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In this issue:

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

Upcoming Events 2022 
This Week! You won't want to miss it!
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, in just a few more sleeps.  With over 20 Artisans bringing their best work there will be something for everyone - Mother's Day; Father's Day; Graduation; Weddings or just get something to treat yourself. 
Remember Peterborough Square offers 1 hour free parking on Friday and all-day free parking on Saturday.
Next Month!  Mark your calendar!
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:   Tickets are not required ahead of time, you can also just drop in.
Ongoing  - The Online Artisans Market continues to offer beautiful items for sale, with pickup at the centre. 
March Break Events
ACP's March Break Crafts for Kids was a huge success! We offered two workshops, Learn to Weave and Make a Gourd Birdhouse. We had 15 kids participate across three days.

In the weaving workshop the kids learned that weaving is an ancient technique that persists to this very day. They used small card looms to make a tiny tapestry, weaving over and under the "warp" threads with a big needle, making stripes and shapes by linking their "weft" threads. The new terminology was very important!

Next they made Kumihimo bracelets. Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese braiding technique used to make cords and bands. The kids used a notched disk and layered threads in such a way to make a pattern. The finished bracelets resembled a two-toned candy cane twist.

And lastly the kids got to try table looms and put their new knowledge to more use. Realizing that what they were doing with their tapestry weaving could be accomplished much more quickly on a mechanical loom and with room for complexity in repeating patterns.

For the Gourd Birdhouse workshop they took hollow hard shell gourds, already with a bird sized hole drilled, and decorated them to make a fun and cozy home for the birds returning to their gardens this spring. Some came up with their own concepts, hand drawing and painting a themed design.  One participant incorporated the entrance hole into a porthole on a sailboat and created a seascape scene. Some chose a traditional house facade, painting windows, doors and roofs. And some took advantage of cutout stencils and sponge dabbers to create repeating motifs, like leaves, flowers, birds, and even dinosaurs!

Creativity was abound and everyone had a blast! We are looking forward to offering more activities for kids as summer approaches.
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

Gourd Birdhouse Workshop
Saturday, May 7, 2022
10:30 am - 1:30 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, seal the birdhouse with an outdoor varnish.  There are many options for you to explore.

Gourd Sea Turtle Workshop
 Monday, May 9, 2022 
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
In various countries and cultures, the sea turtle represents different things: wisdom, longevity, power, fighter of evil, tenacity, world/earth carrier.  This workshop will focus on the species called the green sea turtle.  You will learn what gourds to cut and how to assemble your turtle using goud shards/pieces.  Parts of the turtle will be sculped using quikwood.  You will then paint it and depending on time availability, mount it on a piece of wood.  A tutorial with reference pictures and patters will be provided.  

Tree Bark with Nesting Animal Gourd
Monday, Jun 13, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
In this class you will learn how to carve a gourd to look like a tree bark.  You will be shown how to use your burs and wood burner to get this effect.  You will have the choice of whether to put an owl/owlets or small baby animals into the carved opening in the bark.  Acrylic washes/inks will be used to colour the bark and paint your nesting resident(s).  A written tutorial and nestling pictures will be provided. 
Some carving experience necessary.

Click here to register for any of these.


If you want to make a special gift or just learn a new skill, check out these classes!

Natural Edge Bowl

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, 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, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 2022
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, May 4, 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 pen and possible variations on the Slimline.  Students will take home two completed pens.  

Sharpening Woodturning Tools
Monday, May 16, 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 the class.

Click here to register for any of these.


Beginners Finger Weaving (Ceinture flechee)
Saturday, April 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 centrury.

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 Artisans Centre Peterborough is a non-profit organization that is funded primarily through class fees, government grants and a portion of the proceeds from sales.  It was recently the recipient of a Grant from the City of Peterborough.  Thanks to the City for recognizing the importance of this organization.

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

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.

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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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