Sewing with Warp & Weft

Warp & Weft Exquisite Textiles
Warp & Weft Exquisite Textiles

I have some big news! As you know, I’m a big fan of Canadian fabric shops, so I am super excited to announce an ongoing collaboration with  Warp & Weft Exquisite Textiles.

Warp & Weft is a Canadian online fabric and sewing store specializing in designer and imported cotton fabric, embroidery supplies and notions for  creative sewing. The shop is run by Esmari Taylor out of Toronto.

She has some fabulous products (go check them out!), and I’ll be doing some sewing with her fabrics on a regular basis and possibly doing some embroidery (so excited!).

My late grandmother taught me to embroider as a little girl, but I haven’t done very much of it lately, and I’m looking forward to the trip down memory lane. I miss her!

Fabric from Warp & Weft
It was hard to photograph this without opening it. I “may” have ripped a tiny corner underneath to peak inside.
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So much fabric. Better get sewing!

I just got my first package, and there was some great fabric inside. I have some really fun projects in mind and I can’t wait to share.

Fun, fun, fun! These are organic cotton. It's Seven Seas collection by Michéle Brummer Everett for Cloud9 Fabrics. These prints are Sea Critters, Laddies and Poppets, and The Fleet in Grey.
Fun, fun, fun! These are organic cotton. It’s Seven Seas collection by Michéle Brummer Everett for Cloud9 Fabrics. These prints are Sea Critters, Laddies and Poppets, and The Fleet in Grey.

The kids love the Seven Seas fabrics. So cute! I may need to get some more.

Floral Meadow and in the City Girl Colourway and Curvy Stripe in the Orange Grove Colourway from the Storybook Lane collection by Kelly Lee-Creel for Andover Fabrics.
These two are really pretty. Floral Meadow and in the City Girl Colourway and Curvy Stripe in the Orange Grove Colourway from the Storybook Lane collection by Kelly Lee-Creel for Andover Fabrics.
Monkey’s Bizness Market Floral in Bright by Alexander Henry Fabrics
This one is lovely! It’s Monkey’s Bizness Market Floral in Bright by Alexander Henry Fabrics.

There were also some pretty florals, which are great for summer.

Bella Flower in Blue by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics
I have long coveted this fabric. It’s Bella Flower in Blue by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics.

I have been adding this fabric to my online shopping carts for months and then not buying it because I had no specific project for it. But now I do!

This is Essex Linen in Rose by Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
I have something special planned for this one. This is Essex Linen in Rose by Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

And finally, linen! I think linen is my favourite fabric of all time. I always just buy black and white, so I thought I’d try some colour this time.

So consider these the “before” photos, and expect to see the completed projects in the coming weeks.

In Other Exciting News

Honestly, the fabric is pretty exciting! But a couple of other nice things happened lately. We’ve always wanted to plant trees for each of our kids, and we’ve just been given four baby oak trees. Now we just have to choose where to plant them.

Baby Oak Trees
Baby Oak Trees

We also had a very special visitor drop in unexpectedly. We live outside of the city, so wildlife sightings aren’t rare, but the kids always seem to miss them. This time our friendly visitor stayed still long enough for us all to get a good look and for me to take some photos. Wonder if he or she will be back?

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We had a visitor of the long-eared variety.

Montreal Sewing Meetup? Who’s in?

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Quilting Cotton

I was reading all about the recent Toronto Sewing Blogger Meetup and I thought, we should do that in Montreal! Who’s in?

I was thinking it would be nice to meet on a Saturday afternoon, grab coffee around 1 p.m and hit the fabric shops on Saint-Hubert: Effiloché, Couture-Elle, Rubans, Boutons and more (or less, if everyone finds what they need right away). Montreal has some great fabric shops, but there is so much to choose from that it can be overwhelming, at least for me. I need a second opinion. That could be you!

But when? My schedule is just crazy, but the following dates would work. Do you have a preference? Let me know in the comments, or contact me directly.

  • April 20
  • May 18
  • May 25

I know some would prefer a Sunday, but most of the shops are closed that day.

And of course, out-of-towners are welcome and having a blog is entirely optional. If you are worried about language, don’t. All the shop clerks will speak both English and French.

Si vous êtes francophone, soyez la bienvenue. Je serai heureuse de converser avec vous dans la langue de votre choix. Je blogue surtout en anglais (question de paresse), mais je suis complètement bilingue (à part quelques coquilles ici et là).

So who’s in?

Update: The Sewing Meetup will take place on May 25. Read more here.

 

Fall Hats

When I saw these beautiful hats by Jo at Bubala I just loved them. So so so cute!

So I made my own. I made four and I let the kids choose what was on them.

Two kids just have buttons on theirs shaped like books and flowers, and two have embroidered bugs.

Four little caps
Four little caps. Sorry for the wrinkles. I had trouble rounding them all up for photos, since the kids are often wearing them.

I liked the ribbon idea on the Bubula blog, so they all have a snippet of ribbon as well. The kids also chose their own ribbon.

I used a charcoal grey wool coating for the hats (the same fabric I used for my Menswear Bunnies) and some polyester-cotton lining. I think next time I would use flannel though, to keep them a bit softer and warmer. These were nice and colourful though.

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You can just see the lining peaking out. I used bright blue and purple, also the kids’ choices.

The pattern is the Little Cap by Leila & Ben, a Canadian independent pattern designer. The company sells adorable sewing and crochet patterns for kids’ clothing.

The pattern comes in two sizes, 12m-2T and 3T-5T. I found the sizing to be quite small. The 12m-2T fit my three-month-old. The 3T-5T fit my two-year-old. I enlarged the pattern to 105% as Jo at Bubala recommended, and that fit my four-year-old and six-year-old. Luckily I had quite a few to make, in all the sizes, so no fabric was wasted.

Four little caps
Tiny baby cap.

I found the pattern to be very good. There are only two pattern pieces. The pattern was extremely easy to follow and I was able to make all four hats in an evening.

Although I made these for both girls and boys, they are perfect for Celebrate the Boy, an online initiative to share cool sewing projects for little boys, which is taking place this week and next.

Celebrate the Boy
Celebrate the Boy 2013

The kids really love them. They just cover their ears in cold weather. And I get a ton of compliments. People stop us in the street to find out where we “bought” them. I think I’ll probably make another set for summer in cotton or linen.

These photos weren’t taken today, because this is what it looked like outside yesterday. Definitely too cold for fall hats.

Big snowfall.
Too cold for fall caps.

Summary

Pattern Review: the Little Cap by Leila & Ben (PDF).

Fabric: charcoal grey, medium-weight wool coating.

Size: 12m-2T, 3T-5T, though the hats fit small.

Sewing Level: beginner.

Modifications: none

Results: Excellent! I would definitely recommend this pattern.

The Big List of Canadian Sewing, Knitting and Crafting Lounges

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Sewing.

Whether you work at home or in an office, sometimes it’s nice to be able to pick up your laptop and go work in a coffee shop for a change of pace. It’s so much more difficult when you have a sewing machine instead of a laptop.

Here is a list of Canadian sewing (and knitting lounges) lounges, that offer “sew-by-the-hour” or “knit-by-the-hour” services, from east coast to west coast. The list is short, but hopefully it will grow soon.

If you notice that any lounges are missing, just leave me a link in the comments, or get in touch.

This list was last updated on September 24, 2017. Lounges are generally listed geographically from east to west.

Crafting Lounges


Sewing Lounges

The Lunenburg Makery
Lunenburg, NS
http://lunenburgmakeryblog.com

Atelier Fiber Arts
Montreal, QC
http://www.atelierfiberarts.com

Éffiloché
Montreal, QC
http://www.effiloche.com

Fabrications
Ottawa, ON
http://fabricationsottawa.com

The Workroom
Toronto, ON
http://www.theworkroom.ca

The Make Den
Toronto, ON
http://www.themakeden.com

The Sewing Studio
Toronto, ON
http://www.lovesewing.com

Needlework
Hamilton, ON
http://www.iloveneedlework.com

STASH Needle Art Lounge
Calgary, AB
http://www.stashlounge.com

Spool of Thread
Vancouver, BC
http://www.spoolofthread.com

Fabricana
Richmond and Coquitlam, BC
http://www.fabricana.com

The Makehouse
Victoria, BC
http://themakehouse.ca/

Knitting Lounges

Éffiloché
Montreal, QC
http://www.effiloche.com

Espace Tricot
Montreal, QC
http://www.espacetricot.com

Biscotte et Cie
Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC
https://biscottecie.com

The Knit Cafe
Toronto, ON
http://www.theknitcafetoronto.com

STASH Needle Art Lounge
Calgary, AB
http://www.stashlounge.com

Unwind Knit & Fibre Lounge
Gibsons, BC
http://unwindknitandfibre.ca

The Big List of Online Canadian Fabric, Pattern and Notion Stores

The Big List of Online Canadian Fabric Shops

Finding Canadian companies that sell fabric online can be tough.

True, you can always shop at one of the US online shops, but it’s just not as easy. Some don’t ship to Canada. Sometimes the shipping prices are outrageous. Even when the shop sends out the fabric the same day, it can be stalled at customs for ages. Then there is the exchange rate to contend with.

I’m much happier supporting a Canadian business, knowing that my order will arrive quickly, and knowing exactly how much it will cost me.

Here is a list of Canadian companies that sell quilting or apparel fabric, patterns, and notions. I haven’t tried them all, so I can’t vouch for them. If you know of any others, or have had a good experience with any, please leave a comment or get in touch.

This list was last updated on November 2, 2017. Shops are generally listed geographically from east to west.

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Fabric

Pattern Companies

Notions

Specialty Services

Online Communities


Modern Quilting Fabric
These online shops have predominantly quilting cottons in modern prints and solids.


Traditional Quilting Fabric
These online shops have primarily quilting cottons in traditional prints.


Apparel Fabric
These online shops stock various fabrics intended for apparel.


Specialty Fabric
These online shops stock specialty fabrics, mostly for apparel sewing.


Independent Apparel Pattern Companies
These online shops sell their own patterns for apparel sewing.


Independent Bag Pattern Companies
These online shops sell their own patterns for handbags, wallets, clutches, etc.


Independent Toy Pattern Companies
These online shops sell their own patterns for toys, stuffed animals, etc.


Independent Quilt Pattern Companies
These online shops sell their own patterns for quilts.


Apparel Patterns & Notions
These online shops sell notions or patterns, primarily for apparel sewing.


Quilting Patterns & Notions
These online shops sell quilting notions or patterns.


Bag Patterns & Notions
These online shops sell supplies for making bags.


Doll-Making Patterns & Supplies
These online shops sell supplies for making dolls.


Longarm Quilting Services
A list of longarm quilters, organizedby province.


Pattern Grading and Sample Making Services
A list of companies offering pattern grading services for apparel sewing patterns.


Online Communities
Canadian online sewing and quilting communities.

Is your business missing? If you are located in Canada, and sell fabric, notions or patterns online get in touch. Thanks!

The Big List of Online Canadian Fabric Shops