Monthly Program

The monthly program introduces members to techniques they may not have tried before and to use fabrics and threads new to them. The programs are sold to interested members for $5.00 per kit. Some projects take multiple months; therefore, multiple kits.

2021-2022 programs

September – Stitch book. Join Jewel for a few months to learn a variety of canvas work stitches. This is an opportunity to build your own stitch book while learning some interesting styles.

October – We will have three programs in swing after our October meeting. Stitch book will continue with Jewel. A Poppy for Remembrance day will be offered and a new program on surface embroidery will being. Join Gillian Brown to learn stitches used in surface embroidery.

Poppy

Felt Poppy by Jewel Cousins
November Poppy by Jewel Cousins

Surface Work Program

The photo below shows a partially finished project that we will be doing for a number of months. It is suitable for the beginning stitcher or for those with more experience. We will work on the project at the meeting and the stitches will be demonstrated for you.   Stitches included are: Stem, Lazy daisy, Buttonhole, Chain, Satin, Turkey, and Long and short.

If you are interested in doing this project please contact Gillian at gebrown@nf.sympatico.ca so she can prepare a design for you.

Surface stitching
Surface Stitching Program Fall 2021

2020-2021

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Guild season’s monthly program.

Starting in January till March, the monthly program will be a piece by Ann-Marie Anderson Moyes entitled Summer Fireworks. Please contact Jewel Cousins by December 30th if you wish to order a kit. Call Jewel at 739-1660 or email at jewelcousens@gmail.com.

Summer Fireworks by Ann-Marie Anderson Moyes

This year we will kick off with two items in the program: September will be a chicken scratch, and October is a silk poinsettia ornament.

chicken scratch silk poinsetta

2019-2020

The September program is a pin and the technique is a form of needle weaving called kamal kadafi which is an Indian technique. 

The October program is a Christmas ornament which is done on perforated paper and uses canvas stitches, perle cotton, metallic thread and bugle beads.

2018-2019

We started this year’s programs with Christmas ornaments. In September we stitched a canvas ornament designed by Carolys n Mitchell (used with her permission). It was done on 18 count mono canvas and used Watercolors, floss and Kreinik braid.

In October, we received permission from Designs by Patricia to use her pattern named Blue Sapphire. It was stitched on 28-count linen with silk threads, beads and Perle cotton.

In November, Gillian Brown and Debbie Wells hosted a one-day workshop on how to finish these ornaments. The canvas was finished as a flat ornament and the linen one was finished as a pillow. Members were also shown how to make a cord and a tassel, which gave the ornaments a lovely finish. 

January and February saw the completion of a canvas bowl, Spring Fling. It was offered as a free pattern by designer Laura Perrin. A choice of three color ways and used a wide variety of threads, Watercolors, Gold Rush, Kreinik Braid, Treasure Braid, Perle cotton and floss. The back was finished by using a stiff interfacing covered in a matching cotton print fabric that was donated by guild members. 

In March and April, our concentration turned to Blackwork. Last year the guild purchased ten project courses that had been retired by the EAC. Sheila Anstey was able to use the Blackwork course and convert it into a program for January and February. This lovely pattern was stitched on a 28-count evenweave fabric using variegated and regular floss, Kreinik braid and DMC metallic. 

Each month an average of 30 kits are prepared and sold at a charge of $5.00 per kit. Last year we spent $ 871.55 on materials for kits and collected $935.53 in fees.