Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts Workshops and Special Events


The Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts organizes one or two-day workshops twice a year.

Workshops 2017-18:



Oct 11, 2017 Road trip to Gananoque
  • Visit Costume Dept of 1000 Island Playhouse Theatre with wardrobe mistress Janye Christopher
  • Visit final threadworks Show "Flashback" at the Arthur Childs Museum
  • Lunch in pub
  • View national portrait competition at Firehall Theatre
  • Attend mantinee of the final show of the season at Springer Theatre "The Birds and the Bees"

Nov 6, 2017

Cancelled: Sequel to Carolyn Barnett's "Buttons" workshop

Making bookmarks for Literacy Kingston for new imigrants to Kingston learning English

April 16, 2018 All day workshop by Dragon's Lair Beads  


Workshops and Special Events for previous years:

Mystery project wth Pat Caffrey April, 2006


2002-03 (year 1)

  • Bus trips to Almonte, Fibre fest (Oct 5, 2002) and to Ottawa, The Museum of Civilization (June 14,2003)
  • Erma Scrimgeour - EAC Correspondence Courses (Oct 21, 2002)
  • Ann Adams - History of Embroidery
  • Margaret Vant Erve, Landscape Painting with threads (Mar 29-30, 2003)
  • Allie Kay, Line into Stitch (April 9,2003)
  • Summer stitch-ins
  • Public Education event: Verona Festival

2003-04 (year 2)

  • Bus trips to Pointe Claire (Sept,2003), Brockville (Oct 27,2003) and Toronto (April 24,2004)
  • Schwalm with Barbara Kershaw (Mar 20-21,2004)
  • Goldwork Butterfly + Daisy with Cindy Jackson (Oct,2003)
  • Summer stitch-ins
  • Public Education events: Verona Festival and Sharbot Lake Artisan show

2004-05 (year 3)

  • Bus trip to Williamstown (Quilt of Belonging) and Gananoque (Threadworks) (Oct 22,2004)
  • Presidents Challenge Banner slips
  • KDS Fibres (Karen Samanski)– Fun with Fibre (Nov 6-7,2004)
  • Studio Inspirations – a day in the life (Nov 8,2004)
  • Native Traditional art, a medicine pouch
  • Ruskin Lace with Kathy Gorman (April 23-24, 2005)
  • Summer stitch-ins - L & A Museum, Napanee (July 11,2005) and Brockville Museum (Aug 15,2005)
  • Public Education event: Verona Festival

2005-06 (year 4)

  • Bus trip to Almonte (Oct 1,2005)
  • Judy Jeroy, Crewel (Nov 19-20, 2005)
  • Beginner needlework sampler
  • Banner slips
  • Kingston Fibre Artists, Show and Tell
  • Pat Caffrey, Fun with Colour and a Mystery Project Mar-Apr,2006)
  • Textile care and conservation
  • Summer stitch-ins - Verona Farmer's Market (July, 2006) and Fulford House, Brockville (Aug,2006)
  • Public Education event: Verona Festival

2006-07 (year 5)

Hardanger with Mary Lou Wilson
    (Oct 21 & Nov 4, 2006)

Feltmaking with Fiona Wright
    (March, 2007)

2007-08 (year 6)

In September 2007, Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn, business name Double Trouble, who are internationally known authors and embroiderers from England were here to show members their interpretations of Creative Surface Design and Stitch on fabric.   Check out their website at for more information about them.

2008-09 (year 7)

November 8th and 9th, 2008, Pat Caffrey of Ottawa will be doing a workshop (canvas work) “Poppy” at the Odessa Agricultural Hall.


Wednesday November 26th, 2008

A bus trip to the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa to see Quebec folk art and embroidery, plus the aboriginal art exhibit (or whatever interests you); also a side trip to Bank Street to the embroidery store and two bead stores.


Year 2012-13

Sept 19: Bus trip to the Museum of Civilization for personal tour of some embroidery pieces in their collection

Oct 17, 18: Susan Strachan Johnson - Forest Floor

Nov 19: Elma Laidlaw - Butterfly Goldwork

Apr 15: Carolyn Mitchell - Canvaswork: Enchantment

Apr 16, 17: Carolyn Mitchell - Canvaswork: My Way - One Panel - Three Squares

Year 2013-14

Oct 21, 2013: Andrea Graham - Landscape Felting

Apr 7, 2014: Christine Allen





Year 2014-15

Oct 8, 2014: Guild Road Trip - Islands Playhouse Theatre Costume Department on the main street in Gananoque; the Threadworks Exhibition at the Arthur Childs Museum; then on to see Educating Rita at the 1000 Islands Playhouse Theatre.

Apr 20, 2015: Beth Abbott - 1 day Zentangles workshop

Year 2015-16

Nov 2, 2015 - Carolyn Mitchell - 1 day Needle Cleaner Workshop

Nov 3, 4, 2015 - Carolyn Mitchell - 2 day Colour Workshop

Apr 18, 2016 - Carol Arsenault - 1 day Stumpwork + Metal threads

Year 2016-17

Oct 17, 2016: Carolyn Barnett making Polymer buttons

April 3, 2017: Stitching on Felt workshop with Beth Abbott

CANCELLED: Blackwork with Elizabeth Almond (her webpage)


Member of the "Embroiderers’ Association of Canada"

Last modified by dhh: June 19, 2018