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« on: November 26, 2003 06:53:20 AM »

*hopeful smile*
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2003 11:30:53 AM »

nobody? really?
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2003 06:09:15 PM »

I'm in Halifax!
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2004 11:20:33 AM »

i'm in halifax!!
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2004 12:00:37 PM »

Okay, Audra, I'll take the bait.

For knitting:
L.K. Yarns in the Hydrostone Market, 5545 Young St.
A good LYS that carries a wide variety of yarns, including the prosaic (Patons acrylic), reliable basics (Briggs & Little worsteds), novelty (Snowflake, Fun Fur, etc), to luxury and handpainted yarns like Kureyon.  The store also carries a handpainted yarns from The Fleece Artist (see below).  There is a small selection of  needles and notions.  You shouldn't go expecting to find the size you want.

The Fleece Artist, 1174 Mineville Road (Near Lawrencetown Beach)
http://www.fleeceartist.com/ (the website's a bit of a mess)
A wonderland of handpainted luxury fibres.  Coned yarns.  A wide selection of Addi Turbo, Brittany birch and bamboo needles.

Tradewind Knitwear Designs, Dartmouth (434-5179)
The home-based mail-order business of master knitter Lucy Neatby.  Call to visit; she's often out of town.  She carries needles (including Crystal Palace sock needles), great notions (coil-less safety pins, blocking wires...) and some yarns (Shelridge Farms merino, self-patterning sock yarns, New Zealand lace yarn).  

For knitters with some experience, I highly recommend Lucy Neatby's workshops at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design on Barrington St. <http://www.craft-design.gov.ns.ca/>

For sewing:
I haven't done much sewing since moving here, but I just got a new machine, so I'll soon know more. I do know that Fabricville, now located in the West End Mall, has the best fabric selection.

For general crafting supplies, the NSCAD Bookstore is great - PVA, bone folders, x-actos, many kinds of straight-edge, papers, even some nice, cheap yarns.

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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2004 10:46:20 AM »

Hey Ladies!

I'm also in Halifax.  
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2004 02:08:40 PM »

So, anything to add?
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2004 08:06:13 AM »

hellooo, i'm in halifax as well

i can add a few places for sewing, since i've spent far too much time in each one of these stores.

fabricland (or is it fabricville...i can't remember which) does have a nice big selsection of stuff, like you said, located in the bayer road shopping centre. there is also one on portland street in dartmouth, but not quite as big.

atlantic fabrics (one on the bedford highway, one of strawberry hill in halifax, and there's another somewhere in dartmouth) is a bit of a messy store; it looks a bit junky, but they have quite a bit too. they also have a craft selection, although not a fabulous one, but good for the basics.

for quilting, there's a little shop on the bedford highway called the cotton patch. they have good quality cottons, but the last time i was there, i wasn't impressed with their pattern selection, and went home empty handed.

there's also a store on the way to wolfeville, called the avenport general store (you can see it from the highway)....and it really is a general store, with tools in the front, food and junky things in the middle, and a huge selestion of cotton in the back. i think they have something like 2000 bolts of cotton.

there used to be more places, but some of them have closed up. i'll let you know if i can think of anything else

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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2004 08:50:28 AM »


Sometimes I've been able to find deals on fabric at SallyAnn, Frenchy's etc... It's ok if you are not looking for a specific pattern or quantity - of course that is also how i've ended up with a cupboard filled with misc. fabrics.
I've also been sewing with a lot of old sheets and recycled t-shirts, etc. because I'm really poor right now and it's tough to get out to a lot of places without a car.

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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2004 03:36:45 PM »

I'm new to the area (originally from Houston, TX).  SallyAnn is the Salvation Army, right?  I never thought about looking at Frenchy's for fabric, so thanks for that suggestion. Which Frenchy's do you go to?

Another place that I came across for craft stuff is downstairs from Crafts Canada (I think, it's right next store to the fabric store at Bayers Road Shopping Center) is basically a clearance center for Crafts Canada.  I bought 2 unfinished lamp shades, a ton of ribbon, and sponge brushes for under $7 the other day.
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