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Canadian animals, birds and nature.

The forth in the series from The Canadian Embroiderer’s Guild of Guelph for Canada’s 150th birthday and today is about Canadian animals, birds and nature. I hope everyone had a wonderful Canada Day. Beaver Canada was first explored to find a passage to India and China. The explorers discovered a wide and rich land. European […]

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Summer in Canada

This is the third in the series from The Canadian Embroiderer’s Guild of Guelph for Canada’s 150th birthday and on this special day it is all about summer. Happy Birthday Canada!!! North Shore The north shore of Georgian Bay is very rugged and it is one of the most beautiful places in Canada. To me, […]

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Canadian winter sports, necessities and fun memories

This is the second in the series from The Canadian Embroiderer’s Guild of Guelph for Canada’s 150th birthday and is all about the winters here in Canada. Winter in Canada What is more Canadian than hockey? Canadians love their hockey. Hockey is played most of the year – and some centres – all year. I […]

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Canada’s 150th Birthday

On July 1, 2017 Canada will be celebrating its 150th birthday. Or, you can call it a Sesquicentennial celebration. In 1864 the Fathers of Confederation met in Charlottetown to begin the process leading to the enactment of the British North America Act which, on July 1, 1867, united the four provinces of Nova Scotia, New […]

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Welcome to my new web site.

Dear Readers, After a long rest from blogging, Stitching Idyllic is now alive again and has a new home at Stitching Idyllic by Ann Bernard. The website has been updated so all of my loyal readers will continue to receive updates from the new site by email. Please update your bookmarks with the new web […]

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All’s well that ends well

It has been a long time since you have heard from me which deserves and explanation. In late 2014, I began to get sick. The months passed and I got sicker and sicker. After a number of admissions to hospital, this was diagnosed as an infection which had got into my blood, central nervous system, […]

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Summer Time; A time for some light hearted stitching.

While enjoying the summer weather, we all like to take life less seriously, even if we are a dedicated stitcher. Lets leave counting squares on cross stitch charts and stitching with wool threads for when the weather is inclement and we are stuck indoors. Instead, why not try Silk Flower Conversion just for the novelty […]

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Leather Application – a Tutorial

Stitch leather down securely and almost invisibly. This is not difficult – it just takes a bit of know-how. For leather without padding: Trace the shape onto the reverse side of the leather using a ball point pen or, preferably, a fine black ink marker. If it is white or a light colour, use a […]

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More Students’ Gold Work

The Gold Work class held in Guelph, Ontario last spring produced some varied pieces of work. This was an Intermediate class in that the participants had already learned how to handle the threads. These are their first attempts at designing and stitching their individual creations. The creations of the other students was posted previously in […]

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Gold Work Brag Time

Teachers have a tendency to be very proud of their students’ work and I am no exception. The pieces included here were stitched in the spring of this year. This was an Intermediate class. In a previous class students had learned the basics of handling metal threads and stitched two small set pieces. Some made […]

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