Instructors

Pat Armour

I have stitched since childhood expanding my horizons after discovering EAC/ACB and the Toronto Guild of Stitchery. I enjoy stretching myself and participants to explore new interpretations of traditional techniques. Nature and history remain strong design influences and I have been fortunate enough to share these with classes at seminars and individual guilds. Passion can be truly infectious and I hope to share mine with others.

Kate Barlow

Kate originally studied costume design at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff where she graduated in 2001 with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. Following this she worked as a freelance costume maker and then as part of the Touring Wardrobe department at the Welsh National Opera. In 2013 she decided to retrain as an embroidery tutor and was accepted on to the Future Tutors Programme at the Royal School of Needlework where she graduated with distinction in 2016. In 2015 Kate’s Advanced Silk Shaded budgie, Smuggler, was accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts for their annual Summer Exhibition. She now designs and makes her own embroidery kits as well as teaching hand embroidery all over the world and online.

Kim Beamish

Kim is an EAC/ACB Certified Teacher and counsellor in Counted Thread. She has her Mastercraftsman in Counted Thread with Embroiderers’ Guild of America. Kim enjoys designing pieces in a variety of techniques. She enjoys teaching as well as learning new techniques to incorporate into her designs. Kim has taught many age groups the enjoyment of needlework. Her pieces have been exhibited in the United States and Australia. She has won awards for her designs in Canada and the United States. Kim has had many designs published throughout the world including Inspirations, Just Cross Stitch magazines and the book Whitework Inspirations.

Celeste Chasalani

Celeste Chalasani has been teaching stumpwork since 2012.  She is a graduate of the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) Teachers’ Certification program specializing in stumpwork and was invited to accession her piece Tidal Treasures into the NAN Permanent Collection at the Gregg School of Art & Design at North Carolina State University. “Teaching stumpwork is a labor of love for me. I am passionate about sharing what I know. I approach teaching from the understanding that different people learn in different ways. I strive to provide clear written instructions with step-by-step color photos, orally explain the technique with color coded visual aids, demonstrate stitches and techniques, and work one on one with each student as they practice their techniques.”

Katherine Diuguid

Katherine Diuguid holds a Masters of Art+Design specializing in embroidery and surface design and certificates from the Royal School of Needlework, City and Guilds (UK), and Central St. Martins. In addition, she has taught for North Carolina State University, numerous embroidery groups and craft schools.

Learn more about Kat on her website.

Natalie Dupuis

Natalie teaches internationally and specializes in historic goldwork. She holds a MEd and trained part-time at the Royal School of Needlework and the San Francisco School of Needlework & Design. Natalie is an apprentice needlework judge with the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA). Natalie is from Ontario, has lived in Europe, and now resides in Montreal with her husband and young children.

Natalie’s work has been featured in Embroidery Canada magazine, multiple times in Australia’s Inspirations magazine, and in the EGA’s Needle Arts magazine. Natalie has written a research paper on the history of the couching stitch, published through the EGA in 2020. She has been awarded numerous embroidery education grants including the EGA’s Research Fellowship Grant Award.

Jo Gatenby

Jo Gatenby has been designing cross stitch charts based on her original pencil sketches for over thirty years, under her company name X’s & Oh’s. In recent years, this happily married mother of two (and proud Nana) has been pleased to license the artwork of several well-known artists offering delightful cross stitch works to please both their fans, and Jo’s own faithful followers.

Jo teaches and lectures regularly, from Toronto to Kingston, and has been a featured contributor in A Needle Pulling Thread (ANPT), since the very first issue. Aside from ANPT, she has had designs featured on the covers of such magazines as Stoney Creek Cross Stitch; The Cross Stitcher; and has even had the cover of Embroidery Canada magazine!

Barbara Gilbert

Barbara is a textile artist and embroiderer and an active member of many guilds. As well, she is currently working on her certificate in hand embroidery from the Royal School of Needlework.

Barbara uses the traditional stitches of various embroidery techniques in an experimental way. She creates her own background fabrics using dyes and paints, adds textural interest with fabric manipulation and threads and embellishes these surfaces with a modern interpretation. Barbara is pushing the boundaries of traditional embroidery into the art world

Barbara Kershaw

Barbara has a passion for whitework. A passion for learning and sharing her knowledge about the many varied and wonderful forms of embroidery generally called whitework. She has taken many courses and classes from the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada/Association canadienne de broderie, Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA), and the American Needlepoint Guild. Barbara is certified as an EGA Master Craftsman in Counted Thread.

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Mike Parr

Mike has had a lifelong passion for embroidery and history. He works regularly in stumpwork, goldwork, and whitework and has been published in Embroidery Canada, Needle Arts, and Inspirations magazines.

With over 35 years of experience in surface and crewel embroidery, Mike began teaching privately. Now, he also works with local guilds, teaching regularly throughout Canada and the USA. In 2016, he founded his own business: Mike Parr Embroidery Designs. Mike’s primary focus is creating embroidery projects that draw on art and history for their inspiration.

Gail Sirna

Gail received her teacher certification in 1982 and judge certification in 1990 from the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN). She is also certified by American Needlepoint Guild at the Fellow Level and has completed the Certified Graduate Teacher Program through Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA). She is the former Director of Education for NAN, was NAN treasurer for 13 years, and has served NAN in numerous capacities. Gail has completed Honors, Teacher cum Laude, and Master Teacher at NAN. She is also a past EGA Director for the Great Lakes Region. Gail has taught extensively in the US and Canada for almost 40 years, and her work has won many ribbons in exhibits throughout the country. She is the author of In Praise of the Needlewoman.

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Naomi Smith

Naomi is an Indigenous artist and educator. For over 25 years, she has shared traditional teachings with various communities and groups. Her work focuses on the ways of the Indigenous people of the Great Lakes region from a historical and contemporary perspective, often through the story of beads. Naomi’s artwork embraces ancestral designs using quillwork, beadwork and other Indigenous methods and materials. She has exhibited her work across Canada and internationally.

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Carol Storie

Carol Storie creates and teaches designs in many techniques of counted thread including Hardanger, canvas work, pulled thread, and blackwork.

Carol’s instructions and charts in her patterns are easy to follow. Her teaching style is friendly and relaxed with lots of great tips and patience to get you through even the toughest of stitches.

She has taught within Saskatchewan, at EAC/ACB seminars, online for EAC/ACB, American Needlepoint Guild (ANG), and EAC Virtual Threads, EAC/ACB and ANG group correspondence courses. Currently, she is teaching an EAC/ACB project course, Prairie Sunrise.

Carol is a member of The Regina Stitchery Guild, EAC Virtual Threads, EAC/ACB and ANG.