Weaving the Red River Sash

Kelowna, BC. June 6 & 7: Sat & Sun 12-4pm

Immerse yourself in the Story of the Michif People while creating your own sayncheur flayshii (Metis sash) on a locally-made hand loom.

Kalyn Kodiak, Metis Knowledge Keeper (MNA Region 3) will bring us teachings about the history, ceremony & symbolism of the “arrow-belt” sash. We will provide looms and other necessary supplies to take home with you after the workshop!

We begin with the famous Red River pattern, the acknowledged symbol of the Metis People. Based on the Assomption sashes worn by Red River traders in the 1800’s, this loom-woven pattern is a nod to the courage and strength of our ancestors.

Warping, threading and troubleshooting are an important part of this beginner-level workshop. Everyone is welcome, regardless of culture or background. No previous weaving experience is necessary.

Cost: $250 per person, Register Here:

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Our hardwood looms are hand-crafted by a local woodworker and come in a complete kit with rigid heddle, shuttle, winding stick, reed threader, patterns and all necessary supplies. Working with a local craftsman who hand-makes the looms, we have been able to bring the price of the kits down to keep this workshop affordable! If you already have your own hand loom and know how to tie-on for craft-weight yarn, you can bring it along for a discount on your workshop ticket price.

More info: This workshop takes place in Kelowna for the first time! The exact location will be decided based on the number of participants. Children 12 years and up can learn to weave, but may require the help of their guardian. All minors must be accompanied and supervised by their parent or guardian.

Registration is done through PayPal or by e-transfer to kalyn@kodiakherbal.com . Once you have paid for your spot, your email address will be added to the list of registered participants. Registered participants receive an info email to their PayPal address 2 weeks before the workshop. You do NOT need a PayPal account to register, you can choose to check-out securely with a credit card by click the grey “Pay with Credit Card or Visa Debit” button. Kodiak Herbal never receives access to your private payment information, just your email address.

Please see accessibility info & our workshop policies here.

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