About us

Helen McCrindle has been using needle and thread since she was a very young girl. She first learned sewing and embroidery from Peggy Mason, her Scottish mother, who had been a student of the Royal School of Needlework in England.

Helen and Dal McCrindle.

Helen continued her practise of embroidery, achieving her Teacher Certification from the National Standards Council of American Embroiderers in 1980. She is a Past President of the Embroiderers' Association of Canada, and has been honoured by the Association for her contributions over the years.

Helen graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.A. in Fine Arts and from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Library Science. She worked as Head Reference Librarian in the Regina Public Library (Saskatchewan) and Head Librarian of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation.

Helen has produced embroidered and textile-related props for several movies made in Vancouver (Little Women, Snow Falling on Cedars, Best in Show), working on the sets advising the actors on the use of sewing techniques.

Throughout this time, Helen produced many original ecclesiastical hangings and vestments as commissioned pieces. One of her hangings is in the office of British Columbia Conference of the United Church of Canada.

Helen apprenticed as a kiltmaker with Irene Donegan of Vancouver, beginning in 1991. Irene had been making kilts for almost 50 years and had outfitted the Vancouver Ladies' Pipe Band and many other dancers and public figures.

Since completing her apprenticeship, Helen has made more than 450 kilts in the last 12 years.

Helen and her husband, The Rev. Dal McCrindle, have lived in the Vancouver area since 1985.

References are available on request. Helen’s studio in Vancouver is open by appointment (604-925-7530)