About Us

In a little town called Sifton, Manitoba, lived a railway station agent, Willard S. McPhedrain and his wife Olive. Willard was also active in other local enterprises, one of which was a woolen mill. The mill at the time was called Sifton Products which sold things like blankets, wool socks, wool batts, spinning wheels, etc. Ads placed in local papers to sell these products were met with only mediocre success. The thought occured to Mr. McPhedrain that he would use the name of an employee, Miss Mary Maximchuk in order to advertise her "Homespun" worksocks. It was a huge success! The name was eventually shortened to Miss Mary Maxim. In 1954, the company moved from Sifton, Manitoba to Paris, Ontario as was becoming known as a yarn shoppe. By 1956 business had grown so rapidly that Willard's son, Larry McPhedrain expanded to the USA as well and opened a store in Port Huron, Michigan. Mary Maxim has since grown from a small yarn shoppe in 1954 to the store that we know today as North America's favourite yarn, crochet, quilting and craft store!


Upcoming Events

We have so many NEW! items in our Kids' and Adult Craft departments that are perfect for presents or anytime entertaining! Come in and check out our NEW! Fidget Spinners in many shapes and colours. Take a look at the ever-popular and extra fun Star Wars, Star Trek and Halo model kits and books, puzzles, extreme dot-to-dot and colouring books and so much more! Don't forget about Paulinda modelling kits and modelling clay, Paracord and Perler Beads. We have also expanded our WonderLoom kit and our Springfield Dolls and accessories and so much more!

There's always exciting events coming up! Keep posted as this gets updated constantly throughout the year. Happy crafting!



JOIN US AT THE CreativFestival! OCT 26, 27 & 28. Thursday to Saturday, International Centre Mississauga

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"I bought the Cabled Hoodie sweater kit at your Paris store. I was in the store just before closing time and was amazed that no one rushed me, but instead took great care to accommodate me. The people working n the store were very pleasant and the sweater turned out perfectly. I even had enough extra yarn left over to make a child's sweater that I will now donate to a charity. Thank you for such great service and great products!"

" The quilting classes are phenominal support groups for anyone from beginners to advanced. There is so much knowledge from the instruction and so much flexibility in how creative you can be. I love them! I just can't get here fast enough for my class time!"