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

Join us in creating beautiful colours from the local landscape of Blyth! FACTS, (the Fashion Arts and Creative Studio), is offering two hands-on workshops this fall on dyeing with natural dyes. 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 wool to get incredible hues from local foliage, flowers and food stuff.  

Community Yarn Day

January 19th from 9am to 4pm 
$2 to participate in the day (proceeds go towards future FACTS community events)
At Pick a Posie Costume Shop, 432 Queen Street, Blyth

Yarn Exchange

Wool

Join us for FACTS’s first ever community yarn exchange! It is time to organize your yarn stash and purge all that yarn you’re never going to use.  

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 10am on January 19th, 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 wool early please do so at Pick a Posie Costume Shop located at 432 Queen Street, Blyth from 11am to 6pm January 15th to January 18th.   

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

#flowermeblyth

Our #flowermeblyth people are cold! Come help us cover them up to keep them and the community warm! On January 19th from 9am to 4pm 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. In March the items will be removed and donated to local charities to be distributed to those in need. 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
  • Yarn will be provided, however feel free to bring in unwanted, unfinished balls/skeins of yarn to donate to the project

Fashion Forward - Postponed Until April 25

FACTS Fashion Forward Events are focused on sustainable fashion choices. Did you know that the fashion industry is the second large source of pollution in the world?  In Canada the average person throws out 37kg (82lbs) of textiles a year. That is 9.5 million tonnes of clothing going to landfill annually in North America alone.  As consumers, we should all start working towards the amount of textile waste we produce. That means educating ourselves on local production, resources and markets so that we shop ethically and learning how to extend the lifecycle of the clothes we already own. 

FACTS is offering two social events next spring that will educate you on sustainable fashion choices, while offering you a fun night out! 

  • Redesign and renew your wardrobe

    Redesign and Renew Your Wardrobe Workshop!

    $15.00

    Thursday April 25th, 2019 – An interactive workshop on how to make old, dated, tired and unflattering clothing fantastic all over again.

  • Peggy Sue Collection

    Shop Local Live!

    $45.00

    Friday April 26th, 2019 – Joins us for a night of creativity as three local designers show off their stunning collections and discuss their artistic journeys in the Canadian fashion and fibre scene.

  • Fashion Forward Pass

    Fashion Forward Pass!

    $50.00

    April 25th & 26th, 2019 – The Fashion Forward Pass allows you to attend both the Redesign and Renew Your Wardrobe Workshop and the Shop Local Live event for the discounted price of $50. 

Holiday Handcrafting Weekend 2018!

Holiday Handcrafting Weekend 2018

At the Blyth Memorial Community Hall Gallery

Saturday December 1st  12pm-7pm
Free community craft activity, artisan demos and sale. Join us December 1st in the Bainton Gallery at the Blyth Memorial Community Hall to create some holiday ornaments, watch some fibre demos and shop from one of a kind local fibre artisans. The event is FREE so come find out what FACTS is all about and have some fibre fun! 

Artisans and makers include:

Jennifer Osborn – a local sheep farmer who felts her own wool into accessories and home decor items. 

Kathy White – a fibre artist who paints with wool by pressing yarn into beeswaxed boards. 

Margaret Steele – from Steele Wool farms who will be selling her local wool. 

Marjorie Claassen – a designer and maker of doll clothes. 

Marjorie Duizer – a renowned rughooker.

Sharlen Bolen – owner of Stitch Revival Studio and historical knitter.

Roslynn Gottschalk – local weaver and creator of scarves and shawls.

Sunday December 2nd 12pm to 4pm

Workshops on Needle Felted Cats, Embroidered Gift Bags and Wool Painted Ornaments.

$40 – $60 + materials – all levels of experience welcome

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