About Us

About Us

Fabrications is an independent fabric and craft-focused shop in the Westboro neighbourhood of Ottawa, ON.

We carry a unique selection of modern quilting fabrics, casual apparel fabric, indie patterns, quality notions, embroidery supplies, and (coming soon!!) a small but growing selection of yarns for knitting and punch needle.

We are woman-owned and operated, and as of this writing (June 2020) we all use she/her pronouns.

We are a welcoming safe space for people of all races, religions, economic backgrounds, sexualities, gender identities, and abilities.

We are THE place for newcomers to the craft-scene!  We're so pumped to help you explore your creativity!

Guiding Principles

In light of the ongoing persecution of black and brown people, we have written out our previously un-written non-negotiable standards for how we operate as a business and how we treat our customers.   These background principles have always guided how we move through the world, and guided our business practices.  But that's not enough.  It is vital that those who hold privilege, including businesses, are clear and explicit on these issues. 

- Fabrications is anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-poverty, body-positive, trans-inclusive, and pro-2SLGBTQ.

- We acknowledge that we stand on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people.

- We are a safe and welcoming space for people of all backgrounds, races, religions, abilities, shapes and sizes, and we will not allow any person in our premises to be harmed by the speech or actions of another.

- We are outraged by, and vehemently condemn the systemic institutionalized violence committed against Black people in our country and the rest of North America.

- We are ashamed of Canada's history of genocide against this country's First Peoples, and we believe that it is past time for us to enact the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. 

- We are heartbroken for the families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and demand that their cases are given the attention they are due. We  call for improvements to the lived experiences of Indigenous peoples that make them more likely to experience violence compared to white Canadians.

- We believe that Canada has the financial responsibility and ability to ensure that no Canadian lacks the basic income necessary for living expenses, nourishing food, safe housing, and affordable medicine.

- We acknowledge and celebrate that each person comes to their craft with a rich tradition of creativity embodied by their ancestors.  We believe that the hand-crafts we enjoy today represent a wealth of knowledge passed to us from highly-skilled people (usually women) and often dismissed creative traditions.  No craft should be elevated over another. 

To support the change that we want to see in the world, we will continue in our goal to have 15% of our products be by or from Black, Indigenous, and Queer owned companies, crafters and makers.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead