- Linda Rogers
- Gisele Nowlan
- Odette Gaudet
Back row, left to right:
- Noölla Cormier
- Monique LeBlanc
- Lynne Eagles
- Bonnie Bingham
- Mildred Dunklee
- Patricia LeBlanc
- Louise Jardine
- Sharon Hanna
- Joan Watt