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.
About the Optional Binder Review
The binder review is an optional step once you’ve completed one of the EAC/ACB technique study courses.
With a binder review, the student will send their completed binder to the Education Director. The Education Director takes a general overall look at the work in the course from beginning to end. Neatness, orderliness, inclusion of all course and any other information, extra work, if done, questions asked and answers and care in presenting an attractive binder is taken into account. Also looked at is skill development from beginning to end, use of colour, stitches, improvement in stitch execution, design, skill in diagramming and/or charting.
The Education Director will mail the binder with her/his notes back to the student with the Certificate of Completion and Correspondence Course Pin.
A binder review is compulsory to advance to the Teacher Certificate Programme.