Threading Together People of the Community
The Regent Park Sewing Studio is a collective of men and women of all ages and cultural backgrounds who come together to create sewing projects. The group gathers every Friday, from 10am to 12pm and from 1pm to 3pm, at the TD Centre of Learning (540 Dundas Street East). From threading a needle to intricate sewing techniques to operating a machine, the Studio allows participants to learn from one another.
Starting with a request for sewing lessons at the Centre of Learning and Development (CL&D), two community leaders brought in their personal sewing machines and started teaching other community members how to sew. With just two sewing machines in 2015, the Studio has grown to provide 10 new machines with a grant provided by Daniels Spectrum. Since the beginning, the Studio has relied on donated fabric. Any funds from sold merchandise go back to sustaining the Sewing Studio and helping it become self-sufficient.
Now, the space has allowed for the growing network of creativity and passion to come up with new project ideas as well as sell their creations.
Our vision is for the Sewing Studio to become self-sustaining. Moreover, we would like for the members to gain the 4 S’s through participating in the group’s sessions.
The Regent Park Sewing Circle is dedicated to providing the 4 S’s to its participants:
Sewing Skills — Learning how to plan a project, sketch and pin the plan, operate a sewing machine, hand-stitch, and solve any problems along the way.
A Social Network — To build a community and sense of belonging through a mutual hobby and passion as well as grow possible entrepreneurial opportunities.
Support — A safe space for members to chat and seek resources about any personal and professional problems as well as providing a space for reconfirmation by community members.
And Self-Confidence — Build and increase one’s self-confidence through learning new skill sets, teaching valuable skills, and practicing one’s English. Furthermore, it recognizes that community members already withhold valuable skills and knowledge.