Folk Art Workshops | In Person | One Day Only in 2024

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LTFAI is hosting a full day workshop this fall. This is beginner friendly and will be a series of live in person sessions with our folk art experts.


Prisikelimo Parapija Parish (RC Church of the Resurrection) in Toronto, Ontario Canada

Address: 1 Resurrection Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9A 5G1, Canada (free parking is available)
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There will be 4 sessions throughout the day. All 4 sessions are included with your sign up fee. All workshops are beginner friendly. Folk Art workshops are from 9am – 4:45pm with a 1 hour light lunch included with all-day registration.

Mark your calendars for
September 28th, 2024 from 9:00am – 4:45pm | 4 Workshops
Sign up for full a full day, morning, or afternoon.

In Person Workshops

Morning Sessions

Session A | 9am-10:30am | Siaudinukai – Make traditional straw Christmas ornaments (may include special bird/angel ornaments.)

Session B | 10:30am-12:30am  | Gobelenas (tapestry) – Make a small tapestry art piece.

Light lunch | 12:30pm – 1:15pm – included

Afternoon Sessions

Session C | 1:30pm-3:00pm | Weaving – Juostos (sash) – Make a woven sash using a traditional weaving technique.

Session D | 3:00pm-4:45pm | Upscale Your Amber – Repurpose old amber jewelry for a modern look.

These workshops are in person only and there will be no streaming or recording of activities.

Sign up for the full day or just a morning or afternoon session.

What’s Included

Workshops and workshop materials with the following exceptions:

Yarn will be provided for the weaving sessions however if you want to use specific colours you will need to bring that material with you.

For the amber session you will need to bring the amber that you want to use. Other basic jewelry making materials will be provided.

Light lunch (for full day participants).

What’s Not Included

We can not provide any travel expenses or any accommodations to attend our workshops. If you would like suggestions for lodging, please refer to google maps or send us a message. We will try our best to accomadate you.

What To Bring

Materials are included. We will be emailing you approximately two weeks before the workshops begin to remind you about any items that you need to bring.

Live in Person Workshops 2024


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    Donna Druchunas Bio

    An artisan specializing in knitting. She taught a knitting workshop at the LTFAI AGM several years ago and fell in love with the organization. Not only is she a prolific author of knitting books, with “The Art of Lithuanian Knitting” under her belt, but she’s also the creative genius behind our social media presence.

    Donna weaves her magic into our online world, managing the LTFAI Facebook page with finesse. Donna has also enlightened us with her workshops and riveting LTFAI Talks.

    Past Talks
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    Traditional Crosses in Lithuania:
    Lithuania is sometimes called the land of crosses. Crosses and unique pillar shrines with various sculptures have been an integral part of the Lithuanian landscape for several hundred years.  They represent not only religious symbolism but national identity especially in times of repression.  We will look at and discuss the amazing wooden carving and iron work of this important folk art and touch on the well known Kryziu Kalnas (Hill of Crosses) site in Lithuania.

    Wool (Vilna):
    Wool Crafts in Lithuania: Although linen features prominently in Lithuanian folktales and folk songs, we rarely hear about wool. However in the cold climate working with wool was an integral part of daily life forrural villagers in Lithuania. Small farms were self-sufficient; little or no money was needed to supplement the household’s home production. All the women and girls in a family spun, wove, knitted, and felted wool to create all of the households woolens.

    Easter Palms (Verbos)
    History and Significance of Verbos in Lithuanian Life: Palm Sunday is an important part of the Easter tradition. Learn about the history of decorated palms and get to know the customs and decorative techniques specific to Lithuania. (Please note, this is not a hands-on workshop.)

    Black Ceramics (Juoda Keramica)
    History and use of black ceramics in Lithuania: The tradition of black ceramics has been documented in Lithuania for centuries. Although eventually falling out of favour due to other pottery techniques, Lithuania is one of the few places that still make this beautiful pottery. Learn about the history, techniques and artistry of black ceramics.

    Amber (Gintaras)
    Gintaras – Our Golden Heritage: Gintaras, or Amber, has been important to Lithuanians and Baltic people for millennia. Important in terms of culture, art and symbolism. Learn about various aspects of Amber to bring you to a new and better understanding and appreciation of this beautiful “golden stone”.

    Easter Eggs (Marguciai)
    History and Significance of Easter Eggs in Lithuanian Life: The egg has long been seen as a symbol of fertility and life. Learn about the role of decorated eggs in ancient and modern times. Get to know the customs and decorative techniques specific to Lithuania.

    What is an LTFAI talk?

    We are excited to launch our online LTFAI Talks. We hope to have a series of talks on topics that are relevant to Lithuanian folk art. These are lectures, not workshops, that will provide interesting information for anyone interested in folk art.

    They will be from a half hour to a full hour in length with time for discussion at the end.

    Each LTFAI Talk is free but you have to register to get an invitation to the session.

    Giles Bugailiskis Bio

    Raised in the Lithuanian community in Hamilton, Ontario. He moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to attend university and was a long-time board member of the Lithuanian Canadian Community there and now serves as the resource person for inquiries about the Lithuanians in Manitoba. Giles has over 30 years of experience in municipal heritage conservation planning and public outreach, having retired as the City of Winnipeg’s Senior Planner for Heritage. He is also a current member of the LTFAI Board.

    Ramune Jonaitis Bio

    Ramune is a translator and editor, who worked with the Canadian Lithuanian Weekly Tėviškės žiburiai as managing editor for over 20 years.

    She is also an artisan who makes mosaics and jewellery using Lithuanian motifs and amber. She is a long time member of LTFAI and has recently served on our board. She learned tapestry-weaving from Aldona Vaitonienė, a master weaver in Toronto, Canada.

    Testimonials: My first ever tapestry. I am an artist so I did a little extra with the beads and wire cord to hang. It reminds me of a dress so I had fun with that thought. 😉

    I think you did an excellent job with the workshop, especially for those of us with no experience weaving. I have already ordered yarn. The colors in this piece was whatever my friend gave me as I was not able to go out shopping. Newsletter Sign Up

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