Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc.

Association canadienne de broderie, Inc.

By Barbara Gilbert, designer Didi Vanden Brink

This course is designed to teach the beginning canvas stitcher the fundamentals of Canvaswork embroidery. Topics such as the preparation of the canvas for stitching, selections of needles and appropriate threads, choosing colours, use of a doodle cloth (sam cloth, practice piece) and a variety of stitches are covered. The design, which is based on a nine patch quilt block, allows the student to use Continental, Basketweave, Tent, Gobelin, Brick, Parisian, Hungarian and four Florentine (Bargello) patterns. As well, you will choose four stitches from reference books to stitch on this sampler project making your piece unique.

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By Catherine (Kit) Gates

This exciting sampler of Florentine stitches can be worked in your colour choice, on 18-count mono canvas.  When all the stitching is complete, this design can be made into a delightful rectangular shaped pillow; would make a lovely picture; insert it into a serving tray or use it for a front panel of a bag.

The techniques for this design are canvaswork and florentine stitches worked in unusual ways. The stitches chosen for this design include:  four-way florentine, Greek key, diagonal flint arrows, and adorable turtles, to name a few.

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By Carol Storie

This adorable canvas candy bowl with its abstract design is lots of fun to stitch. Bargello is combined with a variety of textured stitches worked on 18 count mono canvas. When all the stitching is complete, it is backed with fabric and made into a bowl to hold candies, jewellery or whatnot!

The stitches chosen are needlepoint stitches: bargello, crescent stitch and variations, Scotch, Norwich or waffle, smyrna cross, wheat stitch, triangle stitch and eyelets. Finishing instructions are included.

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By Lorene Salt

Shockwave is a beginner canvaswork piece designed to showcase interesting techniques such as bargello, a layered board, crescent petal flower clusters, and a variety of canvaswork stitches. Each corner is different so a lot of stitches are covered. The stitches for this piece fall into the five main categories of straight, diagonal, cross, tied and looped, and decorative. You will pick a colour of Caron Watercolours, and then pull colours from this thread to build your colour palette using #5 Perle Cotton. Metallics are used as an accent. The course is divided into six lessons.

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By Lorene Salt

This piece was inspired by the large stained glass windows in the Great Room of the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park.  This is my interpretation of one of those windows.  A colour palette of burgundy and blue was used, but students are encouraged to pick their own colour palettes. The piece is embellished with pearls.

Ahwahnee is a sampler of layered stitches, intricate borders, string art stitches such as 8-Point Star, Double Fan, Sprat's Head, Crescent Wave and Chilly Hollow designed to have you thinking outside the box.  This isn't your grandmother's needlepoint!

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By Mary Long

Inspired by King Tutankhamen's wonderful blue-and-gold mask, Cleopatra's Cat is intended to challenge the canvaswork stitcher.  This "cat with attitude" is a patchwork sampler of 46 laid fillings and composite stitches with lots of diagonal stitching and compensation.

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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.