Workshops & Demonstrations

Learn, share, take part!

Each year, we bring together talented craftspeople and artisans from across the region to provide guidance and instruction for workshop participants. Workshops range from a couple of hours to multi-day affairs, where participants get to create beautiful works to take home with them, along with newly acquired skills and often new friendships! Workshop space is limited, so please be sure to register early to avoid disappointment.


Moose Tufting

Moose Tufting

2019 Workshops & Demonstrations

Moose Tufting with Duncan Chisholm - Location: Town Hall

3 days – Friday, September 27 to Sunday, September 29, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Duncan is a retired policeman who lives in Pasadena, NL. He is an expert in the ancient art of moose tufting, which involves weaving animal hair into beautiful works of art. Moose tufting is Duncan’s passion, and he donates thousands of dollars in artwork each year to various charities. Join Duncan for three days of instruction and, at the end of it, take home a beautiful, framed (15” x 15” approx.) artwork of your own creation.

Maximum number of participants - 7

Materials included

Cost: $200

Workshop filled-place your name on a waitlist

Contact: (709) 243-2023 


Design your own Colouring Book Page with mixed media artist Jackie Alcock - Long Range Academy

Friday, September 27 - 6:00-9:00 pm

Jackie Alcock completed a Fine Arts Degree at Sir Wilfred Grenfell Collage in 2008. She has been a window painter for 30 years and in 2015 complied 89 of her designs into the colouring book “Colouring the Rock with Jackie”, published by Flanker Press in 2016. She has since self published two children books and sells a line of postcards based on her drawing that can be framed. You can see her work on her web site

 The Colouring Page Workshop:

First and foremost this is a project to enjoy, have fun and take your time with.

Everyone has an artist inside of him or her.

  •  You will receive five practice sheets: each with a different pattern that you can use to fill in your colouring page.  

  • Pencils, erasers, and markers provided.   

  • You will learn to slow down and enjoy your time drawing.  

  • You will receive an outlined colouring page to fill in.

  • Each of you will decide where to use your designs in your colouring page   

  • We will use a pencil to fill in the colouring page

  • An eraser is an artist best friend.

  • When satisfied you will go over the pencil marks with a marker.

  •   You will have created an original colouring page to colour.

All materials included. However, extra supplies may be purchased

Suitable for ages 13 to adult

Cost: $10.00

Rug Hooking Workshop with Jackie Alcock - St. Mary’s Church Hall

Saturday, September 28 - 10am-4pm St. Mary’s Church Hall

Jackie completed a Fine Arts Degree at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and has a mind that always seemed to lash onto some idea and will drive her crazy until she works it out. Her artwork changed over time one would now say her artwork is varied, and deals mainly with the themes of colour, eyes, time, and women. She now work in acrylic, oil, mixed media, print, sculpture, video, wood and most recently rug hooking.

Jackie was named one of the Artist of the Year for the Hooked Rug Museum of North America for 2019 and has had one of her rugs accepted into the Salt Spring National Arts Prize being judged in on Oct 19, 2019. She has twice been the Canadian content for The US Rug Hooking Magazine one in June 2012 and again in November 2018

Her rug work is known for her sewn appliques and she will be teaching this technique for this workshop with her rug design the “BlueBird of Happiness”.

Rug Hooking using Applique 

The Kit:The Blue Bird of Happiness

Designed By Jackie Alcock

  • In this workshop you will see how to use wool applique to achieve a unique hooked rug.

  • Rug is finished in the Grenfell style with a running daisy stitch outline

  • All materials included.

  • Cost: $100 

Contents of Kit:   

1. Straight weave Burlap

2.     Outline box and pattern drawn on

3.     Bird with wing sewn on

4.     Flower base sewn on.

5.     Five flower cutout

6.      Two wool centers

7.     Button but feel free to bring some along

8.      Colours may vary

9.     Hook

10.   Embroidery needle

 What you will need:

1.     Scissors

2.     Some extra buttons

3.     Wool needle if you one I will have some     


 Make Your own Bath Bomb with Mikaela Wilson - Natura Soap Company

Saturday, September 28 - 4:30 pm - St. Mary’s Church Hall

Natura Soap Company is an exclusively family-run business since 2014, with just two members: Mikaela Wilson, and her partner, Tim. Together, they work hard to give you natural, chemical-free choices to use in your home. They use all their own products too, so you can rest assured that they've been tried and tested!

Materials included to make one or two bath bombs with all natural colourants and fragrances.

Natura products available to purchase at the craft fair on Sunday.

 Cost: $5.00

Traditional Square Dance Workshop - Jim Payne

Friday September 27 - St. Mary’s Church Hall

Cost: No Charge


Demonstrations - no charge

Thursday, 2 pm - Rug Hooking, Darning, Knitting - Dr. Henry N. Payne Community Museum

Friday, 1 pm - Knitting Heads for Lobster Pots - see how a lobster trap was made with George and Adrian- 1st blue shed on your right as you tip down the hill to the fishing village-Cow Head Summerside

Friday, 10am -3:30 pm Traditional NL Spruce Root Basket Making with Eileen Murphy - St. Mary’s Church Hall

In this  workshop participants will be introduced to Newfoundland and Labrador's  tradition of Spruce Root Basket Making. Eileen will share the techniques and methods practiced by our ancestors.

2012  - The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Award for the Preservation of Traditional Craft Skills ( recognizing the teaching of Spruce Root Basket Making)

2008 -  The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Work Provincial Educator Award


Canadian Society of Education Through The Arts: 2010

This article, "A Moment in Time" features innovative art experiences that engage multiple intelligences, while reinforcing the student's knowledge of the artist's role throughout history.

Art Special Interest Council Newsletter: February 1988, and March 1987

These articles focused on the teacher as an art educator, emphasizing the teacher as the motivator, and guiding the student's opportunities for self expression.

 Saturday, 10am -2 pm - Qalipu Cultural Demonstrations - At the Wigwam

Sunday beginning at 10am -Fly Tying - Learn the Art of Fly Tying with master crafter Gary Shears - Craft Fair- Shallow Bay Motel

Watch other Crafters as they work at the Craft Fair on Sunday