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5 Beautiful Handmade Stilt Walkering Costumes in Calgary, AB

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As a stilt walker, I am often asked who makes my costumes. Actually, I do! In fact, most stilt walkers make their own costumes because it is a small community which means it’s not a big enough market for costume designers to do a run of stilt specific costumes.

For me this is wonderful, I love designing new stilt walking characters from the ground up.

The Birds

The bird characters are some of my favorites, each fabric feather on the pants are hand cut and hand stitched. The headdresses took hours just to lay out and the whole thing has to be spot cleaned, steamed and repaired after every show. Bit it was worth it!

  • Party Peacock Stilt Walking Calgary - Image by Neil McElmon Photography

    Party Peacock Stilt Walking Calgary – Image by Neil McElmon Photography

  • Peacock Bird Character - Stilt Walking

    Peacock Bird Character – Stilt Walking

  • Calgary Stilt Walking Character in the News

    Calgary Stilt Walking Character in the News
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  • Stilt Walking Character

    Stilt Walking Character

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    Happy peackock
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  • Swan Stilt Walking Character

    Swan Stilt Walking Character

The Masquerade Set

These characters are really fun. Heavy layers of silk and organic cotton are contrasted with a few light blue accents on the softer characters. Silk cut into bold stripes reminiscent of a circus tent with strong red accents on the more traditional masquerade characters.

They are all whimsical and playful, make for great photos and move beautifully. I handmade each and every one of these and I would do it all again πŸ™‚

  • Amazing Stilt Photo from Tanyas Birthday Masquerade Ball photographer by Photographer Paul McGrath

    Amazing Stilt Photo from Tanyas Birthday Masquerade Ball photographer by Photographer Paul McGrath

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    Masquerade Stilt Walking Character

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  • Stilt Walking Character Venetian

    Stilt Walking Character Venetian

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    stilt

  • Ice King and Queen Stilt Walking Character

    Ice King and Queen Stilt Walking Character

  • Amazing Stilt Photo from Tanyas Birthday Masquerade Ball photographer by Photographer Paul McGrath

    Amazing Stilt Photo from Tanyas Birthday Masquerade Ball photographer by Photographer Paul McGrath

The Lady and Gentleman – Vintage Chacaters

I can use a few accessories to push these towards steampunk, classical or Edwardian. These vintage-themed stilt costumes are so striking I find that we get backing up to the wall at events with people wanting selfies and photos.

  • Vintage Carnival Lovely Lady Stilt Walker Calgary

    Vintage Carnival Lovely Lady Stilt Walker Calgary

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    Vintage Stilt Walking Character

  • Lady and Gentelman

    Lady and Gentelman

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Showgirls

I handmade and designed all the headresses, bustles and stilt covers.

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    Stilt-Walking-Showgirl-Carisa-Hendrix

  • Stilt Walking Character Fire

    Stilt Walking Character Fire
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  • Peacock Stilt Character Lethbridge

    Peacock Stilt Character Lethbridge
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Circus Stilt Chacaters

  • Circus Stilt Walker Clown Calgary - Image by Neil McElmon Photography

    Circus Stilt Walker Clown Calgary – Image by Neil McElmon Photography

  • Circus Stilt Walker Saskatoon

    Circus Stilt Walker Saskatoon

  • Stilt Walker Jugglers

    Stilt Walker Jugglers

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    Circus Stilt Walking Character

  • Cute Stilt Walker Clown

    Cute Stilt Walker Clown

  • Silly Circus Characters

    Silly Circus Characters

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Masquerade Ball Stilt Photos

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These amazing Stilt Photo are from Tanyas Birthday Masquerade Ball and taken my photographer by Photographer Paul McGrath. Nate was kind enough to forward these along with a note that gave me permission to post them. Thx Nate!

  • Amazing Stilt Photo from Tanya's Birthday Masquerade Ball photographer by Photographer Paul McGrath

    Amazing Stilt Photo from Tanya's Birthday Masquerade Ball photographer by Photographer Paul McGrath

  • Amazing Stilt Photo from Tanyas Birthday Masquerade Ball photographer by Photographer Paul McGrath

    Amazing Stilt Photo from Tanyas Birthday Masquerade Ball photographer by Photographer Paul McGrath

  • Amazing Stilt Photo from Tanyas Birthday Masquerade Ball photographer by Photographer Paul McGrath

    Amazing Stilt Photo from Tanyas Birthday Masquerade Ball photographer by Photographer Paul McGrath

  • Amazing Stilt Photo from Tanya's Birthday Masquerade Ball photographer by Photographer Paul McGrath

    Amazing Stilt Photo from Tanya's Birthday Masquerade Ball photographer by Photographer Paul McGrath


Photos from Centerfest – Calgary Stilt Walkers head to Red Deer 2016

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These images from amazing photographer Miyako Palmer are still among my favorites.

We do a lot of stilt walking around Alberta. Calgary, and Edmonton mostly but it’s nice to hit Red Deer, what a great community. We brought a bunch of characters, circus themed characters, fantasy characters, cowboy themed stilt walkers and even a few special silly ones. I miss this festival!

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Amazing New Stilt Walker Costume!

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These costumes represent 2 of the 4 stilt walker element costumes we created for Mount Royal in Calgary, Alberta. πŸ™‚


A Few Shots From The Workshop

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When a client wants pictures of stilt costumes I don’t have photos of I get to play grown-up dress-up!! Thank to Tim Motley for playing photographer.

Tree Stilt Walker

Stilt Walking Scarecrow


Already missing CenterFest! Can it be next year already??

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Peter Pan and Hook Stilt Characters

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I didn’t realize this but I don’t have images of these fun characters. It was a whole ordeal trying to get a stilt selfie in the workshop, but I did it πŸ™‚

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Designing a New Wig for one Character

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I styled the wig for today’s gig all by myself, I think I like it.

Stilt Walking Character Venetian


Alice in Wonderland & Missing Rabbit Stilt Walking Character

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Alice in Wonderland Stilt Walking Character

I just love this character. As Alice I can wander about asking children if they have seen my rabbit. It’s not long before one of them tosses on those ears and I get to play hide and go still walk. So much fun!!

This image is from stilt walking at Circle the Wagons in Calgary AB, sale Canada.