Cut Knife embroidery artist takes wins at national seminar


Marcella Pedersen of Cut Knife makes the Embroidery Association of Canada Seminar her annual holiday as it takes place in a different province each year. She was among more than 225 people from across Canada who attended this year’s seminar in Victoria, B.C. Pedersen placed first in the EAC Board Challenge with her stump work (three dimensional) embroidery of the “Western Red Lily.”

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She also won first with “Recalculating, Recalculating” for the EAC Seminar Theme “Beyond the Edge.” 

There were more than 50 entries in the Viewer’s Choice Award, several in the “Original” award, Leonida Leatherdale Award for innovation in embroidery, Youth Award, Group Award and Members Exhibition. The group award went to the Victoria Guild that showcased “Seahorses” done by individual guild members in different types of embroidery. There are at least 30 different kinds of embroidery, says Pedersen.

Next year’s event will be in Halifax.

Pedersen went to this year’s British Columbia event a week early to visit several cousins, nephew and friends in Nanaimo, Courtenay and Victoria the week before. Her visit included Bishop Remi DeRoo, 95, of Nanaimo who loves to talk about family, Vatican II, NFU, the state of the world, and more, says Pedersen.

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