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Estonian mitten knitting workshops, suitable for all levels, Toronto & Seedrioru, register by June 7

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

Update #178 (info added June 5)

Instructors from Estonia will guide you through the basics (or help you improve) so you can look to sporting some handsome new mittens by the time the seasons change

Are you ready to start on a beautiful set of Estonian mittens? Estonian Arts Centre, the charity associated with KESKUS, and Seedrioru Estonian Summer Camp are offering two opportunities to participate in an Estonian mitten knitting workshop, one in Toronto, the other at Seedrioru’s midsummer festivities as part of the entrance fee.

For Toronto, your immersion in the art of knitting Estonian mittens will take place over the course of 2 evenings, June 21 and 22.

There’s limited to sign up – you need to register by June 7*! UPDATE 5 JUNE: TORONTO WORKSHOP IS FULL.

Unlock Estonian craft traditions

Estonian knitting has a long history, and is known for its unique patterns, vibrant colors, and even unique knitting stitches and casting-on. On registration, you will select the mitten pattern from the region of your choosing, and the yarns will be in traditional dark blue and white. All material costs are included in the registration fee of $85, and the workshop spans two evenings. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced knitter, this workshop offers learnings for everyone.

Limited number of participants, expert instruction

The workshop is limited to 15 participants. This small group setting allows the expert instructors from Estonia to provide individual attention to each participant, addressing specific needs, questions, and skill levels.

With years of experience, Anu Randmaa and Anu Pink, from Estonia’s Folk Art and Craft Union, and their assistants will guide you through getting your mittens going and ensure that you have the knowledge to take the project to completion. They will also share stories and insights, providing context and inspiration for your creation, such as how it is that your handknit mittens just might ward off evil!

Materials Provided

To make your workshop experience as seamless as possible, the $85 fee includes all the necessary materials. Participants will receive a knitting kit assembled specifically for the workshop, containing high-quality yarn, knitting needles, and a detailed pattern guide.

Don't miss out on this exceptional opportunity to learn (or improve) your knitting skills for the art of Estonian mitten knitting. Register by June 7* for the June 21 and 22 for this immersive 2-evening workshop running 1900-2030h both nights, at Tartu College, 310 Bloor St. W., entrance of Madison Ave.

* both Toronto & Seedrioru workshop registration deadlines are June 7 to ensure your choice of region for your knitting kit's pattern


Get involved and help support our future

Please join our growing list of capital campaign donors to help bring this extraordinary project to completion.

The KESKUS International Estonian Centre’s donor categories are Kalevipoja laud for gifts over $100,000 (including naming rights for specific areas), Koidula gild, which is from $50,000-99,999, Viru vanemad for gifts of $10,000-$49,999, and Kungla rahvas for gifts up to $10,000. KESKUS leadership donors are recognized here.

To make a donation, please call +1.647.250.7136 or email Donations may be made as a family gift, or in honour of an individual or family. All donations are issued a tax receipt, in Canada via Estonian Arts Centre, US tax receipts via KBFUS and Estonian tax receipts via Eesti Rahvuskultuuri Fond.

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