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 Colleen Darling

This exciting course reviews the basic principles of Blackwork to create these elegant Spring Tulips.  You will be working with tulle, fabric markers, fabric paint and embroidery floss on 32-count linen.  You will be placing the design on the fabric following drawn design and the detailed instructions.  There is no over-all chart for the placement of patterns because you will decide that, with the variety of Blackwork patterns provided.  These tulips are gently blowing in the spring garden.

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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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By Kim Beamish

This charming three piece ensemble of Hardanger offers beginner stitches such as:  Kloster Variation, Cable /stitch, Satin Stitch, Pebble Stitch, Buttonhole Stitch, Buttonhole Stitch Variation I, Buttonhole Stitch Variation II, Whip Stitch, Backstitch, Dove's Eye, Wrapped Bars, and Algerian Eyelet.  Emphasis is on finishing.  Basic knowledge of Hardanger is an asset.

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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.