Warm Hands, Warm Hearts Mitten Workshop with Sheila Cailleau

We’re happy to present a NEW Warm Hands Warm Hearts mitten workshop with the amazing Sheila Cailleau. Warm Hands, Warm Hearts is about recycling donated leather and fur into cozy and practical mittens using volunteer labour. Mittens made as part of this workshop are donated to those in need via our colleagues at Bear Clan. 
The workshop is delivered in two parts. In the first session, participants will dissemble leather and fur coats, trace the pattern pieces, and cut them out. In the second session, participants will sew those pattern pieces into mittens that will be donated to those in need once they are completed. As always, participants can use the skills you learn to make your own mittens in the future, if desired!
The sessions will take place on Wednesdays, November 29 and December 6, 12:30-3:30 pm
Registration Deadline: November 22, 2023

We ask that participants sign up for and attend both sessions of their selected workshop. All workshops will take place at the C2 Centre for Craft, 1-329 Cumberland Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba, from 12:30-3:30 pm. 
There is a small, non-refundable booking fee for this participatory workshop of $25, please register through the form below. Donations to help defray the costs of material and instruction are gratefully accepted and can be made  HERE. Please note in the section titled ‘Dedication Name’ that the donation is for the Warm Hands, Warm Hearts project. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for all donations.
We continue to accept donations of fur and leather coats, so please drop them off Wed-Sat 12-4 pm at C2. If you have completed mittens to donate, please bring them by during the same hours.

About Sheila Cailleau

Born and raised near Kenora in Northwestern Ontario, Sheila Cailleau is the founder and owner of Magpie Chiq in Winnipeg. Inspired by nature and her own Indigenous roots, Sheila works with leather and fur to create beautiful, luxurious and functional items: boots, mitts, shoes and bags. Each handcrafted, hand sewn item captures the authenticity of our northern land as we live it today, in a coffee shop, at a hockey rink, a summer festival, on a frozen lake, wherever your spirit takes you.

About the Manitoba Craft Council

The MCC is for people who love contemporary craft: professional artists and artisans, collectors and connoisseurs, DIYers and armchair enthusiasts. It’s for people who value the originality and quality of the handmade, who find meaning in making. It’s for the dreamers and schemers who seek to reinterpret the material and cultural traditions of the past through a contemporary lens. It’s for people who haveto forge, carve, weave, fold, sculpt, knit. And for their friends and supporters. It’s for you. See, smell, touch, explore the myriad expressions of contemporary craft in Manitoba and be part of a community that is shaped, motivated, and defined by its love of craft. Find out more here. MCC operates out the C2 Centre for Craft.

About the Bear Clan Patrol

Bear Clan Patrol came about as a result of the ongoing need to assume our traditional responsibility to provide security to our Aboriginal Community. The concept behind the patrol is community people working within the community to provide personal security in the inner-city in a non-threatening, non-violent and supportive way. The Patrol operates out of the Bear Clan Den located at 584 Selkirk Ave.

Patrols take place: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 6:00pm – 9:00pm / Saturday & Sunday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm


Register Online:

Register through the form below! Once your registration form has been submitted stay on this page, as you will be redirected to a form for payment for the workshop which will complete your registration.
Registration for this class has reached capacity. Please contact [email protected] for wait list options. Our apologies and thank you!