Stitching Spring


Stitching Spring is a 2 workshops embroidery series starting with the very basics of embroidery and walking participants through the creation of their embroidery art piece inspired by spring. In the beginning, participants will learn embroidery stitches and the basics to start embroidery art. Inspired by the theme of spring each participant will create their embroidery piece, starting with a sketched idea and using the learned stitches to create a textile art piece.

Materials needed to participate:

– Embroidery Hoop (recommended sizes between 4″ and 7″)

– 2 or 3 Fabric or felt pieces that are larger than the hoop (cotton, linen, or fabrics that don’t have too much stretch to them are recommended)

– Embroidery needles between sizes 2 to 7

– Needle threader (optional)

– Embroidery floss 

– Scissors 

– Markers 

The workshops will take place virtually on April 29th and May 6th, from 9:30 am – 12 pm.

To register, email

This workshop is funded by Ontario Arts Council

Stitching Diaries

Program Overview

Stitching Diaries is a community-engaged textile art program for self-identified women, non-binary, and two spirit ages 16+ in Toronto’s Don Valley Village and Fairview neighbourhoods.

Using journaling as a central theme, participants will create stitched journals and a written piece to tell their personal stories while exploring textile and stitching techniques with Toronto-based textile artist, Cecília Garcia. Participants will also learn about creative writing and Indigenous Teachings with guest artists Tasneem Dairywala and Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone. Final artworks will be exhibited at the Toronto Public Library, Fairview branch in September 2022.

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101 Embroidery and Creative Writing Workshop

April 1, 2022 | 9:30am-12:00pm EDT | Free Online Workshop

Join Toronto-based artists Cecília Garcia and Tasneem Dairywala for a free online embroidery and creative writing workshop for beginners. In this workshop, you will learn embroidery basics, including an introduction to stitches and materials, and get your thoughts flowing with a guided creative writing session.

Suggested materials list:

  • Fabric or felt
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Scissors
  • Pen and a notebook or paper

All materials can be found at Michaels craft store or other craft stores.

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This project was supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding #poweredbyTAC  

Open Studio

Our Open Studio program is designed to give you space to practice your art form and discover new ones within a supportive group environment. The program is a combination of workshops in which you work on your own projects and workshops that are more structured and led by Tasneem Dairywala, a professional artist, along with other guest artists and facilitators.
The program runs virtually on Fridays from 9:30-12.

To register, email

This workshop is funded by Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council