Friday, September 08, 2006

ask crafty newbies

Only three ask crafty questions for you to tackle - easy peasy.

Email me or comment on this post with your words of wisdom.

x Looking for papier mache workshops for adults in T.O. Any leads? - Evelyn

x I am always on the lookout for smallish to medium-sized craft shows and fairs to sell my jewellery, but I always seem to find out about them when it's too late. Is there a reliable website or resource that lists upcoming shows well in advance? Or do people mostly hear about shows through word of mouth? - Michelle (and TCA...always on the hunt for this kinda info).

x I'm looking for magnetic snaps (for making purses). I used to get them at Leathertown on Queen (near Spadina), but they've closed permanently. Does anyone know of a place downtown that sells them? Thanks! - Wendy

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man oh man, papier mache is so simple you don't really need a workshop...soft cover books in the crafts sections of any library or book shop will give you tons of ideas and instructuions. Too bad I'm in Elora cuz I'd love to host something like this...one of my special areas...I make "Crazy Clocks" from recycled cardboard (Food Basics box bins a great source!) and papier mache, with paint and embellishments. You can view these at..... guelpharts.ca/pinney
Hope you enjoy them! jan

10:48 AM  
Blogger studiostelle said...

This is for Wendy:

Leathertown is still around! They've moved to a little side street - just north of Queen, two blocks west of Spadina. I think they call themselves Leather Supply Depot or something - you won't miss the bright yellow signs.

Failing that, you can find snaps at MacFac or Fabricland, though they're fairly expensive. If you need quantity, the best deal I found is on ebay. Mine work out to about 50 cents apiece!

hope that helps. jennifer

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you so much, jennifer! i had no idea Leathertown was still around (obviously), so that's awesome news.

i appreciate the ebay tip as well - i'll be sure to check that out.

thanks again!
-wendy

12:59 PM  
Blogger jo said...

The Ontario Craft Council puts out a book every year full of different craft shows throughout the province, including how much they cost per table/booth, the sorts of vendors they want, about how many people they expect to attend, who to contact, deadlines for applications, etc...
Some are fairly inexpensive, and some are super-pricy, like the One of A Kind Show. The book, if I remember correctly, is about 30 or 40 dollars to buy. Hope that helps!

10:20 PM  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

some comments via email:

-I think they have those strong magnets at Lee Valley - which is opening on King Street, if not already open. AND I think leather town just moved up a small laneway across from where it used to be.
-I know that fabricland sells magnetic snaps. There is one at Yonge and Bloor, but each pair of snaps runs about 5 bucks. Good luck!
-[re: papier mache comment above] A quick PS...everybody tells you to use wallpaper paste...but as a former teacher (HS Art) I know how long it takes to dry and kids especially get impatient. I use white glue, not cheap stuff from the dollar store tho - Lepages is best. (Buy a gallon at Canadian Tire for $20....a much better deal than $4 for a tiny bottle that will run out in no time...and you'll have glue for many projects for a while.) You must cut it with 50% water, drag paper thru it, squeese off excess and lay down. Dries in no time, also makes a very sturdy surface on which to apply gesso or good white undercoat to prepare for painting. jan

9:37 AM  
Anonymous angelune said...

here's a link to the Lee Valley magnets, and Yes! they are now open on King St. W.
http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/page.aspx?c=1&p=32065&cat=3,42363,42348&ap=1

4:55 PM  

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