Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc.

Association canadienne de broderie, Inc.

By Anna Marie Winter

This course is designed for you to expand upon the knowledge and skills learned in the basic and intermediate level courses. Topics covered are further knowledge in colour, design, creativity, organizing skills in planning and presentation, use of traditional and contemporary materials in Canvaswork, skill in researching information, expanding your knowledge of embroidery history, introducing new techniques and encouraging experimentation, furthering skills in graphing, blocking and finishing, and learning conservation and restoration techniques. This course is a prerequisite for a student wishing to enroll in the EAC Teacher Certificate Programme specializing in Canvaswork teaching.

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By Colleen Darling

The purpose of this course is to expand your skills and knowledge in a variety of counted thread techniques as learned in the Basic Counted Thread correspondence course, and either the Intermediate Hardanger or Intermediate Blackwork course. Subjects included for further study are: traditional and creative uses of many counted thread stitches; skills of detailed graphing; colour and design theories as used in samplers; influences of historical samplers on modern work; use of traditional, as well as contemporary, materials; organizing skills in research, planning and presentation; conservation, preservation, restoration and storage of samplers; researching Canadian samplers held in public or private collections and recording this information in the EAC Sampler Registry. The major project is an original student-designed and stitched sampler using contemporary materials in various counted thread techniques. You choose the theme of your project.

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By Dorita Grant & Helen McCrindle

This course will assist you in building upon the skills and accomplishments developed in the basic and intermediate level courses. The various subject matters covered are: the more creative, as well as the traditional, uses of crewel stitches and their variations, the influence of historical traditions on contemporary Crewel embroidery, the effective use of materials in Crewel/surface projects, the organizational skills needed for project planning and presentation. You will learn the selection of various materials suitable for self-initiated projects. Further study of the principles of colour and design and other related forms of embroidery are incorporated into the study plan. Covered also are techniques of conservation, preservation, and storage of embroideries along with the various finishing techniques used in Crewel embroidery.

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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.