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Craft has helped shaped the history of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is an integral part of our present, and it is crucial for the sense of pride and identity we hope to carry into our future. Six practising instructors and craftspeople who are experts in their field will share their knowledge and skill through a Friday evening lecture and Saturday single-day workshop in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Lectures are open to the public and everyone is welcome! Advanced registration is required for all workshops. All lectures and workshops will be held at the Anna Templeton Centre for Craft, Art & Design at 278 Duckworth Street, St. John’s, NL.

Sign up early and save 10% on workshop fees!

Early bird pricing for our April, May or June workshops ends on March 24th! Early bird pricing for our September, October, and November workshops ends on July 14th!


All workshops have a wait list! If the workshop you want is full

call 739-7623 to add your name!


Celebrate Craft: Barry Buckle

Barry Buckle
The Impact of the Fur Industry

Lecture: Friday, April 28, 7:00 pm
Learn about how the fur industry transformed Canada into the thriving country it is today, and how it is the backbone of Canada’s economic system. This lecture will present the historic timeline of this industry and compare its past to how it exists in our present day.
Everyone welcome and it’s free!

Workshop: Saturday, April 29, 12:00 - 5:00 pm (full) or Saturday, May 6, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Join Barry Buckle in the creation of a traditional pair of seal fur mittens over the course of the afternoon. All materials will be provided, and the instructor will guide you step by step through the process of creating the mittens. This workshop is intended for experienced sewers and it is limited to eight participants to ensure adequate attention from instructor. At the end of this workshop you will go home with your very own pair of gorgeous seal fur mittens!
$138 (includes HST & all supplies, advanced registration required)

If you are interested in this workshop please call 739-7623 or e-mail annatempletoncentre@gmail.com to have your name added to our wait list. 

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Price: $138.00

Celebrate Craft: Catherine McCausland

Catherine McCausland
The Enduring Thrill of Rug Hooking: The Past Through Tomorrow

Lecture: Friday, May 12, 7:00 pm
Attend an information-packed, story-filled evening that celebrates one of our favourite traditional skills. Learn from our past lessons of resourcefulness and use of mats. Examine how today’s practice embraces and continues that blend of tradition and innovation. This lecture will be of interest to those who collect, create, or want to appreciate traditional mats.
Everyone welcome and it’s free!

Workshop: Saturday, May 13, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
One day workshop that explores a multitude of techniques to add to your rug hooking skills. In the morning, honour the past through design elements, material use, and functional considerations. Discover ways to add traditional touches to today’s mats. In the afternoon, explore and create new possibilities in rug-hooking with contemporary interest in materials, design and techniques. Discover just what your hook can hold! New technique taught: reverse hooking featuring a double-sided mat with sculptural possibilities. Appropriate for all levels of rug hookers – something for everyone!
$75 (includes HST & all supplies, advanced registration required)

Never hooked before but want to take this workshop? Attend a special hour and a half introduction session to learn the basic stitch, tools used, and basic steps. Call 739-7623 for more information.

The image is a "reverse hooked" rug by Catherine McCausland

Price: $75.00

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Celebrate Craft: Shirley Scott & Christine LeGrow

Shirley Scott & Christine LeGrow

Get A Warm! The Story of Newfoundland Knitting

Lecture: Friday, June 16, 7:00 pm
Hand knits have played a big part in the struggle for survival and prosperity in this place. Where did our knitting patterns originate and what makes them special to our culture? Touchable samples will illustrate this lively talk on one of our most widespread and lasting craft traditions.
Everyone welcome and it’s free!

Workshop: Saturday, June 17, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Knit the Wreckhouse Wristers! This stylish contemporary fashion accessory is made using traditional Newfoundland patterns and techniques. You will learn: two-colour double ball knitting, thumb gusset construction, right and left leaning increases and decreases. Bring you own materials or purchase a kit in class. You will need: one set of 4.00mm double pointed needles, 50g worsted weight wool in a light colour, 50 g worsted weight wool in a dark colour. Bring lots of enthusiasm too!
$45 (includes HST, advanced registration required)

Price: $45.00

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Celebrate Craft: Anita Singh

Anita Singh
The Possibilities of Printmaking

Lecture: Friday, September 15, 7:00 pm
Join artist Anita Singh as she presents a close look at a variety of types of printmaking and her multitude of experiences with the medium.
Everyone welcome and it’s free!

Workshop: Saturday, September 16, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
This workshop will introduce participants to a variety of printmaking techniques and provide the opportunity to explore and create their own original artworks. Focus on monotype, drawing and painting on plexiglass, relief printing, drawing and cutting into foam sheets and drypoint, scratching and cutting into thin plexiglass. Participants will learn how to apply inks and print their plates onto paper using a wooden spoon, barren and printing press. This workshop will encourage experimentation and collaboration to generate a wide range of printed works. This workshop is for novice and experienced printmakers who wish to hone their techniques. Anita will work one-on-one with each participant to accomplish personal goals.
$94 (includes HST & all supplies, advanced registration required)

Old Price: $94.00

Price: $84.00

You save: $10.00

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Celebrate Craft: Jessica McDonald

Jessica McDonald
Explore the Tradition of Weaving

Lecture: Friday, October 20, 7:00 pm
Jessica McDonald will present the history of weaving in Newfoundland and Labrador, and how she created a unique contemporary weaving practice that adds to this important tradition.
Everyone welcome and it’s free!

Workshop: Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Have you always wanted to try weaving? In this workshop, learn the mechanics of weaving, explore the use of texture and colour, and try a simple weaving pattern. Already have some weaving experience? Enjoy some hands-on time with a talented instructor to help you advance your skills. Some basic supplies are provided and additional supplies will be available for purchase in class. Sign up early as this class is limited to seven participants.
$75 (includes HST, advanced registration required)

Old Price: $75.00

Price: $67.00

You save: $8.00

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Celebrate Craft: Susan Furneaux

Susan Furneaux
The Joys of Embroidery

Lecture: Friday, November 24, 7:00 pm
Join local expert Susan Furneaux to hear tales of historic needlework from Newfoundland and Labrador.
Everyone welcome and it’s free!

Workshop: Saturday, November 25, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Learn surface stitching techniques with Susan Furneaux as you create a small work based on an historic Newfoundland embroidery. Workshop discussion will include; history, tools, materials and finishing techniques. A perfect way to introduce yourself to the joys of embroidery. The workshop will also be a relaxing day for anyone with an interest in historic embroidery techniques. Individuals will all levels of experience are welcome.
$94 (includes HST & all supplies, advanced registration required)

Old Price: $94.00

Price: $84.00

You save: $10.00

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This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.