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 Community Yarn Day!

Our Community Yarn Day is back!  A lovely afternoon filled with exchanging yarn, sharing ideas, creating together and supporting our local community. What could be better on a winter’s day?

***UPDATE***

The Yarn Exchange is now happening from 10am to 6pm! 

When: Saturday January 25th, 10am to 6pm
Where: FACTS Gallery & Creative Space, 441 Queen Street, Blyth
Cost: $5

Yarn Exchange

Wool

It is time for our annual Yarn Exchange! Purge all of your old yarn and exchange it for some exciting new yarn for your winter projects!

You can drop off your yarn before or on the day of the event. You will receive a ticket for every full ball of yarn or skein you bring in. As of 12pm on January 25th, you can start using your tickets to exchange for new to you balls or skeins of wool. If you don’t have enough tickets for the yarn you want, you can always buy more tickets for $1 each. (Proceeds go towards supporting FACTS community events.)

If you want to drop off your yarn early please do so at FACTS located at 441 Queen Street, Blyth from 12pm to 6pm Tuesday to Saturday starting January 11, 2019.

Other information you should know – 

  • All levels of experience welcome
  • Credit given for full balls or skeins only
  • All full balls/skeins will be treated equal, regardless of original price
  • Labels listing fibre content and weight are appreciated
  • Yarn that is strongly scented (cigarette smoke or perfume) will not be accepted
  • Consider freezing yarn in air tight bags for four days (removes smells and kills moths)
  • Partially used balls and skeins will also be accepted and used for community projects (like the yarn bombing taking place on the same day)
  • Any leftover yarn will be donated to the FACTS stash for future community classes and projects

Yarn Bombing

Our #flowermeblyth people are cold! Come help us cover them up to keep them and the community warm! On January 25th we will be holding a community knit and crochet yarn bombing day.

Yarn bombing is the covering of structures in public places with decorative knitted or crocheted material as a form of street art; our yarn bombing is also a community event to donate scarves, hats and mitts to local charities. We will be creating scarves and squares to decorate and cover the steel structures. Items will be attached so that they can be taken by those in need. In March, any remaining items will be removed and donated to local charities. We are also accepting completed hats, mitts and scarves to incorporate into the design.

Come join in the fun!

  • All levels of experience welcome
  • Bring your own needles
  • Simple patterns and suggestions will be provided
  • Yarn will be provided, however feel free to bring in unwanted, unfinished balls/skeins of yarn to donate to the project

Create the Winter Away!

FACTS is thrilled to announce a series of workshops and classes to inspire your winter months. We have several new projects and techniques for you to try. Be sure to check our listings regularly as we will be adding more classes weekly. 

FACTS wool painting blocks

Personalized Wool Painted Art Blocks

Saturday, February 1st
12:30pm to 4:30pm

Create a customized ‘art block’ by pressing wool yarns onto a beeswax covered wooden block. Based on your own inspiration, Kathy White will show you how to create a 3D piece of fibre art with her unique technique.

Handcrafting Hearts

Handcrafting Hearts Day!

Sunday February 9th
10:00am to 5:00pm

Join us for our first ever Handcrafting Hearts Day! Similar to our Holiday Handcrafting Weekend, spend the day creating with various techniques but this time making different hearts for a one-of-a-kind garland

FACTS wet felted hats

Wet Felting –
Create a Hat!

Sunday February 16th
12:30pm to 4:30pm

Keep yourself toasty warm this winter with you a one of a kind hat! In this workshop Jennifer Osborn guides you on wet felting your own hat with a resist; a technique that can be translated to many different projects.

Macrame

An Introduction to Macrame

Sunday March 1st
12:30pm to 4:30pm

Have you noticed that Macrame is all the rage again in home decor magazines? Wendy’s Introduction to Macrame Workshop will begin to teach you (or rekindle your talents in) the art of knotting.

Winter Session

The winter session of Threadheads has arrived. Register now for our 6 week sewing and creative club starting February 4th, open to 10 to 15 year olds where participants learn to design, sew and create their own style!