Barbara M. Kershaw | 905-440-4468 | Courtice, Ontario

Affiliated with:

  • Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA), Life Member
  • Embroiderers’ Association of Canada
  • Northumberland Hills Stitchery Guild
  • Toronto Guild of Stitchery
  • Examplary Needle Guild, Buffalo


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 EAC, EGA and the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG).

Barbara is certified as an EGA Master Craftsman in counted thread. She also studied in Germany at the Museum de Schwalm in 2005 and 2011.

She has been teaching for over 18 years at various OLDS Workshops, EAC National Seminars, EGA National and Regional Seminars, the National Seminar for SAGA (the Smocking Arts Guild of America) and guilds in Canada, America and Bermuda.

Barbara was honoured to be asked to participate in the EGA 2013 International Teachers’ Tour which took 5 weeks covering 9 guilds in 8 states, including the National Seminar.

Barbara was a juror for “Threadworks 2007,” a fibre arts exhibition sponsored at the time by the Ontario Network of Needleworkers.

Barbara is the author of both the Beginner Schwalm Embroidery and Casalguidi group correspondence courses for EAC, two EGA group correspondence course – the Italian drawn thread “Isabella” and “Liesel” a beginner Schwalm embroidery, the Study of Schwalm Embroidery individual correspondence course for EGA, as well as a book of Schwalm filling stitches called Exquisite Schwalm.


  • Schwalm
  • Drawn thread (Italian drawn thread, punto antico)
  • Pulled thread
  • Casalguidi
  • Hem stitching


  • $375 per day (2014) plus expenses (all travel, meals and accommodation), etc.


Anywhere, anytime.