Friday, February 17, 2012

Crafting in Toronto - Ribbons and Trim at Sussman's Bridal

I love Crafting. 
I live in Toronto. 
When I first moved here it seemed tough to find craft supplies.  The closest Michael's was in Missasauga.  (Now it's at Wilson station.)  However, I was able to find what I needed through some searching and I discovered some of the best craft shopping on the planet.  Here's the maiden post in a new series that will hopefully help you get crafty and keep these local businesses thriving.

Up first a Notions and Trim shop: Sussman's Bridal Supplies.  
Don't be fooled by the name.  One half of their business is locally designed bridal gowns, but the other half is a cute little shop stacked floor to ceiling with ribbons, feathers, lace, zippers and hundreds of other goodies. 
Have a look.
That's my mom, by the way.  She was visiting for a couple days and on Monday we were on the hunt for a specific colour of lace ribbon.  We came to the right place.
I need an event worthy of yards of sequins - or to convince Steve to make our kitchen a disco.
They have a wall full of panels of silk flowers and appliques - hundreds of choices. 
Did I mention the gorgeous selection of feathers...

I'm going to go back to get feathers to fill a vase.  And make a fascinator.  And rack my brain for a Halloween costume idea.  And wallpaper my apartment with them...
All in all it was a very successful trip.  My mom found a whole sheet full of samples of what we were looking for, and Norma who was working was incredibly nice and really helpful. 
The prices are reasonable and sometimes surprisingly cheap.  I picked up some ribbons to make some bookmarks and will definitely head here as my first choice for trims again. 

You can visit Sussman's at:
420 Queen Street West 
(Between Spadina and Bathurst on the North Side)
416 703 1160

This was not a sponsored post.  I just want to feature some of my fave places in the city before they disappear, like some from the past already have. 

Do you have any fave places to craft shop in Toronto?  Anything you can't seem to find?
If you don't live in Toronto but want advice before you visit, let me know :)


  1. OUU this is such a great idea - I find trouble with this in Toronto too, and I actually go to school RIGHT in that area. I might have to visit here in between classes it looks fantastic!

    Thanks so much for sharing :D

  2. Hi there Mel,
    I'm so happy you shared this adventure, as I don't live too far from Toronto and that looks like a shop i might just die in... as in, 'if i don't come out for the next three days, send food' :)
    Nice to meet you!
    Take care,

  3. Oh awesome! I love finding hidden treasures like that.
    Want to go on a crafty day out? hehe

  4. I sell beautiful woven jacquard ribbon! My website is!

  5. I LOVE Sussman's! Truly a crafter's treasure trove!

  6. It's a fantastic place! The lady there and her two daughters have been there for twenty years. I just went down this weekend and she informed me that she will be closing in a year. Visit while you can but she will be selling her items online after. :)


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