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

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 …

Traditional Indigenous Beaded Flat Bag (4 sessions)

Course outline: This is your opportunity to create an Indigenous beaded flat bag from around 1850 with Naomi Smith. Modern methods, traditional materials and techniques will be explored. This beaded bag will be functional and charming. Participants will be able to apply previous learned skills and have a fundamental understanding of the time and skill required to create a fully beaded flat bag. Historical samples will be shown as a source of inspiration. Note from instructor: I do not offer fully beaded bag workshops often, they take time and patience to complete. This is a rare opportunity to learn and …

Petite History Cuff

Course outline: First Nation’s instructor Naomi Smith will help you create a beautifully detailed raised beaded cuff bracelet featuring an older traditional Woodlands Native motif using micro seed beads to create an intricate-looking design. This design looks wonderful worn alone or stacked with other cuffs. Width of cuff is 1/2″ wide. Workshop participants will learn how to use deer hide to create a fabulous and elegant cuff closure. Traditional Native teachings will be part of the learning experience. Note: the cuff blank will measure 7.5″ in length. If you require a shorter length or a longer length, please advise at …

Strawberry Dreams

Course outline: Led by First Nations instructor Naomi Smith, you’ll create a functional and decorative 3-D beaded Strawberry Emery influenced by a century-old Native American design. The Strawberry remains an esteemed symbol of Woodlands Native Culture. Beautiful silk and velvets make up the main body which is finely beaded using size 8/0 crystal AB seed beads, and 11/0 or 10/0 seed beads. As a way of honoring the history of this piece, antique beads will be incorporated into the design. Traditional Native teachings will be part of the learning experience. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Comfortable with hand sewing Technique: …

Come in out the cold for a class!

Late-February is jam-packed full of classes to brighten the dullest month of the year! Whether you’re a beginner or confirmed enthusiast in beading, metalwork, mixed media, metal clay, fibre or chainmaille, there is a class for you! Our open sessions are a perfect time to give yourself the gift of dedicated time to work on your own projects and get inspiration and assistance and meet new friends. Join us for a class or open session scheduled February 21 to 28: Thursday, February 21 FREE Afternoon Bead TeaFacilitator: Pamela Kearns1:00 – 3:00pmEnjoy coffee and conversation as your work on your projects! …