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'make a pal'  workshop

"It was cool to design and make two softee 'pals' from felted wool. The smaller version I attached to my backpack. Super chic !!!"

Candice 11 years old neighbours and friends group


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Teaching Hands - make mind personal

Teaching Hands brings a holistic focus to the practice of doing traditional handiwork skills. This means supporting the student in finding their own artful process by engaging the hands in a meaningful project considered personal and unique. Such activity accomplished by ones own hands is empowering and nurturing to body, mind and spirit.

Teaching hands provides a personalized setting with up to three students per session for optimal support and learning. Projects use natural and recycled materials with a nod not only to the environment but to the economics of the hand made item.

Teaching Hands provides classes and workshops to all ages and levels of abilities encouraging confidence, pride, accomplishment , bringing joy and passion in the continued tradition of hand made products.


Projects using traditional techniques include but are not limited to:

Rug Making (1):   Prodding; Locker Hooking; Fleece and Yarn sculpting
Rug Making (2):   Faux Chenille 100 % cotton fabric
French Knitting (corking)   wall hangings; jewelry; cowls
Quilting:   home decor
Loom Knitting:   seasonal scarves and hats
Weaving/Lap Loom:   table mats
Soft Toys/Artful Sculpture   fleece and felted wool
Bags/Totes:   natural fabrics


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"I purchased a rya knotted rug from TeachingHands for my grandson. The design is similar to the Hudson Bay Blanket that is on his bed. He loves it !!!
- Mrs. Jamie G.
Haliburton, OntarioRead more