Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc.

Association canadienne de broderie, Inc.

By Loletta Hale

This beginner course is worked on linen and measures approximately 5½ by 12 inches and includes elements of Blackwork, verse and alphabets. You will explore stitches used in early sampler making such as Queen, Montenegrin, Four-sided, and variations of cross stitch.

Personalizing the sampler with your signature will make it a unique piece. 

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By Maureen Spira

These enticing little "Smalls" will lead you through the first steps of Blackwork.  Learn how a simple design shape grows and expands.  Worked in black or dark floss with metallic highlights on 25-count white or antique white Lugana.  When all the stitching is complete, detailed finishing instructions for each of the designs are provided.  Create a Pin Cannoli Roll, Scissor Keep, Scissor Fob, Needle Keep, and a Pouch to store the little smalls for safe keeping.  The stitches for this course are:  Double Running (Holbein), Straight, Straight Cross Stitch variation, and Buttonhole for finishing.  Optional stitches:  Ladder Stitch and Chain Stitch.

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By Carolyn Mitchell

This is a teaching course for beginner students in Hardanger. It is expected that all the stitches in this course will be completed, including the two styles of finishing the table mat. It is recommended that you have some experience of working on cotton or linen fabric and have done any of the following techniques: counted cross stitch, counted thread work, or blackwork.

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By Carolyn Mitchell

This course is designed to take you beyond the beginner level of Hardanger embroidery by working on linen or an evenweave fabric other than Hardanger fabric, with a variety of threads in addition to perle cotton. Several complex stitches will be learned, and there is very strong encouragement for you to add elements from your personal research.

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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.