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Vancouver, B.C. fabic stores?

Allyly | Posted in General Discussion on

Dear sewing friends,

In September I will be in Vancouver, B.C. (also Bellingham, WA).  It will be a wonderful trip, but made even more perfect if I could visit a wonderful fabric store (or several!)  Are there any “can’t miss” stores for garment fabrics? 

Thanks for any recommendations!

Rosann in Madison, Wisconsin 


  1. Barbaran8 | | #1

    In vancouver, I don't remember what part of town it is in, but there is an area of many East Indian businesses - and several fabric and Sari shops there that are fabulous! *Good* prices on exquisite silks that you just won't see elsewhere.

    In Bellingham, my best friend's sister runs a bead shop,

    Bead Bazaar

    Fairhaven Marketplace

    1001 Harris Avenue

    Bellingham, WA 98225


    Seed beads (5/0 - 14/0), semi-precious stone, Indian & Czech glass, wood, bone, horn, porcelain and clay; books, tools, findings.

    1. Allyly | | #3

      Dear Barb,

      Thanks for the tip on East Indian fabric stores.  I hope I can check some out, as I'd love to buy some silks!    Although I don't do beading , the Bead Bazaar sounds neat!


  2. oliveoyl | | #2

    Two of my favorite places, one for dress fabrics, the other for decorating.

    "Rokko Sarees & Fabrics" 6201 Fraser St (at 46th Ave)

    Tel: 604-327-3033

    Arlene's Interiors
    751 Terminal Avenue
    Vancouver, BC
    V6A 2M2
    Tel: (604) 608-1177

    1. Allyly | | #4

      Dear Zoyia,

      Thanks for the tips!  I am most interested in garment fabrics, so "Rokko Sarees" sounds intriguing.  Is this in the East Indian area mentioned by Barb?


      1. oliveoyl | | #5

        MY BIL usually takes me around while I am there. I don't think this is really in an ethnic store as he carries other fabrics than ones for sarees, but the owners are so nice, and  and the store is tidy so that is why we go there. There is another shop that is floors of trims and buttons and stuff, but it is a day trip for us in a more challenging area of town.

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