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We Remember Beaded Poppy Workshop with Naomi Smith – SOLD OUT

October 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Red and green beaded poppy made by First Nations artist Naomi Smith.

Two-day workshop: Saturday, October 5 to Sunday, October 6

Create an embossed beaded poppy pin or pendant. This two-day workshop offers traditional teachings and an introduction to Indigenous raised beading techniques and working with deer hide.

All are welcome. Comfort with hand sewing is an asset. Participants should bring a basic sewing kit including beading mat, small flat nose pliers, small scissors, thimble, and magnifier.

Material kits will be $45 payable in cash the first day of the workshop

Kit Contents: Velvet foundation for beaded design, pattern or paper template, pin back, deer hide backing, written directions and materials list, thread (Nymo D), short size 11 beading needles or sharps. All seed beads required to complete the project.

About the Instructor:

Naomi is an Indigenous Artisan and Educator from the Great Lakes Region. She is actively involved in educating others about the ways of her people of the Woodlands and Northeastern area. She shares both a historical and contemporary perspective, told through the story of beads.

For over 25 years Naomi has designed and created traditional Beadwork, Leathercraft, Moose Hair Embroidery, Quill work, Birch bark and Sweet Grass basket-making and adornment, always valuing these Sacred materials throughout her creative process.

“Honouring our traditions is my voice within and beyond my Culture and Community. There is no word for “art” in Native languages yet artistry and visual expression are critical in defining who we are as Indigenous people. It is this path I wish to exemplify through my teachings and my work.”


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108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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