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In this issue:

1.  Upcoming Events
2.  Oct/Nov Recap
3.  Collaboration Corner
4.  Volunteering with ACP
5.  Classes and Studio Time 
6.  Creating Space
7.  Did you know? 
8.  ACP Membership
9.  Acronyms at a glance
10.  Comments/ Information & Our Sponsors

These are a great idea for a gift when you know they would love to take a class, or buy a beautiful, hand-crafted item from our gift shop (In-centre or On-line) but you just don't know which one.

Upcoming Events

Love Local Auction
The Auction runs from Nov 17 - 30 (12 days of shopping)

ACP is participating in this initiative,
run by the Peterborough & Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce.
Watch for full details on their website.

5 Counties Children's Centre Fundraiser
On now until the holiday break.
Tree Ornaments are on sale at the centre with all proceeds going to support
5 Counties Children's Centre

Pop-up Sales Events
Saturdays, Nov 26, Dec 3 and 10
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Outside the Centre in Peterborough Square.
Artisans - Contact Darlene to confirm your place.  
Must confirm before Thursday each week. 
Open to all members.  No Registration fee. 
The usual percentage in support of the ACP.

Saturday, January 7, 2023 is
St. Distaff Day

Spinners and Weavers will be demonstrating throughout 
Peterborough Square from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
Watch for more information in the December Newsletter.

Returning in February 2023
For the Love of Art Sale
Feb 11, 2023 

Watch for more details in coming Newsletters
Items may be dropped off any time now at the Artisans Centre in Peterborough Square.

Fire and Water Challenge
Keep an eye on future newsletters, the ACP Website and Social pages for more details.
Ongoing  - The Online Artisans Market continues to offer beautiful items for sale, with pickup at the Centre. 
Oct/Nov Recap
Indoor Yard Sale (Sat, Oct 22)  
  Our first indoor yard sale was a success with a good crowd of people attending.  In just 4 hours $450 was raised for the Artisans Centre, as the tables that were full of goods at the beginning were much reduced at the end.  All of the remaining goods were taken to local charity stores.  Thank you to everyone who participated in so many ways, including:  bringing in items for the sale, helping to set up, manning the sale and packing up.  Our volunteers are wonderful. 
    Watch for news of another indoor yard sale in the spring of 2023.

Artisans Centre Peterborough Annual General Meeting (Mon, Oct 24)
     The AGM was held at the centre on Monday, Oct 24, 2022. 

Lorne Hamilton was recognized with a photo collage and thanks for his many years on the Board (Inception to summer 2022). 
Your new slate of Directors is:
     President - Douglas Schalin, (PWSG)
     Vice President - Barbara Bellchambers (KG)
     Treasurer - June Goodwin, (KPG)
     Secretary - Ann Hobday (KPG)
     Director - Anne Carling (KG)
     Director - Denise Stone (PWSG)
     Director - Darlene Fallis (PWSG)
     Director - Leslie Gifford Cook, (Ind)
     Director - Vacancy (Ind)
Unless otherwise indicated, Directors may be reached via
     Volunteer Coordinator - Gillian Holden,

FYI - The AGM and Monthly Board of Director meetings are open to the public and we welcome your ideas.

Winter ARTISANity 2022 (Fri/Sat, Nov 4/5)
  We had a huge variety of handmade items for sale at ARTISANity this month.  Attendance was lower than expected so sales were also lower.  Visitors were impressed with the variety and fine quality of what they saw, but many said they were just not able to buy at this time.   The next ARTISANity Show/Sale will be in the spring of 2023.
Thanks to Barbara and Anne for all of their hard work behind the scenes making sure this sale was a success.

Collaboration Corner

Businesses - Do you need some locally sourced gifts for your dedicated employees or your customers? Talk to us about how we can work together on this. Hand crafted scarves, hand turned pens, pendants, hand painted jewellery, gourd tea lights; we are in the process of putting together a catalogue, but don't wait for it to start the conversation.
Contact us through either or to see what is possible.

Artisans - Are you looking for a new inspiration? Send us a list of items you want included in the gift catalogue for our local businesses.

Contact to have your creations added to the catalogue.
In the meantime, see what can happen when
a Gourd Artist and a Fibre Artist work together.

Volunteering with ACP

If you can lend a we'd like to hear from you. Email Volunteer or call 705-775-1797 to get involved.

We  have a number of Small Jobs for Volunteers
  • We have a bigger job for two organizing type people.  Our storage closet needs cleaning out and organizing.  Call the Centre at 705-775-1797 if you would be willing to do this one-time job.
  • If you have experience/familiarity with Health and Safety Committees or as a representative we would like your help setting up our inspection procedures.



A huge Thank You goes to Merrilyn Lindsay for taking on what was thought to be a small volunteer job, but turned out to be much bigger.  Merrilyn took apart, sanded, painted and reassembled these two white shelves!  Beautiful work, and all in time for ARTISANity.  Thank you Merrilyn!

Keep well and stay safe!

Classes and Studio Time
In-person classes and studio times are back,
COVID Protocols in use.  Masks required for classes.
If you see a class you are interested in but the day/date or time does not fit your schedule call the centre to see if another time can be arranged.  705 775-1797

Keep an eye on the Website Calendar for Saturday Children's Programs in December and Pop-Up classes.

Gourd Art

Sunburst Chip Carving
Monday, Jan 9, 2022
10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Chip Carving on gourds is different from what woodworkers call chip carving.  Instead of using a carving knife, we will be using small rounded carving tools.  A variety of these tools will be supplied and you will learn how to use as well as  sharpen them.  If you enjoy this type of carving, we can help you chose which tool would be best to invest in and where they can be purchased.

The design we will be learning may look complicated, but once you learn this simple cut and how to draw the design it will become much easier. 

Beginner Pyrography
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023
1:00 - 3:30 pm

Are you looking for a way to enhance your gourd or wooden bowl?  Come and learn how adding simple designs with pyrography will add value and appeal to the most basic bowl.  You will burn a sampler design inside a border on your bowl, learning while burning what the different burning pen tips can do.

The Instructor will provide a tutorial with pattern ideas.

Click here to register for either of these classes.


All of your favorite classes are available this fall, and more.

Basic Woodturning - 4 Sessions - Tues, Nov 29, Dec 6, 13 and 20 - 1:00-4:00 pm
Basic Pen Turning - Wed, Nov 30 - 1:00-4:00 pm
Turning a Peppermill - Thur, Dec 1 - 1:00-5:00 pm
Sharpening Woodturning Tools - Wed, Dec 7 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Natural Edge Bowl - Thur, Dec 15 - 12:00-4:00 pm
Also this Fall:

Basic Hollowing Turning
Thurs, Dec 8
1:00 - 4:00 pm

This class will cover the basics of turning a hollow form from wood, including blank preparation, design considerations and hollow turning basics. 
Material costs included in fee.
Prerequisite:  Basic Woodturning or demonstrated woodturning experience

Spindle Christmas Ornaments
Wed, Dec 14, 2022
1:00 - 4:00 pm

This class will cover the creation of Christmas tree ornaments including blank preparation, design considerations and basic spindle gouge techniques. 
Material costs are included in fee.
 Prerequisite: Basic Woodturning or demonstrated woodturning experience

Click here for more information or to register..


Festive Critters - Festive Skater
Wednesday, Nov 23, 2022
5:00 - 8:00 pm

Saturday, Nov 26, 2022
1:00 - 4:00 pm

This class is designed for beginners wanting to try needle felting.
Come out for loads of fun and create your own colourful fuzzy friend!

Festive Art Bowls - T-Shirt
Saturday, Nov 26, 2022
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Come out and learn how to take those old worn T-shirts and create a beautiful practical accent for your home.

T-shirt bowls are an ingenious way to reuse or recycle OLD into NEW!

Felted Christmas Ornament - Bells 
Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022
5:00 - 8:00 pm

Tis the season!

Participants will make a felted bell using wet felting techniques. The bell will then be embellished with a variety of materials and techniques.

Triangular Shawl
Saturday, Dec 3, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Complete a shawl to take home in this one day workshop. A great project for beginners, with no experience required! Learn a nifty weaving method using a triangular cardboard frame. This project is a great way to use up bits and bobs of yarneven handspun, or use the yarn provided. 

Felted Christmas Ornament - Wreath
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2022
5:00 - 8:00 pm


Joyeux Noel!

Participants will learn how to make felt balls and assemble them into wreaths. The wreath will then be adorned with a variety and choice of materials. Participants will make one wreath in class and take a "to go" kit that they can prepare from the materials during class.

Coming in 2023!
What do you do with all of that yarn once you've so lovingly spun it?  If weaving isn't your thing, come join in some Knitting and Crochet classes and/or Studio time. 

Click here to register for any of these classes.

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.

Upcoming Workshops:

Saturday, December 10, 2022
10:00 - 11:30 am

Did You Know?
We welcome other artisan groups to join us.  If you know of a group looking for a home and/or to be part of a collaborative group please email the ACP to get the discussion started.

ACP Membership

The ACP welcomes all adult members of the community to purchase a membership. Individual memberships are available for $50/year or $30/year for students.  Membership benefits include: reduced rates on  most classes; use of the equipment and space, with some restrictions; the opportunity, post adjudication, to be a vendor in ARTISANity and Artisans Market Peterborough or possibly to teach your craft.  By belonging to the ACP you benefit from collaboration with other members and may find techniques from other mediums that will enrich your own experience and stimulate your creativity.

You may also join the ACP by purchasing a membership with one of our participating guilds.
Join the Artisans Centre Peterborough and belong to the local artisan community.

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
IND - Independent Member
KG - Kawartha Gourders
KPG - Kawartha Potters Guild
PHSG - Peterborough Handweavers and Spinners Guild (old name)
PWSG - Peterborough Weavers and Spinners Guild (current name)

Comments and Information

Our location in Peterborough Square follows all Covid restrictions. 
You can arrange for curb-side or drop-in pick up of online purchases by calling 

Check out the Website for more information.

 We are on Facebook under "Artisans Centre Peterborough" and Instagram at "artisanscentrepeterborough".
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Our Sponsors

We are very grateful to the following organizations for their generous sponsorship of our activities.

If you would like to support us  you can help by sending a donation through the "Make a gift" page on our website.
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