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The following are workshop choices, times, and descriptions for the AlgomaTrad Harvest Fest 2018. Materials are provided unless otherwise stated. For Heritage Arts Workshops, you can sign up for one time period or progress through the weekend but please note that some projects will take longer than one workshop period to complete.
Registrants for Music workshops should provide own instruments, but a limited number of ukuleles and tin whistles will be available.
Please call 705 257 6106 to pre-register for workshops. Registration Brochure with Workshop times can be downloaded by clicking on the image to the left. Click on an instructor’s name for bio info. Registrants will be contacted about locations of workshops which will occur in and around Richards Landing, St. Joseph Island. Schedule subject to change.
An unstructured workshop that will focus on learning the basics of blacksmithing including forming techniques and forge work and progressing at your own speed depending on how much time you have to invest during the weekend.
Introduction to Basket Weaving techniques using purchased materials but learning how to introduce materials readily found in the garden or woods.
The Melon Basket is one of the oldest styles of baskets, still found throughout the world. Because it lends itself to so many uses, it has been called a buttocks basket, a potato basket, an egg basket, and/or a gathering basket.
The wet felting technique is a process of laying out combed or carded fibers of wool either in the ultimate shape for their use or as a sheet of fabric later to be sewn into a garment. Needle felting uses a special barbed needle or array of needles to join the wool fibers to other fabrics or fibres .
Embroidery: participants will design, draw and embroider a simple word or image onto fabric for incorporation into the gathering cloth. We will have examples of a few basic stitches that are both functional and decorative that participants will learn as they sew.
Block printing: participants will make, collaboratively and independently, block printing plates that relate to the theme of gathering; they can print one for themselves to take home and one for Thinking Rock to incorporate into the gathering cloth. We will also collaboratively make a big printing plate that will be used to print repeat patterning on cloth.
Whether you are new to crocheting or have experience, we welcome you to drop in and contribute to the creation of a Community Afghan Project. By Donation
Registrants will start on making a Small Hanging Pouch (to be continued in the afternoon). This is a folded stakes-simple basket technique using pre-cut 1/2″ flat reed stakes. Students will learn twining the base with #2 round reed, weaving the sides in a continuous weave with 1/4″ flat reed stakes. Students will have the choice to add colour.
Tracy has been working with sweetgrass and birchbark for several years to create one of kind baskets and vessels inspired by the Anishinaabe and Metis arts. Materials are harvested with respect, gathering sweetgrass grown around the pond near her home.
Description coming soon!
See above. Drop In, by Donation
Build a bird feeder to put up in your own backyard. Learn about what birds you might expect to see at your feeder and how to become a citizen scientist with the data you collect from your feeder. For the whole family, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration by Donation
A chance to watch AlgomaTrad Harvest Fest artist/instructors at work with some elements of participation.
For instance, Terryl Ryan will offer a one-hour demo on a small inkle loom to show weaving a strap for a handle. This type of loom played an important part in historical clothing, before the introduction of Buttons. Narrow tapes were used as a way to secure closures for clothing.
Attendees may have some opportunity to try weaving on a loom.
Registrants will make a Small Hanging Pouch (those attending workshop in the morning will continue their project). This is a folded stakes-simple basket technique using pre-cut 1/2″ flat reed stakes. Students will learn twining the base with #2 round reed, weaving the sides in a continuous weave with 1/4″ flat reed stakes. Students will have the choice to add colour.
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Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a woodburing pen. Zach is a master of this art, decorating numerous of his handmade guitars with bespoke woodburning designs.
Learn the basic steps of this all-Ontario stepdancing style.
Student should have a basic working knowledge of chords on the ukelele and be able to play or accompany a couple of tunes or songs.
Student should know the basic fingering of the tin whistle and be able to play a couple of easy melodies.
Student should have some experience with the basic steps of stepdancing.
Student should have some experience accompanying fiddle tunes or traditional music and have basic understanding of chords.
The ukulele is a wonderful beginner instrument to start learning music on. C’mon out and start learning!!
Student should be able to play many tunes, various jigs, reels, waltzes, at a medium tempo with a good level of facility and proficiency
Student should know the basic fingerings and some tunes on the Practice Chanter. If we have time we will do some work on the Highland Pipes.
Registrant must bring own hand drum. No hand drumming experience necessary.
Free. Bring your instrument or your voice and join in a round-the-circle session at your own pace…those who know your tune or song will join in!
For Weekend Pass Holders, instructors, and volunteers. Finish up your projects, enjoy some snacks and food, ask questions, say so long!
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