Time Travel with the Society for Creative Anachronism

Creativ Festival 2014

Celtic Knots

Society for Creative Anachronism presents…  www.Ealdormere.ca

Celtic Knots (Hands-on Activity)

Embellish your work with Celtic flair. Learn techniques to design simple Celtic knots and how to transfer those techniques to more elaborate designs that can be used to embellish cards, scrapbooks, paintings, woodwork, quilts, and so much more.

SCA Booth #105 – Fri 11:30 to 12:30 . Sat 11:30 to 12:30


Creativ Festival 2014

Sugar Paste

Sugar Paste (Hands-on Activity)

Tasty treats have always been a treasure. Learn about medieval sugar paste methods and recipes, and how they were used. Decorate a sugar paste embellishment for your own courtly feast.

SCA Booth #105 – Fri 5:30 to 6:30 

Wilton: Cupcakes for Any Occassion


Wilton - Cupcake for Any Occassion

Wilton – Cupcake for Any Occassion



Cupcakes For Any Occasion!

Cupcakes are all the rage! Join the cake decorating experts from Wilton and discover just how easy it is to decorate a festive cupcake for any occasion!

Fri 1:00, 4:00 & 6:00 www.wilton.com

Society of Creative Anachronism Presents…

Creativ FestivalNaal Binding (Hands-on Activity)

Everything old is new again. This ancient group of stitches pre-dates knitting and was used extensively in the early medieval period. It can be used to make socks, sweaters, mitts and hats. Learn the techniques for a basic and highly versatile naal binding stitch.

SCA Booth #159 – Fri 11:30 to 12:30 & 4:30 to 5:30 . Sat 3:30 to 4:30


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Drop Spindle (Hands-on Activity)

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at spinning? Learn how to turn fluffy wool into yarn for your projects with this simple, ageless tool.

SCA Booth #159 – Fri 1:30 to 2:30 . Sat 4:30 to 5:30


Creativ FestivalEmbroidery (Hands-on Activity)

Enhance your projects with beautiful embroidered stitches. We’ll teach you some of the more common stitches used throughout the medieval period and help you make your own favourite.

SCA Booth #159 – Fri 12:30 to 1:30 . Sat 1:30 to 2:30


Creativ Festival SugarSugar Paste (Hands-on Activity)

We’ve always loved our cake and pastry bling. Learn about medieval sugar paste methods and recipes, and how they were used. Decorate a sugar paste embellishment for your own courtly feast.

SCA Booth #159 – Fri 6:30 to 7:30 . Sat 10:30 to11:30


Society of Creative Anachronism Creativ FestivalAncient Measures for Modern Times (Hands-on Activity)

Join this international organization, dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre 17th century Europe for fun and enjoyment. Drop by and give it a try as members lead interactive demos on period sugar paste embellishments, embroidery, drop spinning, Celtic knot design and Viking naalbinding. Society of Creative Anachronism – Booth #163 www.ealdormere.ca


National Cake Decorating Challenge at Creativ Festival

Creativ Festival CompetitionNew to Creativ Festival this fall is the Canadian Society of Sugar Artistry Competition. We are incredibly excited by this competition!

Be prepared to be in ‘awe’ at Creativ this year as a national competition unfolds for this year’s challenge of making cakes. Over 75 Cakes will be on exhibit for judges and spectators to witness. This is a huge deal and the creativity of this competition is spectacular.

The cakes are real and the challenge is fierce. There are 4 categories being judge which includes cakes dedicated to our 25th Silver Anniversary Show. Other categories include Australian & South African Animals, Beach Vacation Figure Modeling and Floral Corsages. See judging competition guidelines and rules.

Remember, seeing cake has no calories. For more information about this organization, stop by their booth #1030 for further information.

Course Registration Begins Today

We are now officially booking our conference course programs for October 2012, as highlighted in our Course Conference Brochure. Use this brochure to locate your favourite classes and see course times and dates. Like every Creativ Festival, our phones are going to be extremely busy during the first two weeks as we have over 200 courses offered and limited seating in each. Please be patient. Our registration is open from 9 am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

We have new courses this year in Sugar Arts, we are really excited to be able to offer this. See brochure for further details.

Fall 2012 Conference Classes with SugarArtCreations




Helen Dissell & Gill Pope

Helen Dissell & Gill Pope

Helen Dissell & Gill Pope are two good friends who met at a cake decorating class 17 years ago. Since then they have travelled the world together sharing their passion, learning new skills and keeping abreast of international techniques and standards. Despite being separated by thousands of miles and on 2 continents they created Sugarartcreations 12 years ago and launched their first book on sugar work 2 years ago. The decision to write their book took place over numerous cups of coffee, glasses of champagne, emails and sms texts. Thank goodness for modern technology!

Cake decorating has built great friendship and skills between them and others passionate about sugar artistry. What started as a hobby soon became a profession and perfection is the name of their game both in visual appeal and culinary delight.

Inspired and taught by the late Gladiola Botha and the South African Cake Decorating Guild, Helen and Gill are both qualified teachers and judges in sugar and chocolate work. They train students internationally in Australia and South Africa maintaining high standards and marrying new and old techniques with a funky modern trend and approach. Both are members of the South African Cake Decorators Guild, Australian Cake Decorators Association and British Sugar Guild as well as the Canadian Society of Sugar Artistry. They hope that their book Sugarartcreations inspires many new and enthusiastic cake decorators. Check out their wonderful creations www.sugarartcreations.com.au

Enjoy these scrumptious sugar artistry workshops with everything you need provided!


Holly Christmas Tree, Helen Dissell & Gill Pope

Holly Christmas Tree, Helen Dissell & Gill Pope

Holly Christmas Tree (25) All Levels
Using sugar paste, an edible medium, we’ll craft a decoration for your holiday desserts. We’ll be cutting out holly shapes and sculpting to create lifelike leaves to adorn a Christmas tree. It’s funky and modern and incorporates the latest sugar art techniques from abroad.
3 Hour Workshop



Christmas Figure (25) All Levels
Design a cute elf or Christmas creature for your holiday table. Made with sugar paste, we’ll sculpt the face and create a comedic expression for your figure’s face. Then to finish creatively, we will make ‘striped paste’ to model the body. Face painting, contouring and striped paste techniques will be featured.
3 Hour Workshop

Holiday Ornament (25) All Levels
In an updated version to the Sugar Easter Eggs of yester year, we bring this technique to 2012 and feature a decorative sugar ornament for your holiday tree. Using variegated paste, we’ll design the ornament to look like glass and trim with piped decorations and crimping techniques. A masterpiece and treasured heirloom for your decorating.
3 Hour Workshop


Class registration will begin later this month. Watch for updates on our blog for when brochure details become available and registration begins. www.creativfestival.ca


And, check out their show floor happenings…


fort york in gingerbread
Watch members working on this re-creation in conjunction with Redpath commemorating the war of 1812.

sweet remembrance
We invite you to purchase a sugar ribbon in memory of a special person touched by cancer to help us decorate our giant cake! A portion of the proceeds go to Crafting for a Cure.

cake walk
The 11th annual Sugar Art Competition is happening at Creativ Festival. Finalists display their tempting creations at Canadian Society of Sugar Artistry – Booth # 1030

it’s a piece of cake
Don’t miss these spectacular renditions at the show entrance… an garment completely made out of sugar and a whimsical cake filled with all things creative!

Sugar Roses with Betty van Nordstrand

betty van nordstrand is a legendary artist and innovator in the couture wedding cake business. With over forty years experience, she’s done it all – cake decorating, gum paste work, Australian string work with royal icing, figure modelling in fondant and more. Her repertoire includes a collaboration for Walt Disney World with former White House pastry chef, Albert Kumin. www.cssainc.ca

Sugar Roses (15) Beginner
Learn to work with gum paste, a sugar-based dough, that is the basis for the magnificent flowers we see adorning high end wedding cakes. Betty gets you started on your cake decorating journey as you create a full rose, bud and spray of leaves. Kit $5
3 Hour Workshop – 012b3: Fri 1:00 to 4:00, 013b3: Sat 1:00 to 4:00


It’s easy to register for classes. Simply click here for pricing info and call 1-800-291-2030 to register.