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.

FACTS is starting a new sewing and creative club for tweens and teens aged 10 to 15. Classes are on Tuesdays from 7 pm – 9 pm, and run 8 weeks from July 9th to August 27th. Through different weekly projects we will be teaching elements of design, both hand and machine sewing skills, and creative problem solving within a sharing environment. Our goal is to encourage participants to express themselves through their own designs, styling and creativity while having lots of fun. Projects will include simple garments, accessories, jewellery, fashion design projects and fabric dyeing and painting.

Single Class Pass – $35 – enroll in individual classes.
Space is limited.

Tuesday August 13th

Tuesday August 20th

Tuesday August 27th

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


    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.

  • Natural Dyeing with Mordants


    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.

  • Natural Dyeing Full Weekend Special


    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.