Category: shop tours

shop local :: Spool of Thread

Spool of Thread sewing lounge is tucked into one of my favourite spots in Vancouver along East 15th Avenue between Kingsway and Fraser. One part retail shop, Spool of Thread carries (in my opinion) one of the best selections of modern fabrics and patterns for all your sewing projects. They also host a number of workshops from beginning sewing lessons to more advanced techniques as well as offering people an opportunity to drop in with their own projects and rent their machines by the hour. People always ask me where I find the fabrics for my fabric pouches and this is the place folks!

I first met Lili when we were members of the Vancouver Craft Mafia and they have been a highlight at Got Craft? since May 2010 hosting the DIY space at the show. We are excited to have them back at our next event and look forward to seeing what new project they will be sharing with all of our attendees!

Make a day of it by enjoying a coffee at Matchstick and carrying on down the block to Collage Collage and Precious + Few.


Spool of Thread
101-649 East 15th Avenue, Vancouver
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top and bottom images by Karla Lim | middle image by Bella Lime

shop local :: homesteader’s emporium

Homesteader’s Emporium is a one stop shop for all of your urban homesteading needs. Whether you are looking to start raising your own chickens, collect your own honey, roast your own coffee, or compost in your apartment; this is the place to go to find all of the supplies you would need. As a DIYer himself, owner Rick, used to spend a lot of time researching places in Vancouver to purchase materials and ingredients for his own projects before he decided to set up shop on East Hastings in Vancouver.

Carrying a wide selection of goods for your own projects or to gift to family and friends for the holidays, Homesteader’s Emporium will provide the tools you need to make your own sauerkraut, cheese, or beeswax candles. They also offer plenty of workshops to provide you with the know-how on how to make soap as well as partnering up with community groups and like minded businesses to present jam making sessions and a workshop about growing your own mushrooms! Make sure to check out their events page here for upcoming sessions or pop over to the shop to discover everything they have to offer.

The crew will also be at Got Craft? on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at the Croatian Cultural Centre from 10-5pm selling cheese presses, DIY sauerkraut kits, handmade soap and candles, and more!


Homesteader’s Emporium
649 East Hastings, Vancouver
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field trip :: spruce collective

Spruce Collective first opened their doors a little over two weeks ago and they celebrated their grand opening last weekend. Lily from Birch + Bird has amazing taste, so as soon as I heard that she was opening a shop, I knew Robert and I had to make the drive out to Abbotsford to check it out in person. A collaboration between 5 ladies – Birch + Bird, Trove Vintage Rentals, Red Wicker, Home Sweet Nest, and Twig Home – the shop carries a curated selection of vintage treasures and handmade items such as jewelry by local designer Marian + Hazel.

In addition to the retail shop, Spruce Collective will be hosting workshops in their beautiful back room. Visit their website below for information about schedules + registration!

Spruce Collective
2622 Montrose Avenue, Abbotsford
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shop tour :: House of Fine Art

House of Fine Art (HOFA) is a fine art supply and framing service store based in Abbotsford (BC) and I am so happy to announce that they are now carrying Roxypop zipper pouches and pinback sets!

Originally opened in 1971 by Gladys Murray, the shop was continued by her son, Lee, and is now in the hands of a lovely couple named Heather and Tim. Focusing on sustainable and ethical art supplies, they source as many local options as possible and will soon be offering a selection of workshops in their new location.

Here are a few sneak peeks I took during my shop tour. You’ll have to take a trip out in person to see all the loveliness for yourself!

2485 West Railway Street, Abbotsford
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