Toronto Guild of Stitchery

toronto_gs_200_LOGO1st and 3rd Thursdays (September to June)
We have two meeting options:
Day Group: 10:00 am to 4 pm; Evening Group: 7 to 9:30 pm
Blythwood Baptist Church
80 Blythwood Road, Toronto, ON  M4N 1A4
See the location on Google Maps


Upcoming Courses – January 2020

The Toronto Guild of Stitchery has got two workshops starting in the new year and both have space left.
The first is a one day beginners stumpwork class taught by Carol Arsenault on 18 Jan 2020 at the Latvian Centre (Don Valley Parkway and Eglinton). The cost is $75 plus $40 kit fees. Here is a photo of the work (which appeared in Inspirations Magazine a few months back).

Stumpwork information sheet

The second workshop will be led by Pat Armour and will focus on surface embroidery. The cost is $80 plus $35 kit fees plus bring your own threads (a list of colours will be supplied). Here is a photo of that project (and it too appeared in Inspirations Magazine).

Embroidered Owl scissor keep

closeup of embroidered owl face

closeup of embroidered owl body

The workshop will be held over three Thursdays (20 Feb 2020, 19 Mar 2020, and 16 Apr 2020) from 1 to 3 pm at the Blythwood Baptist Church (Yonge and Lawrence).  Surface embroidery information sheet

If there are any questions or to register, please contact Barb Crowther at


Helen O’Malley also sent us this photo of Ann Condie’s finished piece of last year’s canvas challenge from Toronto Guild of Stitchery:

canvaswork sampler

Report – October 2019

Submitted by Susan Knight

The Toronto Guild of Stitchery is having a workshop with Mike Parr on October 5th & 6th.  It is called Jacobean Crewel.  It will be held at the Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre in North York and there are still some spaces available.  For more information contact Barb Crowther at

Report – January 2019

Submitted by Alice Fiander

We are continuing with learning new stitches to put on our Tablet/Ebook Reader Covers. In January, we received instructions for several stitches – Jessica, Crescent, Amadeus, Chilly Hollow, and Walneto. In February we will learn more string art stitches.

Midori Sakurai will be doing a felt workshop of a panda at the January 17 meeting, both in the afternoon and evening.

Barbara Kershaw will be teaching a pulled thread workshop “Symphony” for both day and evening groups on the February, March and April Fi-Fi/Alternate meetings.

On February 9th, we will have a Stitch and Stash Sale.

Our President, Diane Scott has put out a challenge to make 2019 a year of completing UFOs.


Report – April 2018

Alice Fiander, ONN Representative

The program for January to May of this year has been designing and stitching a three-dimensional house. A book by Meg Evershed, 3-D Cross Stitch: More Than 25 Original Designs.

In April, the day program will be creating windows using basic hardanger designs and embellishing with cross stitch. Several design patterns will be provided. The evening program is origami ort boxes.

In May, we will learn how to finish our houses. A Stitch and Stash day has been organized for Saturday, May 26.

In May, Tanya Berlin will be teaching two two-day classes in blackwork and needle painting. Several designs are available in each technique and are at different skill levels. Both classes are full.

In June, we will have our Annual General Meeting.

Report – December 2017

In December there will be a gift exchange at both day and evening meetings. Lunch and/or dinner will be provided to those who signed up.

In January, Lorene Salt, a Canadian canvaswork designer, will be talking about choosing colours that coordinate when planning the stitching for our houses in March.

In February, we will be colouring fabric with crayons that we will then iron to create a pattern for stitching.

In March, we will choose our own house patterns and start stitching them.

In April, the day program is creating windows using a basic hardanger design and embellishing with cross stitch foliage. The evening program is origami ORT boxes.

A Saturday Stitch day has been organized for February.

In May, Tanya Berlin will be teaching classes in blackwork and needle-painting. Several designs are available in each technique and are at different skill levels.