Traditional Aboriginal Beading

As of December 31, 2021 the workshop is full. No further registrations will be accepted.

Join Debbie Fitzsimmons of Calgary to learn the beading style of her Metis ancestors. In this virtual workshop Debbie will discuss the history of Jacobean embroidery in Europe and its ties to Aboriginal beading in North America. She will discuss her discovery of this art form and show samples as the day progresses.

Debbie draws on her Metis roots from St. Albert, Lesser Slave Lake, Jasper, and the Edmonton area. Her artwork is inspired by her family history of Metis life in northern Alberta and the fur trade. For many years she has partnered with the organization “Willmore Wilderness – People and Peaks Productions” to preserve the rich Metis heritage of Central and Northern Alberta. Read more at

The workshop project is “Grassland Flowers – Blue Flax and Rocky Mountain Wood Lilies”.

The kit is $45 and comes with everything needed to complete the project:

• Belfast Linen and a lining. (Linen is far easier to work with than leather.)
• Beads, needles, thread, and a simple tool developed by Debbie to make working with the beads easier.
• Note this design also included antique beads from Vienna for the small orange flowers and the ‘ground’ line at the bottom of the motif.
• Complete instructions with coloured photos and a cardstock pattern to make the beading experience less stressful.

Registrants will receive a supply list for basic tools and items. The instructor will help to procure necessary items for participants who do not have access to supplies.

This one-day class will run from 10am to 4pm on January 22nd via zoom with a maximum of 20 students.

Registration opens at 9am on December 17, 2021 and closes at midnight on January 3, 2022.

Registration fee is $45 to cover the cost of the kit. Registrants will receive payment instructions with their confirmation of registration.