Posts Tagged: kingsway

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.

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Spool of Thread
101-649 East 15th Avenue, Vancouver
604.879.3031
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top and bottom images by Karla Lim | middle image by Bella Lime

local event :: september shop

This September, six Vancouver-based artists including past Got Craft? participants, Flightpath Designs (see images above) and Laura Bucci, will come together to take part in the pop-up retail store at 10th and Kingsway. The September Shop will include clothing and fabric-based accessories, jewelry, fine leather goods, and housewares. Whether it’s screen printing, fusing imagery into leather, resist dyeing, or printing digitally on cloth, each of the artists work with altering surfaces in their designs.

Along with showcasing top local design, September Shop will host in-house workshops and a month-long silent auction featuring collaborative pieces made exclusively for the shop by the artists. Visit their facebook page here for full details.

September Shop, Tuesday to Sunday 11-5pm from September 3-28th, Kingsway + 10th Avenue in Vancouver, BC

local event :: caste projects pop-up shop

images via mister beyers

If you haven’t already visited the Caste Projects Pop-Up shop, you are in for a treat! For the month of August, husband and wife team Hanahlie and Caleb, have set up a temporary design shop and open studio workspace in Vancouver. In addition to launching a small collection of furniture and homewares, they also carry a selection of curated products from local and international designers including my favourite, Henderson Dry Goods (wall mirrors) and Herriot Grace (kitchen items). You can see a full list of participating designers and shop details on their tumblr site here.

Caste Projects Pop-Up Shop, 196 Kingsway at 10th Avenue, 11-5pm every day except Sunday noon-5pm.

city guide :: vancouver, bc (part 2)

photo credit: sonjaartisania

click here for part one of the city guide :: vancouver, bc

For part two of our Vancouver, British Columbia city guide, we visit the Main Street and Fraser / Kingsway part of town for a few of my favourite spots for crafty supplies and indie craft goods. Like any busy city, there may be a shop or cafe that is missing from the list. Please feel free to leave a comment below with your suggestions!

Collage Collage – 621 Kingsway

Focused towards children aged 3 to 12 years old and those young at heart, a one stop shop for supplies, books, kits, handmade goods and workshops. Check their website for special events and art installations.

Spool of Thread Sewing Lounge (above) – 101 – 649 E. 15th Avenue

One of the only places in Vancouver for modern and Japanese fabrics. Workshops and drop in sewing stations are also available.

Ruby Dog’s Art House – 623 Kingsway

Good selection of altered art and books, collage, mixed media and vintage ephemera. opening days + hours are limited, check website for details

Bird on a Wire – 2535 Main Street

Filled to the brim with handmade delights, owner, Karen is passionate about supporting local artists by carrying handmade creations within a 100km radius. You can find lots of local work from artists such as Firefly Notes, Earthgirl Aromatherapy and a cagey bee to name a few.

Dandelion Emporium – 2442 Main Street

Super sweet shop filled with handmade goods and indie craft finds.

photo credit: traceylikesyou

Regional Assembly of Text (above) – 3934 Main Street

Find lots of handmade goods by owners Rebecca and Brandy including a button making station, letter writing club and the lowercase reading room. Check out my write up on DIY Vancouver Granville Online.

Three Bags Full – 4458 Main Street

A knit shop filled to the brim with lovely yarn such as favourites from Two Sisters Stringworks formerly known as Yummy Yarn and Sweet Georgia Yarn.

Devil May Wear – 3957 Main Street

Owner and designer, Stephanie Ostler, hand makes her own clothing, lingerie and accessories on-site. Check out her wares and other local artists’ goods at the newly expanded store 2 blocks down from their original location.

Plush on Main – 4296 Main Street

Run by two sisters, Plush on Main is a studio / work room at the back and retail shop at the front. As of early this year, they carry locally made gifts from almost twenty artists mostly from the lower mainland and comprised mainly of women.

Flaming Angels – 4307 Main Street and Adhesif Clothing – 2202 Main Street

Both past Got Craft vendors, each store carries an eclectic mix of locally handmade, vintage and eco-friendly clothing, jewelry, accesories and home decor pieces.

collage collage : photo credit unknown

honourable mentions for local handmade finds + a quick bite to eat: Barefoot Contessa – 3715 Main Street (2nd location on Commercial Drive), Twigg & Hottie – 3671 Main Street, Les Faux Bourgeois – 663 E. 15th Avenue, Two of Hearts Clothing & Boutique – 3728 Main Street, Congee Noodle House – 141 E. Broadway (cash only), Rhizome Cafe – 317 E. Broadway, Mr. Lee’s General Store & Haberdashery – 109 W. Broadway, Urban Source – 3126 Main Street, Solly’s Bagels, Bakery & Deli – 189 E. 28th Avenue (it’s all about the cinnamon buns), Hawker’s Delight – 4127 Main Street, Bead Freaks – 4412 Main Street, Goldilocks – 2833 Main Street (lumpiang shanghai), coffee shops – Our Town, JJ Bean, Bean Around the World