Mary Maxim in Paris, Ontario, sells a variety of hobby-related items, including crafting supplies, knitting and crocheting supplies and home decor. Mary Maxim is North America's largest privately held craft and needlework mail-order company, as of 2015.
Mary Maxim has expanded from offering only yarns to offering everything needed to complete a knitting project, such as needles, hooks, quilt squares, patterns and pattern corrections. The retailer also offers a variety of ready-made products, including baby afghans, baby quilts, baby apparel, puzzles and books, as well as seasonal and holiday decorations and craft sets for children.
Mary Maxim began as a manufacturer and seller of spinning wheels founded by WIllard and Olive McPhedrain. The company gained recognition for its knitting yarns and gained popularity in the 1950s for its chunky knit sweaters inspired by North American wildlife.