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.

The FACTS Gallery has reopened!

Our new summer hours are Wed-Sat from 11am – 5pm.

If you are going to drop by and say hi please abide by the following guidelines for entering the gallery:

  • MASKS are now MANDATORY to enter the gallery!
  • Please SANITIZE your hands as you enter the gallery.
  • Please be considerate and social distance.
  • If there are already 3 people in the gallery, you may be asked to wait outside.

Intro to Crochet

Join us for a relaxing evening of stitching as Cathy Nethery introduces you to the basics of crochet. After learning the fundamental stitches, you will create a stunning scarf using variegated yarn.

Intro to Rug Hooking

Learn the timeless tradition of rug hooking with renowned fibre artist Marjorie Duizer. During this workshop Marjorie will help you create a beautifully patterned miniature rug with a piece of canvas, strips of wool and a hook.

Knotting with Wendy - An Introduction to Macrame

Macrame is all the rage again in both fashion and home décor. Learn the basics of this “knotty” fibre art with Wendy Arblaster from Knots by Wendy.

Natural Dyeing Weekend

Dyed wool

Back by popular demand is our Natural Dyeing Weekend. Join us in creating beautiful colours from nature! FACTS 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 during the Saturday workshop and discover the magic of madder and indigo on the Sunday. Check out our Weekend Special if you are interested in attending both workshops!

The Dyer's Garden

marigolds

Discover the amazing natural dye colours you can produce from nature! Learn how to dye yarn with flowers and foliage from plants from the FACTS dye gardens.

Dyeing with Madder and Indigo

Indigo dye

Madder and indigo are some of the oldest dyes in the world. Learn their secrets at our workshop dedicated to exploring the plants and extracts that create reds and blues.

Full Weekend Special - Save $30

Natural Dyeing Extravaganza! Attend both the Saturday and Sunday natural dye workshops for a discounted price. Discover which garden plants can produce dyes and the magic of madder and indigo!