Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc.

Association canadienne de broderie, Inc.

By Anna Marie Winter

This course is designed to give instruction in intermediate Canvaswork embroidery skills. You will learn to use, in a creative manner, the stitches learned in the basic course, as well learning new stitches, develop skills in colour and design, use organizational skills in planning a project, begin researching information, introduce new techniques and encourage experimentation and creativity, and continue knowledge of finishing techniques. The course extends the knowledge of Canvaswork stitches with emphasis on the variations. Other topics explored are colour, design, designing new stitches, adapting designs to canvas, lettering, and a short introduction to mixed media work.

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By Colleen Darling

This course is designed to develop basic counted threads skills to the intermediate level specializing in Blackwork embroidery. You will learn the two styles of Blackwork, back stitch filling patterns and double running stitch, choosing suitable materials, designing personal work, colour concepts as applied to Blackwork, critical analysis of their work, historical background and the use of traditional and contemporary materials and methods. You will design and stitch your final project.

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By Dorita Grant & Helen McCrindle

This course helps you to expand upon basic skills to become an intermediate Crewel stitcher. You will develop skills in techniques, stitches, stitch variations and designing of Crewel embroidery at the intermediate level and you will form an appreciation for the historical traditions of Crewel. You should be able to select appropriate fabric threads and needles; identify, stitch and diagram basic stitches and variations; search references for information; transfer designs to fabric; describe and apply colour and design principles to a self-initiated project; and clean, block and mount Crewel embroidery.

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By Pam Godderis

This course will develop an awareness and understanding of basic colour theory and its application in embroidery. Exercises are provided to apply colour theory to embroidery; to encourage the formation of personal creativity through the application of colour theory; to learn a colour theory vocabulary and how to recognize the elements related to hue. While working with colour theory components, you will demonstrate an understanding of these concepts. You will create a personal philosophy of colour to apply to your embroidery.

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By Pam Godderis

This course will expand your awareness of, and encourage the development of a positive attitude towards developing your own creative potential; to provide exercises that will enable you to develop your sensory awareness and creativity through embroidery; to achieve an understanding of the principles of art, and how they are used as a vocabulary for expressing the visual aspects of embroidery, as well as for defining personal ideas and thoughts. You will learn of the specific elements and principles of design, and then generate experiments in fabric, thread and other art media to demonstrate these. Sensory awareness, through the “look and see” method, as well as other senses, will be employed in order to gain inspiration for future embroideries.

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By Connie Wilks; revised by Carolyn Mitchell & Colleen Darling

This course is designed to provide instruction in intermediate skill levels of Hardanger embroidery. You will learn techniques for designing Hardanger, the use of colour, planning material requirements, graphing projects, creative use of traditional and contemporary materials and stitch patterns, stitching and finishing projects, as well as some historical research for this type of embroidery. The final major project is designed and stitched by you.

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By Bunty Severs

This course is designed to give instruction in intermediate skill levels of Whitework Embroidery. Techniques in Broderie Anglaise, Lettering, Richelieu, Hedebo, Mountmellick and Ayrshire Stitchery will be taught. You will identify and use the correct fabric, threads, needles, and special tools for each technique studied. You will learn to transfer designs to fabrics, complete samples of each type of stitchery within this field, and research the historical information for each technique. Finishing, conservation methods, and identifying examples of Whitework Embroidery will also be covered. You will design and stitch a project as the final assignment.

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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.