I would be interested to know if any fellow Canadians have favorite on-line sources for fabric, notions, tools, etc. Robin K
Check this site out. Posted on a Quilting discussion but there are some fashion fabrics as well. http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~ae862/mailorder.html
- pretty complete list - unfortunately not lengthyhttp://www.distinctivesewing.com/
- I have heard good things about this higher end on line shop - TorontoI find A Great Notion
) in BC is excellent for notions and other supplies and the service is quick. http://www.designerfabrics.to/
- Toronto http://mitchellfabrics.ca/
- impressive fabrics but not a lot to view on line - I have had no experience - Winnipeg, I believe http://fabricana.com/
- wonderful fabrics but site a bit outdated and no sign of on line ordering - if you know what you want they will respond, several placed near Vancouver
I have personally ordered fabric from Peak Fabrics (outerwear and canvas), McPhee Worshop which has good service. lovely but limited selection (and their site shuts my FireFox down!). I have also ordered from http://www.sundroptextiles.com/
which is similar to Peak Fabric, primarily fabric for sporting goods and active wear.
Interestingly, I was in Vanderhoof BC several years ago at a quilting expo and found their general store had phenomenal selection of fabrics and notions. But given the success and nature of the business I doubt they have a web site .... and probably have a really great staff member in charge of that department. I wonder what will happen if he/she retires or moves on.
The hard fact of the matter is we are a huge country with many small cities over a large area and while we are advanced in technology and small businesses are the heart of the country, retailers often do not have the population of sewers and quilters to support their business, brick and board or online.
Can try searching these siteshttp://www.fabdir.com/
- searches by state or province - not a lot of Canadian
Sew Fancy has an impressive web site of fabrics. 0f both US and Canada http://www.fabriclist.com/
- not Canadian but interesting list according to fabrics eg. looking for silk lists shops
FYI - Our Fabricland closed amidst various rumors. One being their refusal to pay rental costs when their store needed a much larger place, the other rumor being that they are changing the way they run business and were hoping employees would take over the store as a franchise. It has been a great loss to our city as we now have virtually no fabric shops and have to drive 75 miles to a Fabricland in a city 1/4 the size we are. I also understand that there are different qualities Fabriclands. They do have a web site but no sign of onsite shopping. Lets hope we can keep this discussion going! I like to support our local businesses and Canadian businesses.