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Material Art & Design - Textiles Studio


The Material Art & Design (MAAD) Textiles Studio ( MCA 201 and MCA 215) offers students access to equipment, supplies sales and the opportunity to explore production of textiles in the following techniques:

  • Weaving
  • Printing
  • Dyeing
  • Knitting
  • Sewing
  • Embroidery
  • Garment Construction
  • Papermaking
  • Feltmaking
  • Basketry


The following materials are readily available to students for purchase:

  • Weaving yarns
  • Silk screen stencil fabric
  • Printing base – clear
  • Dyes – natural and disperse
  • Variety of fabrics
  • Sewing notions – thread, needles, needlepoint canvas, pins, bobbins
  • Basketry supplies – rope and reed
  • Papermaking – raw fibres and half stuff sheets
  • Feltmaking – raw wool and processed roving
  • Felt needles

 For materials purchasing policy, please see the Buying materials page.

Facilities and equipment



Weaving: AVL dobby floor loom, Leclerc and Macomber floor looms, table looms, tapestry frame looms

Printing: 28x5’print table, 16x4’ print table, Mimaki digital textile dye-based printer, 30x45” silk screen frames

Dyeing: 3 electric stoves, exhaust mixing booth, stove top steamer, large pressurized steamer, fully equipped dye kitchen

Knitting: Silver Reed, Singer and Brother domestic punch card knit machines (fine, standard, mid-gauge, chunky), Electronic punch card knit machine(mid-gauge), hand knitting and crochet needles

Sewing/Garment Construction: Husqvarna and Bernina domestic machines, Reliable industrial machines, Designer Diamond Deluxe embroidery machine, industry standard dress forms, pattern blocks

Papermaking: Hollander paper beater, hydraulic jack A-frame press, dry racks, tools for sheet forming and casting, vacuum table for forming

Feltmaking: drum carders, hand carders, needle felting machines, hand needle felting tools, fulling machine

Additional equipment: dark room with vacuum table and photo exposure unit, pressure washer and spray room, heat presses, vertical steamers, irons and pressing tables, embroidery tools, batik tools, reference library, computer cluster in studio with textile software programs (Garment Designer, Proweave, Designaknit, Husqvarna 5D)


Inquiries regarding access for out-of-program students should be directed to the Studio Technician for this area.


The MAAD Textiles Studios accepts donations of fabrics, yarns, fibres and equipment for student use. Donations will be handled on a case-by-case basis and inquiries should be directed to Studio Management.


Fall studio schedules will be posted shortly.

Studio schedules are subject to change without notice. Please consult studio doors for the most up-to-date information.

Inquiries regarding access for out-of-program students should be directed to the Studio Technician for this area.


Laurie Wassink
416-977-6000, Ext. 267
Office: 201a





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