For crafters, Toronto couldn’t be a better place to spend a weekend. Whether you’re a knitter, sewer, scrap-booker (or if you’re like my fiancée, all three), a jaunt down Queen Street West is all you’ll need to find a plethora of craft supply stores.
If it’s yarn you’re looking for, you will find it at Romni Wools, 658 Queen W. Hard-to-finds and specialty yarns fill as much of the shelves as run-of-the-mill brands in every possible weight and colour. Back issues of knitting magazines and an endless array of patterns, books and needles for every budget make it unlikely you’ll leave empty-handed.
For more discerning knitters, Americo Original is just down the street at 456 Queen W. High-end alpaca, silk and merino wool—among others. Perfect for those special projects.
Fabric stores are a dime a dozen on Queen Street. Start with King Textiles at the corner of Queen and Spadina, and just head west. EuroFab (432 Queen W) and Affordable Textiles (531 Queen W) are worth a stop, but make sure you save some money for Designer Fabrics in the west-end Parkdale neighbourhood (1360 Queen W). The name pretty much says it all, but for the quality and selection, the prices may surprise you.
If you’re a quilter, there is really only one place you need to go: The Workroom, just down the street from Designer Fabrics at 1340 Queen W. Bolts of quilter’s cotton line the shelves and fat quarter bundles are piled high. If you can’t wait to get home to start your new project, Bernina sewing machines are available to rent by the hour. Plan ahead and take a class offered by one of their many talented instructors.
Paper and Stationary Stores
The Paper Place (887 Queen W) is Mecca for anything and everything pulp-related. Scrap-bookers, origami enthusiasts and stationary lovers will be impressed by the variety and unique range of products. Workshops for fun projects like pop-up cards, book binding and collage techniques are always on offer if you’re looking for a fun weekend outing.
Specializing in Canadiana kitsch and postcards, send a special note home after a trip to Valhalla Cards and Gifts (791 Queen W). Browse the excellent paper and stationary supplies section, but don’t forget to hit up the “Gifts” portion of the store. What better place to grab yourself a souvenir of your Weekend Trip to Toronto’s crafty Queen Street West? Might want to pick up an extra suitcase for the ride home, too.