Metis Fingerweaving: Making the Sash Level 1 & 2 Workshop

Two Workshop Dates:
Wednesday, May 30th 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday, June 9th 12:00-3:00pm

Want to learn a traditional art? Need something to do with your hands while you’re watching Netflix?

Metis Fingerweaving is a fun traditional past-time that results in beautiful belts, bags, bands and bracelets!

Finger-weaving is a method of thread-twining that creates solid shapes of color including arrowheads, diamonds, flames and lightning bolts that can’t be created on a loom. Each piece is unique and can be used for a number of decorative purposes, and the methods range from simple to mind-bending-ly complex as you advance.

There is enough to learn as a finger-weaver to keep you happily challenged for the rest of your days, should you choose to progress through all the levels and patterns. This workshop starts out with level 1, which is suitable for people ages 9 and up (kids tend to pick it up more readily than their parents, in fact!).

In a short evening or afternoon of colors and tales, we will learn to make 2-3 beginner’s patterns that you can use to create bracelets, bag straps or hatbands. The tradition of finger-weaving will be presented and some of the lore of this Metis craft, as well as a few choice stories, will be told.

Wednesday, May 30th 6-9pm $35 per person

Saturday, June 9th 12-3pm $35 per person

Some samples of advanced finger weaving will be available, and the differences between loom and finger-woven sashes will be explained. Yarns of many colors will be provided, as well as all the necessary supplies.

Mature kids aged 9 years and older are welcome to attend this workshop along with a guardian. We will be located in South Calgary. An email with details will be sent to registerees 2 weeks before the event.

For more information, or to book a private workshop for groups larger than 5, please contact

Herbal Medicine and Wellness Services. Traditional Metis Culture.