Beaded Black Velvet Cushions with Cynthia Boehm

  • Registration Deadline
    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:00pm
  • Saturday, February 20, 2021
  • Online with Zoom

Due to COVID restriction this workshop will now take place online with Zoom.

Free! There are 2 sessions one from 1 - 2:30pm and one from 3 - 4:30pm.

Beaded black velvet cushions were common in many Cree/Métis households in the 1800s and were often made for sale to tourists by Cree/Métis women during the fur trade. Made from fine velvet and exquisitely decorated with floral motifs in beadwork or silk embroidery, each cushion was uniquely designed. In this workshop you will learn the two-needle technique and create a decorative pincushion resembling the historical black velvet cushions. The front panel of a historical cushion will be on display for your viewing and inspiration

The Craft Program at MAWA is supported by Indigenous Initiatives and the Department of Municipal Relations of the Province of Manitoba.

Free! There are 2 sessions one from 1 - 2:30pm and one from 3 - 4:30pm. Register by selecting which session you'd like to attend adding it to your cart and following the checkout procedure. This workshop is now sold out.

  • Cynthia Boehm was born and raised in Norway House, where traditional practices were a part of her home and community. She began making beaded moccasins as gifts for her family and it became a passion. She is grateful for her mother’s teachings and all she has learned from many crafters, Elders and workshops. She now offers her original designs to the public. Her goal is to continue to further her skills and knowledge of the history and share this beautiful, traditional art form with others.