Thursday, June 28, 2007

ask crafty: custom rubber stamps & eco-friendly fabric

A couple of good questions for ask crafty - please comment if you've got an answer for Rose or Marnie, or email TCA with your advice.

x I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good place to have custom rubber stamps made [Local or online]? Of images, not text. – Rose

x Do you know of any eco-friendly fabric shops in Toronto? I doubt any of it would be Canadian made (except maybe hemp), but I'd still love to go see, if you know of one? -


Blogger Sparkle & Shine Design said...

I've heard great things about Impress:

Great quality, quick turn-around, and good prices.

12:40 p.m.  
Blogger Sweetie Pie said...


on the topic of eco-friendly fabric, i know i was sitting across from a local company that made bamboo cloth at the fall clothing show.

but i don't know who they are.

sorry, this doesn't feel very useful.

12:47 p.m.  
Blogger Sweetie Pie said...

i also know this leterpress company out of milwaukee makes rubber stamps:

but their website doesn't contain any information.

they were really nice and indie craft, though.

i've emailed them and will report back if anything comes of it.

1:06 p.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

marnie: for your basics, tonic living has a natural and white organic cotton for sale:

1:12 p.m.  
Anonymous planetjune said...

Unique Pages ( are base in TO and do custom rubber stamps. I visited their booth at the last Creativ Festival and they seemed helpful and knowledgeable. They also make custom clear stamps, which make positioning so much easier!

6:21 p.m.  
Blogger Marnie said...

thanks Becky and Jen (and thanks for posting the question) - it's a start! if i find anything myself, i'll post it here as well....

i'm finding out that here we grow hemp and we sew things out of hemp cloth but somehow there's a big chunk missing in the middle......i think it's like that for any textile manufacturing in Canada?

6:59 p.m.  
Anonymous alyssa said...

there's a store in kensington opening up that sells only sustainable/eco friendly clothing... it's called heart on your sleeve, on nassau st.

but for local manufacturers that make eco-friendly fabric... i think there's only a place that makes hemp... located appropriately in scarborough.

7:40 a.m.  
Anonymous Erin said...

For eco-fabric, check out - they have fabulous organic cotton jersey and bamboo... and I believe they ship out of toronto and surrounding area!

9:04 a.m.  
Blogger Marnie said...

i'll track down those hemp guys in scarborough - any details? here's some other links that i found, none of them Canadian....sigh.

Apparently the National Research Council is trying to get some hemp love going? I'm still looking! Anyone want to start a fabric mill? ;-)

1:00 p.m.  
Blogger Marnie said...

and thanks Erin for the Wazoodle link - it looks great!

Although we've been finding a couple of good textile merchants, the reason i'm looking into Canadian made stuff is 1)the dubious nature of some and i emphasize some organic practices in china and india, where most of textiles are made 2)saves on oil as far as getting the stuff here 3)the desire to support our own backyard and the unease at realising that there's a whole section in the manufacturing chain missing 4)some fabrics such as bamboo, aren't as eco as thought - there's deforestation and panda habitat being threatened....

i guess a more positive look at it would be - wouldn't it be cool? to have our own fabric? our own organic fabric? :-)

1:07 p.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

this from nathalie-roze:

Rubber Stamps

I have had excellent and comparatively inexpensive custom stamps made quickly for me in the East-End at: CAG Rubber Stamps/Signs Up, a family business.
This is located right near Woodbine subway station on the N. side of the Danforth, conveniently across the street from a Value Village. If you drop it off in the morning, they can sometimes produce stamps the same day at no extra charge.
Call for details/quotes...and, as the name suggests, they also make various signs.
CAG Rubber Stamps & Signs Up
2180 Danforth Ave.
Phone: 416-423-1500

12:40 p.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

re: eco fabrics, brand new kensington market shop Heart on Your Sleeve has a links list with some eco-friendly fibre resources. check it out here:

12:47 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can find lots of great (and i think quite inexpensive) eco fabrics through SYKA - a company out of vancouver.

their website is

10:57 a.m.  
Blogger mommyknowsbest said...

Hi there there is an online store based out of scarburough ontario. I went there because I thought it was a store. He let me buy since I came a ways, but he prefers to keep it online. He will allow you to pick up an order that you place online. They have bamboo and hemp attire. Note they sell mainly hemp fabric. I bought two meters at a fair price. the site is
I am beginner sewer and quilter. I am a cloth diapering mom of 8 month old, and have started going organic. Started with soap, after she had senitive skin.

there are many unsafe chemicals and caragens in many products, ie johnsons, tide, and disposable diapers. I guess your suppose to know its bad. I'm sure things will change soon!!!
feel free to email me, if anyone wants to chat

10:06 p.m.  
Blogger D'Andrea said...

I bought some nice hemp down at the Hemp Shop on Yonge St and Bloor. They had some great lineny denimy stuff and a decent fleece. Not a large selection I'm afraid but a HUGE selection of bongs and rolling papers! I have ordered from Wazdoodle and NearSea Naturals and like them both. I hear Fabricland will be carrying some organic jersey?

11:43 a.m.  
Blogger The Mayberry Sparrow said...

I make custom rubber stamps, i'm in Hamilton ontario.

2:26 p.m.  

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