The Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc. started collecting pieces of stitchery and stitchery related items in the 1980s, but the Heritage collection was formed in 1991 with the donation of textiles from the estate of Leonida Leatherdale, founding member of EAC. In fact, the collection really began in 1758 when some unknown child or woman stitched one of the oldest pieces in the collection — a sampler. There are purses, evening bags, embroidered panel, doilies, bits of lace, kalagas from southeast Asia, and other samples of ethnic embroideries, and the list continues to grow.
The collection is stored at Saskatchewan Government House in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Heritage Loan Collection Agreement Form. This is an online fillable PDF. Please click next to the first box and complete. Print when done and post to the address on the form.
Learn more about Samplers in the EAC Heritage Collection, the second in a series cataloguing pieces in the collection.
Heritage Collection Appointee Janice Routley is very committed to bringing awareness of the variety of the collection, of which these items make up a very interesting part. Check back soon for more articles...
A new addition to the Heritage Collection is this 100-year-old linen hostess apron. It is worked with eyelets and has a crocheted edge and pocket.
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- Victorian Crazy Quilt Pincushion
- Religious Embroidery researched by Dot From
- Three-dimensional pyramid
- Wedding dress circa 1900
- Blue silk going away dress circa 1900
- Regimental cigarette silks
- Animals and flags silks
- Flag silks
Maisy, the Peddler Doll
Maisy, the peddler doll, was donated by Dorita Grant of Victoria. It is one of her hand-crafted and researched character dolls. The head, hands and feet are sculptured from red clay and the body is wood. She is dressed in a costume typical of the time she would have been peddling her wares in England.
Dorita says, “The term “peddler” doll refers to a collectable doll that was popular in England in the 19th century. The doll was not a toy and was kept in the parlours of ladies of means to entertain their guests. The most popular peddler doll is a figure of a woman who peddles small items. The peddlers carried their wares in their arms, in baskets, in bundles on their backs, and in any way that would allow them to carry a full load. As early as 1810 peddlers were required to have a licence to peddle confirming their good character.”
Lace-Edged Curtain Panel
This image is of the lace edge on a curtain panel. It is almost 120 years old and was stitched by Annie Gilholm of Ontario. The curtain panel was featured in an article in the summer 2016 issue of Embroidery Canada.