Category Archives: Embroidery

All You Need Is Less Wall Hanging

The pandemic came unexpectedly and changed the whole world around us. When I saw the theme of this issue, in my mind were so many images of the one- and-a-half-year lockdown and all its challenges. My answer to the pandemic was meditating, and creating, and understanding that I need less goods, less stress, and less […]

The Folktale of Baba Yaga

What better story to highlight for the trees theme than the folktale of Baba Yaga? It’s a Belarusan folktale, set deep in the massive forest, that has been used to spook children over dozens of centuries in an attempt to get them to behave! Among the snaggy trees lives the ferocious witch Baba Yaga in […]

1911 Wedding Dress

The dress was worn by my maternal grandmother on her wedding day. Florence Emily (Flossie) Vint (daughter of Joseph and Charlotte (Campbell) Vint married George Middleton Donaldson (son of Isaac and Margaret (Shewan Donaldson) on December 26th, 1911 in Nesbitt, Manitoba and had 4 children: Hubert, Greta, Bremner and Fae. Read more in our Issue […]

Healing Through Embroidery

Last year I read about a new challenge from the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design. Entitled Healing and Reflection, the challenge was to produce a stitching exploring the concepts of healing and one’s experience with embroidery. I was enticed to participate, as I have found much benefit in my own health journey, once […]

Hramavik the Thunder Spirit

Hramavik the Thunder Spirit

My Hramavik – Thunder Spirit design is the result of three sources of inspiration: a Belarusan motif pattern, the Trianglepoint stitch technique and the colour palette proposed by A Needle Pulling Thread. A few years ago, I came across a book from our Toronto Guild of Stitchery Library entitled Trianglepoint by Sher- lee Lantz1 . […]