Friday, January 04, 2008

ASK CRAFTY: vintage consignment, chain link, ethical metals, classes in scarb/pickering area, affordable cardstock & sewing classes in mississauga

A whole load of new ask crafty questions have come through. Have at by commenting on this post.

x Does anyone know of a shop that would be interested consigning a rack of vintage clothing & accessories? - Su-Ying

x I am a jewellery designer and am desperately looking for any place that supplies chain link. You know the tacky stuff, usually earrings, made big in the 80's? Or any kind of, or reasonable facsimile to this. I can't seem to find any at the usual jewellery supply stores in Toronto. – Sarah D.

x Just wondering if anyone knows of any local metalsmiths who have an interest in ethical sourcing of metals? I thought I was safe refusing a diamond engagement ring but now when faced with the task of purchasing plain metal wedding bands I'm finding that metal mining itself is not necessarily good for people or the earth. – Suzana

x I'd love to see a regional listing of courses and workshops... I can't find much that isn't all the way downtown! (I'm looking for something crafty to do in the Scarborough/Pickering area, but not sewing.) - Karen M.

x Could someone advise me where I may purchase some nice but affordable cardstock in the GTA? I have previously bought cardstock from Michael's as well as Loomis and the now defunct Lewis Craft. Size is not an issue but rather the appearance (eg. textured, coloured, weight) of the cardstock. Also, I am looking for other interesting materials to make greeting cards with other than cardstock... any suggestions? – Seema

x I am interested in machine sewing. I have a sewing machine and can do just the basics but unfortunately they may not be done properly. I have purchased a couple "simple" patterns but would love a class where I can be taught how to read patterns as well as make items. I live in Mississauga (Hwy 10 and Dundas) and would like to know if there are any classes available out there for a reasonable price. - Nicole


Blogger Khristinne said...

Hi Sarah D!
Have you tried Arton on Queen St? They have all sorts of flashy chain. Try hardware shops too like Home Depot, no kidding.

Seema, have you tried Staples for card stock? How about making your own handmade paper for your cards. It's fun and you can customize thickness and colour to your liking.

4:08 p.m.  
Anonymous Heather said...

Seema, check out Bizzy B Stamp & Scrap at Bloor/High Park. I was floored by the amazing designer-y cardstock and the variety of the paper-crafting items in this great shop.

6:49 p.m.  
Blogger sweetie pie press said...


as usual in such matters, i recommend getting in touch with the good catch general store. you will probably want to talk to jola (yo-la) about setting up consignment terms and an account.

7:00 p.m.  
Blogger Tall Kathy said...

The art supply stores sell card stock -- it might have to be cut but it could be cheaper buying big and cutting it down. Try Currys - three locations (check out, or Woolfitt's Art Supplies (1153 Queen West), or Aboveground Art Supplies (74 McCaul St). The Japanese Paper Place on Queen is gorgeous, but might not be what you want.

9:15 p.m.  
Blogger happyduck1979 said...

For card stock their is a scrapbooking placed "Cherish Scrapbooking" or something like that on Young North of Steeles. HUGE selection of cardstock.

For chain link have you tried Arton? They have some pretty 80's looking stuff in their precious store that sounds like it might be what you are looking for.

11:28 a.m.  
Blogger Krysia said...


Great sewing class - an very affordable is one of Evelyn's Bouma Creativity Classes; sewing class in on Monday evenings
You can learn more about the school at
She will be having an OPEN HOUSE on January 8th from 10 am - 1pm and 5 pm - till 8:30 pm at John English Middle School , 95 Mimico Ave, Etobicoke. For more information call Evelyn at 416-741-3591

7:28 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For classes in Scarborough:

- the toronto school board offers some courses at local high schools. you can usually pick up a schedule at your library.

- Cedar Ridge Creative Centre has a variety of classes. It's at Kingston Rd. and Eglinton, and is run by the city of toronto.

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre
225 Confederation Dr. Scarborough
416 396 4026

4:53 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For card stock have you tried Oakville Paper Boutique. They carry plain card stocks in a variety of finishes.


11:41 a.m.  
Blogger Suziesaurus said...

Hi Nicole,

I just started a quilting class at Ruti's Needlebed which is located in Streetsville (Thomas & Queen).

I'm not sure if they offer general sewing classes, but it doesn't hurt to ask them!!!

Good luck!


7:49 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Does anyone know how to obtain a Mimico High School ring?


4:53 p.m.  

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