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Looking for fabric in Toronto - need suggestions pls :)

Cisak's picture

I'm working on having some roman shades made for our bedroom. I started at Sears - completely uninspiring. I looked at Ikea fabrics - nothing there will work for our bedroom. Then I found this fabulous fabric called Duralee Thomas Paul Aviary online. I found a place in Toronto that sells it - but they don't deal with individual consumers. Then I found a drapery maker that carries the fabric - but not in the colour I want! Aaargh!I have found some nice fabrics at a store near my home called Designer Fabrics but, instead of going through the phone book and visiting each store I thought I'd ask here first - are there any fabric stores/drapery makers in Toronto that you love and would recommend me checking out? I have two small children and I don't drive so I have to choose my time carefully - I appreciate your advice!Here is a sample of the Thomas Paul fabric, which is the kind of thing I'm looking for:Thomas Paul AviaryThomas Paul Aviary  

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atmosphere's picture

hey cisak you can buy fabrics from Atmosphere Direct to fullfill your dream home...

Cisak's picture

Thank you so much for the detailed advice and suggested retailers! As you may guess, I don't know much about this topic.Since my post, I did a photo mock-up of our window with the Duralee fabric and discovered that it's actually too bold. I also decided I would try and sew my own shades - then realized how crazy THAT was and am now back to the sane decision to have them made after all.So... back to the drawing board... I'll check out those sites now, thanks again!

Nestor_Kelebay's picture

Cisak: If you don't find any fabric you like better at a different fabric store, then you should know that Duralee makes this print in 5 different colours:The "Aviary" collection is #20874, and the colours it comes in are:Dark green (as fabric 20874-257),Black (as fabric 20874-340),Red (as fabric 20874-35)Light blue (as fabric 20874-410), andYellow/Gold (as fabric 20874-65) the Toronto location that stocks this fabric doesn't sell retail, you should ask them who they have sold rolls of the stuff to, and go buy it from those retailers.  Or, if you can't buy it retail in Toronto, Duralee has showrooms in Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary, and one of those should be able to give you the name of a retailer whom you can mail order the fabric from using your VISA card.  Since this fabric is likely to cost you $30 to $40 per squard yard or meter, the shipping charges will be small compared to the value of the goods being shipped. should be aware that this fabric is made from 95 percent cotton and 5 percent linen and it's recommended that it be dry cleaned.  You would get much stronger and durable roman shades if you used a fabric made of a stronger synthetic fiber like polyester.  25 years ago I followed the advice of the owner of one of the drapery and upholstery fabric stores here in Winnipeg and bought two rolls of polyester drapery fabric, and the curtains I had made from them look as good as new despite having been exposed to direct sunlight for 25 years and having been machine washed and dried at the end of every tenancy.  And, I don't suspect they've stood up so well because my tenants are being more careful handling my curtains than you would your own.You might want to ask Duralee if they make a Commercial grade drapery fabric with this same "Aviary" pattern (or similar design) printed on a solid colour polyester fabric.

spersaud's picture

I personally love macFab Fabrics on Queen St. E (though I haven't been to it since it moved here from Queen West), especially since they have Amy Butler fabrics for me to admire. You can check out their site to see what lines they carry, and Google the labels to see whether they seem to have fabrics that interest you.

Near King & Spadina there's King's Textiles which I don't mind for solids, but I haven't seen lots of prints I love.

Anyone else have suggestions? I'm curious, too!

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