My first foray was to Corso Italia – St. Clair Avenue West between Lansdowne Avenue and Westmount Avenue. My compatriots Mommy Dearest and the Notorious B.U.G. knew this was going to be a challenge. Streetcar track construction is on-going (at least until June 2008) meaning bus diversions, no streetcars along St. Clair Avenue and one lane of traffic in either direction. There is Green P parking ($4.00 flat rate). You can also take the Dufferin 29 or Lansdowne 47 bus to St. Clair Avenue. It’s a pleasant enough walk if you ignore the mess.
At Ontario Fashion Textiles we found all of the practical needle and fibre arts supplies. All three major brands of embroidery threads (Coats 3/$1.00, Anchor and DMC skiens 75 cents each, DMC cotton pearle balls 3.25), the usual collection of yarn (Bernat and Patons Baby skeins for 5.29), plus Pyrm needles and cute “french knitting bees”. Needlework, knitting, and crochet patterns by the score – in English and Italian – plus needlework fabrics, packaged or off the bolt (Aida cloth 17.50/m). The usual collection of everyday polyesters and cotton fabrics, with pricing comparable to Fabricland, if not always as contemporary. The back of the store however, is where I spent most of my visit.
If you’re into 70’s and 80’s fabrics, trims and notions, this place is for you. If you were raised by a crafty 70’s mom like I was, you will be taken down memory lane by the “Lady Fashion” button cards, the bright 70’s poly blend prints (on average 9.99/m 45cm wide – now 50% off!) and the over-the-top trims and fringe.
Even the displays were straight from my childhood, do you remember the huge A-frame button display cases?
I was inspired by the neon pink, purple and yellow belt materials as well as the amazing selection of buttons. I had to limit myself to a choice two dozen to make into necklaces.
I also picked up some sweet trims to put on the B.U.G.s wardrobe. Whenever I get around to making it.
The Notorious B.U.G. was becoming very bored with my walk down memory lane and she was quickly devouring the last Baby MumMum biscuit, so I made it out with a small bag of goodies. An awesome store that I will recommend and return to for both one-of-a-kind notions as well as my embroidery staples.
Ontario Fashion Textiles
1356 St. Clair Avenue West