Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc.

Association canadienne de broderie, Inc.

By Janice Routley

The design for this course is adapted from a delightful purse held in the EAC Heritage Collection. After reviewing the mounting of fabrics for metal thread embroidery, you will learn a new method of “trace and tack” pattern transfer.

Part of the design is worked in Japanese gold, some with shading. Other design elements are padded and covered with kid leather. Several types of metal threads, such as Jaceron/pearl purl, rococo or crinkle, smooth, rough and check purls, will be worked in the design. Spangles complete the pattern.

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By Margaret Vant Erve

This pretty tulip design is an adaptation from a 19th century tile from Delft, Holland, renowned for its distinctive tiles. The embroidery is worked on a beautiful silk wool blend fabric using Soie d’alger silks and gold thread. The student will learn long and short, split and fishbone stitch as well as gold couching.

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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.