Snoflake/Dagg and Stacey Spring Trunk Sale
Thursday April 24th, 6pm to 9:30pm.

Check out the fresh Spring merch from both of these popular local indie labels, meet the designers and save 20% to 70% off pieces from current and past seasons.

Light refreshments will be served and the first 15 guests receive an exclusive goody bag.

Crafty/Fashion Workshops
@ nathalie-roze & co.

All workshops - unless otherwise indicated - are $45 to $60 each and include materials as well as tea & baked goodies during the break.

Register by phone with a credit card at: 416-792-1699 OR in-person using debit, cash or credit (M/C or Visa only).

NOTE: workshops are intentionally delivered to small groups (just 3 to 6 participants each) & fill up fast, so don't snooze on it !

Sorry - spaces cannot be reserved without payment.

WHERE: at the studio (in the back of the shop) at nathalie-roze & co.
1015 Queen St. East (at Pape) in Leslieville
Closest subway stop: Pape, and also easily accessible via any Eastbound Queen St. 501 streetcar

March 2008 Workshops

Sewing 101: Easy Eco-Totes
Sunday March 2nd, 11am to 2pm
Instructor: Nathalie-Roze Fischer, accessories designer & DIY enthusiast

This workshop aimed at total beginners will cover the very basics of machine sewing - threading, key stitches, creating simple patterns and appliques, plus some free-hand embroidery to create a one-of-a-kind tote bag.

No more than 4 per session, so register early!

$55 + GST, including use of machines, fabric and felt for appliques & hands-on exercises, hand-outs as well as tea & treats served during the break.

NOTE: Participants must bring a half metre of sturdy non-stretch fabric (eg. denim, thick cotton, cord, etc.), plus half a metre of wide/thick ribbon, webbing OR a men's tie for the bag handles and a spool of quality thread.  Alternatively, a course kit can be purchased with registration ($10).

Beginner (Boiled Wool) Felting
Saturday March 8th, 10am to 1pm
Instructor: Textile designer Julie Sinden of "Jules & Annie"

Participants will be introduced to this fun and easy temperature-shocking technique, using store-bought 100% wool sweater fragments.  Once shrunken, these bits will be handstitched into quirky brooches, pouches or appliques.  Yarn corking will also be explored as a creative option.

$55 + GST, including project materials, hand-outs as well as tea & treats served during the break. 

Note: participants with specific colour preferences should bring their own 100% wool sweaters to use.

Groovy Gauntlets (Fingerless Gloves/Arm-Warmers)
Sunday March 9th, 11am to 2pm
Instructor: Nathalie-Roze Fischer, accessories designer & DIY enthusiast

Using felted (shrunken) sweaters, recycled fleece and or cotton jersey, participants will learn how to make their own funky gauntlets/arm-warmers as well as how to customize a pair with add-ons like handcrafted appliques, buttons, beads and trim.  Everyone will leave with, at least, one completed set.

Note: basics will be provided, but participants should bring in their own embellishments (trim, buttons, beads, etc.) and or sweaters/sweatershirts/fleece to use (if they have colour preferences).

$55 + GST, including use of machine, hand-outs, basic materials as well as tea & treats served during the break.

Creative Card-Making
Saturday March 15th, 10am to 1pm
Instructor: Kim Kutner, the illustrator behind the popular Kim's Suitcase line of paper goods and accessories (

This fun crafty session covers various methods for creating unique greeting cards, including hand and machine sewing as well as personalized collages of fabric, photos, ink stamps and paper ephemera. Various materials will be supplied to get the creative juices flowing, but ideally participants will also bring their own mix of favorite materials (photos, magazine clippings, maps, buttons, etc.). Everyone will leave with 2 to 6 one-of-a-kind cards and the inspiration to make more at home using everyday materials.

$49 + GST, including basic materials as well as tea & treats served during the break.

LP Journals
Sunday March 16th, 11am to 2pm
Instructor:  Natalie Leblanc of PaperMuse

In this beginner-friendly paper crafts workshop, participants will learn how to recycle vintage LP album covers to create a quirky (refillable) journal with a library-style inside pocket.  Bring in two album covers from your collection, pick some up at a thrift shop or buy them from Natalie's collection ($3 each).  This hip eco-project makes a great gift or customized personal notebook.

$55 + GST, including tools & most materials, hand-outs as well as tea & treats served during the break.

DIY Sock Monkey Dolls
Saturday March 22nd, 10am to 1pm
Instructor:  Designer/illustrator Kim Kutner of "Kim's Suitcase"

The focus of this hand-sewing workshop is the classic yet quirky sock monkey. Participants will learn the basic technique required to create a monkey doll, using   traditional grey work socks with red stripes at the top (or the socks of your choice) as well as decorative handmade add-ons to give it your own creative stamp.  Bring along your own socks (new men's socks work best) or purchase a pair for $10 from Kim.  Everything else will be provided.

Note: basic hand-sewing skills required for this project.

$55 + GST, including instruction hand-outs, stuffing, buttons, felt, needles & thread, etc. - plus tea & treats served during the break.

Beginner WET Felting
Saturday March 29th, 10am to 1pm 
Instructor: Textile designer Julie Sinden of "Jules & Annie"

Participants will be introduced to the process of wet felting, while creating a gauzy layered skinny-scarf. Learn how to make a long, felted panel, blend colours, as well as how to fuse secondary fibres (eg. yarn and silk) as design and embellishment. Fans of One of a Kind Show starlet Frances Felt (of Vancouver), known for similar projects will be especially keen on this crafty/fashion session.

$55 + GST, including all materials, resource sheets and gourmet tea & treats served during the break. 

Organic Soap-Making
Sunday March 30th, 11am to 2pm
Instructor: Amanda Montgomery, owner of the "simply. by amanda" soap company

In this hands-on session, learn how to make a batch of organic soap, using the cold press method. Learn all about making your own natural, moisturizing soap - then, choose your own scents (essential oils) and exfoliants to make a fresh batch customized to your personal preferences. All ingredients are 100% natural and fair-trade. Participants will leave with several bars to enjoy at home or to give as gifts.

Note: participants should dress casually.

$55 + GST, including gourmet tea & baked goodies served during the break.

To cancel without penalty, registered participants must give a minimum of 4 days notice.
SORRY - No refunds! Credit notes will be issued to be used towards future workshops or to purchase items in the store. Late-cancellations will result in lost fees.

Coming up soon...

Hand-Sewing (basic mending)
Skirt Alert (Sewing: level 2)
Renegade Scrapbooking
T-Shirt Surgery 101
Batik 101

If you are an artist, crafter or designer who'd be interested in teaching a specific workshop in 2007, please contact Nathalie-Roze with a proposal - at least, a blurb about yourself and what you do. Workshops are intended to be beginner-friendly and accessibly priced too.

(more info to be posted, once dates are confirmed)

The nathalie-roze & co. indie boutique and studio opened in July, and has since enjoyed a warm reception from the residents of Leslieville (& beyond).

Thanx to everyone who's supported the store so far and extra-special merci beaucoups go to Daphne Gordon of the Toronto Star and Andrew Sardone of NOW Magazine whose enthusiastic profiles encouraged more visitors to our East-End digs.

Some of the super-fab designers you'll find at nathalie-roze & co. include:
jack & marjorie - SLO - iisa dezigns - kim's suitcase - ghetto couture - union - paper people clothing - snoflake - needles to say - thimble - le petit pig - 2-mile - cha cha - orit - park clothing - dagg & stacey - momo - frances felt - naynu - jeb - smitten kitten - simply. - by amanda - tiny petal - well-preserved - spark - mimi be - duchess - aka clothing - spun - kari lynn bianchi - jeanius - dirty skirty - victor lee - oligarchy - please pretend - brave butterfly - petrified baggage - sweetie pie press - soap scum - danielle maveal jewellery - kulay - pippins tea - dara - accessureyes - tanya list

new additions: Katie Muth (cards) , Damned Dollies (doll brooches) , Paper Snake (jewellery), Melow (clothing), Roy McDonald (cross-stitch brooches), Needle Addict (knitted bags and hats), 54East (men's tees), Sally Girl (jewellery & accessories), HoneyBea Designs (bags, paper goods & accessories), Vintage Love (retro switch plates), Fabienne Good (wallets & cards), Genya (knit scarves)

(& lots more quirky-cool handmade stuff)

Where:  1015 Queen St. East, Leslieville (on the S. side of Queen - just steps East of Pape Avenue). 

Winter Hours:
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays (until Spring 2007),
11am - 6pm Wed.,
11am - 7pm Thurs. & Fri.,
11am - 6pm Saturdays
and 12noon - 5pm on Sundays.

NEW MERCH - lots of fab new Fall 2005 sashes, hats and jewellery designs...sneak a peek on the merch page or check out the full selection in-person at the Tranzac Craft Fair and Clothing Show events

New Toronto Star Column: DIY Style

In addition to her Frugal Fashionista column for Metro News (now read in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver), Nathalie-Roze is writing a new column for the Toronto Star's fashion section.  It's  called "DIY Style" - check it out every other Thursday and learn how to make your own funky wearables on the cheap.

Check back soon to read sample columns.

Previous Shows/Events Include

The Clothing Show
September 16 & 17, 2006

The Clothing Show
May 6 & 7, 2006

Spring One of a Kind Show
March 29 - April 2, 2006

Pedal to the Metal
December 4, 2005

7th Annual Speak-Easy Holiday Show
December 1, 2005

The Clothing Show
September 17 & 18, 2005

Tranzac Craft Fair
September 10, 2005

Whipped Sundaes @ The Rivoli
August 28, 2005

Nathalie-Roze Summer Sale @ Skirt (903 Dundas West)
June 28, 2005

The One of a Kind Spring Show
March 24 – 28, 2005

"Shop for the Cause" Tsunami Fundraiser
January 8, 2005

One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale
November 25 – December 5, 2004

Ladyfest Market
October 3, 2004

The Clothing Show
September 18 & 19, 2004

The Clothing Show
May 15 & 16, 2004

Taste of the Community,
a fundraiser for the YMCA Community Fund
May 11, 2004

The One of a Kind Spring Show
March 31 – April 4, 2004

"Kiss Goodbye" – a tribute to Sex & the City
with proceeds to Rethink Breast Cancer
March 26, 2004