By Colleen Darling
The purpose of this course is to expand your skills and knowledge in a variety of counted thread techniques as learned in the Basic Counted Thread correspondence course and either the Intermediate Hardanger or Intermediate Blackwork course. Subjects included for further study are: traditional and creative uses of counted thread stitches; skills of detailed graphing; colour and design theories as used in samplers; influences of historical samplers on modern work; use of traditional, as well as contemporary, materials; organizing skills in research, planning and presentation; conservation, preservation, restoration and storage of samplers; researching Canadian samplers held in public or private collections and recording this information in the EAC Sampler Registry. The major project is an original student-designed and stitched sampler using contemporary materials in various counted thread techniques. You choose the theme of your project.
Prerequisite: Either the Intermediate Hardanger or Intermediate Blackwork individual course. This course is a prerequisite for those applying for enrolment in the EAC Teacher Certificate Programme specializing in counted thread teaching. Or, you may submit a minimum of three detailed slides or pictures of different pieces of your work in the technique for which you are applying, plus one unmounted piece showing a variety of stitches. The Notebook Review Panel will consider your application based on your submission.
Time: 24 months
Fee: $250 CAD or $295 with the optional Binder Review
This course is available to EAC/ACB members only.
Note: No refunds once registration is complete.
I completed this course in 2009. It was a lot of work, but then it’s an advanced course. I learned a lot about the history of embroidered samplers and greatly improved my embroidery technique. The course was well thought out and often challenged the student to think creatively. It also includes a good dose of research. My best resource from the course was the catalogue of stitches that I created. It sits on my bookshelf within my library and is consulted from time to time.