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Embroidery by Ashley Wong.

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The Globe Craft Club is an event series and Facebook group where feature writer Jana G. Pruden (and special guests) teach you new craft skills live online. Over the past few months, our group of crafters have cooked and baked (ricotta, homemade crackers, scones), cut and pasted (collages, notebooks, paper flowers) and stirred (and stirred and stirred batches of soap).

Thank you to the readers who have joined our Facebook group and crafted with us during our livestream events. See below for our favourite readers photos of the projects they’ve tackled so far.

Globe Craft Club: Coming June 22 – tie dying with TikTokers Will and Sana Saleh

If you make any Craft Club projects, tag us on Instagram (@globeandmail) or Twitter (@globeandmail) with the hashtag #globeCraftClub or send us an e-mail – we would love to see what you created.

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Craft Club Lesson One: Making cheese at home

In our first livestream, Edmonton chef and food educator Cindy Lazarenko taught how to make ricotta cheese and homemade crackers (see the recipes).

Here’s what you made

Brenda Forbes said she “loved making these crackers” to pair with the delicious ricotta.

Brenda Forbes

Brenda Forbes


Sheree Yusishen sent in her spin on Lazarenko’s cracker recipe. “My crackers loosely followed the recipe. They have tart cherries, currants, macadamia nuts, pumpkins seeds, ground chia, and rosemary.”

Sheree Yusishen

She also used the ricotta for a flatbread pizza made with figs and prosciutto

Sheree Yusishen


Craft Club Lesson Two: How to make soap

In our second livestream, Natalie Pepin, who teaches heritage skills and Indigenous arts through her business, ReSkilled Life, taught soap-making (see the recipe).

Here’s what you made

Jay Laird called soap-making a “new obsession” after crafting these bars made with lemongrass and lavender.

Jay Laird


Stacy Cattran’s entire family got involved in making soap. “My chemists enjoyed making soap tonight and look forward to the unmolding in a couple of weeks.” The Cattran clan used olive and coconut oil, and tried oatmeal and essential oils as mix-ins.

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Stacy Cattran


Suzanne Melanson added a swirl of activated charcoal to her batch of soap.

Suzanne Melanson


Craft Club Lesson Three: How to make a collage

Scott Nolan, a Winnipeg songwriter and producer who has been making collages throughout the pandemic, shared his tips during our third livestream.

Here’s what you made

Claudine Gervais sent in this floral cat walk. “The cat and the model had the same energy in my collage. Real-life cat wanted to model, too.”

Claudine Gervais

Claudine Gervais


Shellie Suter shared this collage, also cat-themed.

Shellie Suter


Michele Rule spent an “hour of whimsical fun” making this collage full of felines. (Cats: the unofficial mascot of the Globe Craft Club.)

Michele Rule


Crafter Ted Bravakis sent in this “urban jungle.”

Ted Bravakis


Craft Club Lesson Four: Hand embroidery

Writer and journalist Neda Toloui-Semnani gave a lesson in hand embroidery for our fourth livestream.

Here’s what you made

Heidi Hartmann said that after a “bazillion” French knots, she was able to complete these embroidered lilacs in a mason jar.

Heidi Hartmann


Mari Sasano embroidered a photo of her cat for her sister.

Mari Sasano


Danielle Paradis continued the presence of cats in Craft Club with this piece.

Danielle Paradis


Craft Club Lesson Five: Notebooks

Toronto-based artisanal notebook maker Catalina Sanchez taught how to make handmade notebooks using a handful of simple tools.

Here’s what you made

Patricia Bench got adventurous with her pair of notebooks – a new hobby she finds “addictive.”

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Patricia Bench


Craft Club Lesson Six: Hand Lettering

Danielle Sweeney, the Toronto-based artist behind Design in Words, led Craft Club’s lesson in hand lettering.

Here’s what you made

Penney Place combined multiple crafts into one, hand lettering on the cover of a handmade notebook and finishing it off with a paper flower.

Penney Place


Craft Club Lesson Seven: Paper Flowers

Chantal Larocque, the New Brunswick artist behind Paper and Peony, taught attendees how to make a multicoloured paper flower bouquet, entitled Fleurs on Canvas.

Here’s what you made

Rose McCraney used a purple palette for her bouquet of paper flowers.

Rose McCraney


Gail Bebee potted a multicoloured vase of flowers.

Gail Bebee


Craft Club Lesson Eight: Watercolour painting

Ashley Gayle and Vanessa Ansah of artistsonline.ca taught how to use watercolours to paint a flower bouquet.

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Here’s what you made

Stacy Cattran’s children each created their own interpretation of the floral design.

Stacy Cattran


Peggy Lee painted a masterpiece of her dog, Ben, using different shades for her portrait.

Peggy Lee


Craft Club Lesson Nine: Miniatures

Tom Brown, a Calgary artist and miniaturist, taught how to make a tiny bowl and wooden spoon for our ninth Craft Club.

Here’s what you made

Scott Gilmore and his daughter, Sable, created a set of utensils to complement their miniature bowl.

Scott Gilmore


Patricia Bench shared her miniatures, achieving the trademark shine for the bowl.

Patricia Bench


Jay Laird had to go back for “several helpings” of pancakes and bacon, using his miniature as a breakfast plate.

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Jay Laird


Craft Club Lesson 10: Baking scones

Raufikat Oyawoye-Salami, Season 4 winner of The Great Canadian Baking Show, joined Craft Club to teach how to make lemon, white chocolate and cranberry scones. See the recipe.

Here’s what you made

Ingrid Rae Doucet not only crafted what seem to be delicious scones, but staged them perfectly.

Ingrid Rae Doucet


Anne Ungar made an attempt at dairy-free scones, seen on the left, alongside the original recipe, seen on the right – both were “a success” while meeting her family’s dietary needs.

Anne Ungar


Roger Delbaere baked up a batch of flawless scones.

Roger Delbaere


How to participate: Join our Facebook group to keep up to date on our next events, and if you make any of these projects, tag us on Instagram (@globeandmail) or Twitter (@globeandmail) with the hashtag #globeCraftClub.


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