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.

Hand On Activities

Visit our Creative Hands on Festival and you can try your hand at a variety of different crafts.  Each of these artisans/guilds will have materials and projects ready for you to try out. 

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

Rug Hooking can be tried by visitors each person shown the technique and then will hook a square. 

Rug Hooking

Kawartha Gourders – Dye a Unique Ornament Gourd

Stop at the Kawartha Gourders Hands on Activity table to dye a unique ornament gourd. Every one turns out differently! Start by picking out a mini-gourd, dab on the dyes of your choice, and watch as your gourd becomes a masterpiece. Finish with a coat of varnish, and just like that you have made your first gourd project.

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Embroiderers’ Guild of Peterborough – One-Stitch Bookmark

If you take enjoyment from reading a ‘printed word on paper’ book, then you’ll enjoy creating our “One-Stitch Bookmark” to go along with it. Begin by choosing a favourite stitch, or learn a new one, then stitch it onto the pre-finished linen bookmark to create a perfectly unique-to-you book companion.

Peterborough Wood Carvers – Hand Carving

Carved puppies

The Wood Carvers will provide small “Blanks” of wood – i.e. a dog or a cat… that can be carved by participants – and supervised my Carvers from various clubs.

Kawartha Rug Hooking GroupKawartha Rug Hooking Group – Try your hand by pulling a few loops

A frame will be set up with strips of fabric and hooks available, so that visitors can try their hand at pulling some loops. A rug hooker will guide you through the steps and share information with you.  Within a few loops, you’ll be hooked!

Sue Flanagan – Felted Soap

Sue will be allowing visitors to try their hand at wet felting during the Festival.  Bring along a bar of soap to make one of these cool bars.

Why felt soap?  Before there were loofahs and washcloths, people used an old fashioned bar of soap sewn into a felted wool covering. The wool was exfoliating and had antibacterial qualities, and the soap created a nice lather without wasting its suds. So come along with your soap and go  home with a nice felted soap and very clean hands!

Peterborough Weavers & Spinners – Faye Jacobs – Dyeing with Food Colouring

This is a hands-on event for ages 8 to 80. You can make a vegetable dyed stack of folded watercolor paper for cards. Maybe your interest falls into a folded, wrapped and scrunched cotton or silk fabric. All of these are possible at the “dye with vegetable hands-on” table. Come and create your own piece of art.

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Kawartha Artists’ Gallery and Studio – Paint a Pine Tree

Visit our booth to paint your very own original pine tree. Our artists will guide you and share painting tips so you can be successful in this project. Stop by and give it a try!


Kimat Designs/Embroidery & Zentangle

The motto of Zentangle® is “You Can Do Anything, One Stroke at a Time”.  Sit down with Kimat Designs and doodle to your heart’s content.  There will be paper, pens and instruction to create a ZIA – Zentangle® Inspired Artwork.

Kawartha Potters’ Guild – Handbuiding clay with slabs/pinch method

Slabs of clay will be rolled out. Participants will be given an opportunity to experiment with tools to create textures and cut out shapes. Donations are welcome to pay for firing and glazing brown sugar keepers or little dishes and containers.