Learn to Bead Vamps


Indigenous Fashion Arts Festival 2022

Bead Vamps

Photo courtesy of the artist


Participants will learn two-needle applique beading and make medallion-stye earrings. In a “drop-in” style workshop, facilitator Rosary Spence will teach the class in English and James Bay Cree, teaching students essential words related to beading. Participants interested in deeper learning are encouraged to view the IFA Digital and On-Demand programming and “Let’s Make Moccasins” videos by Trip Charbs.  

Beading is an intricate and time-consuming process. Additionally, this workshop takes place outside. Dress appropriately for intricate handwork and possible chilly weather. 


Rosary Spence has been designing jewellery and custom leather works from a very young age. Taught by her grandmother, Fabiola Spence, she cites her inspirations from her Cree heritage, urban culture and vibrant colours and elements. Spence has released a fashion line (Designs by Rosary), including fashion, footwear, graphic apparel, jewellery and accessories, and a limited-edition footwear line which had her contribute original footwear as a Storyboot Artist for Manitobah Mukluks. She joined the Indigenous apparel brand Urban Nish as a brand ambassador and design consultant and became a designer for the international eyewear company Dreamcatcher Eyewear.

Saturday, June 11

Sunday, June 12

Dates & Times

June 11
10am – 5pm, 

June 12
10am – 5pm, 


HarbourKIDS Tent

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON