Exhibits & Awards

General Criteria for All Entries

Only EAC/ACB members are eligible to exhibit embroideries. You are not required to attend the seminar to be an exhibitor.

Check all category requirements carefully. Each entry must be worked with a threaded needle, and must not have been shown at a previous seminar. The member entering the embroidery must have stitched the piece being entered. Any member may have embroidery displayed in the Exhibition Only category. Instructors who are teaching at Seminar 2022 are not eligible to enter the Viewers’ Choice Award or Seminar Theme Award competitions. Instructors may enter the Exhibition Only category.

By submitting an entry, the entrant agrees that permission is given for the entry to be officially photographed for EAC/ACB and the host chapters’ purposes. Unofficial photography of exhibits is not permitted.

Marks identifying the stitcher will be covered until voting has been completed, if applicable.

If you have not submitted your entry form and photo to the exhibition team by April 1, 2022, your entry cannot be displayed at Seminar 2022.


EAC/ACB Awards

For Board Challenge submissions from Seminar 2020 and Seminar 2021 please follow the instructions for this year’s submissions of EAC/ACB Awards.

Check the requirements for these awards carefully. Enquiries should be directed to the education director (education@eac-acb.ca).

Past winners of the Original Design Award and the Pulled Thread Award may not enter the same category in the two years following their win.

The EAC/ACB award application materials  (entry forms and photos)  must be received by the Education Director (education@eac-acb.ca) AND Seminar Committee (2022exhibition@eac-acb.ca) by April 1, 2022.  Embroidered pieces for the Original Design Award and Pulled Thread Award must be received by the Seminar Committee by May 10, 2022. Ship entries and a copy of your entry form to ensure this arrival date. Follow the Entry Shipping Instructions.

Original Design Award (Professional & Non-Professional Divisions)

This award is based on an original embroidery with documentation to show the design process. A separate application package for the Original Design Award (ODA) is available on the EAC/ACB website or from the education director (education@eac-acb.ca). ODA entries must be shipped ahead.

Pulled Thread Award

This award is for a pulled-thread embroidery. A separate application package for the Pulled Thread Award (PTA) is available on the EAC/ACB website or from the education director (education@eac-acb.ca). PTA entries must be shipped ahead.

Seminar Awards

Seminar Theme Award – Hues in Harmony

Stitch a piece of needlework that evokes this year’s theme “Hues in Harmony.”.  Entries can be any size, use any technique, any ground fabric and need not be an original design – but must use a threaded needle!

The Seminar Theme Award is chosen by EAC/ACB members attending the exhibition. First, second and third place will be awarded. Entries must have been completed in the three years before Seminar 2022 and not have been entered in any previous national EAC/ACB exhibition. 

Each entry must be accompanied by a statement that explains how your needlework is inspired by the Hues in Harmony theme (max. 250 words). This statement will be displayed with the piece.

For Seminar Theme Award submissions from 2020 (Rhythm of the Needle) and 2021 (Magical Mystery), please follow the instructions for this year’s submissions for the Seminar Theme Award.

Viewers’ Choice Award

The Viewers’ Choice Award is chosen by EAC/ACB members and the public attending the Members’ Exhibition. Entries must be worked with a threaded needle, have been completed three years before Seminar 2022 and not have been entered in any previous national EAC/ACB exhibition.

Seminar Group Project Award

The Seminar Group Project Award is chosen by EAC/ACB members and the public in attendance at the Members’ Exhibition. A Seminar Group Project intent to submit notice must be received by the seminar committee (2022exhibition@eac-acb.ca) by February 1, 2022. The intent to submit must state how many pieces are being submitted, whether they can be hung or displayed on a table and the dimensions of each piece. The Seminar Group Project Participants Form and the Seminar Group Project Display Entry Form must be received by the seminar committee (2022exhibition@eac-acb.ca) by April 1, 2022.

Display Only

Exhibition Only

This category is open to all current EAC/ACB members and Seminar 2020, 2021 and 2022 instructors who would like to display their embroidery.

Education Display

Members who have completed EAC/ACB correspondence courses are invited to submit all material prepared in the course of their study for exhibition during the seminar.

Exhibition Entry Forms

Entry forms and a colour photograph of the entry must be received by the seminar committee by April 1, 2022. Late entries will not be accepted.

Members’ Exhibition
198 Church St,
Cobourg, ON K9A 3V9

Entry Shipping Instructions

Seminar 2022 will not cover shipping costs to or from the seminar for any articles shipped. Those are borne by the individual. Shipped entries must:

  • arrive in a reusable box
  • include a copy of the entry form
  • include a photograph of the entry
  • include return postage and insurance
  • include a self-addressed return label

Please have your identification on all packing materials. You will be advised via email (or include a self-addressed postcard) when your piece arrives. Shipped entries must arrive no later than May 10, 2022.

Please note that the deadline for receiving embroidery for the Original Design Award and Pulled Thread Award entries is May 10, 2022. Therefore, all of those entries must be shipped.

Members’ Exhibition
198 Church St.
Cobourg ON K9A 3V9

Entries Delivered in Person at Seminar

  • Pieces being delivered in person must include a copy of the entry form.
  • It is recommended that embroideries with glass be hand-delivered.
  • Entries must be dropped off at The Forum on Monday, May 16, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and retrieved on Saturday, May 21, between noon – 5 p.m.
  • The piece must be appropriately equipped for hanging or display. The seminar committee is not able to supply display equipment.