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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > Shops in the Toronto fabric district? ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Shops in the Toronto fabric district?
any that I absolutely MUST visit?
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Date: 3/28/05 2:00 AM

my next out-of-province trip is coming up at the end of May - I'm off to Toronto for a month.

I've already dedicated one Saturday to exploring the fabric district in Toronto - when I lived in TO after high-school I wasn't a sewist, so I ignored that section of Queen Street W!

Any shops I absolutely MUST visit either there or in other parts of TO (or Mississauga, since most of my work is actually going to be in Mississauga)?

I've got The Wool House on my list (even though I don't wear wool - the reviews seem to indicate other stuff)...what else to see?

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Date: 3/28/05 6:45 AM

King Textiles, which is on Richmond (one block south of Queen), a little west of Spadina, is one of my favourite stores. There is so much fabric there! They have gorgeous wool crepes which are well priced. Also, plenty of special occasion fabrics.

Another one is Designer Fabrics (I think that is what it is called, it has a large yellow awning over top of it) on Queen Street, just west of Spadina. I bought some really different and gorgeous fabrics there, they are also well priced. The majority of what they sell is home dec fabrics, but they do have plenty of fashion fabrics as well.

The rest of the stores on Queen don't really stand out in my mind for some reason, except for the fact that you really have to dig through some of them to find anything. I kept imagining headlines, "Woman found crushed under bolts of fabric." he, he.

Enjoy your trip and please report back to us on what you purchased. ;)

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Date: 3/29/05 6:14 PM

I recommend Mokuba Ribbons & Trim. 575 Queen St. W. Also, bring good walking shoes, start at Spadina and move west until you are good and tired. You can do one side at a time or cross back and forth when something looks interesting (about every 3 doors, in my experience). You will inevitably miss some stores but you will have a good time. A friend of mine was there on the weekend and though she is a jaded fabric shopper (spends a lot of time in Montreal) she said Toronto is looking really good. So have fun!

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Date: 4/11/05 10:28 AM

I think that Designer Fabrics on Queen West is the place to go, even though it's quite far from the others stores all clustered between Spadina and Bathurst. It's west of Dufferin and east of Landsdown, on the North side. If you're up for walking, then walk east from there through Parkdate and along Queen West and check out what young local designers are sewing up these days - there are a number of new shops now selling unique creations.

Once you're at Bathurst, walk east to Spadina and you'll find many places. There is tons of selection in this area. Other than the ones already mentioned, I also suggest popping into Peach Beserk. They aren't a fabric store technically but they silk-screen their own fabrics in the store and make all their own clothes on site. You can buy yardage or just wander around, for inspiration. However, if you don't like the words "girly" and "pink" I would stay away.



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Date: 4/11/05 10:47 AM

Wow...I live in WA, and am so far from there, but all this makes me want to book a flight and go to Toronto for vacation!!! LOL I don't think DH would be too keen on taking a "fabric buying vacation" with me! Bummer!

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Date: 4/12/05 10:20 PM

those are great suggestions, thanks!

I like girly, although I prefer purple over pink...I'll definitely check that place out!

Fun stuff...

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Date: 4/13/05 8:20 AM

Jules: If you're at all interested in quality wools sold to tailors and dressmakers in the area try The Wool House They go to the mills in Italy to import their fabrics. I understand that there is a store front as well as a large warehouse.

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Date: 4/16/05 12:25 PM

MaryBeth - unfortunately, I'm allergic to wool - all animals, not just sheep. Which totally sucks, since I'd LOVE to be able to work with wools and cashmeres and all that sort of thing.

I might peek in there anyway though - I seem to recall someone saying they had a few non-wool fabrics...

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Date: 4/16/05 3:00 PM

I love Janette's Fabrics, on the south side of Queen just east of Bathurst. Janette is great to talk to. Chu Shing Textiles has some amazing jerseys, and there's this store called City Fabrics or something like that, across the street from Janette's and a little to the east, whose proprietor is quite possibly the sweetest man in the world. I wish I remembered the name - it has white walls and a white sign and the cutting counter is in the front window.

Eurofab Textiles or something like that (green and yellow sign, north side of Queen, on a corner between Spadina and Bathurst) has the most amazing embroidered silks. I haven't bought anything there because it's really expensive, but GORGEOUS.

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Date: 4/16/05 10:28 PM

awesome, Elly - those are great suggestions. Thanks!

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