Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc.

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ALTHERR, Ilse. (Course Counsellor)
Ilse Altherr resides in Lancaster, New Hampshire. She is a counted thread enthusiast as well as a free form designer. Ilse specializes in all forms of counted thread work. She has branched out into free form design, which resulted in a well-received exhibit in New Hampshire; she was featured on WMUR, NH Chronicles. Ilse holds teaching certificates in Blackwork and Canvas Embroidery from the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA), and has authored several books. She taught needle art nationwide and wrote a variety of Group Correspondence Courses for EGA, as well as for The American Needlepoint Guild, (ANG), the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada (EAC), and Callaway Gardens’ School of Needle Art. Currently she teaches various correspondence courses, and writes articles for Needle Arts. Her studies and travels have taken her across the United States, parts of Canada, as well as Europe.

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ARMOUR, Pat. (Active Teacher)
Pat specialises in crewel, basic design and appliqué. She has a BA in Fine Arts from University of Guelph and has continued to take drawing and design courses. The EAC individual Metal Thread course and the Beginner Crewel courses helped refine her skills and develop a love for these techniques. Watching fellow stitchers struggle with design led her to develop a basic design course. Pat's mother started her stitching at an early age and she continues to grow in my love and dedication to the threaded needle with the guidance and support of EAC and Toronto Guild of Stitchery.

 

BEAMISH, Kim. (Active Teacher)
Kim's specialties include Hardanger, blackwork, cross stitch, surface embroidery, pulled thread and drawn thread and she holds a Master Craftsman in counted thread with EGA. Her designs have been published in A Needle Pulling Thread, Stitch with the Embroiderers’ Guild, Just Cross Stitch, Cross Stitch and Needlework and Inspirations.

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BERLIN, Tanja. (Active Teacher)
Tanja, originally from Dorset, England, is a graduate and former staff member of the Royal School of Needlework. At the school she became an expert on various techniques of embroidery as they applied to restoration, conservation and commission projects. Tanja now lives in Calgary where she teaches and maintains her website of embroidery kits and designs. Her Goldwork sampler was highlighted in Embroidery Canada magazine.

 

 

CLIFFORD, Leann. (Active Teacher)

 

DARLING, Colleen. (Course Counsellor)
Colleen has been a member of EAC for over 30 years and during that time has held positions in the Lakeshore Creative Stitchery Guild, the Toronto Stitchery Guild, EAC and the Orillia Stitchery Guild. She has been a counsellor in EAC’s correspondence school since its inception. Presently, she does counselling for the Counted Thread, Hardanger and Blackwork individual courses and Pulled Thread, Blackwork, Hardanger and Sampler group courses. She has written the Intermediate Blackwork individual course and the Beginner Pulled Thread and Basic Blackwork group courses. At present, she gardens, bird watches, teaches embroidery and stitches in a variety of techniques.

 

DEARBORN, Karen. (Active Teacher)

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DIUGUID, Katherine.  Diuguid Katherine has completed the Royal School of Needlework Certificate of Technical Hand Embroidery and studied embroidery for a Master's degree.  She is an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at NC State University. Her research focuses on stitch: Stitch as decoration as seen in embroidery, Stitch as structure as seen in hand dressmaking and tailoring, and the history and development of stitch in the US, UK, and France. Her most current research addresses color theory and interactions within stitching, especially Goldwork embroidery. She has taught at Inspiring Threads 2016 for EAC, workshops at EGA and local workshops for museums. She cannot remember a time in her life that she was not stitching something.

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DOUGLAS, Jeannette. (Active Teacher) Jeannette, of Jeannette Douglas Designs from Calgary, Alberta, has been teaching her love of needle and thread since 2002, specialising in counted thread techniquest and cross stitch. Jeannette's design business began in 1998 with the start of the Canadian Journey Series and since then, her career in design has catapulted to the front. She has shared her talent with students from coast to coast across North America, and has taught in the UK and in Holland (in Dutch). Visit her website.

 

FORD, Jean. (Active Teacher)

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GILBERT, Barbara. (Active Teacher) Barbara is known for her love of embroidery. She is a career teacher and has taught all ages, from young Brownies to mature students. She brings her enthusiasm for textiles and stitchery to each class. She has co-authored the EAC Group Correspondence Course Beginner Canvas, the Youth Correspondence Courses, and the Teacher Certificate Programme. She is a course counsellor for EAC and a past president of the organization.

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GILL, Joyce. (Active Teacher) Joyce Gill is a founding member of the Lady's Slipper Needle Arts Guild. She has been stitching for over 40 years and teaching classes for more than 15 years in various techniques including counted thread, silk ribbon, Hardanger, canvaswork, Richelieu, and Stumpwork. From teaching needlework classes through her own shop, “The Needle Nut,” she has branched out to design and teach for Guilds through the Maritimes. Her “Toast to the Okanagan” won the 2008 Seminar Theme Award. She is currently the President of EAC.

 

GOODMAN, Bunny. (Active Teacher). Bunny specialises in surface embroidery and stumpwork and is self-taught. She has hosted “Bunny Fest” from 1996-2009 and she has taught at many of the Vancouver Island Guild festivals, as well as at the 2012 EAC Seminar in Victoria.

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GRANT, Dorita. (Course Counsellor) Dorita received her teacher’s certificate from The National Standards Council of American Embroiderers’. She has several historical textile hangings displayed in Victoria buildings and is well known for her sculptured clay dolls depicting the local Pacific Northwest Indian costumes. She has taught for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Camosun College, local recreation centres as well as EAC Seminars and EAC Chapters across Canada. Dorita has co-authored the Crewel Correspondence Courses as well as the Surface Stitchery Youth Correspondence Course. Dorita continues to be a Counsellor for these courses.

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KERSHAW, Barbara M. (Active Teacher) Barbara has been studying embroidery since 1988 and joined the Northumberland Hills Stitchery Guild in 1992. With their encouragement, she has taken many EAC and EGA courses and has become certified as a Master Craftsman in Counted Thread from EGA. She also studied at the Museum de Schwalm in 2005. A passion for whitework continues with exhibitions and a teaching schedule in Canada and the USA. Barbara is the author of several Whitework Correspondence Courses for EAC and EGA as well as a book of Schwalm filling stitches called Exquisite Schwalm.

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LACHANCE, Linda. (Active Teacher) Linda currently owns/operates Northern Pine Designs, a needlework design business (established in 1987), featuring original counted cross stitch designs with a Canadian flavour and geometric and textured Canvaswork designs. Linda has taught extensively in the United States and Canada at guild workshops and at national seminars: EAC Seminars in St John's, 1996, and Calgary, 2001, American Needlepoint Guild National Seminars in San Diego, 1998, Atlanta, 1999, and Kansas City, 2000, "Fibre Potpourri" at Olds, AB, 1997. Linda has published articles in magazines for Embroidery Canada, Needlepoint News, Needlepointers and Crafts Plus. Five designs have been published by Rainbow Gallery. Many of her designs are self-published through Northern Pine Designs.

 

LINCOLN, Ingrid. (Active Teacher) Ingrid is an artist who works in textiles. She is interested in colour, texture and form. Recently her work has dealt with protection: the protection of our skins and our textiles. To emphasize this concept she has incorporated materials not usually associated with soft media. These include resin, metal and most recently ice. She has taught locally in Winnipeg as well as two EAC Seminars and she completed two Banff Centre residences.

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McBAIN CUYLER, Linda. (Active Teacher) Linda is a full time artist who enjoys sharing her love of colour, art and design through her free motion machine embroidery classes. Generally her method begins with taking photographs of nature which are edited and interpreted in the resulting embroidery. To add texture and detail, threads are added to the painted background. Both beginners and more experienced stitchers can benefit from her 20 years of experience in design and at the sewing machine. She hopes that by taking her classes you will not only gain skills that will carry over to other projects but have fun. Remember that if art is the cake, creativity is the icing! As an avid fibre enthusiast, Linda has been a member of the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild executive for over 20 years—including past president. She has professional experience as an interior designer and a commercial embroidery and banner designer. She is currently an exhibiting member of the Alberta Craft Council, dividing her time between exhibitions, craft shows and teaching. Visit Linda's website.

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McCRINDLE, Helen. (Active Teacher) Helen is a longtime member and past president (1990-1992) of EAC, and has spent many years teaching and designing crewel embroidery as well as other techniques. A certified teacher of crewel embroidery, she also graduated in Fine Arts and holds a degree in Library and Information Science. She currently operates the EAC book and audiovisual library from her home. Helen is one of the authors of the three EAC individual crewel correspondence courses, basic intermediate and advanced levels. After giving students a grounding in traditional crewel techniques, she assists her students in exploring comtemporary applications.

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MITCHELL, Carolyn. (Active Teacher) Carolyn, designer and has been involved in embroidery for the past 30 years. She holds a NSCAE teaching certificate and was EAC Education Chair (1990-94). Her love for fibres, colours and textures are evident in her designs in Canvaswork and Hardanger. A popular national and international teacher, Carolyn's exploration of fibres, colours and stitches creates delightful texture in her pieces. She blends canvaswork, hardanger and blackwork to create exciting results. Carolyn loves teaching and passing on her knowledge and encouragement to her students to help them develop and cultivate their knowledge of embroidery. Carolyn's website.

 

 

 

PURNEY MARK, Susan. (Active Teacher) Susan specialises in surface design with a focus on: screen-printing, dyeing, soy wax resists (batik), thread dyeing, Shiva Paintstiks, plate and monoprinting, Thermofax screen printing, stamping with embellishment by machine and hand stitching. Susan has spent the last 15 years learning, experimenting and finally teaching a variety of surface design techniques in dyeing, painting, screen printing and image transfers. At this point she is focused on using lettering, alphabets and fonts in a variety of different applications and exploring how lettering can be used in quilting and surface design. Susan travels internationally to teach and lecture, has written six quilting books and many magazine articles.

 

 

 

RAND, Carol. (Active Teacher) Carol’s work involves hand stitching in surface embroidery, crewel, petit point and other forms of canvas work. She often works in mixed media, e.g. acrylic paint with stitch, and has a special interest in reproducing children’s drawings and paintings. As well, she enjoys creating tiny theme books and sampler books. Re-purposing linen and cotton embroideries from the past into new and useful items is a favourite theme. As well, Carol repurposes woolen items into new gifts embellished with crewel wool and tiny treasures. Carol is willing to teach 1-day and 2-day project workshops in southern Ontario, the GTA and east to, (and including) Montreal. She encourages participants to explore their own creativity and themes with any given project. “Stitching Children’s Art” (reproducing children’s art in stitch); “Vintage Sampler Book (Surface embroidery and book making); “Fun with Felt” (Making new items from re-purposed wool using crewel embroidery)

 

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ROUTLEY, Janice E. (Active Teacher) Janice is one of the founding members of the Regina Stitchery Guild and has 40 years of teaching experience. She has in the past served on the EAC Board and has been an appointee in charge of the Heritage Collection since 1991. She is also a counsellor and author for several EAC correspondence courses and has taught at past Seminars. She has been the recipient of the Leonida Leatherdale Award twice since its inception in 1983.

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SALT, Lorene. (Active Teacher) Lorene is an award-winning stitcher whose favourite medium is canvaswork. She is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical University in the Fashion Merchandising and Design program. She is also an avid beader and jewellery maker. She has completed the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Canvaswork courses through EAC. She has taken many cyber classes and regular courses at the EAC and ANG National Seminars. She now designs and teaches. Lorene enjoys watching a piece come alive through colour and texture.

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SCOTT, Diane. (Active Teacher) Diane was born in Toronto, and has lived in Oakville, a community west of the Greater Toronto Area, for 27 years, except for a 1½-year stay in Nova Scotia. While there, she was introduced to the threaded needle and all its possibilities, and joined the Marigold Guild of Needle Arts. She has taught several original projects at their annual retreat. She joined the Toronto Guild of Stitchery in 2011, and has taught several in-house workshops. She has also taught at the Creativ Festival in Toronto and at Olds in Alberta. She is currently the EAC Course Manager for Correspondence Courses.

 

SIRSKI-HOWELL, Joyce. (Active Teacher) Joyce holds a master craftsman in Counted Thread from EGA. Her interest in Ukrainian embroidery goes back over 40 years and she has taken many classes in this technique. Joyce has taught many classes over the years in Hardanger and Ukrainian embroidery techniques. Joyce has been heavily involved with Ukrainian dance costumes for the past 20 years. She works with various dance groups across Alberta. She also serves on the committee of the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League Museum of Edmonton. She has enjoyed teaching embroidery to elementary school children for nearly 25 years.

 

SOBIE, Laurrie. (Active Teacher)

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STORIE, Carol. (Active Teacher) Carol has been stitching for over 25 years; she creates and teaches designs in many techniques of counted thread including hardanger, canvaswork, pulled thread and cross stitch. She incorporates specialty threads and a wide variety of stitches. She is a member of the Needlework Designers of Canada, EAC and the Regina Stitchery Guild. She previously served on the EAC Board of Directors as the Youth Embroiderers’ Director. Carol has taught locally as well as at EAC Seminars in 2002 and 2010. She was the author of an EAC cyber course in 2006. Two of her designs have been published in Embroidery Canada and several were featured in Grainews as part of a regular column.

 

VANT ERVE, Margaret. (Active Teacher) Margaret is a full time artist whose work depicts the Canadian landscape through the medium of textile paints a, hand and machine embroidery. She studied textile art and design at Sheridan College and the Ontario College of Art and is a certified teacher with EAC. She has taught workshops to EAC guilds, quilt guilds, colleges and privately. Her book, Window Gardens in Bloom (C&T Publishers) was released in 2005. More recently, she has become a teacher with artcraftedu.com. To learn more about Margaret, go to her website.

 

WINTER, Anna-Marie. (Course Counsellor) Anna-Marie is a Canadian teacher, designer, lecturer and author. Past President of the The Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc., Anna-Marie has authored two canvas work correspondence courses for EAC and has taught CyberWorkshops for the American Needlepoint Guild and Needle Artworks. She has traveled extensively in Canada, the United States, Bermuda and Europe conducting workshops, demonstrations and lectures. Her designs have appeared in numerous publications and private collections.

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Guideline for Student Levels


Beginners are those who need guidance in reading stitch patterns or who are new to the technique.

Intermediate students understand stitch patterns but may need guidance; have taken this technique or similar one at the beginner or basic level; have a beginning understanding of colour and design.

Advanced students read charts and stitch diagrams with ease, have a good understanding of stitch technique; have good understanding of colour and design. Must have taken an intermediate level course in the technique. Must be able to work independently.