the guilded edge
Stitchers come in all ages and at the Lady’s Slipper Needle Arts Guild (LSNAG) in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, the age range begins at 30 and extends to 87! Founded in 1994, the Guild embraces all forms of stitching with a threaded needle.
“Our goal is to encourage and promote the practice and knowledge of the art of embroidery in all its forms and to have a fellowship of persons who enjoy needlework and wish to learn and share,” says Carol Nicholson, Past President, quoting a portion of the group’s pledge.
The sampler project offered by the Guild reflects that focus on sharing and learning. The sampler is truly a group effort with members challenged to provide a row of stitching and a poem both with the theme of spring. The result is a multi-stitch inspiration that will encourage new stitchers to learn new techniques in a small area and will challenge those with more experience to perfect their skill.
“The sampler was an amazing project to work on,” says current president Kent Pond. “The challenge went out and it was wonderful to see how it all came together. To say that our Guild did this and I was part of it and to stitch it knowing who created each line is amazing!”(Kent stitched the final sampler featured here.) Pond began stitching in 1982 while he was teaching in northern Manitoba and “really caught on to it”. He continued to enjoy the hobby and joined the LSNAG about six years ago. He admits that as a male stitcher he might be a member of an exclusive group.
“This sampler reflects the reality of spring on Prince Edward Island,” Carol continues. “There is snow, flowers, birds, worms and a little bird nest. There are also many stitches, such as cross-stitch, eyelets, Florentine stitch, satin stitch, sheaf stitch, hem stitch, ribbon embroidery, and Hardanger. There is an opportunity here to learn some new stitches.”
Read more in our Spring 2009 issue.
D. Kent Pond, President of LSNAG
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