“The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.” ― Dean Ornish

The Factory has always been a gathering place ― for our local community and those visiting us from afar, for makers, for chefs, for friends, and for family. Whether gathered around the table for a meal or in the School of Making sharing laughs and inspiration from fellow sewers, The Factory has always fostered a sense of community.

April is an exciting time here at The Factory. Not only are the warmer temperatures ushering in Spring, but April brings two exciting community events to The Factory: The Gathering and the 2019 Project Threadways Symposium.

Now in its third year, The Gathering is a time when we invite our community (both near and far) to The Factory for three days of fellowship, making, and good food.

The Gathering kicks off Thursday, April 11th, with The Factory Supper Club which offers a four course meal of organic fare sourced from local farms and purveyors. The supper is currently sold out, but contact our Events Coordinator at 256-760-1090 to be added to the waiting list.

Friday brings a day of making with our Custom DIY Workshop and the Chair Workshop. A tour of The Factory will be given at 2:00pm.

Saturday, April 13th, will be a full day with the One-Hour Embroidery Stitches Workshop and One-Hour T-Shirt Workshop, as well as lunch, a stenciling booth (where you can bring your own garments to be stenciled by our production team), lunch, and tours of The Factory. Please note that we will be serving a special lunch from 11:00am – 2:00pm instead of our regular Saturday Brunch service.

Also on Saturday, Natalie will be giving a lecture on the history of Alabama Chanin and Project Threadways. The lecture is free of charge, and all are invited to attend.

Project Threadways is the focus of another community event later in April: the 2019 Project Threadways Symposium, happening April 25th through the 27th.

This first annual Symposium offers workshops, dinners featuring chefs Bill Smith, Cheetie Kumar, Angie Mosier, and Lisa Donovan. Lectures on the histories of manufacturing, music, and women in the workforce in the Shoals area, as well as cotton economics and material culture, will also be given throughout this three-day gathering.

For this symposium, we are excited to partner with the National Parks Service, the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

For any questions on The Gathering or the Project Threadways Symposium, or travel and lodging recommendations, give us a call at 256-760-1090 or email us at office @

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