Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc.

Association canadienne de broderie, Inc.

By Barbara Gilbert, designer Didi Vanden Brink

This course will be retired on December 31, 2019

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 Linda Lachance

This attractive intermediate canvaswork design can be worked in the suggested colours or colours of your own choice.  Play with stitches such as:  Jessica's, Half Rhodes, Bargello, Round Rhodes, Wrought Iron, Fleur de Lis, Eyelet, Rice, Couching and Honeycomb.

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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 Kilmeny Jones

This delightful beginner/intermediate Canvaswork design can be worked in the suggested colours, colours of your own choice, or have fun with it as a "Stash Buster Project".  Play with stitches such as Nobuko, Rhodes and Eyelets, Smyrna Crosses and Variations, a Florentine Ribbon pattern, and multiple Crescent Stitches.  The student will gain confidence in laying threads and compensating stitches.

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By France Robert

Dodecagon is a stimulating sampler of layered String Art stitches and intricate borders.  String Art stitches include:  8-point Star, Double Fan, Sprats Head, Crescent Wave, Chilly Hollow, and many more.  It is designed to have you thinking outside the box.  There is no kit for this course, therefore you stitch it in your own colour harmony.  This course is offered in both French and English texts.  COME AND EXPLORE!

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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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Guidelines for Student Levels


Beginner students need guidance in reading stitch patterns or 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.