Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild – Kitchener-Waterloo

k-w_ceg_200-2_LOGOMeets: Alternate Tuesdays
(September to April)
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.





Report – August 2020

Submitted by Cathy Moore, ONN Rep        4 August 2020

CEG-KW is suspending our program for the upcoming season. We will still have an ornament exchange (secret Santa style), with a volunteer doing the delivering. Our president will continue email communication to current members, and we may have some virtual gatherings.

Report – March 2020

Submitted by Cathy Moore, ONN Rep        23 March 2020

The stitchers of CEG-KW have kept themselves quite busy over the fall and winter months, some busily stitching their own creations while others took part in our planned schedule of classes.



Shadow work with Annerose kept many members busy through to the end of October.

In between the evening class schedule, many members attended an all day workshop on Dry Felting by Trish Lockie.


Sashiko stitching was well taught and well received by our long time guild member, Pat F.

Crewel work, taught by Brenda W. kept many members stitching up to the beginning of March.


Several other members kept themselves very busy and were quite prolific, creating numerous pieces of work.

Marcie has been working on this lovely piece to welcome spring.

To date, our much anticipated Hardanger class that was to be taught by Alison Jackson, is paused while we all undertake our singular activities, sheltering at home.



Report – October 2019

Submitted by Cathy Moore, ONN Rep

CEG, Kitchener-Waterloo began the 2019-2020 stitching year with registration on Tuesday, September 3rd at our usual place and time: Grace Mennonite Brethren Church at 7:00 p.m.

Members shared the results of their summer stitching efforts, inspiring some of us to get those ‘someday’ projects out in the open and begin stitching. As a matter of fact, we devised a challenge involving those UFOs (unfinished object) and PHDs (project half done). Members can voluntarily enter as many SIPs (still incomplete piece) they wish, for $1 each. As they complete each item, a ballot is entered into a draw to win the kitty at the end of the year.

On registration night, as well as other times when there is a break in scheduled teaching, we will be working on various stitches throughout the year. This is a great way to hone the skills of those members who are new to embroidery, but also a good way to keep practicing stitches we may not use often. We’ll share our results at the end of the year.

We have just begun our first project, which is Shadow Work, led by Annerose.  Sashiko, led by Pat, will follow in November, and conclude the beginning of January. Brenda will lead Crewel Work beginning January 21st, and concluding the beginning of March. And finally, Allison Jackson will lead a Hardanger class starting March 17 for four nights.

Here are a few of the projects our members were working on over the summer, and indeed, many of them have summer themes!



Report – August 2019

Submitted by Cathy Moore, ONN Rep

CEG-KW completed our 2018-2019 season on May 14, in part, by celebrating our 30th anniversary, enjoying a cake brought by Maria, one of our longest standing members. At this meeting we also completed the selection for the executive for next year. The focus for next year’s embroidery topics was also determined by a survey completed by members.

Monthly stitch-ins in June and July have brought us together as we complete projects, begin new ones, and chat about new ideas and trends in the needle arts community.

We are currently finalizing our program for next year, as well as organizing outreach activities.
The fall season will begin with registration on September 3rd at 7 p.m. at Grace Mennonite Brethren Church in Kitchener. We have four main focuses this coming year, beginning with shadow work on September 17th.

Other main topics chosen for this year include Sashiko, Crewel embroidery, and Hardanger. In between the main topics, we will offer a few nights to focus on perfecting stitches as well as offering time to work on individual projects.





















Report – April 2019

Submitted by Cathy Moore, ONN Representative

CEG, K-W has enjoyed a busy winter season of embroidery projects, despite having to venture out to the evening meetings into the icy cold that engulfed southern Ontario. We began Huck (Swedish) weaving in January, led by our own Brenda W. who shared her expertise and a lovely very large afghan that had been created by her mother.

Here are several examples of the patterns on towels that were created by those members who took part in the project.

Beginning in February, a bead embroidery project, led by Angela Grasse, kept us stitching undersea life!

While many members took part in the winter instruction, others brought their own work, which provided inspiration and variety for us all.

Our last instructional program for this season will be stitching a needle roll, using some creative stitching applications on wool.


Report – January 2019

Submitted by Cathy Moore, ONN Rep

Counted canvas work occupied much of our time in Kitchener-Waterloo this fall, beginning with an outing to London’s Stitch It Central to gather supplies. The project was led by Maria, a founding member of the KW guild, and who has had much experience in counted canvas work and cross stitch. As you see, the background colour and thread choice can create such different pieces using the same pattern.
Other members not participating in the main project this fall kept us enthralled with their individual projects using a variety of needlework techniques.

Many attendees enjoyed our gingerbread man Christmas ornament workshop, introducing them to four embroidery stitches; chain stitch, satin stitch, French knots, and back stitch. This outreach project, which is one of a number that our guild has offered through the local library, proved to be so popular that our dedicated volunteers, Jean, Maria, Debbie, and Brenda, added a second workshop to accommodate attendees on the waiting list.

We paused at our last meeting in December to share snacks, chat and participate in a Christmas ornament exchange, which of course, was made up of ornaments created by our own hands; a few of which you see below.

The winter program begins January 8th with Huck Weaving, followed by Bead Embroidery. Participation in these planned stitching techniques is voluntary. Members can choose to do their own project at our meetings while still enjoying the camaraderie gained from belonging to a group of like-minded needle workers.
We welcome spring by working on appliqué and creative stitching.


Report – April 2018

Submitted by Pat FitzGerald, ONN Representative

As winter draws to a close (we hope), CEG-KW has been trying encourage spring with flowers – flowers in ribbon embroidery, a class led by our own Sonya Vanderheide in February, and then stumpwork, also mainly flowers, led by Ruth Douglas of CEG-Guelph in March.

Our year winds up with an annual meeting in May and then we switch to a more informal mode for the summer — stitch-ins at members homes or in more public venues where we may meet other folks who would be interested in what we do.



Don’t miss our giant stash sale coming up in June. We are starting with embroidery supplies from a former member and another friend of our guild, with additions. Definitely worth a trip to Waterloo on Saturday morning, June 9th. The sale starts at 9:00 a.m. and is centrally located in Waterloo. If you need directions, call 519-744-8275.

We have tote bags and project bags, aida and evenweaves and linens; lots of floss, skeins that never have been used.  We have used floss in Floss Away bags and on floss bobbins. We have magazines and charts. There are lots of Q snaps in various sizes, stretcher bars, scroll frames and rods. Cross Stitch kits, numerous John Clayton ladies from the UK, magnetic boards, scissors, scissor pockets. A Christmas afghan that has the bottom row completed, the charts and flosses for the rest of the project. Come and check us out!

Report – December 2017

This fall our CEG-Kitchener-Waterloo started of with a little “back to basics” project – a napkin ring in Assisi Embroidery, a cross stitch variation where the background is stitched and the motif itself is left unstitched. The ring was finished with nun-stitch, a nice finish for a small piece where a hem might be cumbersome.

Beginning in October, Ana Maria Kramer was our guest instructor for some Schwalm embroidery, a sampler of the technique to be made up as embroidery accessories – pincushion, needle-case, and scissors fob. These sessions were interesting and our group rose to the challenge. Thank-you Ana Maria.

KW-Schwalm pincushion

As usual, we closed the calendar year with seasonal goodies and our traditional Ornament exchange – amazing variety for both the treats and the Christmas ornaments!
In January, we will be planning and making a small piece to go in a mini picture frame or a little box with space for an inserted piece of embroidery. The pattern and technique are members’ choice, just as long as it fits the frame.

Then we will do some ribbon embroidery, and in the spring we’ll try our hand at stumpwork, with Ruth Douglas coming to us as instructor.

Also, in April we are planning a mini-workshop for non-guild-members at Kitchener Public Library, introducing a small piece of Hardanger work, with some of our members instructing.

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