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Needlework

Needlework is decorative sewing and textile arts handicrafts. Anything that uses a needle for construction can be called needlework. Needlework may include related textile crafts such as crochet, worked with a hook, or tatting, worked with a shuttle. Similar abilities transfer well between different varieties of needlework, such as fine motor skill and knowledge of textile fibers; some of the same tools may be used in several different varieties of needlework. Needlework Stitches is the main thing in the needlework and it is something similar to embroider and sewing; the thread stroke on the front side produced by this is called stitch. Needle lace/Lace-making Quilting Appliqué Embroidery Crochet Knitting Sewing Tatting Lucet Macramé Braiding and tassel making Tapestry Needlepoint Bead weaving: loom and off-loom Royal School of Needlework Kasidakari

United Macedonians Organization

The United Macedonians Organization of Canada is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1959 and based in Toronto, Canada addressing the interests and needs of the Macedonian community of Canada. The organization supports the human rights of the Macedonian minorities in Greece and Bulgaria, promotes the irredentist idea of a united and free Macedonia; the United Macedonians Organization has embarked on the following mission: To work for the national unity of Macedonians worldwide, regardless of their religious beliefs, political opinions or affiliations. By the 1950s Toronto had become the epicenter for organizational activity among post-WWII Macedonians in North America. A total of 20,000-30,000 Aegean Macedonians, including many of the deca begalci, or child refugees of the Greek civil war, settled in Toronto. Many among them were spoiling to attack the Greek government for its poor treatment of its Macedonian minority and child refugees; the liberal Canada of Prime Ministers Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau provided fertile ground in which a left wing emigre organization could grow.

In 1959 a group of eight men met at the Bermuda Tavern on Yonge Street. The initial eight men became 12 when they met again at Zhelevo Hall, the social space owned by the Zhelevo Benevolence Brotherhood, a mutual aid society founded in 1907 by migrants from Zhelevo in Aegean Macedonia. Chairing both meetings was James Saunders, a Macedonian-Canadian who had migrated from Zhelevo to Toronto in 1938. On April 28, 1959, the group established itself as the United Macedonians of North America at a gathering at the city’s King Edward Hotel, it started with the Ilinden picnic, an annual gathering of Macedonians on the anniversary of the Ilinden Uprising. The first picnic had brought over 3,000 people together; this manifestation encouraged the committee to make Ilinden an all-Macedonian holiday, which today has become a tradition. The organization undertook many other projects such as publication of periodicals, magazines and bulletins explaining the situation in their homeland, the history of Macedonia.

The United Macedonians Committee held many social affairs such as dances, banquets and invited many prominent speakers to enlighten Macedonian Canadians about their culture and heritage. In 1962 the committee decided to invite a religious delegation of the Macedonian Orthodox Church from Skopje to attend and officiate at the memorial service for the fallen Macedonian heroes of the 1903 Ilinden Uprising; the delegation was headed by Bishop Naum. The organization played a significant role in establishing the first Macedonian Orthodox Church in Canada, St. Clement of Ohrid. In August 1962, members of the United Macedonians Organization held a meeting in the King Edward Hotel in Toronto and the decision was made to build a new church in the Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood which will bear the name of the medieval Saint Clement of Ohrid. After this decision was brought forth, an assembly was formed and a church delegation was sent by the Holy Synod in Skopje, Macedonia; the first holy liturgy of the parish was carried out on the 12th of August, 1962 in the Zhelevo Hall.

The UMO listed over a hundred members by 1965. Many more non-members attended UMO dances and picnics; the list of members contained a large number of Greek surnames – Papadimitriou, Sideris, Loukras – a clear indication of the influence of Aegean Macedonians in the group. The group’s presence in the United States never achieved the size or momentum it did in Canada, with the possible exception of Detroit. A locus of leftist Macedonian activity since George Pirinski's time, Detroit formed an active United Macedonians chapter in 1970; as in Toronto, much of the UMO's work in Detroit was cultural and educational, brought together Macedonians from the greater Detroit and Windsor area for dances and banquets During the early 1990s, at the height of the Greek-Macedonian dispute, the organization was involved in several disputes with members of the Greek community of Toronto over issues regarding protests for Macedonian human rights in Greece, a Macedonian flag raising ceremony at Toronto City Hall, Macedonian independence parades, a Macedonian wreath laying ceremony at the bust of Alexander the Great - an historic figure claimed by both communities as their own.

Despite strong objection from Toronto's Greek community, Macedonian Canadians were able to carry out these activities throughout the city with permission from city officials. As a result, the mayor of Toronto, Mel Lastman, fell victim to an attack from Greek-Torontonians, where he was publicly kicked and spat on for his support to the Macedonian community and alleged anti-Greek actions; the United Macedonians Organization continues to fulfill the cultural and political needs of the Macedonian communities in North America. It holds annual cultural events such as the Ilinden Picnic, the Goce Night Banquet - an annual gathering commemorating the birth o

The Block (season 6)

The sixth season of Australian reality television series The Block, titled The Block: All Stars, aired on the Nine Network. Both Scott Cam returned as host and Shelley Craft as "Challenge Master". Neale Whitaker & Shaynna Blaze returned as judges, Darren Palmer returned as a full-time judge replacing John McGrath who returned as a guest judge; the season premiered on 4 February 2013 at 7:00 pm. Production for the series relocated from Melbourne—which had hosted the prior two seasons—to its original location of Bondi in Sydney to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the show's first season; this season saw the return of four former teams from past seasons of The Block retroactively named The "All-stars". A Ratings data is from OzTAM and represents the live and same day average viewership from the 5 largest Australian metropolitan centres