Festival Events

Want a quick taste of a few crafts?

See our local artisans in action making a variety of hand crafted items. Get “hands on” and try a few quick crafts. Take a beginners class, learn a new skill and take your creation home. Meet the artisans and find out about craft groups to join in Peterborough. Friday September 13th is a special day for retirees. Free admission, free parking on Saturday and Sunday.

Click on the buttons to see a list of the Demonstrations, Hands on Activities and classes we are happy to present.


Len de Graaf – Rug Hooking, Yarn Painting & Punch hooking

Len will demonstrate the art of all of the techniques mentioned and will let visitors have a chance to try it as well.

Len de Graaf - Rug Hooking

Kawartha Gourders

The Kawartha Gourders’ demonstrations will change during the day so you will be able to see many techniques used on gourds. From Pyrography (burning) to hand carving, power carving, painting, dying, decoupage, coiling, and basketry. Gourders will take turns demonstrating the various techniques, giving you an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the art of gourding.

Find the Kawartha Gourders on Facebook.


Peterborough Wood Carvers

The Peterborough Wood Carvers (and Ontario Wood Carvers Association) will be carving up a storm during our festival.  Come out and grab a small piece of wood and try your hand!

Kawartha Rug Hooking Group

The Kawartha Rug Hooking Group will be demonstrating the traditional method of rug hooking: pulling strips of fabric into loops through a backing fabric with a hook.They will also have a number of finished pieces for display.

Margaret Seaton – Fused Glass Art

Margaret will show the tools and materials needed to create Fused Glass Art.

used glass is the process of layering various colours, textures, paint and preformed glass shapes into a design. Once complete the design is heated in a kiln at temperatures to 1300-1700 degrees for 12-14 hours to fuse it together — and –voilà a beautiful piece of art, ready to frame or mount.

Margaret Seaton - fused glass

Sue Flanagan – Needle Felting, Wet Felting and Wool Painting

Sue teaches wool painting, needle-felting and wet felting in the Buckhorn area. She will show some of her lovely work and do hands on activity of wet felting a bar of soap.

Linda Patterson – Dollmaker

Linda creates Fine Art one-of-a-kind dolls from various materials, such as polymer clay, air-dry clay, cloth, and needle-felted wool. Each doll is sculpted or formed entirely by hand. She will be showing and demonstrating how she makes some of her dolls and the materials that she uses.

Embroiderers’ Guild of Peterborough

Embroidery…needlework…stitching…fancy work…all good descriptions for techniques of embellishment that are millennia old. It seems we never tire of making our clothing, household goods and surroundings look just a little bit better. Drop by EGP’s booth to see just how many different hand embroidery techniques there are, make a stitch on our giant Community Doodle Cloth, and see how contemporary embroiderers are stitching ‘outside the lines’ to illustrate their creativity and imagination.

Find the Embroiderers’ Guild of Peterborough at www.egpstitch.ca for more information.

Kimat Designs/Embroidery & Zentangle

The motto of Zentangle® is “You Can Do Anything, One Stroke at a Time”.

Zentangle is fascinating, fun, relaxing and easy to learn. Any age or skill level, It increases focus and creativity by creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns.

Warsaw Knitters

The Warsaw Knitters will be demonstrating their knitting skills on Saturday only. You can ask questions about knitting, and even knit a bookmark to take home with you. Knitting is a great hobby to keep your hands busy and to make many useful items. Give it a try!

Kawartha WoodturnersKawartha Woodturners Guild

The Demonstrations will include Pen turning and/or Spinning Tops (small spindle turning projects). Displays of finished product and process will also be available.