Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc.

Association canadienne de broderie, Inc.

Intermediate Deerfield Embroidery

By Peggy Kimble, revised by Helen McCrindle

This course will be retired on December 31, 2019

This intermediate course will teach you the technique of Deerfield embroidery, which is a variation of crewel embroidery. As well as learning to prepare and mount the fabric in a frame and wash and block the piece, you will learn the traditional stitches such as Stem or Outline, Herringbone, Deerfield Herringbone, New England Laid, Feather, Chain, Cross, Lattice, French, Fly, Spike, Seed Speckling, Satin, Snail Trail, and Darning as used in this style of embroidery.

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By Christine Allan

The Celtic Sampler was created with the idea of it being very versatile.  We will focus on the larger design using Monk's Cloth.  The simplicity of the design lends itself to a variety of decors by changing the colours.  This pattern was inspired by the Celtic & Norse Traditional designs, with a modern twist.  You will learn the basic and popular stitches in Swedish Weaving, while making a functional project.

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By Barbara Gilbert, Peggy Kimble & Helen McCrindle

This lovely design combines several elements of Deerfield and features the following stitches:  Buttonhole, Buttonhole Wheels, Chain, Snail's Trail (Coral Knots), Darning, Feather, Fly, French Knot, New England Laid Stitch (Roumanian), Outline or Stem, Herringbone, Deerfield Herringbone, Cross Stitch, Lattice Work, Satin Stitch, Spike Stitch, and Speckling.  This will make a great guild course.

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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.