Fashion Arts & Creative Textiles Studio

The Fashion Arts & Creative Textiles Studio (FACTS) is an educational and innovative hub for textile, fashion and costume designers, artists and artisans across Ontario. The program offers classes, open studios and workshops at the community and professional level as well as networking, professional development and community events. FACTS believes that skills training, local resources and local production can help support a sustainable future for practicing artisans, designers and communities.

Natural Dyeing Workshops - September 21 & 22

Back by popular demand is our Natural Dyeing Weekend. Join us in creating beautiful colours from nature! FACTS, (the Fashion Arts and Creative Studio), is offering two hands-on workshops this fall. Led by Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston, these workshops are ideal for needle-crafters and fibre artists who want to explore how to create their own unique natural colours. Learn how to prep, mordant, dye and rinse your yarn and yardage to get incredible hues from the garden, natural dye extracts and mordants.

  • The Dyer’s Garden

    $140.00

    Saturday September 21st – Learn about which garden plants can produce dyes and explore how to create a range of colours from the natural dye process. You will dye enough wool to take home and create your own Blyth inspired project. All levels of experience welcome.

    Register Here
  • Natural Dyeing with Mordants

    $140.00

    Sunday September 22nd – Learn how to use various natural dyes, mordants, assists and resists to create different shades and patterns on wool fabric and yarn. At the end of the day you will leave with an array of variegated and multi-coloured wools that can be used in your projects.

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  • Natural Dyeing Full Weekend Special

    $250.00

    September 21st & 22nd – Double day dyeing extravaganza! Attend both the Saturday and Sunday natural dye workshops for a discounted price. Over the two days you will learn about which garden plants can produce dyes and how to use various mordants, extracts and resists to make multi-coloured and patterned wool yarn and yardage.

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Finally! A Kathy White Intensive Workshop! September 28 & 29

By popular request, FACTS and Kathy are offering an intermediate workshop where you can experiment with all of the steps to this unique and creative technique. During this two day workshop, learn how to apply beeswax to boards, cover a 3d panel, incorporate other mediums and develop your designs to to a finished product. 

The small class size promotes discussion and focus as Kathy guides you through the process to create three 4″ x 4″ sample works on Day 1 and a complete 8″ x 8″ finished work on Day 2.

No experience necessary and all materials are provided. 
September 28th and 29th, 10:00am to 4:30pm.

  • Wool Painting with Kathy White Intermediate Workshop

    From: $225.00

    By popular request! FACTS is offering a two day intermediate wool painting workshop with professional fibre artist Kathy White.  Immerse yourself in a world of creativity and possibility as Kathy shares her secrets for successful ‘painting’ with beeswax, wool and other fibres.

    Learn how to apply beeswax to boards, cover a 3d panel, incorporate other mediums and developed your designs to to a finished product.

    Register Here

Knitting Weekend with Kirk Dunn - November 1 & 2

On November 2nd, at 7pm, Kirk Dunn’s master work, Stitched Glass, will be shown alongside his one-man play, The Knitting Pilgrim at the Blyth Memorial Community Hall. FACTS has acquired a block of tickets at a discounted rate. 

A one-man play & talkback about the artistic and spiritual journey of Kirk Dunn, who knit a triptych of tapestries, designed in the style of stained glass windows, exploring the commonalities and conflicts of the Abrahamic faiths. There is no other project like it in the world. 

FACTS is pleased to announce on Friday, November 1st we are offering a master knitting class with Kirk in the afternoon and an intimate dinner with Kirk in the evening. Both events have limited spaces available so book early.

  • Kirk Dunn Knitting Workshop – Learn Kirk’s Unique Technique

    $100.00

    Learn to knit with complex colourways using Kirk Dunn’s, actor and writer of the The Knitting Pilgrim, innovative method for creating texture and depth, all in a relaxed social setting. Leave with a completed pin cushion based off of one of Kirk’s original designs.

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  • An Intimate Evening with Knitting Artist Kirk Dunn

    $100.00

    Join us for our first ever Evening with an Artist Event. During this exclusive gathering, (there are only 18 spots available), participate in a talk with knitting artist Kirk Dunn while enjoying an incredible 3 course meal provided by Part II Bistro.

    At the dinner Kirk will talk about his journey as a creator that began as a theatre artist but has evolved into using knitting to communicate and express his ideas.

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  • The Knitting Pilgrim Performance Featuring Stitched Glass

    $25.00

    Get your tickets at a discounted group rate at FACTS!

    A one-man play & talkback about the artistic and spiritual journey of Kirk Dunn, who took 15 years to knit a triptych of tapestries, designed in the style of stained glass windows, exploring the commonalities and conflicts of the Abrahamic faiths.

    BRING YOUR OWN KNITTING as knitting during the show is encouraged.

     

    Register Here
  • Kirk Dunn Knitting Weekend Pass – Save $25

    $200.00

    We are offering a $25 discount if you want to take part in all of the Kirk Dunn events offered by FACTS. Enjoy his knitting workshop, the dinner with an artist and his show The Knitting Pilgrim, where you can see his large scale tapestries, Stitched Glass for $200.

    Register Here