The CAFTCAD blog

Monday, May 26, 2008

May Communiqué

CAFTCAD's May Communiqué was released May 17th & emailed out. 

If you haven't seen it and want to? email us @ :  

There's  info on what's happening with us & details on our upcoming events.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Textile Museum of Canada - connecting cloth, culture & art

13th Annual

“More Than Just A Yardage Sale”

Mark your calendar for this signature Textile Museum event! Two days of great deals on everything you need for your next project. 

Shoppers will have their pick of an eclectic mix that

includes yardages, yarns, vintage oddments and a wild variety of patterns, quilt fabrics, notions, crafts and bargain bags of mystery.

The sale has become a major event, raising tens of thousands of dollars and attracting large crowds. Rain or shine, the sale will be held in temporary tents outside of the Textile Museum at 55 Centre Avenue.

A must-attend event for thousands of craft enthusiasts, artists and designers.

All proceeds from the sale support the Textile Museum of Canada.

Friday      May 30th      11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday May 31st      10:00 am – 1:00 pm

more info @

Monday, May 19, 2008

Members at Large • Event

Mary Norton's Soiree

Los Angeles, CA

Antoinette Messam with Mary Norton  

On May 13 I had the pleasure of attending The Mary Norton Event hosted by the Costume Designers Guilld in Los Angeles. Mary Norton designs accessories that embody timeless Hollywood glamour. 

The sophisticated pieces are modern but, often reference vintage films, classic architecture and retro materials

With names like the Stargazer, the Elektra and the Babe in Red, Mary's love affair with the movies is apparent. She continues to be influenced by the great artistic talent of Costume and Production Designers of Hollywood past and present.

Inquires from Costumers and Stylists are welcome and rental fees are waived.

Contact info:

Michael Wiesinger Manager or Milo Penales Sales Associate


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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Around Town

A Common Thread: 
A History of Toronto's Garment Industry

Till June 15th,08  
At the The Market Gallery, Toronto

A Common Thread chronicles the history of the garment industry that began over one hundred years ago and centred around Spadina Avenue. 

Photographs, vintage clothing and other items including old sewing machines provide a colourful backdrop to this fascinating aspect of Toronto's history. This exhibit explores a wide variety of issues such as immigrant opportunities, working conditions, union activity as well as individual stories of those who worked in this industry.

Curated by Dorion Liebgott of the Beth Tzedec Reuben and Helene Dennis Museum and supported with a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, this exhibit highlights the Jewish community which was an integral part of the industry's development and which still closely identifies with the trade. The exhibit also looks at other immigrant groups including Italians, Greeks, Portuguese and Asians who have also contributed to the success of the local garment industry.

2nd floor, South St. Lawrence Market
95 Front Street East
Toronto, ON   M5E 1C2

Gallery hours are:
Wednesday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

photo credit: woman sewing Eatons brand clothing circa 1912. Archives of Ontario F229-308-001823 with permission of Sears Canada.