Traditional Skills

Teaching traditional skills is one way to preserve our heritage. We are fortunate to have many people in our community who are willing to share their knowledge with others. Take a look at some of the traditional skills sessions we have held.

Soup and Biscuits

January 7, 2024

One of our youth participants mentioned she would like to learn how to make soup.  Board Member Andrew Dominie jumped into action to lead our first youth-only event.  Fellow Board Member Teresa Dominie taught biscuit making to compliment samples of soup after their hard work!

Fruit Cake

December 10, 2023

At the request of one of our Board Members, Cynthia Turner led a session on making fruit cake.  Just in time for the Christmas season!  A traditional recipe used by her mother, participants learned how to prepare fruit, mix the batter, and bake slowly.  A sample with a cup of tea finished off the evening!

Crocheting - Beginner

November 6 - 27, 2023

Back by popular demand!  Teresa Dominie said she would never teach 15+ participants at once again… yet she offered two classes simultaneously – both a beginner and intermediate class!  Beginners were taught basic stitches to create a seasonal snowman. A challenge for traditional knitters to let the hook do the work!  Great job by everyone.

Crocheting - Intermediate

November 6 - 27, 2023

Just in time for Christmas, folks with crochet experience learned how to make a Santa gnome!  New stitches, lots of laughs, keeners trying more projects… never a dull moment when these folks get together!  The support participants gave one another during the session is amazing.  Such a wonderful community.

Rug Hooking

September 17 - 24, 2023

Thank you to our leaders Roy Evans and Board Member Tim Spicer for sharing their knowledge of rug hooking.  This workshop introduced the craft of hooking to a group of beginners.  Some enjoyed it so much they continue to meet at our local library for drop-in sessions!

Strawberry Jam

July 16, 2023

Thank you to our leader Paula Butt for returning once again to teach how to make strawberry jam.  With fresh strawberries from our local Wright’s Family Farm, participants learned the process to make their own two bottles to take home!

Dandelion Jelly

June 4, 2023

A first time offering! Thank you to Teresa Dominie for sharing her expertise in making this product from foraging in the wild. Participants learned the steps to make this product from dandelions in the wild.  Rounding out the afternoon with a cup of tea, and a tea biscuit topped with jelly was a success!

Knitting - Carnival Hats

January 7 - February 4, 2020

Just in time for Pasadena Winter Carnival 2020, our Knit Wits knit (or crocheted) a Carnival Hat in the traditional yellow and red colours.  Thank you to our leaders Florence Caines and Teresa Dominie.

Knitting - Carnival Mittens

November 5 - December 3, 2019

Round two of Carnival Mittens!  Following making a scarf, many participants continued on in our carnival knitting series.  Thanks once again to Florence Caines for sharing your knowledge with the group!

Knitting - Carnival Scarf

September 24 - October 22, 2019

Thank you to our leader Florence Caines for returning to share her knowledge of knitting.  Over a 5-week program, participants learned to knit a simple Carnival Scarf.  

Rug Hooking

September 15 - 22, 2019

Thank you to our leader Roy Evans for sharing his knowledge of rug hooking.  This workshop provided an opportunity to learn about a traditional Newfoundland and Labrador craft while acquiring the skills needed to pursue it independently.  This workshop taught the basic techniques, allowing enough time for each participant to complete a coaster kit.

Strawberry Jam

July 21, 2019

Thank you to our leader Michelle Cornick for returning once again to teach how to make strawberry jam.  A cup of tea, a biscuit topped with freshly made jam and good laughs made for an enjoyable afternoon.  Participants went home with two bottles of jam each!

Crocheting

March 5 - April 16, 2019

With knitting mastered, the Knit Wits decided learning to crochet was next!  We enlisted Teresa Dominie as a fabulous leader to take on this group.  Teresa taught participants how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.  The group decided to work together to make an afghan which they raffled off to fundraise for our What’s the Word on the Street project!  They made granny squares and triangles and learned how to attach them for the final product.  Every member of the group had at least one square to contribute.  Amazing team work.

Knitting - Carnival Hats

January 8 - February 5, 2019

What does every person need to go with a carnival scarf and mittens?  A hat of course!  Our fearless Knit Wits tackled this challenge with our faithful leader Florence Caines.  Be sure to look carefully during Pasadena Winter Carnival each year as you can easily spot our Knit Wits proudly showing off their hard work!

Knitting - Carnival Mittens

October 30 - November 27 , 2018

After so much success with knitting a carnival scarf, our Knit Wits decided they were ready to take on mittens!  Using a traditional Newfoundland pattern, they set out to learn how to make a pair to match their carnival scarf.  Thank you again to Florence Caines for leading the group.

Knitting - Carnival Scarf

September 18 - October 16, 2018

Back for round two!  Our new knitters affectionately call themselves the Knit-Wits.  The originals welcomed newcomers to a round of learning to knit a carnival scarf.  Thank you once again to our leader Florence Caines for coming back for the fun!

Strawberry Jam

August 5, 2018

Thank you to our leader Michelle Cornick for sharing her knowledge of making strawberry jam.  Participants made jam with fresh strawberries from Wright’s Family Farm.  Michelle taught them all the steps from preparing the bottles and the berries, to cooking and bottling the jam.  A cup of tea and a biscuit topped with jam rounded out the afternoon.  Participants went home with two bottles of jam each!

Knitting - Traditional Socks

March 20 - May 1, 2018

Thank you to our leaders Sabrina Morris and Florence Caines for sharing their knowledge of knitting traditional socks.  This 7-week program taught the complex skills of balling skeins, joining colours, and turning a heel!  Lots of laughs had by all.  

Bottling Moose

January 28, 2018

Thank you to our leader Chris Baldwin for sharing his knowledge of bottling moose.  In an afternoon, Chris shared hunter safety tips, and taught how to prepare moose for bottling.  Participants learned how to sterilize bottles, and how to cook the moose in the bottles.  Each participant took home two bottles of moose!

Knitting - Carnival Scarf

December 12, 2017 - January 30, 2018

Thank you to our leader Florence Caines for sharing her knowledge of knitting. Just in time for Pasadena Winter Carnival, participants learned to knit a carnival scarf in the traditional red and yellow colours.  Over six weeks Florence taught participants how to cast on, knit, join colours, weave in ends, and add a fringe.

Apple Pie, Bread, and Toutons

October 22, 2016

Thank you to our leaders Bonnie Wagg and Sabrina Morris for sharing their knowledge of making pastry and bread.  In an afternoon, these ladies taught participants how to make bread. While the bread was rising, participants learned how to make pastry, and prepare apples from Wright’s Family Farm.  Each participant took home two loaves of bread and an apple pie!

Mini-Pumpkin Centrepieces

October 1, 2016

Thank you Sharron Young for guiding participants in making a centrepiece with all natural materials just in time for Thanksgiving.  So grateful for Wright’s Family Farm for providing the space and pumpkins as part of their annual Pumpkin Fest.

Bread and Strawberry Jam

July 23, 2016

Our very first traditional skills workshop!  Thank you to our leader Vanessa Kavanaugh for teaching participants how to make bread.  While the bread was rising, our leader Paula Butt taught participants how to make strawberry jam with fresh strawberries from Wright’s Family Farm.  We also made butter and enjoy a sample with a cup of tea after all the hard work.  Each participant took home two loaves of bread and two bottles of strawberry jam!