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In this issue:

 1.  Feb/Mar Recap
2.  Upcoming Events
3.  Volunteering with ACP
4.  Classes and Studio Time 
5.  Creating Space Update
6.  Did you know? Changes - KWG and ACP
7   ACP Membership
8.  Acronyms at a glance
9.  Comments/ Information & Our Sponsors

Feb 26 - Empty Bowls Fundraiser for YWCA - another successful event - With over 300 bowls to offer, the YWCA quickly reached its fundraising goal of #30,000.  Thanks to the KPG and KWG members who donated the bowls and all who came out to support this event.  To view the Global TV report click here.

Mar 10 - Letter of Thanks from Five Counties Children's Centre for the donation of $375.00 (raised through the sale of Christmas Ornaments at ARTISANity 2021).
Thanks to you, our programs and services are available to over 4,000 children and their families in our communities. We are proud to share that, out of Covid-19, we are now utilizing virtual technology to help reach children who can't come to our sites in the safety of their homes.Your gift provides treatment for our kids now, and supports them for a lifetime.
You make all the difference in the world to our kids to encourage their confidence, independence and inclusion. Your support makes children’s dreams possible! Thank you for helping us to build their abilities for life.
Lyn Giles
Director of Fund Development

Upcoming Events 2022 

Ongoing  - The Online Artisans Market continues to offer beautiful items for sale, with pickup at the centre.  If you are looking for Easter ideas there is even an Easter Egg Craft Kit available.

Thursday, March 31, 2022, 6:00 pm - ACP AGM- The Artisans Centre Peterborough (ACP) would like to extend an invitation to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at the Centre (Peterborough Square, lower level) and/or by Zoom.  For those wishing to attend by Zoom please email Barbara at for the link.
Friday, April 8, 2022 - Celebrate Ceramics - Supporting the Kawartha Potters Guild.  This is a one-of-a-kind event!  Some of the fabulous pottery that has been donated for this event is on display in the gallery.  Contact for drop by the guild (Talwood Road) for tickets.

Friday, April 22, 2022 Noon - 6:00 pm and
Saturday April 23, 2022 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Spring ARTISANity Returns - It will be held in Peterborough Square, lower level concourse.  Vendor registration information is available on the website.  Mark your calendars!
Saturday, May 14, 2022 - Fibre Arts Festival
To be held at Peterborough Square, George and Charlotte Sts.  New this year, tickets are available online.  Now open for registration at:
Volunteering with ACP

Hello Volunteers: Now that the ACP has reopened, with some restrictions, any of you who are interested in volunteering in some capacity would be most welcome. Our volunteer needs are a little different at this time, and responsibilities and tasks may have changed since you were last in the Artisans Centre. Please contact Gillian Holden to discuss how you would like to be involved. With any luck, restrictions will continue to lift and we will be able to welcome more volunteers back in various capacities. We are still very interested in adding volunteers to various operational committees that will work with the Board. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Keep well and stay warm!
Classes and Studio Time
In-person classes and studio times are back,
Masks and Vaccinations required.

Gourd Art

Parent and Child Easter Egg Decorating
Saturday, Apr 9, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Parents can drop by the Artisans Centre downstairs in Peterborough Square between 10:00 am and Noon with your children to decorate a keepsake Easter egg made of wood or gourd.

Ammonite Gourd
Monday, Apr 11, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
This gourd will challenge you with several techniques: designing, pyrography, mixing inks and dyes, adding paint, possibly stippling or undercutting and making quikwood ammonites using a mold.  Dorothy will show you examples of ammonites that have been cut in half so you can see their design and colours.  She will guide you in recreating the ammonites on your gourd making your own placement and designs inside the shell and offering options for a rim treatment.  

Gourd Birdhouse
Saturday, May 7, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Now is the time to be thinking about putting birdhouses up in your trees.  Birds love the natural gourd birdhouses.  We will give you ideas of what you can do with your gourd to make a unique birdhouse: add a small overhang over the entry hole, paint designs, drill holes in the bottom to allow any rain to drain out, dye your gourd with inks, seal the birdhouse with an outdoor varnish.  There are many options for you to explore.

Click here to register for any of these.


Sharpening Woodturning Tools
Monday, Mar 21, 2022 or
Monday April 18, 2022
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

This class will cover the use of the One Way Wolverine system for sharpening woodturning tools.  Included will be the use of the Varigrind attachment for gouges and the skew attachment.  Students are encouraged to bring their own woodturning tools to sharpen in class.

Natural Edge Bowl
Thursday, Mar 24, 2022 or Thursday, Apr 21, 2022
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This class will cover the basics of turning a natural edge bowl, including blank preparation, design considerations and turning basics.  

Prerequisite:  Basic Woodturning and demonstrated experience with a bowl gouge.

Turning a Peppermill
Thursday, Mar 31, 2022 or Thursday, Apr 28, 2022
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This class will cover the basics of turning a peppermill from wood, including blank preparation, turning basics, finishing and assembly.

Basic Woodturning
4 Sessions
Tuesday, Apr 5, 12, 19, 26,, 2022
(Note:  This session is currently fully booked, but watch for space in the May session.)

This series of classes will cover the safe operation of a lathe including appropriate personal safety protection and sharpening techniques for turning tools.  It will cover techniques for turning spindles, both simple and complex, basic bowl and basic platter turning.

Basic Pen Turning
Wednesday, Apr 6, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This class will cover the basics of turning pens from wood, including blank preparation, turning basics, finishing and assembly.  Pens will include a standard Slimline pend and possible variations on the Slimline.  Students will take home two completed pens.

Click here to register for any of these.


Introduction to Weaving Class
2 Days
Saturday/Sunday, Mar 19/20, 2022 or
Saturday/Sunday, April 16/17, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 PM

In this introductory, 2-day, weekend class, using 15" table looms provided, you will complete all the steps needed to plan and complete your first handwoven project.  You will wind a warp (dressing the loom) for a sampler and learn how to calculate yarn requirements, thread a pattern and then weave a sampler.

Rag Weaving Workshop
Saturday, Mar 26, 2022
10:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Using a small table loom you will learn the technique of rug weaving and create a project using reclaimed fabric
  • No experience required!  Sit down to a loom all ready to go
  • By the end of the class, you will have a complete placemat or a small rug to take home

Textured Wall Hanging Workshop
Saturday, Apr 2, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Learn an easy weaving technique
  • Make a small, textured hanging on a frame loom
  • Bring your own scrap yarns (maybe handspun) or use ours
  • Looms provided and kits available to make your own
  • Register with a friend for a fun day out

Beginners Finger Weaving (Ceinture flechee)
Saturday, Apr 30, 2022
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The ceinture flechee, an "arrow sash" or commonly known as a "Voyager sash" is a traditional piece of French-Canadian clothing linked to the early 17th century.
Partisipants will learn the basics of finger weaving and make a small wrist bracelet or had band in a simple Chevron pattern in the Spirit of a Ceinture flechee.

Click here to register for any of these.

Pottery classes are available through the KPG website.  For more information and/or to register for these classes,  please check their website.

Creating Space
Creating Space is back at the Artisans Centre in Peterborough Square.   Thursdays at 3:30 are the drop-in family arts and crafts sessions and one or two Saturdays each month there is a free family craft activity (RSVP required for Saturdays).  Look for them on the Artisans Centre Calendar, watch the Creating Space Facebook page or email them at for more details.
Did You Know?
The Kawartha Woodturners' Guild (KWG) and the
Artisans Centre Peterborough (ACP)

The Kawartha Woodturners’ Guild has always considered one of its prime mandates to be the teaching and promotion of woodturning to the widest possible audience.  To that end, they became partners in the ACP at its inception, along with the Weavers,  Spinners and the Gourders. The KWG also provided the woodturning equipment at the ACP for woodturning classes and member access.

In February of 2022 the formal relationship between the KWG and the ACP ended.  Now, the KWG will continue to support the ACP in a different way. KWG members will continue to instruct woodturning classes at the ACP and will offer support when requested. There is always the possibility that, down the road, the KWG and the ACP may resume a closer relationship.

The KWG wishes the ACP continued success in the future

ACP Membership

Our classes are open to any adult member of the community...AND...all members of our founding guilds are entitled to take courses at the reduced member rate.  Individual memberships are available for $50/year (September to August) or $30/year for students.  This fee enables you to also be a vendor at the Spring/Fall Artisanity sales and to sell in the Online Artisans Market Peterborough.

By belonging to the ACP you benefit from collaboration with members from the other participating guilds and may find techniques within other mediums or from other mediums that will enrich your own experience.

Acronyms at a Glance

Several acronyms are used throughout this newsletter;  listed here in case you are not familiar with all of them.
ACP - Artisans Centre Peterborough
AMP - Artisans Market Peterborough - the ACP Online Store
KPG - Kawartha Potters Guild
KWG - Kawartha Woodturners Guild
PHSG - Peterborough Handweavers and Spinners Guild (old name)
PWSG - Peterborough Weavers and Spinners Guild (current name)

Comments and Information

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You can arrange for curb-side or drop-in pick up of online purchases by calling 

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