The Best DIY Spots In Toronto
The best DIY spots in Toronto will pry you away from your computer screen for some hands-on fun. If you spend too much time with your eyes glued to your Apple products, why not go on the hunt for a new hobby? The city has a lot to offer by way of workshops with classes on everything from woodworking to painting.
Here is the list of the best DIY spots in Toronto.
The Shop is a multidisciplinary DIY mecca tucked away in a converted loft building. It provides tools for woodworking and ceramics, as well as tables, equipment, and WiFi, so you’ll barely have to bring anything with you. If you don’t have an independent project to focus on, The Shop offers many workshops that focus on everything from embroidery to linocut.
If textiles are your thing, The Workroom is the spot. The Parkdale joint offers classes on how to master pattern sewing, quilting, alterations, and more. If you’re confident that you don’t need the help of a seasoned pro, you can opt to pay by the hour to use the shop’s equipment. It also offers scissor sharpening and sewing machine repair, if your tools need a tune-up mid project.
Ditch your H&M costume jewelry and make your own instead. At this shop, you’ll learn the skills of the trade from experts, practicing everything from operating an oxy-propane torch to polishing precious metals. The shop offers several classes, including wireworking basics, glass fusing, and wedding band forging. They also have open studio times for those who have taken Silversmith 1 and 2.
Paintlounge puts fun over everything else, so you don’t have to worry if the last time you touched a paintbrush was in high school art class. All the workshops offered here are suitable for beginners, making them accessible for any age or skill level. There’s locations on both the west and east side of the city and one in Markham, so it’s never too far away.
The Knit Cafe is a Roncesvalles studio and store that offers knitting, crocheting, needlepoint and felting classes for every skill level. When taking a workshop here you won’t have to resort to using materials that don’t suit your fancy – the store sells countless colours and textures of yarn. Private classes are also available if you can’t make it to a workshop or would rather work one on one.
The Purple Purl is a Leslieville store-studio hybrid that specializes in knitting. It offers 13 unique classes on knitting, plus a few on crocheting, felting, and spinning. If you don’t like the materials you’re working with, it’s easy to switch those up by purchasing some in store; a wide selection of wools, cottons, alpaca and bamboo yarns lines its shelves.
At The Make Den sewing is the name of the game. The studio offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes on sewing, that will help you get acquainted with a needle and thread. It also offers more specific classes on working with leather, quilting, and fabric dying. Current and former students can take advantage of the open studio time to work on independent projects.
Focusing on accessories and giftable goods, DesignHer Co. offers a unique mix of workshops that yield functional and aesthetically pleasing creations. The hour long workshops range from jewellery and textile design for adults to kid-focused classes. If you’re looking to host an event at the studio, they do DIY classes for birthdays, bridal showers, or any other occasion.
This West Queen West art hub offers workshops on almost everything. In its diverse lineup you’ll find classes on linocut, tote bag design, pop-up book making, and everything in between. If art is more than just a hobby for you, you can apply to for Graven Feather’s residency program -- it will give you full access to the studio for four weeks.
Learn the art of revamping furniture at ReStyle Studio. It offers upholstery workshops that will teach you to make your own headboard, fashion an ottoman, and master your sewing skills. If you like to play by your own rules in the studio, you can get a membership to the maker space where you’re free to work on independent projects.
Ever wondered what it takes to cobble together a new pair of kicks? Art and Sole Academy offers classes on how to make leather Chelsea boots, Oxfords and a bevy of other footwear favourites. If you want to go a different route than shoes, there’s also a few workshops on accessories, like bags and gloves.
Artless Hub offers a little bit of everything at their Richmond Street studio. Courses range from intuitive painting sessions to kaleidoscope workshops, so there’s a pretty wide variety. If you want to amp up your artistic experience, they also offer Cards Against Humanity paint nights - which are anything but PG - and BYOB paint nights.
If you’re on the hunt for more niche interest classes, this is where to go. Rowan Homespun may not be a DIY studio, but they offer more workshops than your average retail store. Their list of workshops includes mandala drawing, natural soap making, and infinity scarf knitting. If you’re more into kitchen goods, they also offer courses on fermentation.
This toyshop meets DIY space will help you embrace your inner child. Instead of trying to recreate the works of Renoir or Monet, you’ll be working with figurines and paint to produce your very own toy. Whether you want to craft a well-known character or go off the beaten trail, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from.
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