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Tanja Berlin

Tanja Berlin - Canada

Tanja, originally from Dorset, England is a graduate and former staff member of the Royal School of Needlework. At the school she became an expert on various techniques of embroidery as they applied to restoration, conservation and commission projects. Tanja now lives in Calgary and teaches embroidery classes in Canada, USA and internationally. She also maintains a website of her embroidery kits and designs and has had embroidery articles published in Embroidery Canada and Inspirations Embroidery Magazine. Tanja has five of her thread painting designs featured in the A-Z of Thread Painting and two of her goldwork designs in the A-Z of Goldwork book by Country Bumpkin Publications.

Chris Berry - United Kingdom

Chris has taught City & Guilds Embroidery Part 2 in Glasgow, Scotland for over twenty years. She also teaches freelance throughout the UK, Canada and USA. Passionately interested in Tudor and seventeenth century embroidery she is also a practicing contemporary embroiderer and author.

Richard Box - United Kingdom

Richard Box from Herefordshire, England is an artist, art historian, international textile teacher and lecturer and has authored 7 books and two DVD's about design, drawing and embroidery. He trained at Goldsmiths' School of Art, England. He has developed his own textile techniques of combining fabric collage with both machine and hand embroidery to create beautiful images.  www.richardbox.co.uk

Pat Caffery - Canada

Pat Caffery is an artist, designer and teacher having taught for more than 15 years including Seminar 2009.Pat enjoys marrying traditional and non-traditional fibres and textiles to create artwork that is both original and unusual.

Susan Furneaux - Canada

Susan currently divides her time between her studio in Conception Harbour, Newfoundland and instructing in the College of the North Atlantic’s Textiles Program. In 2009, she achieved Post Secondary Educator Certification with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Susan has taught throughout Canada and the United States. She has many followers who enjoy her passion for textiles, as well as her casual teaching style.

Nicole Gélinas - Canada

Nicole Gélinas is a retired social worker, her first embroidery experiences date back to childhood when this was taught by Sisters at school. Nicole has enjoyed embroidery all of her life since then. Fifteen years ago she became a member of LCSG (Lakeshore Creative Stitchery Guild) where she discovered Brazilian Embroidery. Since then she has taken courses at her local guild, at EAC Seminars and at Brazilian Embroidery Seminars. Nicole has taught to various groups including the" Broderie Repentignoise" and the LCSG. In June 2012 she taught a class at the BDEIG (Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild).

Barbara M. Kershaw - Canada

Barbara has a passion for Whitework. A passion for learning and sharing her knowledge about the many varied and wonderful forms of embroidery generally called Whitework. Barbara is an EGA Master Craftsman in Counted Thread and studied Schwalm embroidery in Germany at the Museum de Schwalm. A teacher for over 14 years Barbara is also the author of the beginner Schwalm and Casalguidi GCC courses for EAC and three correspondence courses for EGA. The Italian drawn thread “Angelina”, and the Schwalm embroidery "Liesel" GCC's and the “Basic Study of Schwalm Embroidery” ICC as well as a book of Schwalm filling stitches called “Exquisite Schwalm”.

Carolyn Mitchell - Canada

Carolyn was a full time shop owner for twenty years and has been a designer as well as a teacher of embroidery for over thirty-five years. She continues to design, teach, and enjoy life in a semi-retired state. She holds a NSCAE teaching certificate and was EAC Education chair (1990 –94). She has been an EAC counsellor and author since 1987. She is a national and international teacher. Her exploration of fibres, colours and textures are evident in her designs for Canvaswork, Blackwork and Hardanger as she blends different forms of stitchery on canvas. She enjoys watching and encouraging her students to cultivate their knowledge in their embroidery field.

Lynn Payette - USA

Lynn’s art education came from professional artist parents. She’s taught 41 years at all levels for EGA, ANG, EAC, Callaway; NAN, Stitching Sisters Seminars and many more. Lynn has designed for Janlynn Corp., Ibex Designs and Custom House. She has been published in Family Circle, Woman’s Day, McCall’s, Stitchery, Lee Wards, Threads, Needlearts, and Stitchery and Needlelace. Lynn teaches mixed-media embroidery including; Crewel; Silk ribbon; Needlelace; Brazilian; Stump-work; Blackwork; Silk and metal; Crazy Quilting; Clothing Embellishment; Doll Making; and Beading.

Jette Roy Finlay-Heath -  United Kingdom

Jette is a professional Tutor, specializing in Hedebo and Danish Counted Thread White Work Embroidery, and is an acknowledged international Authority in this field. Jette has been certified in Further Education by the City and Guilds of  London Institute with Distinctions. Jette has a tremendous enthusiasm and unique knowledge of her subject and the rare gift of teaching it in an easily grasped and enjoyable manner. Jette is teaching in England in Canada for EAC and in USA for the EGA.

Joyce Sirski-Howell - Canada

Joyce Sirski-Howell grew up in Manitoba and currently resides in Edmonton. Joyce holds a Master Craftsman in Counted Thread from EGA. Her interest in Ukrainian embroidery spans 40 years and she has taken many classes over the years. Joyce has been heavily involved with Ukrainian dance costumes for the past 20 year. She works with various Ukrainian dance organizations across Alberta. She also serves on the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League Museum of Edmonton committee. Joyce teaches classes in hardanger and Ukrainian embroidery techniques. She has also enjoyed teaching embroidery to elementary school children for nearly 25 years.

Naomi Smith - Canada

First Nations Artisan & Educator. Naomi is an Artisan, Presenter and Educator from the Neyaashiinigmiing Community in Ontario. Her First Nations heritage is the catalyst for a strong interest in Native American beadwork, adornment and textiles. Naomi designs and creates Traditional Beadwork, Quill work, Sweetgrass or Birch Bark basket making and Woodlands Moose Hair embroidery, always valuing these Sacred materials through her teachings & creative process.“Honouring our Traditions is my voice within and beyond my Culture and Community. There is no word for “art” in Native languages yet artistry and visual expression are critical in defining who we are as First Nations people. This is the path I wish to exemplify by my work."

Edwina Sutherland - Canada

Edwina apprenticed in Haute Couture in her home country of England.  She immigrated to Canada to pursue theatre costuming. She has worked as a fibre artist since 1999 and is a well-recognized award winning cloth doll artist. Her 30 years of experience in costuming is an asset to both her doll making and fibre arts talent. In her studio, Edwina works in both cloth and wool fibre.She has been teaching for 20 years both online and in person. You can see more of Edwina’s work at www.edwinadolls.com

Jo Wood - USA

Award winning bead artist, Jo Wood, has shared her passion for bead embroidery for over 20 years. Her beaded landscapes have appeared in publications and juried exhibits throughout the US. She has taught numerous workshops for Embroidery Guilds & Bead Societies. You can view Jo’s art on the web at JoWoodBeads.com.