Association for Whitework Embroidery

Report – March 2023

submitted by Marion Brumwell, ONN Rep

Although a major construction project is coming soon to the Simcoe County Museum, we will continue meeting there until at least April.

We are working on designs in 2 techniques, a Danish Hedebo pulled thread project by Jette Roy Finlay and a Ukranian whitework embroidery by Terri Bay.

Our photos show recently completed surface embroidery, the Thistle by Jenny Adin-Christie, a design in silk from Piecework Magazine and a personalized needlebook with Frisian motifs found in Yvette Stanton’s book.

Report – December 2022

submitted by Marion Brumwell, ONN Rep

At our initial meetings we looked at possible techniques to explore. We have begun a small project in
Frisian whitework, a needlecase using typical motifs of this style of embroidery. One of us completed a
scissor fob in Casalguidi. Carolyn showed a Hardanger ornament she stitched and also a runner that
she designed.

Casalguidi embroidery
Frisian Whitework
Hardanger embroidery
Punto Antico

Report – September 2022

Submitted by Marion Brumwell, ONN Rep

The members of the Association for Whitework Embroidery will start to meet in person near the end of
September in our usual location, the Simcoe County Museum. This small interest group will focus, as
before, on all styles of whitework embroidery that are of interest to members. At the first get-together
we will share projects completed during the pandemic, new resources and ideas for individual and
group projects. We look forward to meeting after a two year hiatus.

Report – July 2022

submitted by Marion Brumwell, ONN Rep

We have continued to stitch on our own in 2022. We plan resume in-person meetings in the fall.
We have some completed whitework projects to show in our attached photos. Two of us finished the set
of smalls in Punto Antico embroidery designed by Kathrine Drummond for an EAC course. Each of us
decided on a different colour scheme, one with a white ground, the other with a coloured

One member did a Reticella ornament from a recent edition of Inspirations magazine. She also finished
a cut work runner (not yet washed and ironed) that was started by an anonymous stitcher many decades
ago. It was necessary to redo the part that was already stitched as there was no matching thread

Just before COVID we started into Ukrainian whitework embroidery using Jan Eaton’s designs for
runners and a bag. Little did we know that we would be learning so much more about Ukraine; we hope
for an end to the war and to the suffering of the people there very soon.

Report – December 2021

submitted by Marion Brumwell, ONN Rep

Our whitework group cannot yet resume meeting at the Simcoe County Museum. To continue with our interest in whitework embroidery some of us are working on the Embroidery Association of Canada cyber course “Blissful Accessories”. The project is a set of Punto Antico smalls taught by Kathryn Drummond. We have a photo of the 2 pieces Judy has completed so far.
Alice has been busy finishing a number of projects pictured below: a Hapsburg lace sampler (T. Berlin design), a drawn thread towel (B. Kershaw design), Flower Garden (blackwork and Hardanger designed by C. Storie) and a couple of ornaments.
Like everyone, we hope to get together in the spring.

Judy – Blissful Accessories
Hapsburg Lace
Juliana – Towel

Report – September 2021

submitted by Marion Brumwell, ONN Rep

Since we do not have a meeting place this fall we wanted to meet outdoors as a way to connect and share whatever is new in whitework embroidery. So far, the weather has not been co-operative but we are hopeful.
Some members plan to start the EAC cyber course in punto antico entitled “Blissful Accessories” taught by Kathryn Drummond.
We have included photos of Carolyn’s Schwalm borders runner, Marion’s Hardanger doily (designed with the help of Judy) and Hovej lace and Hedebo embroidery both stitched by Judy.

whitework table runner
Carolyn’s Schwalm Runner
square white doily
Marion’s Hardanger Doily
round white doily
Hövej Lace doily by Judy
closeup of Hedebo flower motif
Judy’s Hedebo embroidery

Report – July 2021

Submitted by Marion Brumwell, ONN Rep

Our group of stitchers, who enjoy learning many techniques of whitework embroidery, have kept in touch during COVID through e-mail notes. Before ending in-person meetings months ago we were trying Ukranian whitework with the help of one of our members, Jan Eaton’s book and patterns by Terri Bay. Our photos with this report show bags, Christmas stockings and a runner stitched in this technique. At this time we do not have confirmation of times and a place for meeting in the fall.