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House Hippo Workshop with Rita Van Tassel Studio

25 January @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm


Select either the AM session (10:30am-12:30pm) or PM session (1:30-3:30pm).

Break the monotony of winter and spend a relaxing couple of hours hand stitching a whimsical piece of Canadian pop culture heritage. 🙂  The elusive House Hippo has been one of the most desired creatures for Canadian kids since the early 1990’s and now you can finally own one!

I’ll provide all the materials required (including stuffing) to make a complete felt house hippo as well as a selection of felt colours and threads in case you want to mix it up. You’ll go home with a printed copy of the instructions and the sewing pattern so you’ll be able to make more at home if you want.

I describe this project as Beginner+ and recommend it for ages 12 and up. 

Finished House Hippos measure approx. 5″ x 3″ (13cm x 8cm). These pieces are perfect either as whimsical decorative pieces or to be used in gentle play. They are not recommended for small children.

If you’re more interested in purchasing a finished House Hippo you can find them in my shop.  Can’t make it to the workshop? The kits are also available for purchase at Trainyard General Store.

Cancellation Policy: Should extreme weather, or unexpected events (power outage, etc.) result in a store closure, you will be contacted via email and I will refund your workshop fee in full. Cancellations made for any other reason up to five days prior to the workshop date will qualify for full refund, past that date a credit will be issued that can be used towards any of my future workshops or product.


25 January
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Rita Van Tassel Studio


The Trainyard General Store
53 Portland Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y1H1 Canada
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