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Chapter of the Embroiderers'
Association of Canada

General Class Information

Guild classes are held at Centre Noël Legault, 245 Lakeshore Road, Pointe Claire, on Thursdays. The occasional class is also given on Tuesday evening meeting dates. You must be a member of the guild to register for a class.


Weekly Workshops and Courses

The guild offers two types of weekly classes: workshops and courses. Held in the morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., workshops are used to introduce stitchers to new embroidery techniques and usually run for two or three weeks. Courses usually involve stitching a project to teach members a needlework style or technique at various skill levels; they are held in the afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and run from three to five weeks.

The cost of weekly classes is $6.00 for each two-hour session plus the cost of a kit, if applicable. Members are requested to bring small bills and exact change or a cheque made payable to the guild (LCSG) at registration. Class registration will not be considered complete until all fees have been paid. Please note that a workshop or course may be cancelled if the minimum requirement of 6 registrants is not met. If the class is cancelled, all fees will be refunded. Also note that should a class be designated as full, it might still be possible to have your name added to the class waiting list.


Outside Teacher Classes

Once or twice a year, the guild invites an outside teacher to host a class.

Needlework experts from across Canada, the US and abroad have taught guild members embroidery techniques ranging from crewel to casalguidi, needlepainting and needlelace, Silin, Hedebo, among others. Outside teachers have included: Tanja Berlin, Jeannette Douglas, Susan Fernaux, Fiore Fonda, Céline Girouard, Doreen Holmes, Barbara Kershaw, Heather Macumber, Caroline Morrison, Claire Todd, Margaret Vant Erve, Carolyn Mitchell and Patricia Caffrey.

Classes usually run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on two consecutive days.


Group Correspondence Courses

From time to time, the guild organizes a group to follow a correspondence course from EAC or other sources. Members can also form their own groups that will meet outside of regular guild hours.

 



Before registering for any class, please make sure you are at the correct skill level and that you have carefully considered the class intensity. If you have any questions about either, please discuss further with either the teacher or convenor.

Skill Level Definitions

BEGINNERS are those who need guidance in reading stitch diagrams/charts and instructions, or are new to the technique.

INTERMEDIATE students are familiar with the technique or a similar technique at the beginner level. Students are expected to be able to follow stitch diagrams/charts and instructions but might still require some guidance.

ADVANCED students have a good understanding of the technique and can read stitch charts and instructions with ease.


Class Intensity Definitions

LOW – Students will have enough time to practice each technique/stitch in class. The class will proceed at a relaxed pace.

MEDIUM – Most students will have time to practice each technique/stitch in class. Class material will be covered thoroughly but at a quicker pace than that of a low intensity class.

HIGH – Students will be given time in class to practice new techniques/stitches only. Pre-requisite knowledge might be overviewed, but is unlikely to be taught. The class will run at a fast pace and require students to keep up in order to truly benefit.


Basic Sewing Kit

Students are expected to bring a basic sewing kit to each class and, if required, light and magnification. Suggested contents of a basic sewing kit include: variety of needles (tapestry, crewel, sharps, chenille, etc.), needle threader, small hoop (4"), embroidery scissors, light and dark sewing thread for basting, washable fabric marker, measuring tape or ruler, note book, pencil and eraser.


REFUND POLICY

Workshop and Course fees are refundable only under the following conditions:

  1. For classes with 11 or more students registered, members who cancel at least one week prior to the start of the class will be eligible for refunds of the class fee.
  2. For classes with 10 or fewer registered students, class fee refunds will be considered only if :
    1. there is a waiting list and the student can be replaced; or
    2. the member finds someone to replace her if there is no waiting list; or
    3. another member signs up before the class starts and the class is now considered full.

If a kit has been prepared and there is no replacement, the kit fee is not refundable. However, if the kit has not been made up and there is no cost to the teacher, the kit fee is refundable.

A workshop or course may be cancelled by the Guild if the minimum requirement of 6 registrants is not met. If the class is cancelled, all fees will be refunded.

If kits have been prepared and the class is cancelled by the Guild, the teacher may choose to sell the kits independently at a later time as the teacher retains copyright.

No kits will be sold separately to members not signed up in a class.

Note that members who wish to cancel must notify the appropriate convenor. The date of all requests will be recorded and each refund request will be considered on a first-come, first- served basis. All approved refunds will be paid out within a reasonable delay.

Workshops and Courses are considered 'full' when the number of students reaches 10 even if the teacher will accept more students.

Outside Teachers fees are refundable only under one of the following conditions:

  1. The member is replaced from the waiting list if the class is already full (as per class size determined by the coordinator).
  2. The member finds someone to replace her if there is no waiting list.
  3. Another member signs up, before the class starts and the class is now considered full.

If a kit has been prepared and there is no replacement, the kit fee is not refundable. However, if the kit has not been made up and there is no cost to the teacher, the kit fee is refundable

EAC Group Correspondence Course fees are considered non-refundable once the fees have been submitted to EAC. EAC does not refund course registrations.

STUFFF Day fees are non-refundable if the date by which the coordinator is notified is such that any changes in attendance would put the guild in a loss situation; otherwise, refunds will be considered on a case by case / first-come, first-served basis.

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