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It’s really hard to find a needlework store in Toronto, I found 3 of them:
1) Needle Art (in Richmond Hill)
9078 Leslie Street – Unit 9 ,Richmond Hill, Ontario , Tel: 905-709-7759
2) Thimble Nimble (Toronto)
3) Needlework and wool shop (in Scarborough area)
2615 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario. M1K 2S2
Tel : 416-266-1245
I went to the 1st one this noon, it’s a big store with many many canvases for stitching, and they also carry some wool, silk and cotton threads. But the price is quite expensive though, I asked them how much for one skein of wool thread, she told me : $4 each. After considering the price, I stepped out from the store and went to the next one.
The second store: Thimble Nimble, I tried give them a call before I went, because I am afraid if the store is still exist or not?
I couldn’t put a hold on them, their phone line is always busy. So, I guess, may be they are busy on answering customers’ questions?
What a bad luck today, I couldn’t find the store on Yonge Street, seems like the location of the store was changed to something else. (note on April 27th, 2007: Thanks, Raghad, for telling me the exact location for this store, I will definitely check this out again soon, and see what great stuffs they carry!)
So, I took another trip to the 3rd store, the Needlework and Wool shop.
I knew that this is still opened, so, no need to give a call.
This store is OLD, but, it carries lots of stuffs inside.
They have yarn, pattern books, canvases all over the walls, and the threads.
The store lady is very nice, and she showed me that she has many discontinued wool threads that is on sale, only 0.69 each! But, since it’s discontinued, I must be careful to get enough skeins for the needlework.
Another interesting thing is: you can also call this an antique wool shop, because she still kept lots of lots of OLD patterns (knitting, crocheting, stitchery) . I am talking about those pattern from the 70’s to 80’s, you can still find them in the store! I think some people will look at them because the fashion trend is actually going back to 70’s or something. If you are good enough on modification ,I believe that you can buy those patterns for fun.
I didn’t get any patterns this time, but just the wool.
I don’t really care how old the wool is, their colours are just nice. 🙂
Do they have websites?
For the first one – Needle Art, they do have, but, very very simple design webpage that it’s not worth to go there and check out, no online shopping and no specific products shown in the website. (Just telling you where the location is, and what they carry in store.)
For the second one, since it’s GONE, so, no website, no phone call… no store…. never exist again… (Too bad)
For the last one, as you can see the picture of the store front, you can imagine there should be no website for this old shop, but if you live in Toronto, it’s good to take a trip there and buy some discontinued wool threads, they are really cheap. 🙂
What did I buy this time?
The colors I chose this time is the purples , and the greens collection.
I didn’t buy much, as I want to see how it looks like by using these wool yarn. If they are go, I will definitely go back and get more.
I bought few brands of wool, the first one is called Anchor, 10 meters, made in England. This is not discontinued item, and it costs about Cdn$ 1.46 for each skein. I only got one, because I didn’t see this color from the discontinued section, so, I have to buy one ‘regular’ price item.
The second brand of the tapestry wool is from Germany, “Springer”- Zephirwolle – Orchidee, 10 meters, only $0.69 each. I bought few of them in purple and green shades.
The third brand is from Belgium, Laine Canevas Wol, 10 meters, $0.69 each
The fourth brand is Patons, it’s only 13.7 meters (15 yards), Made in Great Britain.
The last one is the most well known one: from DMC, from France, 8.7 yards.
(The following is edited on May 16th, 2007)
I found that Knitting Basket has DMC wool as well, I didn’t notice that when I went to the stores for so many times. Because whenever I go to a yarn store, my eyes only look for yarns, and never attract my the tapestry wool. If you want to buy DMC wool, I think this is a good store to go, they carry lots of color for this DMC wool.
Knitting Basket location:
2900 Warden Avenue
Phone : (416) 498-7325
You’re lucky to get such a good deal on the wool for the crewel project! Those are your favourite colour, I can tell. Enjoy them, and hope I will see more of your creations and finished products soon!
Yeah, lucky or not?! I wished to go to a store with MORE EVEN more varieties and colours of wool , but, this store doesn’t have the WHOLE collection ,as some of them are discontinued…
I wished to go to England or Australia to buy these WOOL, They have MORE stores like this!
I think the people in Toronto probably enjoy knitting/ crocheting more than needlework.
Oh well, since I am not doing a WHOLE BIG CANVAS, I am already satisfy with what I’ve got, I can’t be too greedy though. 🙂
Thanks May, I did notice this store, but, it seems far from my home, that’s why I didn’t take a trip there. But, after browsing their website again, I think I shall make a trip there and look for ‘new ideas’! Thanks for your information. 🙂
You may have had a hard time with your second store because the store front is NOT on Yonge Street – I went there many years ago but remember it being on the north side of the street around the corner and up some stairs.
The contact info is below
Nimble Thimble The
3201A Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4N 2K9, Canada
It had a ton of stuff – good luck!
Raghad, Hey, thanks for telling me about this, at least, you let me know that the store is still exist!! And I will definitely check this out soon.
And will share what I see in the future!
I am in a dilemma , I am working on a poppie picture by Jean McIntosh that I bought years ago and have just got around to doing it, I have it on a frame and have had to fold the canvas as I could not get a frame big enough, my dilemma is I have finished the canvas part on the frame and need to move it , to the unused canvas, can I fold the canvas that has been stitched or do I have to have the frame enlarged enough to hold the whole picture, so far I have not been able to find any information on this and would sure appreciate any help I can get
since I don’t live near Toronto and they have no website what is the address of the neelde work and wool shop as I notice in the picture they carry anchor and also patton which is the wool I am using also anchor which it seems is very hard to get everyone seems to carry dmc, had a store that carried anchor and they closed
I’m getting out of service message for Nimble Thimble (Nov 17). I just spoke to them last month and they wew planning a Christmas sale.
Nimble Timble is a good store, you can find lots of different things and patterns but it is also expensive. The only thing that made me give up going there more often other than the price was the treatment that they give to the customers. It is awful!!! They are never polite.
If you have a chance to come and see the store, it is a good entertainment, but do not expect great deals!
Ah!! There is a small store at Yonge X Eglington called Mary Maxim (www.marymaxim.ca/ )
help I need a store in toronto
I have actually found the perfect store for anyone who is looking for embroidery threads, etc. She does stretch canvas for framing.
The store is called Needlepoint Art located 2889 St Clair Ave East (just west of Victoria Park Ave).
She has a whole wall of embroidery floss – died & gone to heaven! I’m a kid in the candy store.