Weekend Workshops & Talks

Workshops

embroidery

Ukrainian Embroidery for Beginners

Instructor: C. Habrowych

Explore Ukrainian embroidery for beginners as a fun, relaxing way to discover this popular and highly developed fine art. The unique look of Ukrainian embroidery is a result of the specific combinations of materials, designs, techniques and colours and varies depending on the region of origin. Learn one of the oldest but lesser known techniques - zavolikannia - and take home your own original brooch.

pysanky

Pysanky 101

Instructor: Folk Camp Canada instructors, folkcamp.ca

Learn the ancient art of Ukrainian Easter Egg decorating-- a sacred and meditative practice. Pysanky, as these eggs are known in Ukrainian, are made using the wax-resist "batik" method, in which designs are drawn or written onto the egg with beeswax, and then submerged in a series of dye baths. Pysanky are often very intricate and include layers of meaning, imbued with symbols of protection and goodwill. In this workshop you'll learn the basics of transforming a plain egg into a pysanka using aniline dyes, chicken eggs, beeswax, and wooden stylus tools. Minimum age 8+.

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Pysanky 201

Instructor: Folk Camp Canada instructors, folkcamp.ca

This workshop is for those who have made pysanky before, or taken a beginner class, but would like to know more about the intricacies of pysanka making. You'll learn about preparing the eggs, experimenting with colour and various application techniques, as well as finishing the pysanky. This workshop will go over several topics more in-depth, and give participants demonstrations, as well as some hands-on opportunities for trying out different methods of decorating pysanky, emptying, and displaying them. Minimum age 12+.

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Wet Felting

Instructor: N. Chabanyuk

Wet felting is an ancient technique of interlocking and compacting wool fibres using warm water, soap and rubbing motions, producing a textile. Both agricultural and nomadic cultures used wool felt of domesticated animals to create clothing, decorative items and toys. In this family friendly workshop, you will make multicolored woolen balls and turn them into necklaces, bracelets, pendants, bag or key chain charms. Open for all ages from 2 to 102. Children require adult supervision.

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Pom poms and tassles

Instructor: Folk Art Canada instructors, folkcamp.ca

Experience the beauty of simple yarn crafts! Learn to make tassles and pompoms--traditional folk accessories used to inspire joy everywhere they are fastened! Using natural wool and cotton yarns, you'll learn to ply multi-coloured cord and make elegant tassles as well as fun soft pompoms. A fun and accessible craft that's fun to do in a pair, and surprisingly satisfying. Family participation welcome.

pysanky

Pysanky 101

Instructor: Folk Art Canada instructors, folkcamp.ca

Learn the ancient art of Ukrainian Easter Egg decorating-- a sacred and meditative practice. Pysanky, as these eggs are known in Ukrainian, are made using the wax-resist "batik" method, in which designs are drawn or written onto the egg with beeswax, and then submerged in a series of dye baths. Pysanky are often very intricate and include layers of meaning, imbued with symbols of protection and goodwill. In this workshop you'll learn the basics of transforming a plain egg into a pysanka using aniline dyes, chicken eggs, beeswax, and wooden stylus tools. Minimum age 8+.

Talks

Genealogy 101

Instructor: Ukrainian Genealogy Group - NCR

How to get started researching your Ukrainian family roots: tips and tricks.

TLC for your Embroideries

Instructor: C. Habrowych

Have you ever wondered how to wash your new vyshyvanka or the sorochka you inherited from baba? Learn some tips on caring for your contemporary and heritage embroidered items.

Natural Dyes for Pysanky

Instructor: Mary’ana Svarnyk of The Cosmic Egg Blog

Learn about natural dyes for pysanky, their origins, methods of preparations, contemporary developments, and the benefits and joys of working with natural dyestuffs.

Hidden messages of pysanky

Instructor: O. Yarosh

Each symbol on an intricately decorated pysanka has a specific meaning, and the finished pysanka contains messages for a good life and wishes for the future. Learn about the traditions of writing and sharing pysanky.