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Title: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: indie anna 58 on January 15, 2004 07:00:58 AM
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Hi. Just wanted to know if there's anyone from Southwestern Ontario that hangs out on this site? (newbie: hope it's okay to ask that-- looking to swap info. re: local craft suppliers)


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Nemily on January 21, 2004 07:46:48 AM
Hey,
I'm also new...and although I have trouble distinguishing "southwestern" ontario, I'm assuming I'm in it....I'm in the London area. I just moved here in the fall and haven't really had a chance to look for craft stores, although I've been to the Value Village, and it's pretty big! Welcome to craftsters!
 :)


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: indie anna 58 on January 21, 2004 10:54:56 AM
Hey,
I'm also new...and although I have trouble distinguishing "southwestern" ontario, I'm assuming I'm in it....I'm in the London area. I just moved here in the fall and haven't really had a chance to look for craft stores, although I've been to the Value Village, and it's pretty big! Welcome to craftsters!
 :)

Yep. You're in it.  ;) (Southwestern Ont. I mean). Am also from London. It's pretty lean on craft/art supply stores, eh?. We used to have more (Grafix, Curry's, Loomis and Toles)... now's there's just Sprawl-mart (aka Walmart...arrgghhh) and there's an independent arts supplier called Bejan (sp?) (near Richmond Row) who I went to college with...and um, Michaels ($$$$) I guess most people hit the thrift stores, buck stores,(Woodstock has amazing buck stores for some reason!!!!)  or they save up and make a "supply run" to Toronto. I belong to the local artist-run gallery (Forest City Gallery) on Talbot (I'm the "Fundraising Coordinator"). That's part of the reason I love this board so much -- artisans seem to be a whole lot more supportive than so-called "fine artists". Don't know why -- it's not like artisans aren't every bit as talented, creative, etc. Anyway, just thought I'd say hi.


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: andy on January 23, 2004 07:29:54 AM
 ;)Not southwestern, but I am here...live in Sault ste. Marie, Ontario..

not too many stores here at all...

I do tole painting, and I hate sewing, anything with a needle..



Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: indie anna 58 on January 23, 2004 08:05:10 AM
;)Not southwestern, but I am here...live in Sault ste. Marie, Ontario..

not too many stores here at all...

I do tole painting, and I hate sewing, anything with a needle..



Welcome to craftster! rockin' site, eh? Man, I'd like to think of some crafts using "snow". We've got it up to our knees right now!  ;D Always great to see a fellow Canuck on the boards.


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: melidomi on January 23, 2004 08:17:40 AM
I'm in Hamilton, which is pretty south, but  I guess not all that western.  
I love knitting, and I'm also very into trying out all kinds of crafts.  

I'm heading south of the border this afternoon to visit a friend for the weekend.  Can you guys think of anything I should look for in the States that is hard to find in Canada?


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: indie anna 58 on January 23, 2004 08:43:42 AM
I'm in Hamilton, which is pretty south, but  I guess not all that western.  
I love knitting, and I'm also very into trying out all kinds of crafts.  

I'm heading south of the border this afternoon to visit a friend for the weekend.  Can you guys think of anything I should look for in the States that is hard to find in Canada?

Greetings! I'm only about an hour and a half  from Hamilton (my sweetie's mom lives there). Hamilton's got some amazing!  :P fabric stores! (London has next to nothing!!) I just bought Stitch'n'Bitch  :-* so I'm all excited about knitting now. I bet they have some rockin' yarn stores down south and way more selection than we might have (exc. for Toronto -- but pretty pricey...)
Also they have pretty sweet thrift stores in the States -- I always see cool stuff there that I don't see up here and I'm a real thrift-hound. Have a great weekend. Hope you'll post if you find any cool stuff!  ;)


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: mac_U on January 28, 2004 11:26:57 PM
hello,  my first post...

i'm also from southern ontario area.   eight months out the year i'm in hamilton and the rest of the time i'm in toronto.    i know my way around toronto well enough, but i don't know any decent places in hamilton to crafting supplies.   anyone?  


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Crazy_Crazier_Craz on February 03, 2004 07:36:09 PM
I am !
I am from Brampton


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: erinluv on February 04, 2004 04:38:39 PM
I'm in Windsor.. so far south that I'm pretty much the northern states. On Glitter the other day I classified myself as living in the Detroit area.. I have found NO craft stores here (aside from Michaels), and I don't even live in the right side of the city for Wal-Mart. All of my craft supplies are from Zellers and Dollarama (aka, the best store ever). I'm feeling the crafty draught.


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: HardCandy63 on February 07, 2004 05:53:25 PM
I used to live in London. Look around, tehre are so many wool and craft shops. And like 6 Lewiscrafts. At least, there was in my time. I cant remember any addresses tho, sorry .


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: misha on February 07, 2004 06:50:44 PM
Hey! Shout out to the gals in Hamilton! (and Ontario!)

I grew up in Hamilton and now live in Toronto.

For some crafty stuff in hamilton, hit the fabric stores on Ottawa St.  They have the best stuff. I remember going there as a kid with my mom.


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: indie anna 58 on February 13, 2004 08:46:22 AM
Hey! Shout out to the gals in Hamilton! (and Ontario!)

I grew up in Hamilton and now live in Toronto.

For some crafty stuff in hamilton, hit the fabric stores on Ottawa St.  They have the best stuff. I remember going there as a kid with my mom.

Totally! I don't what it is with Hamilton, but they seem to have the best fabric stores in the province! (London is a total washout for fabrics). By the by, anybody know of a decently-priced place to get cool yarns (but not wool cuz I'm allergic) in Toronto? (am stitchin'n'bitchin and lovin' it  :-*)


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: misha on February 25, 2004 04:56:41 PM
Here's a website that is sort of craft related. Some great stuff, especially under Toys & Crafts and Linens and Fabrics. Some good locations out of the downtown Toronto area and some stuff in Southern Ontario.

http://www.bestbuys.ca




Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: thejordy on February 25, 2004 09:33:22 PM
im from windsor too! i didnt think anyone else from here would be here. hehe

we just got a michaels. and i work at value village... meaning i get tonnes of crap that i dont need.

and im often in toronto. like maybe 2 times a month.

xo


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: kategirl on February 25, 2004 09:43:09 PM
I'm in Windsor.. so far south that I'm pretty much the northern states. On Glitter the other day I classified myself as living in the Detroit area..

hehe, I live in the detroit area and I always find myself replying to the canadian threads...  everyone always says I have a slightly canadian accent, even for michigan, so I guess it works.  lol.  and you gotta love cbc and tvo.  (and under the umbrella tree from when I was little...  that show was the best.)

see, I'm replying to a canadian thread right now!


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: PrincessJazz on February 27, 2004 11:33:57 AM
I grew up netween London and Woodstock, but now live in Waterloo.  I get most of my stuf form Value Village or small thrift shtores.  my favourite fabric to use is bedsheets.  so cheap and so much fun.


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: StripeySocks on February 28, 2004 09:19:11 AM
UNDER THE UMBRELLA TREE!!!
gotta love it...I'm from Acton, ont, which isn't quite south, but close enough I suppose lol.  If anyone ever vivits Guelph, there is a great discount-ish store called Lens Mill, it has the greatest fabric section with trim and patches and buttons coming out the ying yang.
But Value Village or Salvation Army stores are all over the place, and are great...glad to see so many canadian crafters here :)


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Gette on March 18, 2004 06:29:07 PM
Hello!
I'm so fresh-new to the site it's not funny.  Only 4 days addicted thus far.  I'm near London, and the place I love most to shop for ANY crafting, knitting, fabric supplies?  Lens Mills.  It's on Exeter Rd, just East (Stop, turn, face the north, Yes, i'm nearly confident it's EAST) of White Oaks Side Rd.   ;)
This is my first post and I feel the need to apologize for lack of image and quote etc. as I haven't found out quite how to do that, yet.


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: HardCandy63 on March 20, 2004 05:56:59 AM
I wish we had a Micheals! I live in Bracebridge, Muskoka. Lucky duck, huh??


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: avsceriline on March 20, 2004 06:09:51 AM
I wish we had a Micheals! I live in Bracebridge, Muskoka. Lucky duck, huh??

Bracebridge? NO WAY! My family has a place on Milford Bay, so I practically live in Bracebridge over the summer. Small world, isn't it?


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: dollparts on March 21, 2004 01:08:03 PM
i'm in brampton :D as for fabric stores, we only have fabriclands and bouclair (which sucks.) i go to toronto to get fabric.


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: wryly on March 26, 2004 05:31:14 PM
Long time lurker - first time poster.

I was born in London, grew up in Windsor and now work in Toronto.

Windsor: a needlework shop opened up last fall on Dougall Avenue. Cheeky Monkey has all sorts of cross stitch stuff: patterns, threads, linens and canvas, beads and ornaments. They also have some stuff from Europe - when I was there they had a book of Harry Potter patterns from France.
The owner is a woman who has various projects that she is working on scattered around the shop. There is also a display of projects that customers have completed.
It is a great store - one that I think Windsor has needed for a long time. http://www.kelcom.igs.net/~cheekymonkey/cheeky_monkey.htm (http://www.kelcom.igs.net/~cheekymonkey/cheeky_monkey.htm)

Paris, Ont. (and Port Huron, MI) : http://www.marymaxim.com/ (http://www.marymaxim.com/) has all sorts or stuff - some of it is a bit expensive but I always come across stuff that I want to try. They have a clearance room that has tonnes of wools. They no longer carry the Sugarbabies cotton for knitting - I discovered this when I went to get stuff to finish a project.  :(

London: Isn't there a LewisCrafts at Westmount Mall?

Toronto: there is a knitting store at Parkway Mall (Victoria Park & Ellesmere) that has a great selection. The cashiers are kind of iffy - one is really great with the encouragement while the other tells you how whe would have done something so much better.


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: indie anna 58 on March 27, 2004 08:33:04 AM
Wow! This is amazing! This site is like getting to be like Hollywood -- loads of Canadian talent! (groan)  ::) (p.s. a special "hi" to all the newbies!)


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: indie anna 58 on March 27, 2004 08:40:49 AM

Paris, Ont. (and Port Huron, MI) : http://www.marymaxim.com/ (http://www.marymaxim.com/) has all sorts or stuff - some of it is a bit expensive but I always come across stuff that I want to try. They have a clearance room that has tonnes of wools. They no longer carry the Sugarbabies cotton for knitting - I discovered this when I went to get stuff to finish a project.  :(

London: Isn't there a LewisCrafts at Westmount Mall?


Oh man! I grew up in Sarn-yuck! (Sarnia) (I thought it was hilarious when Michael Moore kept talking to Sarnians in "Bowling for Columbine.") We used to go to Port Huron all the time. We always called it "going over the river"... which makes no sense to the people in London... (where I live now). There's a couple of Lewiscrafts in town. I don't know what is up with them. They seem to have become really, really expensive. Or am I just imagining that?  ???


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: plastikvodka on April 01, 2004 12:18:31 PM
Oooo! I'm originally from London and now live in Waterloo (for school). I find London is GREAT for fabric, and most of the time I go back there to fill my craft supply needs too. Check out the stamp shack in Galleria mall! I love that place. Waterloo's okay, some of the things I can get through thrift stores, but generally I find it hard to get what I need here.


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: indie anna 58 on April 01, 2004 01:24:11 PM
OMG! I was just at the Stamp Shack yesterday! They have amazing paper, yeah?  :D


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: plastikvodka on April 02, 2004 09:25:40 AM
yes! the stamp shack is fabulous! and, I find, not in generall too expensive, though some of the nicer papers and accessories can really add up! The people who work there are always helpful I find, one even spent 30 min showing me how to use a specific product!


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: indie anna 58 on April 05, 2004 03:25:40 PM
I used to live in London. Look around, tehre are so many wool and craft shops. And like 6 Lewiscrafts. At least, there was in my time. I cant remember any addresses tho, sorry .

Wow! I don't know when you were last in London, but we now have two very small, very understocked and expensive Lewiscrafts (out in the burbs), one medium sized Michaels, and one independantly-owned fine art supply. The best choice is "thrift-ing it" and doing an out-of-town supply run once a month.  ;)


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: knitti-sue on April 06, 2004 11:17:14 AM
I just moved to Woodstock in November.So far I have found a great knitting store in Ancaster called needle emporiam.I know of one wool store in London called London Wools or something like that,havent been there yet.Is there a stich&bitch in London?


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: indie anna 58 on April 06, 2004 11:39:33 AM
There's no London Stitch'n'Bitch as far as I know.  :'( Wanna start one?  ;)


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: failurebydesign on April 23, 2004 11:58:04 AM
 hey i am south westie too!! in between windsor and london....a place called chatham and the only places we really have are wal-mart, zellers and fabric land....not much here....there may be a few independent places i have yet to discover...if anyone is in the guelph area visit "loony lizard" it's a dollar store on kortright and edinburgh in hartsland plaza...tons of scrapbooking stuff...anyways this is my first post!! yay for me!! i attempt crafts but nver complete them...such as my duct tape purse and photo album haha...it is my goal to complete something this summer!! anyways i think i have rambled enough!!  


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: believer10 on May 02, 2004 04:36:08 PM
Quote

Oh man! I grew up in Sarn-yuck! (Sarnia) (I thought it was hilarious when Michael Moore kept talking to Sarnians in "Bowling for Columbine.") We used to go to Port Huron all the time. We always called it "going over the river"... which makes no sense to the people in London... (where I live now). There's a couple of Lewiscrafts in town. I don't know what is up with them. They seem to have become really, really expensive. Or am I just imagining that?  ???


oh my! i am from Sarnia too!  but i live in Toronto now for school (art school to be exact!)  
Its soo funy you mentioned the bowling for columbine movie, i got fmaous at my rez for being fomr "the same place as those hicks in the movie"

and yes! lewis craft has become horribly exspensive.  stay away.  although white rose closed in sarnia and had a HUGE HUGE sale so i was able to pick up tons of yarn that was regular $8 for like less than $2.  

anyway it's soo nice to know there is another hometown girl on this site!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: rosered on May 05, 2004 07:50:27 PM
Hamilton right here! I go to Sheridan college for illustration. It seems there are quite a few Southwestern Ontarians here! Woo!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: bdlydrwngrl on May 08, 2004 10:08:28 AM
I'm in London too :)  I just finished school...I should be around for a few more months.

There's a small yarn store at Richmond and Oxford called Needles & Pins...has anyone checked it out?  It's never open when I walk by.  I haven't been to many other stores -- just Lewiscraft in Westmount and Masonville, Michael's in the north end of the city and Wal Mart and Zellers.  I need to get out to Value Village soon and see what I can get my hands on.

I'd love a London Stitch and Bitch.  That would be so much fun!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: trufflegirl on June 15, 2004 08:56:25 AM
I'm in Kitchener... I moved here from the boonies to be with my fiance, and I'm still getting familiarized with all the stores in the area, but there are a few places to recommend (sorry I can't remember specific names atm!):

There's a bead store called the Bead Bazaar on King St. in uptown Waterloo that's not bad --- a decent selection of beads and notions there, definitely worth checking out. They've got a loyalty program, too --- you get a little card where they keep track of your purchases, and when you spend a certain amount total, you get a discount.

There's an art supply store called The Artstore in behind the Waterloo Town Square mall (on Caroline St.), and another one a little farther north, just east of King on Princess E., called Racca's. (Racca's in particular seems to have really nice high-end supplies at good prices...)

I haven't found a really great fabric store here yet. There's the Bouclair just north of the Conestoga Mall, and a Fabricland down on Weber in Kitchener. I think there's a Len's Mill somewhere, and I know there are a few other places around; I don't drive so I'm kind of hampered by having to rely on bus routes when I go shopping.

Anybody have any more recommendations for this area?


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: trufflegirl on June 15, 2004 09:00:18 AM
Another little place I wanted to mention, this time for Toronto area crafters --- John Bead. It's the bead wholesaler where most of the great bead stores (Sassy Bead in Ottawa, Bead Bazaar in Waterloo, etc) get their beads. Unfortunately, because it's a wholesaler, you have to have a vendor's permit to even get in the door --- I went with a friend who makes and sells stained glass. It's the most incredible place --- the size of a large supermarket, with an amazing selection of beads and lots of other little crafty items. The prices are unbelievable, though of course that just makes you want to buy more... Anyway, if you're in the Toronto area and you happen to have a vendor's permit, this place is WELL worth checking out.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: ImElika on July 20, 2004 07:39:03 PM
Hye... I've lived in Waterloo for the last 5 years. Water, water, water! Trufflegirl, you said all the places I like to go. I also like Papertree on King in Waterloo. They have specialty papers and stamps and stuff.

I will be moving to Burlington soon. I know Michaels and a Scrapbooking store, and Fabricland and Sewing Machines Etcetera. Anything else that's good?


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: trufflegirl on July 21, 2004 06:48:49 AM
I also like Papertree on King in Waterloo. They have specialty papers and stamps and stuff.

Yay! I loooooooove the Paper Tree --- in fact, I work just across the street (Waterloo Town Square Mall) so I go there often. Don't know how it could have slipped my mind when I was thinking of crafty places!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: cynthia on August 13, 2004 09:42:31 AM
Hey fellow craft-addicts

I too am new to the forum - but I got really excited to see people from the Kitchener-Waterloo area. 

I am trying to brainstorm some other cool crafty places to go around town.  For anyone who knits - Cloth and Clay at Waterloo Town square is a small shop with a large selection of yarns and hip patterns.  The Lens Mill Store is located at the corner of Moore and Union st. - great for fabrics and lots of good deals on almost anything. 

Man, I'm already drawing blanks. ???   

Would loooove to hear about any other places to check out in the area.

You girrrls rock - keep kicking crafty butt!

Cynthia in Kitchener 


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: diablette on August 16, 2004 06:23:24 PM
I will be moving to Burlington soon. I know Michaels and a Scrapbooking store, and Fabricland and Sewing Machines Etcetera. Anything else that's good?

I live in Burlington  :)   There's also a Bouclairs...and a Lewis Crafts in Mapleview Mall.  Can't think of anything else. Let me know if you stumble upon any place else good.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: rosered on August 16, 2004 07:28:00 PM
I will be moving to Burlington soon. I know Michaels and a Scrapbooking store, and Fabricland and Sewing Machines Etcetera. Anything else that's good?

I live in Burlington  :)   There's also a Bouclairs...and a Lewis Crafts in Mapleview Mall.  Can't think of anything else. Let me know if you stumble upon any place else good.

Hey Diablette! This is piratecore from livejournal. Good to see you around here!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: diablette on August 17, 2004 06:15:23 PM
Hey Rosered!  Small world the internet is! LJ and Craftster - the 2 biggest suckers of my free time!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: NessaGurl on September 30, 2004 08:04:25 AM
WOW...so many Craftsters in K-town...I'm so impressed...Hummmmm...where do I shop...Lens Mill (corner of Union and Moore Ave...just so ya know Trufflegirl), Michaels (although thats last resort cause they are EXPENSIVE)...Dollar store at Frederick Mall is awesome (cheap craft supplies...wooden box..etc) I usually get my fabric at Lens Mill (cause its cheap and walkin distance from my house...although it sucks me in and I usually can't get out of that place in under an hour!!! ;D)  If you are into scrapbooking there is a dollar store in the Alpine plaza (Westmount & Ottawa) they have tons of cool scrapbooking stuff for only $1...Racca's in Waterloo is not selling any art stuff anymore...they sold all their stock to a new art/craft store in Frederick Mall (haven't checked them out yet) , and The Art Store seems a bit too expensive, I only go there when I need specialty stuff.  The best places to find retro fabrics is vallue villiage, or I often pick up old fabrics from the clearance bins at Lens Mill.  Haven't checked out the yarn store in Waterloo Town Square yet...maybe I'll do that this weekend!

Anyhoo, its nice to see so many craftsters in town...

...maybe we'll meet some day.

nessy


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: littlestace on September 30, 2004 08:24:09 AM
Hey everyone - Hammer girl here too LOL

For sure you have to chk out Ottawa Street when you are in the city - I'm a newbie - wish I was here a week or two ago - they  just had a big street sale with all the fabric stores, etc.....was great. :)



Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: nootka on October 25, 2004 04:14:56 PM
wow..i can't believe there are other people from windsor that use this!  i thought i was the only one!  for any knitters...there's a new knitting store that opened up on ottawa street (think it's called knit one, purl one) it's got some really great yarns (although the lady looked at me kinda funny when i asked if she had any phildar or rebecca magazines) oh well!  i'm sure windsor will catch up to the rest of the world sooner or later


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Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: NessaGurl on October 26, 2004 05:04:52 AM
Hey I'm here too...I'm from Waterloo...welcome to craftster!!! Not too many craft stores around here...pretty limited with Michaels (and they are too expensive!) You can find some local specialty craft stores if you know what your looking for, but other then that...not much here either..

Anyhoo, craft on!!!

Nessy


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: PureDiamond8865 on October 26, 2004 10:40:09 AM
wow..i can't believe there are other people from windsor that use this!  i thought i was the only one!  for any knitters...there's a new knitting store that opened up on ottawa street (think it's called knit one, purl one) it's got some really great yarns (although the lady looked at me kinda funny when i asked if she had any phildar or rebecca magazines) oh well!  i'm sure windsor will catch up to the rest of the world sooner or later


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I used to live outside of Harrow, so lots of shopping in Windsor. There's this awesome store on Tecumseh road called Crafty Business (the address is 11302, it's down by all the car dealerships) that is just chock-full of any kind of crafting supplies. There's fabrics, evenweave cloth (woohoo cross-stitch!) any threads, cords, metallics, beads. You name it, it's there. If there's anything specific you are looking for you can ask the owner and she'll check into it for you.

Unfortunately, I live in Waterloo for school now and there's nothing like that around here that I can find. Still, I highly recommend that store! I'd live there (something akin to Jay & Silent Bob) if I could.

Edit: to add address and bold


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: sabrinabobina on October 26, 2004 11:53:35 AM
Yowza!!This is so great ,i didnt realize how many of us there were. I am in italy right now,but was born in Sarnia and lived the last 8,9 years in London.Listening to everyone talk is totally making me home sick.  I have to tell you guys,that the last letter i wrote to my friend had a banner      that said"I miss you more than Vallue Village and Winners combined" the sad thing is that i might have been lying(sorry Carrie!Just kidding!) Vallue village ,i find is getting a little overpriced, but you cant beat it, evenif its just for the insperation.And its  halloween!i miss halloween shopping there! I better stop before i get too sappy, but before i go,i have to mention the great little bead store in London at westmount mall. That,and my Sat. afternoon hangout, the Goodwill on York (I think its York, the downtown one). ::)


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Shwiggles on October 27, 2004 07:57:17 AM
I'm in Windsor.. so far south that I'm pretty much the northern states. On Glitter the other day I classified myself as living in the Detroit area.. I have found NO craft stores here (aside from Michaels), and I don't even live in the right side of the city for Wal-Mart. All of my craft supplies are from Zellers and Dollarama (aka, the best store ever). I'm feeling the crafty draught.

If you do find any interesting stores in Windsor, let me know! 


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Shwiggles on October 27, 2004 07:57:56 AM
Windsor Here Too!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: PrincessJazz on November 03, 2004 11:33:39 AM
wow there are so many people from waterloo/kitchener.  i'm amazed!  I'm from waterloo as well.

i wonder if we've ever crossed paths in real life.  what are the chances do you think?


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: PureDiamond8865 on November 03, 2004 06:03:26 PM
Considering that it's Waterloo, I'd say pretty good.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: magpie_eyes on December 07, 2004 10:01:09 PM
Helloooo!
  This is my first post - I have finally decided to blurt something out.  I am from London,  and am also dissapointed in the selection of art supplies in the city.   I find going to Western and Fanshawe's supply stores a sometimes cheaper option,  however,  they don't have a very expansive selection.  Needles and Pins is one of my favourite yarn stores!  They are starting to carry some fabric too.    And what is with value villages prices lately?  I paid 8 dollars for a sombraro last weekend.  And yes,  I did desperately need it.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: PrincessJazz on December 08, 2004 08:03:48 AM
where exactly is Needles and Pins?  my parents live just outisde of London and I'll be there for a few weeks over Christmas and I need some nice yarn.
Thanks.
Jazz


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: magpie_eyes on December 08, 2004 09:37:59 PM
It is on the southwest corner of oxford and Richmond.  It is beside blockbuster,  on the bottom floor of a big brown apartment building.  You can park for free in the parking lot under the apartment building,  just tell the person in the booth you are going to needles and pins.  They are not open on sundays or mondays,  I would call them first if you are coming from out of town.  - 642-3445  I love that store - they have unique yarns that can't be found at the usual places. 


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: PrincessJazz on December 08, 2004 10:51:27 PM
thanks for the awesome directions - i'm for sure going to check it out!  i'll be taking care of my fiancÚ next week after he gets his wisdom teeth removed so I'll need lots of yarn on hand to keep myself occupied while he recovers.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: RedPaperShoes on December 26, 2004 06:38:00 PM
Hello everyone,

I'm new here too. I've been reading for a long time, but this is my first post here.

I'm from Kitchener/ Waterloo too. I've just returned from living in Vancouver for the past couple of years (I miss the balmy Vancouver winters! <sniff, sniff>).

I do all kinds of arts and crafts. It's almost a problem  :P

Lately I've been knitting a lot. I get my yarn from either Lens Mill or Michael's (sometimes they have stuff on sale...like today- Boxing Day- they had Bernat Boa yarn on for $2 each! Usually it's $4.99. Not bad)...although mostly from Lens Mill...their selection has grown A LOT over the past few years!  :)

The thrift shops are always a good source of "finds" and for inspiration for all kinds of projects. The Value Village on Ottawa Street is good, as is the little store (Salvation Army?) on Lancaster, and the Mennonite Thrift Store on Bridgeport is okay.

Uhm, that's all I can think of for now. I'll add more later if I think of anything. Bye!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: PrincessJazz on December 27, 2004 10:53:52 PM
Hey RedPaperShoes - it'sa nice to meet you!  I'm also from Waterloo.  There's a thread of all Kitchener/Waterloo craftsters here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=14126.30  There are a couple crafting/knitting clubs around town.  You can keep caught up on all the activity in that thread.

Looking forward to seeing you around here!

Jazz


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: gaiter_girl on January 04, 2005 07:04:26 PM
Hi Everyone!
Newbie here...I'm located in Bolton and was wondering if there were any knitters in the Caledon/Brampton region who were possibly interested in starting a stitch n bitch???  Of course, my reasons are purely selfish since I'm just learning to knit and would love some guidance. 


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: spudmonkey on January 15, 2005 08:22:16 AM
Howdy - another Windsor-ite here!  Looks like we are a crafty bunch in the city of smog and gridlock, eh?

My favourite craft shop these days is The Stamp Studio (it's on Tecumseh Rd near Forest Glade Drive) - I'm really into paper crafts (scrapbooking, card making, etc) and I find they have an excellent selection of rubber stamps and totally amazing papers.  Their classes are really good, too.  I also frequent Teddy's Scrapbook since it's just down the road from where I live, and Michaels when I really have to!  The Fabricland on Dougall has also never let me down (I just got back from their Members Only 50% off sale this morning - saved a bomb!)

We (meaning my husband and some friends of his and I) are currently working to renovate our basement, a large portion of which will be dedicated to a craft room for me! It will have a separate entrance and everything.  So if you guys need to find a place to get away from it all for some quality crafting time, you'll know where to come... I'll make cookies!!  ;)


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Stephannie on February 02, 2005 11:34:39 PM
I live in the Hammer!  And Im a geek for calling it the Hammer.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: rosered on February 03, 2005 09:21:26 AM
I live in the Hammer!  And Im a geek for calling it the Hammer.

Woo! Steel city baby!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: somanyideas on February 14, 2005 09:11:12 AM
wow! i'm from windsor too..i wonder if we know each other from school or smthg

i just go to fabricland and walmart but i realy need to sell some stuff if i'm going to keep this up
there is a dollar store on ottawa street that has loots of notions and craft supplies..its on the corner i cant remember the name of it st the moment..its near the video game store digital reality


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: zlimone on June 21, 2005 06:35:51 PM
woo! i'm close to Windsor, about half hour out, in the boonies, hah.
im interested in craft swaps if anyone is organizing one or any events


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: squidface on June 25, 2005 08:55:13 PM
Hey I'm from Woodstock too.  Knitti-Sue, we must get in touch!!!  It's funny that people outside of Woodstock have noticed our plethora of dollar stores as we Woodstonians have been puzzled for years as to how we deserved 5 (or maybe more by the time I am writing this) dollar stores in a town of 30 000.  Ditto for our Tim Hortons.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: PrincessJazz on June 27, 2005 10:42:05 AM
I work in Woodstock (I live on a farm nearby) so if you guys ever get together, let me know and maybe I can join you!

Jazz


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: socksforphlox on June 28, 2005 05:39:05 AM
Hey Londoners!

I'm a knitter, so here are some of the yarn sources in the city:

London Yarns (In Hyde Park)
Lens Mills (has Patons, Bernat, that sort of thing, fairly cheap.  Lots of fabric, too!)
Lewiscraft (in Masonville and Westmount malls)
The Walmarts
Michaels
And... Needles and Pins, which is by far my favourite, but then, I do work there! (www.needlesandpins.ca (http://www.needlesandpins.ca))

It really depends on what you're looking for.

So... who mentioned a London S&B?  There is a London thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=5181.0


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: plaid-jacket on August 09, 2005 03:32:27 PM
hola!

i'm windsor, and if you think london is sparse.... you've got nothing on windsor, the most southern point in canada! i lived in london for three years and still go up to that city now to get what i need. sometimes i go to detroit and other parts of michigan, if i feel like crossing the border, paying tolls, paying exchange and spending the whole day out looking for things collect and buy. it almost makes it easier to drive to toronto. hot damn! 

so if all you torontonians and other gta-er's could give me a list of cool places, i would be forever gratefull!!

cheerio! :-*


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: biafrabitches236 on August 09, 2005 05:32:41 PM
I forget the address, but somewhere at the beginning of queen st. west in toronto, there's a store called arton bead, which is cool, and another store (sorry I forgot the name) tha sells a bunch of artist's supplies.

oh yeah, and if you need blank t-shirts or other shirts, you can go to centerpoint mall on steeles and yonge, and there are 2 stores, cotton collectibles and crystal fashions(I believe?), which are mostly for old ladies, but have a bunch of cool blank shirts for $4 or $5!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: impure_purity on August 13, 2005 09:46:27 PM
Not quite your area, but I am located in Niagara Region.

 Duke Street St. Catharines has Serendipity, a very cute bead store...


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: atomic mary on August 16, 2005 06:18:22 PM
hey! i live in guelph! and i's really good to see so many other craftsers from around my area! i thought i was the only one! :D does anyone one know of any craft groups or sewing circles around?
atomic mary


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: funkrockgirl on September 02, 2005 04:51:53 PM
hey, I live in mississauga! haha....Anyone know any good cheap stores for simple tees near me?  Public transit can only go so far...


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: easily influenced on September 04, 2005 03:24:48 PM
Hey,
I'm originally from Chatham (between Windsor and London), but I recently moved to Toronto.  There seems to be a lot of stuff here, but I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all.  Anyone know some good places in Toronto?  Preferably accessable by the TTC...    Right now I'm looking for a place that had "D" loops (for belts), and purse handles.  Also if anyone knows where there are crafts groups in Toronto, please share!
Nice to see so many friendly Ontarians faces!  :)


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: failurebydesign on September 05, 2005 12:19:40 PM
boo-urns to chatham!! (and i can say that 'cause i am from there...) hehe there is nothing here! besides fabric land and wal-mart...anyways sorry i can't help you with finding any craft stores accessible with the TTC...although there is the beadery if you're into that stuff...ok i am done my rambling! :D


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: elextra on September 12, 2005 01:07:08 PM
Hey,
I'm originally from Chatham (between Windsor and London), but I recently moved to Toronto.  There seems to be a lot of stuff here, but I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all.  Anyone know some good places in Toronto?  Preferably accessable by the TTC...    Right now I'm looking for a place that had "D" loops (for belts), and purse handles.  Also if anyone knows where there are crafts groups in Toronto, please share!
Nice to see so many friendly Ontarians faces!  :)


I believe they sell those at Arton beads (or at least they used to) I was in there a few weeks ago and I bought some purse handles they're in the less swanky of the two stores (the one on the right). It's on Agusta and Queen west (In between Bathurst and Spadina) on the south side of the street. If they don't sell them there, just walk around that area and you'll find some soon enough. I'd also suggest walking around Kensington Market, they have a few good craft stores and their prices are fairly good.
If you spend a day wandering around the city you'll find lots of hidden gems when it comes to craft stores. I suggest writing them all down, though I tend to always forget where they are when I get home.  :(
As for craft groups I don't know of any, I'm actually trying to find one myself.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: gilly1987 on September 14, 2005 07:38:32 AM
Hi! I live just outside of Orangeville but used to live just north of Bolton
(special hello to gaiter girl).  I'm brand new to this site - like 2 minutes.  I love doing crafts and would love to find more people to do them with (none of my friends are into it).  I'd also love to try and sell some but it would be nice to do it with someone else, for support.  I've found fabric and craft supplies really hard to find aside from Fabricland and Michaels which get really boring after awhile.  I have to admit that I go to Buffalo quite a bit to try and find different things.  They also have an awesome dollar store there.  Lately I've been buying fabric on ebay because it's the only place I've been able to find what I've wanted.  Love to chat with everyone.  Regards


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: pearsonchick on September 19, 2005 03:50:55 PM
Hey there!

I'm in Guelph too! There are TONS of people from K-W, holy jumpin!
I want to get together with some of you crafty people :) I'm not feeling the craft love here in Guelph it seems.

-Mhairi


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Stephannie on October 29, 2005 11:12:30 PM
For Hammer-towners (hamilton) there is an awesome little yarn store called Yarnopolis on Ottawa street and the sweetest scottish  lady works there.  If you want directions let me know.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Alesha on November 05, 2005 08:39:01 AM
Hi There!

I am from London, ON.  I am in Windsor almost monthly visiting my folks.  I'm a big scrapbooker (14+ years) and rubber stamper.  I'm a demonstrator for Stampin' Up and love teaching it.  I also do a lot of cross-stitching and have dabbled in sewing.  The stores in London are great for fabric deals.  A new Michaels just opened up here a few weeks ago... haven't been home since!

Alesha
Addicted to Stampin


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: elmonerd on November 18, 2005 06:36:15 AM
Hey everyone,

I just moved to Sarnia, (or as someone called it Sarn-yuck) I don't find it too bad actually, I moved from Kitchener. The only problem is there's no Chapters/Starbucks combo which I really miss. Gotta go across the bridge I guess, haven't been yet. Oh and craft stores, I've only seen one in the yellow pages. oh well I like to order from the internet anyway.

yay for SW Ontario!
Eleanor


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: elmonerd on November 18, 2005 08:02:44 AM
Come to think of it, I've lived all over SW Ontario.
First it was Stratford - cute little town

then briefly Bracebridge - ifeel for you HardCandy63

then Orillia - again breifly, great Farmer's Market though

I went to school in London - for some reason I don't like London, bad asociations I guess, just the downtown core seemed a little seedy

then Kitchener - o.k. place - I liked Waterloo alot, awesome Bead store but the lady was mean to me and my sister so I had to boycott it.

Lived in Toronto for a year - like it but it's too big for me, I'm a small town girl

holy crap I'm a move-aholic!
Hopefully Sarnia is the place to be for now.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: NessaGurl on November 18, 2005 08:21:59 AM


then Kitchener - o.k. place - I liked Waterloo alot, awesome Bead store but the lady was mean to me and my sister so I had to boycott it.



Ha ha ha...if its the older lady that owns the place...she is kinda rude...I like the younger girls there tho...they seem pretty helpful...

good luck in your new home.

NessaGurl


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: ABCsRgood4ME on November 18, 2005 08:56:25 AM
I also live in 'THE HAMMER'
It's the town everybody loves to hate.  ;)

I actually live just one block from Hamilton's textile centre: Ottawa Street.

There is an awsome little bead store near the corner of Barton and Ottawa.
The lady that works there is soooo nice. Its hard to find because there's no sign or anything. They've got some pretty neat stuff though.

For us thrifty crafters ;) just a bit of drive into Burlington there is this HUGE warehouse called the Reuse Centre. It's just off of the North Service road between Guelph Line and Walkers Line. They sell everything but clothes. I swear they don't throw anything away. They even sell broken dishes to use for crafts. The best stuff I have found in there as been vintage books and magazines, old and broken costume jewelry and old records. 

They even have a giveaway spot when you walk out for stuff that won't sell. You just take it!!

I love this place!!

Us Hammertown crafters should have some kind of meet and greet or something - or a swap.... hmmmm 8)


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: rosered on November 18, 2005 09:19:20 AM
I also live in 'THE HAMMER'
It's the town everybody loves to hate.  ;)

I actually live just one block from Hamilton's textile centre: Ottawa Street.

There is an awsome little bead store near the corner of Barton and Ottawa.
The lady that works there is soooo nice. Its hard to find because there's no sign or anything. They've got some pretty neat stuff though.

For us thrifty crafters ;) just a bit of drive into Burlington there is this HUGE warehouse called the Reuse Centre. It's just off of the North Service road between Guelph Line and Walkers Line. They sell everything but clothes. I swear they don't throw anything away. They even sell broken dishes to use for crafts. The best stuff I have found in there as been vintage books and magazines, old and broken costume jewelry and old records. 

They even have a giveaway spot when you walk out for stuff that won't sell. You just take it!!

I love this place!!

Us Hammertown crafters should have some kind of meet and greet or something - or a swap.... hmmmm 8)

Another great place in Hamilton is Mr. Used! I forget exactly where it is, but it's this enormous warehouse full of such a weird collection of stuff. They have a giant wooden indian, some mini carnival rides, lots of boxes of letters and photos, harpsichords. It's so neat! It's worth just going to look around inside of.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: ABCsRgood4ME on November 18, 2005 10:56:40 AM
Oh yeah! I forgot about Mr. Used!

They made me angry once though - I found this small wooden mask covered in dust on the floor behind a table. I figured I would paint it up and make it a crafty piece of art.
When I asked him how much $, he told me I couldn't afford it and put it behind the counter.
When I again asked how much $ he said: ''it's an antique - I won't let it go for under $500.''

I was pissed. >:(

But yeah, there is some cool stuff in there.
 I always liked the old McDonalds rides!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: failurebydesign on November 18, 2005 09:59:51 PM
elmonerd : there is coffee lodge...it's ok...my sister went to school in sarnia and i liked visiting! plus sadly it has better shopping than my town...so i drive the 40mins to shop  :D anyways you should be happy there!! btw the lazy duck is a pretty good bar...if you're into that scene! sorry i wasn;t much help with the whole craft store helping was i?

enjoy sarnia....it does smell in chemical valley and in town when the wind is blowing that way...ok i shall end this rambling...

*E


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Stephannie on November 19, 2005 11:06:26 AM
Us Hammertown crafters should have some kind of meet and greet or something - or a swap.... hmmmm 8)

Hammer-town swap and soiree!  That sounds like a GREAT idea....



Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: elmonerd on November 19, 2005 12:43:36 PM

enjoy sarnia....it does smell in chemical valley and in town when the wind is blowing that way...ok i shall end this rambling...

*E

Thanks failurebydesign, i really do like this little town. haven't smelled anything yet. mmm coffeelodge.....


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: SeeMe on November 25, 2005 11:35:27 AM
Sooo... Anyone from Brantford? I don't live there, I live Way The Hell Out In Nowhere, but I go to school in Brantford. Just curious to se if anyone's in Brantford and they know any nice yarn shoppes nearby (Except len's mill, I know that one, and mary Maxim way o'er in Paris...)


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: kash on November 26, 2005 06:59:25 PM
funkrockgirl- i've had only too many experiences with mississauga public transit..... i feel ur pain. i'm from mississauga now living in hamilton. my roommate is from sarnia and is amazed at the number of crafty people there!


Title: Re:ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Madeleine09 on December 10, 2005 08:44:08 AM
;)Not southwestern, but I am here...live in Sault ste. Marie, Ontario..

not too many stores here at all...

I do tole painting, and I hate sewing, anything with a needle..



I live in Sault Ste Marie too. But I am on stateside. Are there any craftstores on the canadian side, i don't get over much (poor college student and all) but anything has to be better than the lone Jo-Anns over here.



Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: psyche on December 12, 2005 09:51:01 AM
Well I must say I'm pleased with the turn out from my 2 cities :)

I'm from Waterloo when I'm in school... and from Ancaster (which is part of Hamilton) when I'm not...

I just got some great ideas for places to head out! For Hamilton, I barely even knew about the Ottawa St fabric places... I must check out absolutely everything. On a similar note to Mr Used and the salvage place (which I ALSO need to visit), the antique stores on Locke are fantastic fun. Some stuff is pricey, but you can get really odd and wonderful things... I have a (now working thanks to my electrician dad) traffic light that was got taken down in Hamilton in 1957... pretty neat...

And all the Waterloo shops I visit frequently! (Not to forget the Michael's... its a lifesaver). And PS - the thrift store on Bridgeport is Generations :) So lovely and cheap!

(And if there was a Hamilton social/swap/thing, I'd probably be up for it if it was on a school holiday or a weekend...)


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: justmemal on January 02, 2006 09:45:44 AM
Im from the tiny little town of Mitchell
its like twenty minutes from Stratford ... which seems big compared to mitchell
and like 45 minutes from london and also about 45 minutes from kitchener


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: crafty_cool on April 19, 2006 02:06:05 PM
I'm from Mississauga. :)


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: funkrockgirl on April 20, 2006 03:37:10 PM
yaaay :) so'm I! (from mississauga) do u know any bead stores apart from chico's (currently closed) on lakeshore?


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: crafty_cool on April 20, 2006 03:44:54 PM
no not really, I either get my bead fro michaels or other bead stores in toronto.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Chimera on April 20, 2006 04:16:32 PM
Hey, I'm from Windsor too. I also lived in Hammertown (Hamilton) for 3 years. I never thought of visiting the fabric stores on Ottawa st. -I'll have to take a look next time I'm in Hamilton.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Gette13 on April 20, 2006 04:45:57 PM
Hi!
...a few things...
Value Village, yes.  Often horribly overpriced.  It's as if they REALIZED we were using it - sometimes you can get things cheaply.  For clothes, lately, my brother got me hooked on Taleze, which is at the NorthEast end of London.  I've not looked at their craft stuff, or to see if they had fabrics etc, but clothing is pretty good. 

V. V. is ok for yarn sometimes, if you don't mind small interesting pieces of labelless yarns you may never be able to locate anywhere else.  Also, their book prices haven't tripled like their jean prices have in the past 10 yrs.

Everyone here mentions Lens Mills - yes, pretty good, especially when they have stuff on sale. 
There is a place in St. Thomas called Parkspin - which i darted into once about a week ago.  Not so much for the rare yarns, but prices are as good as or better than Lens Mills.

Also, in St. Thomas - take a tour through their Salvation Army.  I find the Sally Anns much better for locating those very cheap and very cool surprises. 

Anyone checked out The Beadery?  White Oaks Road?  A friend of mine took her 5 yr old to a birthday party there, and said that I should check out the store...

Needles and Pins was pretty neat to shop in, could get lost in there if i had enough money. 

(I was Gette on an earlier post - but lost memory of actually signing up here for a bit.  I'm a PseudoLondoner.  Spent half my life there, work there, but never really keen on admitting i'm FROM there.  Wallacetown, Baby, Wallacetown.)


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Lollirot on May 05, 2006 06:55:43 PM
I live like RIGHT beside London.Well. Like a ten/twenty minute drive. But, whatever. There's a REALLY huge fabric store byyy.. The toys are us. It's right beside london rock.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: magpie_eyes on May 06, 2006 06:19:03 AM
Oh yeah, that is Bou Claires.  Not sure about the spelling on that.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: geogirl999 on May 21, 2006 07:33:50 PM
I'm inbetween Hamilton & Brantford, about 15 minutes from each. 


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: jennique on May 25, 2006 12:03:17 PM
I live in this dinky little town called Ingersoll.. its sandwhiched right between Woodstock and London. I get most of my stuff from Woodstock, like walmart bleh. I recently found out there is a craft store right on the main street called Kraft Korner. though and I feel like a total dork for not knowing that before becuase I've lived her my whole life and according to my mom it's been there about that long. -_- Anyways I went in and I was kinda amazed to discover that its pretty big and they have a lot of stuff and it's sooo cheap compared to evil walmart. I am totaly getting all my supplies there from now on, I havn't checked out their fabric section as of yet though so I don't know if it will be of any help to me.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: PrincessJazz on May 25, 2006 07:40:15 PM
Hey - my parents live on a farm near Ingersoll and I used to work in Woodtsock.  I know that little store - it's cute!  If you knit, you shoudl head over to St. Thomas (it's not tha far if you drive) and there's a pretty big yarn store on their main street.  I don't remember the name though.  Sorry.

Jazz


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: magpie_eyes on May 26, 2006 10:26:35 AM
I think it is called "Parkspin"


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: PrincessJazz on May 26, 2006 08:51:07 PM
yes!  That's it.

Jazz


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Lollirot on May 27, 2006 06:23:56 PM
Oo. That's a good store. Loads of stuff. They have a bird, though. It creeps me out.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: marcyrocks on May 28, 2006 05:13:32 PM
I think it is called "Parkspin"

I believe Parkspin went out of business. It might've reopened since the last time I checked, but it was definately closed when I moved away from St. Thomas.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Lollirot on May 30, 2006 06:15:54 PM
It's opened. I was there last week.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: wenchfaery on June 01, 2006 12:30:01 PM
Hello everyone! Not *quite* in your area, but I'm from St. Catharines (so, more southern than western, but oh well). If there was a Hamilton craft thing, I would *love* to come, as St. Catharines seems to be almost completely devoid of crafters! *pouts because of crafty lonliness* :D

~Wenchfaery


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: failurebydesign on June 01, 2006 05:40:42 PM
Wenchfaery: I find it hard to believe that St.Catharines isn't chock full of crafters!! They've produced a many talented musicians...there has gotta be crafters too!!! But I totally feel your pain on the crafty loneliness, I keep hoping to see someone working on a Sublime Stitching pattern or something but alas..not yet. I'll have to venture to the bigger cities to find crafters!!

Cheers
*E


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Neigung on June 01, 2006 06:47:59 PM
I'm from Hamilton. :)


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: marcyrocks on June 01, 2006 08:26:11 PM
It's opened. I was there last week.
Yeh! I was just there a couple days ago too and noticed it was open!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: sandraregina on June 08, 2006 11:26:38 AM
Guelph, ON is where I hang my (newly knitted) hat.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: failurebydesign on June 08, 2006 03:34:56 PM
I just left Guelph (after 4 years of University)!! It's not too bad.... :D

Cheers,
*E


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: sandraregina on June 15, 2006 08:52:32 AM
I just left Guelph (after 4 years of University)!! It's not too bad.... :D

Cheers,
*E

Not too bad? NOT TOO BAD!?!?!!!   :D

I love living in Guelph. Its an awesome place.  ;)


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: konerxsmiles on June 19, 2006 09:44:15 AM
yay first post!.. i'm a newbie to this site and to.. crafts in general i suppose..
*london area...well.. like twenty minutes south of..*

ooh.. first post completed!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Amifer on July 04, 2006 05:05:00 AM
Hello, Hello

I'm living in Kitchener, but I currently commute to Guelph for work. It's a nice city, but so, so different from K-W!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: magpie_eyes on July 19, 2006 10:18:18 AM
Hiya!
  I have a friend in the Wortley Village area of London who is looking for a roommate.  For anyone who doesn't know about Wortley, it is a small village in the middle of London, close to downtown.  It has a really good arts community, and a grocery store, boutiques, pharmacy, bakery, etc. right on the main street.  It is mostly older century homes with a lot of character.   It was voted one of Canada's coolest neighbourhoods by Mcleans magazine.  If you are artistically inclined, you will love this area.  It has a couple of summer art festivals, and is close to lots of galleries downtown as well.  I just thought someone on this board might be interested!  If you are, pm me, and I will send you some more info.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: raina on July 29, 2006 09:09:09 PM
I'm from Chatham. I'm thinking of joining the local Arts Enhancement Society, although the contact hasn't responded to my email yet.

I'd also like to perk up the Craft Fair here.. i've seen enough silk plant arrangements to make me sick... and there were shammy sellers giving out freebies... to clean cars and what-not with!

Maybe I should start my own craft fair!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: rejectedblueziti on September 07, 2006 01:20:10 PM
A little late...
I just got out of Guelph (phew!) and I'm now living in Windsor!  I saw a few of you back there as well -
Help!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: lligett on September 12, 2006 02:03:18 PM
I'm a bit late joining this thread, I guess, but I just found this forum. So great to find other knitters and crafters in Canada--so many of the forums I've found and liked have been UK based.

I live just outside of London--in Strathroy. We just moved here this summer from Toronto, so it's a bit of culture shock for me living in a small town. I don't know anyone here (we moved because of my husband's job, and I haven't found a new job yet...I'm a teacher, and we're not in demand around here).

Anyway, I saw earlier mentions on the forum of a London Stitch n Bitch. I would love to join if one is already going--did it happen? If not, please PM me if you're interested in starting one. I'd love to meet some fellow knitter/crafters in the area.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Lollirot on September 12, 2006 07:20:30 PM
Quote
I live just outside of London--in Strathroy. We just moved here this summer from Toronto, so it's a bit of culture shock for me living in a small town.

Ouch.


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: raina on September 12, 2006 09:04:32 PM
'm a teacher, and we're not in demand around here).

Yeah, but you're SO close to London!!! Ten minutes, fifteen? You can do it!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: lligett on September 13, 2006 06:29:12 AM
'm a teacher, and we're not in demand around here).

Yeah, but you're SO close to London!!! Ten minutes, fifteen? You can do it!

By "around here," I meant all of SW Ontario. :-) Unless you teach French or technology (construction, etc.), there are basically no jobs with the 3 closest school boards. I learned yesterday that over 500 people applied for the supply list with the London board! Frustrating for an American who's spent her whole life hearing about teacher shortages! :-)

Enough off topic...I just found this great website: http://www.woolworks.org/stores/on.html (http://www.woolworks.org/stores/on.html). It lists yarn and knitting shops by city across Ontario. I'm hoping to head into London this afternoon (we're about 30-40 minutes from downtown, depending on traffic) and check out Needles and Pins or maybe one of the other options listed here. My stash is a bit big right now, so I probably won't make a purchase, but I'd love to see what the options are and get some ideas. And see if any of the stores know of any local stitch-n-bitch groups--I want to meet people! :-)


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: magpie_eyes on September 13, 2006 07:21:50 AM
My friend just got a job teaching in Glencoe, but it took her four years on the supply list to get it.  Thames Valley school board is very competitive.  Try the small country schools around Strathroy.  A lot of people don't want to drive from the city to the country to work.  My mom works at Dutton - Dunwich public school, and I know they are usually looking for somebody, and Aldborough public school is pretty isolated as well.  I went there! (A long, long, time ago.)  There really isn't a teacher shortage here, my teacher friends always hear that they are begging for teachers in the States!  Volunteering at schools is also a good way to get your name known in the school. Then they know you are reliable to come in to supply for snow days ;) and sick days.  You could start an after school knitting club, or other artistic venture!  Sorry if you knew all this, but I have five friends who are teachers, so I hear about how hard it is to get onto the boards all the time.  Have fun at needles and pins!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: raina on September 14, 2006 12:54:36 PM
Would you consider driving to CHatham or one of our outlying schools? The people I know who are on the supply list work full-time, and one of them just got a job as a grade two teacher (?) in ridgetown.

That would be the Lambton Kent District School Board (www.lkdsb.net)

Good luck :)

Oh, and there are a lot of tutoring companies that will hire teachers - some pay around 25$ an hour!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: lligett on September 14, 2006 01:45:38 PM
Thanks everyone for your job ideas. I'm on the job notification lists for both the Lambton-Kent & Thames Valley boards, and have applied to the supply lists for both (interviewing next week for the TVDSB elementary supply list!), as well as to some full time jobs. I've also applied for some tutoring positions, and am on call with one tutoring agency--but it will be a while before I have enough clients to add up to anything. From what I have heard, there are hundreds of applicants for all teaching jobs around here (even at the small rural schools), and as my specialty is history, it's that much harder. On the other hand, I never planned to teach my whole life, so maybe now is the time to change careers....although I'm finding most industries quite hard to break into around here.

Enough about me and the job search, though. You've all been very friendly and supportive, and I appreciate the advice. I have lots of interviews scheduled over the next week and am hopeful that one will work out. I will let you all know when it does!

I had fun shopping yesterday afternoon--and as I have no will power, I gave in to the sale yarn bin at Needles n Pins and bought a few skeins. What beautiful yarns they have there!! I really need a job--it will keep me out of the shops & give me a little money to spend on yarn when I do go! :-) The woman working there didn't know of any local knitting groups, but I'm going to keep my eye on their website and maybe go to one of their classes this fall/winter. Also checked out the newer Michaels (Masonville is so much closer to us, that's the only one I'd been to here), and they really did have a nicer selection. Good to know!


Title: Re: ANYONE FROM SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?
Post by: Gette13 on September 15, 2006 01:18:15 PM
My kids to to DDPS!  And I work part time in Glencoe (f/t in London!) 
I have a friend who went Guelph-Way, because the opportunities for teachers are greater there.  Here?  Way to competitive.  Everyone moves to London area to go to UWO, and loves it, so never leave.  Thats why we are such an anomoly here.