Parkland Artisans gearing up for weekend event

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Artisans from Prince Albert and area are ready to show off their wares.

This weekend, the Parkland Artisan Tour and Sale will take place on Saturday and Sunday, hosted at six locations in and around Shellbrook.

“Everybody has different things,” artist Henrietta Schultz said. “We even have a lady who sells quilts and she also has material. There is oodles of stuff.”

There will be items such as beeswax candles, woodcarvings, glasswork, fabric painting, jewelry, pottery and more.

Schultz is one of the artisans, who will be located at the Honeywood Heritage Nursery location. She will be showing her cross-stitching work.

“I do a lot of portraits,” she said. “I have an album that shows all the cross stitch that I do.”

Right now, Schultz is working on a portrait of a castle from Buffalo, New York for the gentleman who owns it. It will be 36 by 26 ¼ inches.

She does a variety of work, including wedding photos to give couples a unique keepsake.

“In the ’70s there were lots of pictures that they faded,” she said.

She did one of her brother’s wedding because “their wedding picture had faded so badly but there was one in a photo album so I did it for them,” Schultz said. “That is better than anything they have because in the old days they faded away to nothing.”

To do portraits, she uses a computer program that gives her a pattern to make it a little easier to stitch. She then creates a grid on the fabric and creates her masterpieces.

 “It has been a process of learning what to do,” Schultz said. “I haven’t really been cross-stitching all that long (but) it’s what I do I enjoy doing.”

She has only been cross-stitching since she retired from teaching in 2009 and moved back to the Prince Albert area.

Another artisan will be Richard Stieb with his deer horn jewelry at the Riverview Arts location.

“I don’t use any synthetics except what I buy for the rings and the chains,” he said. “It is all natural sheds. It has to be sheds because otherwise they are porous and they are not cured.”

He creates everything from buttons and bracelets to necklaces and earrings.

“I’ve been doing it for about 15 years,” Stieb said. “I sit on a fisheries committee and I was flying out of Saskatoon --  there was an aboriginal who had some buttons and earrings there that they had done.”

Their jewelry was more traditional First Nations design, with symbols painted on but Stieb was intrigued by the idea.

“After I got back from down east … and I had some sheds in the garage,” he said. “I decided that I was going to play around with them.

“I found when you cut them, your saw marks will show up on them, so I started to sand it,” he added. “When you are polishing, you need really fine sandpaper to get rid of the saw marks.”

He said a lot of people don’t believe it is all natural deer antler and often think they are rock because of how polished the items are.

Both Schultz and Stieb said there are many other artisans with interesting items, including glass blower Ron Anderson.

“It is really interesting to see,” Schultz said. “A lot of people go on the Parkland Tour just to see him do it.”

“There is a little bit of everything, depending on which venue you want to go to,” Stieb said. “It is all marked with signs of where to drive and go into these places.”

In addition to seeing different items, people also have the chance to watch demonstrations throughout both days, including Viking knitting and suncatchers, as well as participate in activities, such as the Hootenanny on the Hill on Friday evening and the unloading of the pit fire on Sunday evening.

For more information on the tour and sale, or for directions to the different locations, visit www.shellbrooktour.com.

Organizations: First Nations

Geographic location: Shellbrook, Buffalo, New York, Saskatoon Parkland Tour

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