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.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN A WORKSHOP TODAY! CALL (709) 243-2023 / 2466 / 7203

Moose Tufting

Moose Tufting

2018 Workshops & Demonstrations

Moose Tufting with Duncan Chisholm - Location: Town Hall

3 days – Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, 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

Contact: (709) 243-2023 



2 days- Friday, September 28 – Saturday, September 29     10am-4pm                  

Slow It Down Workshop Location: St. Mary’s Church Hall

Instructor:     Shawn O’Hagan

Shawn O’Hagan was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Newfoundland in 1975. She lives and works on the west coast of the island. Her background is in painting (she has an MFA in Painting) but she has worked with many processes and materials. For the past 15 years Shawn has concentrated mostly on textiles. Her new work combines textiles and painting. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows mostly in the Maritimes and her work can be found in many collections including the Canada Council Art Bank.

“My recent work celebrates where and how I live – my personal history (both intellectual and spiritual) and my natural surroundings (my home, my garden, my cabin in the Bay of Islands, Newfoundland). I try to live carefully, touching what is around me. I am interested in the connections and overlap between my natural and domestic environments. The threads that run through my life. And about the energies that connect them all.

In my work I employ the labour intensive techniques of embroidery and appliqué either on painted terraskin paper (mounted on wood panel or stretched canvas), or on hand dyed vintage textiles or handmade felt.”


slow it down : natural dyeing and slowstitching with shawn o'hagan

In this 2 day textile workshop we will slow it down and learn how to more fully enjoy the process of creating. Shawn will introduce you to very basic natural dyeing techniques using materials from your kitchen and backyard. Using your hand dyed fabric we will then explore the concept of slow stitching - mindful and healing -using a variety of simple embellishing techniques including embroidery and applique.

Participants are asked to bring from home used dry tea bags and onion skins and also an assortment of recycled fabric scraps.

Maximum number of participants – 8

Cost- 2 days $120

1 day -$70

Workshop- Friday , September 28 - 2pm Location: Shallow Bay Motel

Creating Flowers with Paint Pouring Technique

Instructor: Bride Locke

Participants will create an abstract painting or a  folding three piece painted wooden panel with flowers applied using paint pouring technique. The piece will be ready to take home at the end of the session. Some drying will be required and participants are asked to bring a container approximately 8x10 to transport the piece and allow to dry at home.

A short demo and discussion will also take place of a different aspect of Paint Pouring and supplies required to continue to create future pieces.

All materials included with the exception of transport box (8x10)

Price - $25.00



Preparing for the Fall Fest Craft Fair with Brenda Stratton - Location: Warehouse Theatre

Saturday, September 29, 4:00 pm

Join Brenda Stratton, who works with the Provincial Government as a Sector Specialist for Crafts, as she helps you prepare to start your own Craft business.

Cost: FREE to Craft Fair participants

Contact: (709) 243-2023 / 2466 / 7203



Ruth Noseworthy Green

Ruth has been a mat maker since 1995.  She works primarily with wool yarn to create mats which capture Newfoundland and Labrador past and present especially as it relates to her connections to places throughout the province.  Though her works vary in size, Ruth particularly likes large scale mats.  Some of her larger pieces include Portugal Cove c1920, Quidi Vidi c1900, the Battery c1960 as well as modern day Quirpon and Fortune, GNP. Her works have been exhibited at the Battle Harbour National Historic Site of Canada, Point Amour Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site, Arts and Letters Competition, Bonavista North Museum Gallery, Kildevil Fair, Gros Morne Fall Fest, Cape St. Mary's Performance Series, Labrador Creative Arts Festival, and Auntie Crae's.  Ruth and her work have appeared in a Parks Canada promotional video. She has been interviewed for radio broadcast, podcast and live events. Her works hang in private collections across Canada. She has taught mat making for the Provincial Museum, the provincial Youth Heritage Forum, Labrador Creative Arts Festival, and to private students.


Demonstration - Jam Making Location: St. Mary’s Church Hall

Instructor: Jean Hewlin

Saturday, September 29th, 1:00pm- 4pm

Make jam with local lady Jean Hewlin as she teaches you the steps from berry preparation to actually making your own Blueberry and Partridgeberry jam.

You get to take home a bottle with you!