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It’s a Puzzling Thing: Woodlands Puzzle Pouch (2 days)

December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 15, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Cdn $110.00 +Kit fee: $45, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Course outline: The Woodlands puzzle pouch features raised and flat bead embroidery on both sides of the bag. Puzzle pouches are an interesting Woodlands indigenous design. The pouch doesn’t open up the way people expect, there is a secret way of getting into the puzzle pouch so indeed it is a puzzling thing.

It was thought the puzzle pouch was often used as a way to entertain others. Hand the pouch to someone and ask them to figure to how it opens… thus the mystery is revealed. As with all my workshops – Traditional Native teachings will be part of the learning experience.

Note: This is a two-day class: Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15; 10am – 4pm both dates.

Skill level: All levels

Prerequisite: Comfortable with hand sewing.

Technique: Bead embroidery using flat and raised techniques, Indigenous edging. Working with deer hide and bag construction.

Bring to class:

  • Basic sewing kit consisting of: bead mat (unless supplied by venue), small scissors, magnifier (if needed), flat nose jewellery pliers, pen and notebook. Leather thimble.
  • Magnification, if required.
  • As these are full day classes, please bring a lunch. Coffee and cold drinks are available.

Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your personal use only. Please respect the intellectual property of our artists/instructors by not sharing, selling, or teaching the patterns you receive from the classes you take.

How to Register and Cancellation Policy: see details below.



December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am
December 15, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Cdn $110.00
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BeadFX, 19 Waterman Ave, Unit 2
Toronto, Ontario M4B 1Y2 Canada


Naomi Smith


Kit Fee:
$45, payable to the instructor the day of the class.
Kit Includes:
Deer hide bag pieces, black velveteen foundation pieces, thread, needles, beads, bead map, templates and basic instructions.

How to Register:

  • You may register on-line through the form above, or by phone at (416) 751-1911, or in-person at our store.
  • Payment is required in advance for registration and may be done on-line at the time of registration or in-person at the store.
  • Some classes have associated kit fees, please check class details to see where applicable. Some kit fees are payable to the store, some to the instructor and may be cash only in that case.
  • For some studio classes, those using fire-breathing torches and fast spinny things a waiver must be signed acknowledging you have experience or training in their use, and we will ensure you have training to work safely!
  • Some classes have age requirements. Students MUST be mature and responsible to work safely to be allowed to take some of our lampworking, soldering, fusing, and some metalsmithing classes.

Class Cancellation Policy:

  • If you need to cancel, please let us know 5 days prior to the class. Cancellations made later than that will forfeit the class deposit or fee.
  • We may re-schedule or cancel classes if we do not receive the minimum number of bookings, or in case of bad weather or instructor illness. In this case, you will be notified and the fees will be refunded or issued as store credit.