We are a Canadian women-owned small business based in Toronto/Montreal. We partner with both local and international makers to bring our designs to life.
We are makers at our core and take pride in our craft. Our yarn is hand-dyed, we knit our own samples, design our own products, and take our own photos.
We seek to incorporate elements of nature into our products and our homes. You will find natural materials, such as maple wood, cork, leather and cotton throughout our collections.
Strive to Make an Impact
We feel passionate about giving back and take advantage of opportunities to contribute to causes close to our hearts.
This is Us
Thread & Maple is the brainchild of long-time friends Samantha Perrault and Olga Paskalenko. Sam is a pro knitter and owner of Scrumptious Purl living in Montreal, while Olga is a techie serial start-up starter (but seldom finisher - until now!) from Toronto.
Sam had been nursing the idea of expanding into knitting accessories for a while. Olga was determined to leave her corporate career and pursue a more creative path. Through a serendipitous series of events, the two found themselves chatting into the wee hours of the night about what they could build together.
Those calls quickly produced an outpouring of feverish sketches of product designs, all aimed to create elegant solutions to integrate the knitting craft (and all its chaotic mess) into the home with function and style. And thus Thread & Maple was born.
This is Sam
I’ve been knitting since the age of 5 and have been working in the industry for over a decade now. One of the biggest constants in my life is my knitting. I knit when I’m happy, sad, bored, lonely, anxious, excited... As a result, we have always had knitting notions and yarn scattered around our house on the daily. There is never a time when there aren’t stitch markers on our dining room table or darning needles on a coffee table or near a bathtub… (Wait, not everyone knits in the bath?). Not for lack of trying, I haven’t ever really found a solution for all my notions that works in our home. Knitting is such an integral part of who am I and therefore quite an integral part of our home. I want to be able to store these items in a beautiful way.
Our products have been curated to the style and vibe that makes us feel most at home and cozy. Living in a space that feels alive and natural has always brought me comfort. Our products have been made with that in the forefront of our minds. This may sound a tad dramatic, but I’ve never been more excited to pull out a darning needle. Also, we get to work with like-minded small business owners to create these amazing products… what more could we ask for really?
This is Olga
I started knitting when I was 8 years old, living in Ukraine. I would make outfits for my dolls with the other girls who played in the 'dvor' (common space between apartment blocks). I delighted in creating whole worlds of plasticine furniture, crochet rugs, cross-stitch wall-art and knitted outfits for my Barbies.
Somewhere along the way, I lost touch with my creative side as I embarked on studies in computer science, like many immigrants in Canada. I met Sam in 2015 while living in Malta (where Scrumptious Purl was born!) and we quickly became close friends. Seeing her beautiful knitted pieces inspired me to try my hand at it again. She helped me knit a lovely shawl for my mom's birthday. Since then, I've rekindled my love for the craft and enjoy feeling that twinge of pride when a stranger admires my toddler's handmade ushanka hat.
I'm very excited to share our creations with fellow lovers of the craft.