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Past Workshops ... just an idea of what we've been doing

2023 to 2024

Workshop participation is limited. Members of WEG will be registered first, then non-members may be welcome if there are still openings.

Workshops have registration fees, to pay the instructor and rent the facility, which occasionally may be waived for WEG members.


Each workshop will have either a Kit fee (the instructor prepares the kit for each participant) or a materials list (participants bring the required materials).

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Plan to join your friends from WEG for our first workshop of the 2023/24 season: 

Victorian Style

Beaded Ornament Covers


with Elizabeth Bonnett (WEG)

Saturday, October 21, 2023, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm 

Dakota Lawn Bowling Centre (1212 Dakota Street) 

Cost: $30 (includes full kit) 


Our impression of Victorian middle and upper class life was that it was one of opulence, with detailed decoration, as seen in the creations of Tiffany and Morris. Victorian ladies, with time on their hands, would try to emulate these styles in their handiwork: needlework, embroidery, clothing embellishments ... expanding into the decor of their homes: tassel pulls for draperies, swags, lampshades, and decorations for Christmas trees.

The trees themselves were brought to England by Prince Albert, and blown glass ball ornaments came from Germany at that time. Victorian ladies, experienced in adding bead fringes to shawls, necklines, and reticules, naturally expanded their repertoires to include little coats of lace and/or beads for the less ornate glass balls.

Students will create 2 ornaments in this workshop, as they learn several needle-weaving techniques that they will later be able to adapt/combine to create their own designs, as well as use to embellish other items:

  * basic stringing
  * vertical netting
  * ladder stitch


Please bring: 

  • scissors

  • bag lunch


  • magnifier

  • basic sewing kit

            To register and arrange payment, contact Seema at,         or sign up at the WEG meeting

(To download the course description, with colour photos of the ornaments, click here.)

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