Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc.

Association canadienne de broderie, Inc.

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photo of Dianna ThorneWelcome to the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada!

We hope your interest and perhaps passion in embroidery can be nourished here on our site. We are an association of like-minded people in regards to embroidery, fibres and textile art in Canada and across the world. Yes, we have Canadian and international members. Anyone can be a member.

We have 39 chapters across Canada that meet to share their enthusiasm for embroidery. Our chapters and our association are teaching chapters, which means we all share and learn from each other and from very talented national and international teachers. What if a chapter is not close to you or doesn’t meet when you can attend? No problem, you can be a national, international or a member of our virtual chapter, Virtual Threads.

We offer fellowship in all our chapters and places we get together. Those places may be in person in our chapters, at our annual seminar or virtually with our virtual chapter and during one of our cyber courses. We invite you to join us in our shared passion. We can all learn from each other.

Is embroidery old fashioned and dying? We think not - or, is that knot? I love embroidery knots, but I digress. Embroidery encompasses traditional, contemporary and whatever your heart desires. Wikipedia defines embroidery as “the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as pearls, beads, quills, and sequins.” I truly think they forgot some materials such as buttons, shells, and what about all the magnificent fibres we have to use today, not just thread and yarn!

Enjoy our site and our offerings!

If you have any questions or suggestions for us, please drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully meeting you in person. 

Dianna Thorne
EAC President


Bienvenue sur le site de l’Association canadienne de broderie!

Nous espérons que vous trouverez sur notre site internet, de quoi stimuler votre intérêt ou peut-être même votre passion pour la broderie. Notre association regroupe des canadiens ou des personnes d’ailleurs dans le monde, qui sont intéressés par la broderie, les fibres et l’art textile. Oui, nous avons des membres canadiens, mais aussi des membres internationaux; tous peuvent adhérer.

Nos 46 sections, réparties sur le territoire canadien, permettent aux membres de se réunir et de partager leur enthousiasme pour la broderie. Nos sections et notre association sont des lieux d’enseignement, ce qui signifie qu’on peut y échanger et apprendre les uns des autres et y bénéficier de l’enseignement de professeurs reconnus à l’international. Que faire si aucune section n’est à proximité de votre résidence ou si votre horaire ne vous permet pas de participer à des rencontres? Pas de problème, vous pouvez devenir membre national, international ou membre de notre section virtuelle, appelée Virtual Threads.

Nous offrons camaraderie et entraide dans toutes nos sections et nos lieux de rencontres. Il peut s’agir de rencontres en personne dans nos différentes sections ou lors de notre séminaire annuel ou encore par internet grâce à notre section virtuelle ou à nos cyberformations. Vous partagez notre passion, alors joignez-vous à nous. Nous pouvons tous apprendre les uns des autres.

La broderie est-elle une activité démodée et moribonde? Ce n’est pas notre avis. Selon les goûts de chacun, la broderie peut être traditionnelle ou contemporaine. Sur son site anglophone, Wikipédia définit ainsi la broderie : «l’art de décorer des tissus ou d’autres matériaux avec des fils ou des laines à l’aide d’une aiguille. La broderie peut aussi incorporer d’autres éléments comme des perles, des piquants et des paillettes ». Je crois qu’ils ont omis de mentionner des éléments comme des boutons, des coquillages ainsi que toutes les merveilleuses fibres dont nous disposons aujourd’hui, outre les fils et la laine.

Alors profitez de notre site et de ce qu’il offre.

Et quelles que soient vos questions ou suggestions, n’hésitez pas à me laisser un message à l’adresse suivante : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Il me fera plaisir de vous lire et éventuellement de vous rencontrer.

Dianna Thorne
Présidente de l’ACB


Our Aim

Our aim is to preserve traditional techniques and promote new challenges in the art of embroidery through education and networking.

Our Purpose

  • To encourage and promote the practice and knowledge of the art of embroidery in all its forms.
  • To have a fellowship of persons who enjoy needlework and wish to learn and share their knowledge and thereby to work towards maintaining higher standards of design, colour and workmanship.



The idea for a national embroiderers' association began with a small group of dedicated embroiderers who met in Winnipeg, in the studio of Leonida Leatherdale. Letters were sent to needlework groups and guilds across Canada. The first formal organizational meeting was held September 27, 1973. With the aid of competent legal advice, bylaws were drafted and approved by the federal government, and in November of 1974 the The Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc. officially came into existence. The head office was in Winnipeg, Manitoba — the geographic centre of Canada — where, it was felt, EAC could grow to the east and to the west.

The first EAC chapter was the Winnipeg Embroiderers' Guild, which sponsored the first two seminars with participants from across Canada and the United States. Annual seminars were held at various Canadian locales thereafter, and EAC began to gain members and chapters.

Now more than 40 years old, with almost 40 chapters and more than 1,500 members from all across Canada and beyond, we have grown into a vital and exciting organization. Membership in EAC has many wonderful benefits:

  • An annual seminar held at a different Canadian location each year with an opportunity to take classes from accomplished national and international designers and teachers and meet and share knowledge with a wide variety of stitchers.
  • A quarterly magazine, Embroidery Canada, featuring needlework news, articles, and designs that are insightful and inspiring.
  • Individual and group correspondence courses and cyber courses in every needlework technique imaginable.
  • Membership in local chapters which meet regularly to study and interact with other stitchers.
  • A cyber chapter with membership available to anyone, anywhere.
  • Youth chapters to encourage young people to learn embroidery as art or hobby.
  • Grants, awards, and fun activities available to all members to further their knowledge of needlework, support educational opportunities, sponsor travel to the annual seminar, etc.
  • A lending library, available to all members, with extensive holdings in a wide variety of needlework techniques.
  • A comprehensive website that includes Your EAC, a "members only" section, featuring content geared to enhance our main goals of education and fellowship.
  • . . . and the list goes on.

Our current Board of Directors

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To set up your user account to access Your EAC and the SAMS materials, please send your request to: Communications@eac-acb.ca. Include this information within your email: first and last name, email address, EAC membership number. You will be notified of your username and password by return email.