There are companies that provide good quality supplies and materials I can depend on.
Where would I be without Dressew, the Textile Clearance Warehouse or Rocco to provide an incredible array of inspiring fabrics to burn, paint, shrink and sew? The basement at Dressew has incredible deals but bring cash or a cash card because they don't believe in credit.
I now have a Michaels just a short bus trip away. They have good sales on frames and paints. I prefer climbing through the shelves at Opus Granville Island where they have something on sale every month. While there it is worth dropping in at MAIWA Supply for a huge range of natural dyes and fabric supplies and information. Paper-ya always turns the old creative crank. Where else can you get such beautiful sealing wax?
Birkeland Brothers is the best place by far for fleece and roving. I have even found Muskox fleece there. They supply me with felting needles and suggestions. My family have been sheep people for 1000 years that I know of so the smell of the incredible old fashioned mill and the sound of the carders warm my heart.
De Serres has a great collection of paper and so does Opus. Opus has the best Khadi papers. Both have great sales on sketch books and mediums. Opus has a huge range of metallic powders, patina's and metallic leaf.
A day can easily be lost if I go into Oscars Books. It is full of art books and has reductions. It is an independent book store and has much better selection. There is a magazine store next door that has a terrific selection of art and craft magazines and stocks European yummies. The Bookwarehouse is not that far away. There is always a good book for pennies in the stacks. In a pinch Chapters is across the street and usually has FibreArts Magazine.
Where would I be without Mason's? I get my machines serviced there and can buy Embellisher needles, free-motion attachments and a huge range of needles. They have classes and a little gallery.
I love Opulence in North Vancouver. It is hard to get there around twisting roads and a steep driveway but they have mail order and web service. They have reliable delivery time and have the best foils. They also have dyes for synthetics as well as natural fibres.
The free Georgia Strait newspaper boxes provide me with newsprint for paper mache.
Home Depot hardware supermarket has heat guns, chains, wood, and almost everything for everything. Paint chips by the thousands help with palette planning. Tim and I have the best Sunday morning dates in there. The Revy is also really fun.
I confess to using Dollar stores to buy little cheap wires, frames to improve, glass beads, styrofoam balls and paint brushes to destroy. They have cotton twine and hemp twine that works great.
Gotta go! Some Christmas money is burning a hole in my pocket.
You can check most of these companies out through their sites listed here. Check them out next time you visit Vancouver.
Couldn't find a site for Textile Clearance Warehouse but you can find them at 5550 Fraser street Vancouver ph. 604-321-7188
Dressew Supply Limited is at 337 West Hastings Vancouver ph. 604-682-6196