WORKSHOPS (Spring 2019)


Fluid Painting

ages 16+

Release your inner artist and create your very own abstract masterpiece! Fluid paintings, or pour paintings, are easy to do and you don’t need to know how to draw or paint to create one. You will learn to mix paints and how to use different items to create different effects (yes, you can make a painting using things like chopsticks, a dustpan or a colander). We will supply one canvas, and all the other supplies you will need to create your very own work of art. If you would like to create more than one painting, bring along another canvas — or a piece of primed wood, a tile, a vase, or any object that will fit into an 11 inch x 14 inch basin. It’s going to be very messy, so wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on.

with Margaret Bernhardt-Lowdon

Saturday, May 11 • 2 hours

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Members $35 / Non-Members $45

Paint Your Own Barnwood Sign

ages 16+

Create your own beautiful wooden sign! You will be provided step-by-step instructions and all the materials needed to make your sign. You don’t need any experience or to be especially crafty, as you will be assisted all the way from beginning to end. It takes around two to three hours to complete. You will choose from three different designs.

with Darlene Tessier

Saturday, May 25 • 3 hours

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Members $55 / Non-Members $60

Beading (Broaches and Barrettes) 

ages 16+

New! Beginners and beaders of all skill levels are welcome! Learn a new skill on a small project, which will be made into a barrette or a broach. Learn more about the history and meaning of beaded work. All supplies provided.

with Renata Beaulieu

Friday, May 3 Saturday May 4

Friday: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Members $75 / Non-Members $85

Stitch ’n’ Bitch Workshops

ages 16+

New! People have been coming together to knit and talk, away from all of the life’s other commitments and obligations, under the term stitch and bitch since the 1940s. The concept has become popular again in the last few years throughout North America by people of all ages and genders. Come to the Prairie Fusion gallery on Thursdays to slow it down, spend time together, learn a new skill, and create beautiful and practical objects for yourselves and your loved ones. Coffee and tea provided.

Stitch ‘n’ Bitch: 5-Workshop Pass

Sign up for all five workshops, for a big discount! Includes supply costs for the wet felting workshop.

Thursday: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
April 18 to May 16 • 5 weeks

Members: $155 | Non-Members $165

Stitch ‘n’ Bitch: Hand Embroidery

Hand embroidery, a lost art, dates back to the 14th century, where it was used to embellish the clothing of the wealthy. Young girls were taught it at an early age as a life skill. Excellent stitching was a status symbol. This class will give you a sample of some of the basic stitches and maybe entice you to continue. Hand embroidery is something you can take with you and stitch while waiting for an appointment, or for the kids. A very relaxing pastime! Bring a simple image or text you would like to embroider. All supplies included.

with Pat Crandell

Thursday, April 18 • 3 hours

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Members: $45 | Non-Members $55

Stitch ‘n’ Bitch: Wet Felting on Silk

You will transform layers of silk and wool into gorgeous, colourful flowing scarves. As you work through the felting process, wool fibres migrate through the weave of the silk and entangle, pulling the silk and any other embellishments along with them as they shrink. You will produce an incredibly lightweight garment that drapes the body beautifully. Bring towels for cleaning up. Cost of supplies is $20, if not taken as part of the 5-Worskshop Pass.

with Annette Leyenhorst

Thursday, April 25 • 3 hours

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Members: $45 | Non-Members $55

Stitch ‘n’ Bitch: Crocheting with Found Fabrics

Upcycle! Learn how to crochet with homemade t-shirt thread, cut from those shirts you just don’t wear anymore, or from other found fabrics. You will create a colourful and useful potholder to adorn your kitchen, and will walk away with the foundations to complete other, more complicated projects, such as bags and rugs. All supplies included. Bring old t-shirts or fabrics, or choose from fabrics we provide.

with Leigha Phelps

Thursday, May 2 • 3 hours

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Members: $45 | Non-Members $55

Stitch ‘n’ Bitch: Hardanger Embroidery

Hardanger embroidery originated in Norway centuries ago. It is a style of detailed white-on-white embroidery, which was used to embellish household linens as well as traditional clothing. Don’t be afraid of the subtle art of thread counting! We will take you through it step by step.  This project will give you the basic stitches upon which all other patterns are built. All supplies included.

with Pat Crandell

Thursday, May 9 • 3 hours

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Members: $45 | Non-Members $55

Stitch ‘n’ Bitch: Amish Knot Rug

Make a table mat or a floor mat, with no sewing involved! A very simple project that  can be made with recycled materials, like the edges of old bed sheets or duvet covers. You get started on a whole new pastime! All supplies included. Bring an old sheets, or choose from fabrics we provide. 

with Pat Crandell

Thursday, May 16 • 3 hours

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Members: $45 | Non-Members $55