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 and Special Events 2023-24:

April 23, 2024 Hardanger Cutting and Filling Stitches with Mary Lou Wilson  

till June 2024


1000 Islands History Museum exhibit "From Away", featuring work from several groups including CGNA. Display runs till early June 2024 at the Museum in Gananaque, Ontario.  
June 1, 2024 CGNA and Lupins and Lacemakers part of LansdowneTextiles Fair

Oct 24, 2023 Gold Workshop with Lorna Rae

Nov 9, 2023 (4-6pm) till June 2024


Grand Opening of 1000 Islands History Museum exhibit "From Away", featuring work from several groups including CGNA. Display runs till early June 2024 at the Museum in Gananaque, Ontario.


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)

Year 2017-18

Oct 11, 2017 Road trip to Gananoque to visit Costume Dept of 1000 Island Playhouse Theatre with wardrobe mistress Janye Christopher; visit final threadworsk show "Flashback" a 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; Made bookmarks for Literacy Kingston for new imigrants to Kingston who were learning English

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

Year 2018-19

Apr 26- May 3, 2019 Gananoque Writers Festival - The display of CGNA whitework at the Writers' Festival in Gananoque was a great success. There were lots of compliments from the attendees and the author (Jennifer Robson: The Gown, A Novel of the Royal Wedding) as well. The display was there for a week beyond the Writers Festival so got viewed by others as well.

June 24: Bus Trip June 24—Katherine R organized a trip to Almonte Museum and Perth Museum and visits to stores along the way. It was full.

June 22: Lansdowne Textile Fair June 22, 10:00 to 3:00 - display of work by those helping out, including Bobblin Lace. Bobbin Lace ladies won "Viewers' Choice Best Demonstrators"

June 17: Pot Luck Luncheon June 17—Jo Gatenby from X’s & Oh’s was our speaker. She had some merchandise for sale.

June 3: Mandala Workshop - Mary Lou Wilson

Year 2019-20

Feb 1 to Mar 15, 2020 A Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts exhibition of over 100 pieces of embroidery, quilts, weaving, bobbin lace, rug hooking, and beading at the 1000 Islands History Museum from Feb 1 to Mar 15, 2020. Information includes dates and times for presentations . Click here. Cut short due to Covid-19

Year 2022-23

Oct 11: All day Workshop: Silk Ribbon Embroidery with Sally H

May 9 & 23: All day Workshop plus half day: Silk Fusion with Beth A

June 4, 5, 6: Special Exhibitors at Quilts Kingston


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