The Toronto Guild of Stitchery was formed in 1975 to encourage and promote the practice of embroidery in all its forms. Our members enjoy a variety of techniques, including cross stitch, crewel, needlepoint, blackwork, whitework, schwalm, hardanger, pulled thread, drawn thread, stumpwork, goldwork, smocking, canvas work, mixed media, and machine embroidery, among others. We welcome stitchers of all skill levels, from beginners to experts.
From the beginning, the Toronto guild has been a chapter guild of the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada (EAC). The founding chapter of EAC was Winnipeg Embroiderer’s Guild (1973), and the second chapter was TGS (1975).
The Guild meets two days a month from September to June to share our knowledge and our love of stitching with each other. Meetings are in-person and on Zoom to enable a hybrid model. Meetings are held both during the day and in the evening, and members are welcome to attend either or both as they choose. Day and evening programs are often different.
In addition to our regular meetings, members get together once or twice a year on a Saturday, to spend the whole day stitching. Semi-regular weekends away are also planned.
Congratulations - Diane Scott
Diane Scott won the Leonida Leatherdale Award for Innovation in Embroidery (LLA) at Seminar 2023. Diane's award-winning
piece titled "What I learnt at Seminar" comprises of beautiful orchids using stumpwork technique predominently, with some
goldwork. Absolutely stunning! Congratulations to our past-president, member, teacher, designer for an awesome achievement!
The LLA is presented for an original design or adaptation which takes the traditional art of needlework and raises it to new heights. The LLA is awarded by the Winnipeg Embroiderers’ Guild (WEG) – the founding chapter of EAC/ACB – and administered by the EAC/ACB.